Our Services

Southern Demolition specialise in:

Demolition

With over 65 years experience and a solid and well established reputation in the construction industry, Southern Demolition offers the highest standard of demolition services.

Our project management skills and proven demolition methods allow us to tackle the most technically challenging and environmentally sensitive projects, delivering on time and within budget.

We perform our work in a safe, socially and environmentally responsible manner, minimising noise, dust, odours, waste and inconvenience to the general public.

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Soft Strip

Soft Strip is the process of removing all non-structural elements inside and outside of a building to facilitate demolition, refurbishment or re-modelling works. Soft Strip works can either be undertaken by Southern Demolition as a standalone project or as part of a package of overall works for a property.

Soft Strip works include but are not limited to the following activities:

  • Removal of Fixtures and Fittings
  • Removal of Internal Walls
  • Removal of Internal Ceilings
  • Removal of Temporary Structures
  • Removal of M&E

Southern Demolition recycles as much as the waste as possible to minimise the volume of soft strip waste going to landfill.

Our team have a robust technical expertise and experience in Soft Strip of buildings working on projects of all values from small complex projects to large extensive projects of high rise properties. Southern Demolition is committed to meeting our clients programme and budget on all projects.

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High Reach Demoliton

Southern Demolition is a demolition method where a high or ultra high reach demolition machine is defined as a 360° bespoke excavator base equipped with a purpose-built, multi-boom or telescopic boom that has a working height of 15 metres or more. Most multi-boom or telescopic boom machines are capable of safe operation without the use of stabilising outriggers, although these may be fitted dependant on the manufacturer’s specification. This type of equipment is typically mounted on a tracked machine base that has undergone modifications including strengthening, widening and lengthening to allow it to work in a safe manner when the front end equipment is fully extended. National Federation of Demolition Contractors The voice of the UK Demolition Industry These machines must be fitted with a Falling Object Protective Structure (FOPS) and a Falling Object Guard Screen (FOGS) cab to conform to BS EN ISO 3449 & ISO 10262 to protect the operator. 

Asbestos Surveys & Removal

Asbestos is a naturally occurring silicate material which was historically mined and used to create products with a predominantly insulating purpose. There are six common types of asbestos, 3 well known and 3 lesser known.  All 6 types are carcinogenic and highly regulated. Asbestos Removal is the process of removing asbestos containing materials under controlled conditions from a property and the material is then disposed of as asbestos waste at registered waste sites.

Southern Demolition are not a licensed asbestos removal contractor but instead have supply chain of Licensed Asbestos Removal Contractors to undertake any required works with audited standards and agreed preferential rates ensuring that Southern Demolition can always meet our clients requirements and provide the good quality service that our clients have come to expect.

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Structural Modification

Structural Modification is the process of re-engineering the structure of a building in order to accommodate a proposed change, to correct structural damage or a structural defect. Within the demolition industry Structural Modification is often referred to as “Cut and Carve”. Structural Modifications often involve the relocation of load bearing elevations which is a detailed and technical process in order to remove load bearing elevations and sufficiently propping the building to ensure a collapse doesn’t occur.

The process of structural modification needs complex planning and detailed drawings are prepared and discussed with building control to obtain the relevant licenses and permits.

Our team has an extensive amount of technical expertise and experience in undertaking structural modifications and we work to achieve our clients programme and budget.

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Top Down Demolition

Top down demolition is essentially a method of demolition generally used for high rise buildings. The process involves the deconstruction of the property, floor by floor, from the top down to the bottom. This method is the safest method in which to undertake the demolition of high and medium rise properties, it provides a strong level of control in terms of the structure of the building protecting those working in and around the demolition site.

The method of top down demolition involves a scaffold being erected around the building and then machinery being hoisted to the working level. The process is technically challenging and requires a good knowledge of the construction of a building and the engineering controls that need to be put into place.

Our team has a large amount of technical expertise and experience of undertaking top down demolition and always works to achieve our clients programme and budgets.

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Shoring and Temporary Strengthening Systems

As defined by the general procedures of BS5975:2008 Temporary Works are an ‘engineered solution’ used to support or protect either an existing structure or the permanent works during construction, or to support an item of plant or equipment, or the vertical sides or side-slopes of an excavation during construction operations on site or to provide temporary access.

TEMPORARY WORKS IN DEMOLITION

Demolition and structural refurbishment may be carried out on structures that are in poor condition to start with. Demolition involves taking a structure apart which inevitably involves weakening and the controlled failure of structural elements and connections. Even where a carefully worked out sequence is used to minimise weakness and prevent uncontrolled sequential collapse, the structure will at times be in a temporary condition. The process of demolition will also impose loads on the structures that differ from the original condition. In some cases this will be a significant overload when compared with original design or use, whereas in others there may be reduced loads or support. Temporary works may be used to provide support to ensure that the temporary condition does not lead to a structural failure incident. This type of structural support may be inside or outside the structure being demolished, or for purposes of protection in adjoining structures. Temporary works are also used to enable plant and personnel access and working platforms, to provide security fencing, site accommodation and welfare and will almost certainly provide critical support for dismantling of individual elements within a structure. The following lists typical temporary works seen on demolition projects:

• Hoardings and Site Fencing

• Traffic and Pedestrian Barriers

• Site Welfare and Offices (includes temporary units as well as change of use of part of the structure to be demolished)

• Signage

• Ramps

• Exclusion Zones

• Scaffolding

• Tower Scaffolds and Similar Access Systems

• Temporary Stair and Ladder Access Towers

• Support Systems/Propping

• Shores (flying and raking)

• Facade Retention Systems & Party Wall Support

• Edge Protection

• Tower Crane Bases

• Anchors and Ties

• Working platforms used for cranes, high reach machines or drilling/piling rigs

• Support work to party walls, floors and excavations.

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Façade Retention

Façade Retention is the process of demolishing a building or part of a building whilst retaining the façade of the building to preserve a listed, historic or architecturally unique structure.  Southern Demolition has extensive expertise in this area.

We work closely with our clients, structural engineers, local authorities and our professional team to provide practical solutions in line with budget and programme to deliver a complete façade retention service including early stage development and design and construction of a range of façade support system to ensure both the health and safety and success of the project.

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Concrete Crushing

When structures made of concrete are demolished or renovated, Concrete Crushing is an increasingly common method of utilising the rubble. Concrete was once routinely trucked to landfills for disposal, but recycling has a number of benefits that have made it a more attractive option in this age of greater environmental awareness, more environmental laws, and the desire to keep construction costs down.Concrete aggregate collected from demolition sites is put through a crushing machine. Crushing facilities accept only uncontaminated concrete, which must be free of trashwoodpaper and other such materials.Crushing at the actual construction site using portable crushers reduces construction costs and the pollution generated when compared with transporting material to and from a quarry

Southern Demolition have their very own crushing service. For more information and rates please contact us on 01932 351738

Scaffolding, Cladding and Hoarding Erection

Southern Demolition both Erect Hoarding and have specialist sub-contractors who act on behalf of us. The types of hoarding range from timber to scaffold and vary in design dependant upon the temporary works requirements. There is always a way to get around difficult surfaces and circumstances but securing a site is a must. 

Southern Demolition have specilaist sub-contractors that work closely beside us erecting scaffold. We can perform Commercial, Residential and Rail Way scaffold erections and provide detailed scaffold plans and calculations. 

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Remediation

The process of remediation is to take a piece of land that is contaminated with waste, hydrocarbons, asbestos or other hazardous materials and process the ground so that it is clear of contaminants and ready for its intended use whether this be development, community or any other desired use.

The first part of this process is to identify the contaminants that exist and determine how they can be remediated.  This is completed by appointing specialist companies to conduct ground investigations, sampling and analysis.

Once the contaminants are understood General Demolition establish a methodology for the decontamination.

Our team are committed to conducting remediation of land in line with our client’s budget and programme.

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