A BRADFORD asbestos surveying company is on target to grow its team by 50 per cent this year after recruiting new employees, with further appointments planned within the next few months.

Low Moor-based RPP Asbestos Services is part of leading construction consultancy Rex Procter & Partners (RPP), which operates across offices in Bradford and Leeds, as well as in Buckinghamshire and London.

The specialist asbestos division was established in 2008 as a direct result of demand from RPP’s existing client base.

RPP Asbestos Services now employs a nine-strong team after appointing Dean Lambert as an Asbestos Consultant and Carl Smith a Trainee Asbestos Surveyor.

The company plans to recruit at least two more consultants in the coming months.

The firm has also become fully accredited by the United Kingdom Accrediation Service to ISO 17020, which is approved by the Health and Safety Executive and certifies the technical competence and integrity of the UK’s leading asbestos firms.

Craig Reardon, Divisional Director at RPP Asbestos Services, said: “We originally launched RPP Asbestos Services in response to existing clients continually requesting assistance with asbestos issues and the company has now grown into a key part of the overall RPP Group.

“The reality is that large numbers of companies don’t understand their responsibilities and duties under The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and as a result, people are still unnecessarily being exposed to asbestos on a daily basis."

He added: “This year has been hugely rewarding, with us winning a wide range of national work from a number of household names, and as a result we’re delighted to welcome Dean and Carl to our team.

"They have both settled in and are already making a difference to our clients. We’re now currently looking for additional asbestos professionals to join our team over the coming months.”