Demolition Contractors UK

Building Demolition Contractors - Site Clearance - Land Remediation - Asbestos Removal

GB Demolition Group arrange UK demolition contractors for industrial & commerical building demolition projects across the UK.

Selecting Demolition Contractor & Consultants

By including certain information and requirements in the bidding process and in the final contract, you can better ensure that you select a demolition contractor in the United Kingdom (UK) who will perform the work you want done in a manner that complies with applicable regulations.

Demolition Experience

When choosing a demolition contractor it is important to examine if their type of demolition expertise & amount of experience is suitable to the requirements of the project before considering them for the demolition work.

In order to facilitate this process, the following approaches can be considered to aid in their evaluation:

  • References - ask the demolition contractor to provide references for similar work they have done in the past. You may also talk directly with people or project managers whom have hired in the past to obtain a full picture e.g. find out how a demolition contractor responded to potential noise or dust complaints

  • Accreditation - consider the level of experience, training, certification or licences held by the contractor & their employees i.e. does it meet the standard in your country? There are typically many organisation vetting and auditing contractors. In the UK for example, there are the following compliance, accreditations & membership organisations for UK demolition contractors include:
    • Health & Safety Executive (HSE)

    • National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC)

    • British Safet Council (BSC)

    • Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS)

  • Regional Know-How - a final consideration concerning demolition contractor experience, is to evaluate if they are familiar with the local environment, building practices, materials & requirements

History of Compliance

Enquire if the firm has been warned or cited for any health and safety, or environmental issues or violations. In england you could, for example, enquire about UK demolition contractors:

  • the agency responsible for protecting the environments i.e. Environmental Agency (EA), Northern Ireland ES, or the Scottish Environment Protection Agency
  • the agency responsible for worker safety, for example the HSE
  • the agency that licenses or accredits contractors and workers e.g. the NFDC

Enquiring with such agencies should reveal if they have ever taken any action against the contractor for breaches of health & safety, or environmental responsibility.

Use of Sub-contractors

Consider if the contractor uses subcontractors for certain types of work. Often this is the case for larger demolition & construction contractors, & the subcontractors typically come from their own approved list. If you have any concerns about the use of subcontractors, you may consider:

  • Will you have any control over whom they choose?
  • How will you perform oversight on subcontractors' work?
  • Is subcontracting addressed in your bid documents & contracts, or in whatever written agreement you use to procure their services?

Local Council Oversight of Contractors

When a local government or council hires UK demolition contractors to provide services, it is still liable for any violations to environmental regulations. Oversight is important because it can help to:

  • Ensure compliance with regulatory requirement
  • Protect the public/ local residents
  • Protect the environment
  • Ensure value for money

Even if you are a local government body using its' own employees, oversight can be useful. It is, however, to consider if the employees possess the:

  • Special training, or personal protection equipment required if they are to be present on site or in enclosed places when the work is being done.

  • Necessary skills to oversee work, such as asbestos or lead paint removal.

  • Ability to manage the workload of overseeing multiple demolition contractor projects.

Asbestos removal and demolition at a single residential structure can take place in a very short time, so you'll need to be able to oversee such work during the brief time periods when it is taking place.

Other Considerations for a Demolition Contractor

Any demolition site inevitably introduces additional noise, dust (and even smoke) to the local environment, and may consequently in line for complaints from local residents. In our demolition services we closely monitor the noise, vibration and dust levels on site to ensure that they are acceptable & comply to regulations. Demolition contractors minimise disruption to the neighbourhood by complying to government body guidelines, in the UK the following guidelines are typical:

  • Working Hours - in the UK, demolition site working hours are typically restricted to:
    • 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon. to Fri.
    • 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat.
    • No working on Sun. or Bank-Holidays
      Note that demolition work carried outside these hours may be permitted in exceptional circumstances; but only by prior agreement with the responsible government compartment.
  • Dust Control - any dust produced by demolition (or vehicle movements) must be kept to a minimum. This can be done by wetting stockpiles of dusty materials to prevent dust being blown into the air by wind, and by properly enclosing removal trucks. The wetting of demolished material can be achieved during demolition using a continuous fine water jet to spray or mist water over the demolition site. Sources of dust & other particulates can be evaluated by placing detectors around the site perimeter for monitoring. By monitoring dust in real-time, site managers can be made instantly aware & can take action immediately.

  • Noise Control - where possible, all equipment should be fitted with or housed within noise reduction accessories e.g. silencers, mufflers or acoustic housing. Scaffold sheeting or acoustic barriers may be placed strategically around the site to avoid stationary noise sources disrupting local residents. Acoustic quilts and material chutes can be placed internally to further reduce disruption. More information, relevant to the UK demolition guidelines may be found in the British Standard BS 5228.

  • Vibration Control - structural vibrations should also be considered during all stages of the demolition contract work. Monitors can be configured to alarm & inform works if vibration limits are exceeded. This can be achieved using either visual or audible alarm systems.

  • Keeping Local Residents Informed - inform residents of the planned work, & how long it will take. Offer contact details in case there are any enquiries from people. If any work is likely to cause particular noise disruption, inform locals in advance & ensure that there are breaks between noisy periods to offer relief.

  • No Burning - all demolition material must be removed from site & disposed of by an authorised waste disposal site. No burning of materials is permitted on demolition sites in the UK - contractors must adhere to demolition waste management & disposal government policy guidelines.

Demolition Contractor Services

Are you looking for demolition or site-clearance services here in the UK?

You could be downsizing your business, closing a factory or decommissioning a plant, or are you simply looking to remove asbestos, soft-strip an interior or remediate land?

Whatever demolition or site-clearance services you need - GB Demolition Group's demolition experts are here to help!

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  • Conduct Structural Survey & Devise Demolition Strategy with Cost Analyses
  • Devise Demolition Waste Management & Recycling Strategies
  • Provide Quality-Assured Asset Appraisal & Recovery
  • Carry-out Site Isolation & Decontamination

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Why work with us?

We provide a range of demolition services for business so that they can progress on with their new building project without delay.

  • Extensive Network of Professionals
  • Quality of Service
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We Operate Across the UK
  • North West Of England
  • North East Of England
  • East & West Midlands
  • London & Home Counties
  • South & South West Of England
  • Wales
Our Demolition Services
  • Building Demolition
  • Structure Dismantling/ Deconstruction
  • Interior Soft Strip
  • Technical/ Controlled Demolition
  • Floor By Floor Demolition
  • High Reach Demolition
  • Explosive Demolition
Our Site Clearance Services
  • Asbestos Removal
  • Land Remediation
  • Site Decontamination
  • Site Decommissioning
  • Bulk Excavation
  • Hazardous Removal
  • Asset Recovery
  • Waste Management
  • Land Re Profiling

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Our Frequently Asked Questions

Q) Who needs to be informed before demolishing a building?

A) In order to demolition a building (or part of a building) larger than 50 cubic metres in size (equivalent to 1750 cubic feet), a UK demolition contractor must ensure that:

  1. a demolition notice is served to the local council building control office 6 weeks prior to start of the work (template can usually be found on local council websites)
  2. adjoining neighbours or other person affected by the work are informed
  3. statutory undertakers are notified in case they are effected & are required to do work (e.g. remove or disconnect electricity, gas or water utilities etc.)

Q) What responsibilities are there in building demolition?

A) A UK demolition contractor has the following general responsibilities when demolishing a building or an extension:

  • the shoring up any building adjacent to structure being demolished
  • the weatherproofing any surfaces of buildings adjacent to the structure being demolished
  • the repair & compensation for any damage to an adjacent building caused by the demolition (or an act or omission of any person involved in the work)
  • the removal & appropriate disposal of demolition material or rubbish resulting from the demolition &/or clearance of the demolition site
  • the disconnection & sealing of any sewer or drain in or under the structure
  • the arrangement of the relevant statutory undertakers to disconnect the gas, electricity & water supplies to the building
  • compliance with the Health & Safety Executive (& Fire Authority) during the demolition work (& any burning of materials on site)
  • compliance with the Local Authority requirements to protect & preserve the public (i.e. with work hours, noise, dust, vibration regulation etc.)
  • compliance with the Local Authority requirements concerning the condition of the site following the completion of the demolition work