Demolition methods overview

Demolition is the act of completely or partly dismantling a structure such as a building with the use of a controlled method. The act  of demolition dismantles the load bearing elements of a structure, before stripping away its internal fittings.

Demolition activities are high risk due to the methods involved and the instability of structures during the demolition phase and should always be executed by a demolition contractor with the appropriate demolition equipment like specialist demolition excavators.

When carried out incorrectly, demolition can cause significant injury or death. A demolition contractors can ensure that every project is completed safely and within the applicable regulations, ensuring  the health and well-being of you and those around you. 

Demolition process


Commercial Demolition covers a wide range of projects for companies that are seeking to make changes to their premises or are undertaking building and development projects. Commercial demolition covers interior strip outs, structural demolition, and excavation. Interior strip outs are where the internal services, wiring and structural features of a building’s interior are removed to make way for a new fit-out.

Structural demolition is where old structures are pulled down entirely to make space or allow for a new building to be constructed. This can include taking down large in industrial scale structures such as schools, shopping centres and more. It can also include smaller projects  such as removing just part of a building or an external feature. And lastly excavation, which includes excavating bulk mass such as dirt, rock and materials to clear sites and prepare for a range of commercial projects.


Explosives are used in the controlled demolition industry to cause a structure to collapse in a small amount of time. Explosive and implosive demolition techniques are employed based on the location of the structure and its surrounding elements. The explosion causes a building to erupt outwards but can cause damage to surrounding structures, or injury to people. Implosion causes a building to collapse in on itself, which minimises the risk of damage and injury. Implosion is more commonly used in urban and built areas. Working with a demolition contractor will ensure you use the correct method of demolition for your project and will not be liable for harm or damage to other people or property


Residential demolition can be a tricky process because it requires becoming familiar with the appropriate local legislation and applying for the notifications such as a Section 80. An experienced demolition company can help guide you through this process, taking a lot of the stress out of this part of your renovation project. Demolition contractors will work alongside your building team to adhere to 

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Commercial Demolition

Demolishing commercial buildings holistically and partially is exactly what we specialise in. Regardless of whether you want to remove single walls or an entire floor, at the end of the process, we ensure that everything.

Remote Demolition

Total Demolition is one of the leading confined work demolition contractors in the United Kingdom clearly ahead of all other companies, we offer a service that is unmatched in the area of demolition in confined areas,Total Demolition over an 9 year period 


Crushing & Screening

Total Demolition offer a range of crushing and screening services throughout the United Kingdom. Our fleet of mobile crushers and screening units allow us to tackle jobs of all shapes and sizes, and this can be complemented by our residential or commercial.


High-Rise Demolition

We use high-reach convertible excavators that allow us to remove pieces from the building while preventing damages to the other structures. Even when there are two or more buildings standing next to each other, we can take down the building down with accuracy 


Asbestos Removal

Total demolition perform safe and comprehensive asbestos removal work nationwide and have worked on some of the largest asbestos removal projects ever undertaken in the United Kingdom.  We have 


Residential Demolition

Total Demolition offers a variety of residential demolition services. We have executed numerous residential demolition projects  throughout the UK. We can perform demolition and site restoration 


Chimney Demolition

For almost 40 years, Total Demolition have been growing and adapting to meet our market’s needs. We’ve worked on a vast range of chimney demolition operations for private companies

Facade Retention

As a modern and professional demolition contractors, we have developed our capabilities to provide Facade Retention and Temporary Propping services within any Demolition Contract


Bridge Demolition

At Total Demolition, we know that bridge demolition is a complex project that requires a lot of planning and precision. That’s why we offer our expertise to handle every aspect from inception to completion.


Civil Engineering

Total Demolition are a leading civil construction and civil engineering contractors with over 45 years’ expertise in delivering  high-quality, innovative and cost-effective civil engineering projects across a wide variety of sectors. As leading civil engineering contractors, our operations 


Site Clearance

Site clearing is an important part of preparing land for new constructions, subdivisions, or other earthworks. It involves removing a range of things from the site, including vegetation, trees, soil, debris, and existing structures that are no longer required


Emergency Demolition

Total Demolition are able to provide rapid deployment of specialised plant and equipment ranging from excavators and earth-moving equipment, to crane and rigging, purpose built containerised spill contaminant modules, generators and lighting towers.


Industrial Demolition

Each industrial demolition project is unique based on its scope and requirements.  A specific site plan is necessary as well as the use of an OSHA safety plan.  Below you can find a summary of the necessary steps.


Hazardous Materials

Total Demolition provides hazardous and contaminated waste identification, treatment and removal services. Our highly skilled team will always find a safe and efficient management solution to remove your unwanted legacy.


Dismantling Contractors

The dismantling of redundant plant (including process equipment, columns, heat exchangers, pumps, pipe work, chimneys, stacks and structures within live environments) is a particular speciality. Industrial


Groundwork Contractors

Some of our excavation equipment include backhoes, excavators, bobcats and tip trucks to handle all types domestic, and commercial and industrial excavation projects. For all your excavation needs contact our 

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