Demolition process

A guide to the building demolition process; from planning to completion

The building demolition process can involve a lot of paperwork and procedure. Thames Demolition guides clients through the whole process,  taking care of the paperwork and stress of planning their demolition project whether it’s house demolition or a commercial/industrial job.

However, if you have purchased a small residential or commercial property and are planning to demolish or part demolish the existing structure we have put together a few pointers that any professional demolition company would want you to consider before beginning your project.

Two big questions you need to be concerned with when planning are:-

  1. What Local Authority Permissions do I need for house or building demolition?
  2. What General Documentation is required when knocking down or clearance of  a house or building?

Below is a summary of the permissions that may need to be aquired and a checklist which ensures your project is safe, legal and cost efficient.

Local Authority & building demolition

Check list and documentation

The Condition Survey

The Condition Survey is a survey of the surrounding area  i.e. Footpaths, roads, general perimeter. This can be undertaken by yourself who is basically taking photos of the area and especially any damage areas such as cracked paving slabs. Then put the photos along with a short description to accompany the photo into a document. These will safe guard you against any unwanted claims for existing damaged areas.

Party wall award

A party wall surveyor may be required if working close to a neighbouring boundary. These will safe guard you against any unwanted claims.

Check Contractor Insurance

Check that your demolition contractor is adequately insured

Proof of contractor training and experience

Ask your contractor about the experience and training they have undertaken as an inexperienced contractor could cost you dearly in the event that they made a mistake.

Service isolation

Prior to a full demolition it is important that all of the services have been isolated by qualified tradesmen with an isolation certification issued for the works. If the services have to be removed completely by the service provider then start this early as it can sometimes take quite a while to arrange. If your development requires a site temporary electrical or water supply then a relocation fee maybe more cost effective.

Will the replacement building require hardcore?

If the development is likely to require hardcore for a base or hard standing then it is quite often more cost effective to crush the bricks and concrete arising’s on site. This can sometimes save a lot of money instead of paying to remove the hardcore and then pay to import a similar material

Temporary Works

If the building has a basement, adjoining building or undergoing only part demolition then temporary propping and support works maybe required. This is known as Temporary works and quite often requires an engineer’s design and calculations.

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