How much does it cost to demolish a building?

When offering a customer a demolition quote, it’s essential that we consider the following factors when offering a quote. Within this article, we will walk you through the thought process our estimators use when pricing demolition contracts throughout the United Kingdom.

Walk around the demolition site

 

Walking around the building due to be demolished is essential, we therefore often need to walk both outside and within the building.
The main reason is that the demolition estimator can determine which excavators are needed and roughly how many personnel will be required to demolish the building.

How many excavators will be needed?

 

When working out a price for that particular demolition contract, the estimator must determine how many excavators will be required. For example, on some demolition contracts, it will be apparent that only one demolition machine will be needed.
However, on another demolition contract, multiple excavators might need to be required to safely demolish the building.

 

How far the building is located from recycling facilities

 

If a building is relatively close to a place where the aggregates / waste can be recycled, then the cost of the demolition can be lower.

However, if there multiple tipper lorries needed, that is, the eight-wheeler trucks, and they need to drive some distance before they can arrive at the nearest recycling facility, the cost of the demolition will need to increase.

This is because additional diesel and driver time will be needed to transport all that waste, brick, stone and breeze blocks to the recycling facility.

 

Which building materials need to be recycled?

 

Some building materials are much cheaper to recycle than others. For example, if it’s a concrete roof tile, it is much cheaper to recycle that roof tile, than other types of roof tile.

On the other hand, if the roof tile is made of asbestos, a specialist asbestos removal firm will need to come in and remove the asbestos before any demolition work can start.

How long will demolition staff and equipment need to be on-site?

 

It’s then down to the estimator to work out roughly how long the demolition equipment, such as the excavators and the crushers, will need to be left on site.

If the demolition equipment is needed for a long period of time, then this will increase the cost of the demolition.

Also, the estimator needs to calculate how many staff are required, and how much this will cost in terms of labour costs.

Therefore, if there is a lot of what they call soft stripping, which is removing the plasterboard, timber, and plastics from the building, this will substantially increase the demolition costs.

If the job doesn’t need soft stripping, perhaps it’s already been gutted, or the building is fire-damaged. Therefore, soft stripping the building is not required because the contents of the building may have been burnt, so sometimes, it is cheaper to demolish these types of buildings, as theres less waste.

Steel buildings

It is often cheaper to demolish steel-framed buildings, that’s because steel can be widely recycled.
For example, items such as copper cables, which are nonferrous and ferrous metals, can be recycled very easily.

Large excavators, fitted with a sheer, can cut through the metal and place it into awaiting recycling bins to be easily recycled.

We specialise in demolishing steel buildings, such as large factories, warehouses, and retail buildings.
Often, these commercial buildings need giant excavators; that’s to safely pull the building to the floor. We have large machines capable of demolishing large steel factories, and other types of buildings.

Therefore, if you would like a demolition quote, why not call our Cardiff demolition company? South Wales Demolition Ltd has been providing good quality demolition services for a very long time. We can demolish anything from steel buildings to domestic buildings such as houses.

We also offer free quotations and aim to get your quote back to you within seven days with a quote. So we are the company to call, whether it’s a giant factory, that’s incurred fire damaged, or perhaps just a single house that needs demolishing and crushing. We can bring the excavators and the crushers to demolish any building safely.

 

 

 

Could our concrete crushing services help to reduce your demolition bill?

 

Introduction

What’s great about having a building demolished and crushed to the site using a jaw-crusher, is that it’s helping to protect the environment and reduce the overall demolition bill.

What we mean by this is most demolition contractors, us included, will reduce the cost for us to demolish a building if we can crush it to the site. We can use a powerful jaw crusher, to crush all of the aggregates, brick, concrete and stone at the site.

 

 

Which type of buildings can often be crushed?

-Houses
– Factories
– Industrial buildings

 

How does concrete crushing help to reduce the overall demolition bill?

When you think of the amount of haulage, that is required on most demolition contracts, a 8- wheeler tipper is often needed haul concrete away from the demolition site, this can sometimes significantly increase the bill.

For example, having lorries, with the cost of the drivers and diesel, this can significantly increase the cost of the demolition contract.
So, for example, the vast majority of the demolition contracts we manage are within Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan areas are now crushed to site, using a jaw crusher.

Now, when you think a typical house might need about ten loads of hard-core taken away, this can significantly increase the bill for us to demolish the building.

 

Jaw crusher

Yet if the building is going to be crushed to the site, with a powerful jaw crusher then, this can crush the building and make the stone into hardcore, which can then be reused to make say the foundations for the new building.

 

Left onsite or taken away

Sometimes, the client will want all the hardcore to taken away via a eight wheeler lorry, such as using DAF – eight wheeler lorry. Sometimes a aggregate is sold to another company which will use it for, let’s say, the base to make a new road, such as a motorway.

Alternatively, sometimes, the client will want the hard-core themselves; they can level it over the site and use it as part of the foundations for the new building.

 

Helps to protect the environment

Crushing the building and reusing that aggregate on the site, rather than transporting it away via trucks, helps protect the environment because less haulage is required. This means less diesel is burned and, therefore, less carbon is created during the demolition process.

Demolition contractors that can crush a building using a jaw crusher
We can use a powerful jaw crusher, which can crush all of the concrete, the brick and the aggregate, and we can stockpile it on your demolition site for you.

 

Crushing the concrete slab

Often, we use what is called a hydraulic hammer, which is fitted to the end of an excavator; this is used to break the concrete slab into much smaller pieces; once this process has been undertaken, it’s time to feed the jaw crusher.

One part of the jaw crusher is called a hopper; this is where the concrete, the stone, and the aggregate are fed into this part of the machine.

What comes out the other end is hard-core.

 

Local demolition companies that offer crushing services

Our demolition company can haul the stone away using an eight-wheeler lorry, yet alternatively you may want us to use a jaw crusher and crush all of the stone to the site.

We, therefore, can demolish and crush any building. Whether it be a house, a factory, or a warehouse, we can crush the stone, bricks, and aggregate for you.

 

Demolition company

Do you need a Cardiff demolition company? Then why not call us? We can demolish any building. If you are looking for a company that can crush the building using a jaw crusher, why not call us?

 
Demolition and crushing services South Wales

 
We can demolish any type of building and crush the building to site. We can use a jaw crusher, to crush concrete, brick and stone.

 

What type of commercial buildings can your demolition company demolish?

 

Introduction

We are asked to demolish many commercial and industrial buildings located throughout the United Kingdom.

The reason for this is that we have the demolition excavators, such as Hitachi machines, and we also have highly experienced staff, meaning that whether it’s a huge, steel-clad warehouse or perhaps a fire-damaged factory, we can demolish it safely and efficiently.

 

Range of demolition excavators

Because we have an extensive range of different demolition excavators. This means that we can demolish a wide range of steel buildings, ranging from huge steel factories to huge warehouses and commercial buildings such as shops.

Whether the building is constructed using breeze blocks or it’s a steel-framed building, we can demolish it quickly and safely.

With a range of powerful demolition excavators, crushers and vans, we can demolish any building; we also have demolition attachments, which allow us to demolish the building even quicker.

 

Steel recycling

What’s great about demolishing a steel building, such as a warehouse, is that it’s often made of using steel sheets, steel beams and perhaps even steel framed windows.

Our powerful excavators can lift all of these heavy bits of metal into a waste bin, and then the metal is recycled at a local scrap yard for recycling.

Therefore, many steel buildings can be completely recycled, and steel-framed buildings might then be turned into new cars, washing machines, or even tins for your baked beans.

 

Factory Demolition

Quite often, a new company will take over a factory, and it might need the old demolished to make way for a newer, much larger building.

It could be that your building has incurred a lot of rust which is eating away at the RSJ beams, also rust could be affecting the exterior metal sheets or perhaps even the roofs angle iron could have a lot of rust.

Therefore, sometimes, it’s more economical to simply completely demolish the building and ultimately build a new steel-framed building in its place.

We have the powerful Hitachi demolition excavators, which can eat away at the steel building and safely demolish it, lifting each piece of heavy iron into a waste bin and we can then drive all of the non-ferrous and ferrous metal to a local scrap metal recycling yard.

 

Industrial demolition Cardiff

It could be that an old cast iron chimney as part of a factory, a heavy piece of machinery, such as a large printing press within the building in Cardiff, or perhaps an overhead crane that used to lift heavy equipment is now redundant and no longer used- we can therefore dismantle and demolish this for you.

 

A considerable amount of experience demolishing steel buildings

We have demolished many commercial buildings, ranging from fire-damaged factories, through to large factories.

We have the low loaders, the demolition excavators, and the staff to demolish any commercial or industrial building safely anywhere within South Wales.

We also travel right throughout the country, demolishing steel buildings.

 

Crushing of the concrete

We can also use our hugely powerful excavators to break up the concrete foundations using a hydraulic hammer.
We can put all of the concrete through a crusher; this way, most of the steel building, including its concrete foundations, will be fully recycled.

Therefore, the steel can be taken to a local scrap yard, where it will be fully recycled.

The concrete can also be broken into small pieces through a crusher and made into hardcore.

This concrete hardcore can, therefore, sometimes used to make the new foundations of the new building.

Or the hardcore might be taken off-site and used as the foundation for a road, for example.

Therefore, the concrete and the steel will be recycled completely, and what’s also great is that our demolition company is often chosen because we can offer some very competitive prices for demolishing steel-framed buildings such as warehouses, shops and factories.

We have been completing Cardiff demolition of steel buildings, such as factories and warehouses and shops, for a long time, so if you want a metal building demolished, why not call us?

We, therefore demolish the following types of structures:

 

  • Fire damaged buildings
  • Factories
  • Warehouses
  • All types of steel buildings can be demolished by us

 

Highly experienced demolition contractors

If you are looking for a demolition company that can safely demolish a steel building, why not call us today? We can offer you a free quotation.

 

 

 

 

Why steel buildings require highly experienced demolition contractors to demolish them

 

Introduction

A lot of the Cardiff demolition that goes on every year within the city will involve dismantling and demolishing steel-framed buildings.
These need to be demolished and approached differently than how you would demolish say a building made from brick, stone and masonry.
The reason for this is that often very heavy, sections of steel will be at great height, therefore extra care needs to taken when demolishing these buildings.

The excavator needs to approach the steel building quite close, and we then use something called a metal shear, which cuts through the RSJ beam.

 

Demolition and factory strip-out

Sometimes, a company will take over a large warehouse, yet the previous tenant might have left vast amounts of steel racking, machinery or internal buildings that are no longer needed.

An excavator often needs to track through the roller shutter doors and then start dismantling the racking and taking all of the waste to be recycled.

 

 

Factory strip-out

We, therefore, can completely demolish and flatten the whole metal building, or we could carry out internal demolition work, simply removing plasterboard partitions, that are no longer needed, or perhaps lifting a heavy piece of cast iron machinery onto a lorry, or it may entail demolishing a breezeblock building.

We can do it all, whether the buildings made of metal, stone or brick we can demolish it for you.

Why steel buildings need extra attention when demolishing

However, the steel framework, that is used to construct the building can often be under a lot of tension, and also stress, so this is why you need a highly experienced demolition company to undertake the work.

For example, the demolition excavator often needs to be close to the building, and if the steel beams are not cut the correct way, the shear could slip, and the metal beam could fall potentially hitting the cab of an machine.

This can result in a loss of life, because the metal beams used to construct buildings are so heavy, and it’s not like a few bricks, stone or masonry simply bouncing off the cab of a machine, no a metal beam will simply crush the occupant within the excavator, so this is why extra care is needed when demolishing metal buildings.

 

Method statements and risk assessments

A highly experienced demolition company, like ours, based in Wales will often need to visit the demolition site, and have a walk-through and around the building. This is of course if it safe to do so.

With some fire-damaged buildings, it might be unsafe for anybody to enter say the factory. Therefore, looking at the building from a distance, a plan of work needs to be considered, then this is when the method statements are drafted.

 

Method statements and risk assessments

Then, detailed method statements and risk assessments must be created; and these must be written carefully with great thought going into how the steel building will be demolished.

 

Factory Demolition

There is a need to set out exactly how the factory will be demolished; usually, the safest way is to use a vast, perhaps even a 50-ton-plus excavator fitted with a hydraulic shear, which will cut through the metal quickly.

There are many highly experienced demolition contractors throughout the United Kingdom.

However, there is a reason why South Wales demolition Ltd are asked to demolish so many steel buildings throughout the United Kingdom.
That is simply because we have a highly experienced team of demolition managers who can advise on how the method statements and risk assessments should be written. also, sometimes the company will need to obtain advise from an external health and safety adviser as well.

Because we have demolished so many metal buildings here in Cardiff, ranging from vast and car showrooms, through to fire damaged buildings in the Valleys, which have had equipment left in the building, which is well over 10 tons in weight, often that item can’t be salvaged it, therefore, needs to be lifted by our powerful excavators.

Therefore, we have successfully demolished many steel buildings throughout the United Kingdom, transporting our excavators and a low loader to all corners of Britain to carry out our demolition work.

Our powerful excavators can be fitted to the end with a shear, so that we can cut the steel, and then another digger can lift them and load them either onto a truck or into a waste bin.

The metal is then transported to a recycling yard; often, the steel is exported worldwide.

 

Steel dismantling and demolition Cardiff

We offer some of the best prices to either partially demolish part of the building or take away the building entirely. We have a range of trucks, excavators, and attachments that can be used to demolish the building.

 

Would you like a free quotation?

If you would like a free quotation, whether its demolish a large Victorian house made from brick and stone or a massive factory that might span easily over 7 acres. In that case, we are the demolition company you should call, with some of Wales’s most highly experienced demolition management working for us.
We have the demolition excavators, the staff, and the attachments to demolish any building safely. So please do call us today.

How do you ensure that the majority of the waste from your demolition contract is recycled?

 

Introduction

When you are demolishing a huge building, such as a hospital, there are quite literally tons of waste are created. This could be plastics, rubble perhaps it could even steel. This all needs to be sorted and then recycled. However, with that said, some demolition companies will recycle more waste than others. So, we thought we would write a comprehensive article, explaining exactly how we recycle as much of the waste as we possibly can.

 

Do you demolish steel buildings in Wales?

We most certainly do, we have invested in large excavators, which are very powerful and allow us to demolish metal buildings.
Are you also able to demolish residential structures as well?

We most certainly can, whether it is a house, perhaps it’s a block of flats, we can safely demolish the whole building in a short period of time.

 

Can you write the health and safety method statements and risk assessments?

We most certainly can, in-house we can create certain method statements and risk assessments these can be created in a relatively short period of time then they can be submitted to local councils, such as Cardiff County Council for approval.

 

A large powerful jaw crusher is

A jaw crusher is simply a very powerful machine, dates are powered by a large diesel engine, which moves open and closes a jaw, The excavator is used to drop rubble, such as bricks, stone, and mortar into what is called the hopper.

Out the other end emerges aggregate, known as hard-core, which is widely used as the base for roads, and also to construct the foundations of the building. Therefore around 100% of the bricks and the stomach can be recycled, what’s even better, is this reduces the number of lorries that are needed to transport the stone off the demolition site, so not only are you recycling the product, but you are also reducing the amount of trucks, that are needed to transport the waste to another recycling yard.

 

Metal recycling

Again around 100%, of the steel that comes out of a demolition site, can often be completely recycled and made into for example new cars. We have huge, very large excavators, which are fitted with specialist demolition machines, these cut through the metal like a hot knife through butter.

Then once the steel has been cut into smaller sections, it’s time to take it away recycling yard, where it can get completely recycled.
We have a range of huge excavators, these demolish many buildings within the city of Cardiff, yet we also frequently travel to the large Bristol as well. We then completely demolish factories, warehouses, and light industrial units.

We also have other demolition equipment such as 360° rotating grounds, which can pick up the steel from the ground, and it carefully into a skip.

 

Plastics

When you are demolishing a house, or perhaps a commercial building, a lot of waste comes from the UP the sea windows and doors.
What’s great about the DC windows and doors is that the frames are wanted, as the company often manufactures back into new doors and windows, therefore using our excavators that have a rotating wrap, in a matter of seconds we can pick out those items, and we can place them into a separate skip, so that they can get recycled as well.

 

Would you like to hire our Cardiff demolition company?

What’s great about hiring us, is that here, at South Wales Demolition, we have some of the most knowledgeable demolition management,

We have some of the most experienced demolition managers not just here in Wales but working for us, in Britain.

We also have a lot of excavators, so we can demolish any type of building, whether that be a factory, or perhaps it’s a residential house.

 

Would you like a quote for demolition?

Perhaps you were like a free quote, for an industrial, or perhaps it’s commercial or residential demolition that’s required, we have the machinery we have staff we also have a huge amount of knowledge on how to safely demolish any type of building, so why not give us a call today.