14 October 2019

Project overview.

  • Case Study Type: Workspace
  • Activity: Environmental Science
  • Region: Wales

Now that the dangers of asbestos in buildings are fully understood, the science behind managing it is increasingly sophisticated.

Michael Preece made managing it safely his personal and business goals in the last 15 years. Part of his motivation was the death of his grandfather from exposure to the material years before.

Michael had long wanted to set up a laboratory to develop and expand his business, and Cardiff Bay Business Centre turned out to be the perfect place. PHH Environmental had moved into the UKSE business centre some eight years before, and when the £1 million refurbishment of Forgeside House was mooted, Michael saw the chance to create a state of the art £30,000 laboratory staffed by qualified technicians and analysts.

The new laboratory is helping the business thrive and analysis of asbestos, and other hazardous materials, as well as health and safety work, is increasing rapidly for a growing list of clients.

"The team here at UKSE has always been able to help us when we need more space to grow, and we have had an excellent relationship with them. The location here is brilliant. Our staff are always travelling to visit clients and travel links are excellent"
Michael Preece Managing Director

How we did it:.

PHH moved into CBBC eight years ago - a small enterprise but with ambitious plans for the future.

From the start, UKSE worked closely with the company to understand its particular needs and provide the right environment to expand as the business developed.

To fulfil its business plan, the new laboratory was essential and UKSE was determined to give any support possible to help their tenant grow within the business park.

The collaboration between tenant and landlord seems to have paid off. The new facility has proved an outstanding success, and the business is now aiming to break the £1 million turnover ceiling and increase its workforce to 30.

The results.

Improved premises

State-of-the-Art laboratory set up

Growing business

Increased turnover


Expansion of workforce