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It has been reported that Nicola Sturgeon’s official Bute House Residence will be shut down after the discovery of small amounts of asbestos.
The asbestos was discovered during work to replace the 40 year old lift at the House in Charlotte Square, Edinburgh.
It has been reported that work will now be undertaken shortly to remove the asbestos, and during this time Bute House will close down and the First Minister will not be in residence.
It is understood that Specialist Consultants have been employed to oversee the safe removal of the asbestos.
Andrew Stinchcombe of Novum Law comments ” This is another reminder that older properties may contain asbestos dust. Asbestos should only be removed by Specialist Contractors and in particular it should not be disturbed. The release of asbestos fibres into the atmosphere when asbestos is disturbed could potentially cause serious diseases many decades later”.