ASBESTOS roof sheets on the Kingston Lacy estate are to be removed and replaced with new roof coverings.

The grade 2 listed building, which is run by the National Trust, will see the asbestos cement corrugated roof sheets on a covered yard replaced with hemp and resin-based corrugated roof sheets, of a similar design. The building is on the south western side of the former stables block which is used as a café/restaurant.  It was previously used by mechanics working on the estate when it was in private ownership.

Asbestos has been linked with the cancer, mesothelioma, although is generally considered safe if not disturbed.

The National Trust say only a relatively small area of roof, around 28 square metres will be re-clad, with the new sheeting chosen to match the adjacent buildings. The covered yard is not listed for its importance and is considered to have little architectural significance. It was built in the late 19th century and was one of the first buildings on the estate for servicing a motor car, attached to the former mechanics’ garage.