Asbestos found on former tower site

Social housing is being built on the former site of Glencairn Tower
Social housing is being built on the former site of Glencairn Tower

North Lanarkshire Council says construction work on the former Glencairn Tower site in Motherwell will continue despite the discovery of asbestos in the ground.

Glencairn Tower was demolished is 2011 to make way for social housing and work on the £2.6 million project to build 25 properties is due for completion this month.

The council believes the asbestos predates the construction of Glencairn Tower in 1964 and is adamant the traces are so small there is no health and safety risk and the work will be completed on schedule.

Des Murray, the council’s Head of Housing Property, said: “During site investigation work, traces of asbestos were found buried on the site which pre-dated the construction of Glencairn Tower in the 1960s.

“This poses no safety risk to the public and we are working with our specialist contractor to remove all traces of asbestos from the area.

“In the meantime construction work on the site is still being progressed.”