Which type of demolition do I need?

Which type of demolition do I need?

There are several different types of demolition for clearing sites of existing buildings or structures, but the suitability of each depends on your requirements.

In this blog we explore the different types of demolition used in the UK.

Types of demolition

In simple terms, the most well-known demolition processes are:

  • Wrecking ball demolition

The traditional image of a large demolition project is that of a large wrecking ball smashing into the side of a building and reducing it to smithereens. However, this type of demolition hasn’t really been used in the UK since the 1950s and 1960s. The reason for this is that wrecking ball demolition cannot be easily controlled. It’s a slow and difficult process, which can come with a myriad of health and safety issues. Instead, modern mechanical demolition equipment has taken over as the demolition method of choice, allowing some demolitions to be carried out remotely, with minimal risk, and can be completely controlled.

  • Mechanical demolition

Mechanical demolition makes use of large machinery, such as high reach excavators equipped with specialist attachments to enable them to demolish buildings of all sizes in the most effective way.

  • Controlled explosive demolition

Another more modern method is controlled explosive demolition. However, this involves highly specialist teams and the most amount of preparation to ensure the building can be destroyed safely. This method also comes with many environmental considerations and a huge clear-up afterwards. Therefore, it is used very rarely and only where specific circumstances are involved.

  • Manual soft strip demolition

Manual soft strip demolition is the removal of all non-structural elements both inside and outside a building. This will often be carried out before the mechanical demolition of the building’s structure takes place.

Which demolition method should I use?

As with any demolition project, the success of it is all in the careful planning, which should, without exception, take place prior to the commencement of the work. This stage is a vital one, in no small part down to the demolition hazards which can cause danger to public health and safety. These hazards must be properly assessed and managed.

Rabbit Demolition customers regularly ask our demolition experts for help and advice regarding the demolition process and the type of demolition which is required.

Using our many years of experience, we can assess the type of demolition that you need and professionally manage projects of most sizes, which we will always look to complete in the most environmentally friendly and cost effective way.

If you have any further questions about our demolition services get in touch with a member of our demolition team today for more details.