Step 9 – Dismantling

When planning your demolition project, dismantling services is a very important step that may be required depending on the building type. However, there is often a common misconception that dismantling and demolition are either the same thing or very similar but this is not the case. Due to this, we think it’s important for us to highlight the differences between the two to ensure you have a successful project.

The main goal of most demolition projects is to completely tear down a building or structure so that it cannot be rebuilt. Dismantling, on the other hand, is seen as a partial demolition. It is achieved by carefully deconstructing buildings with the aim of being able to repair and recycle valuable elements for reuse on other projects.

When materials that have architectural value are chosen to be reused, this is commonly referred to as green demolition. This is because reusing and recycling materials is helping to reduce the amount of waste going to landfills. The risk of pollution to soil and water is also reduced but overall, it helps to massively improve the construction industry’s contribution to the Circular Economy.

Items that are commonly salvaged during deconstruction include:

  • Doors, cabinetry, and hardware
  • Bricks, rocks, and countertops
  • Toilets, bathtubs, and sinks
  • Wood flooring, windows, appliances, and more


When would dismantling be required?

Dismantling is most likely to be required on projects that do not need clearance of an entire structure or where intricate components are found that may cause a safety risk to those on site. For example, it is common for older buildings to contain hazardous materials including asbestos and when this is the case, it’s important trained professionals are used to dispose of such materials to maintain the safety of workers and the environment.

Dangers to consider

Most of the accidents that take place during dismantling and demolition of structures are caused by a premature collapse of the building or structure, which is why adherence to the method statement is key. Before work begins, first you will need to identify any potential hazards which may harm anyone on site and the surrounding areas.

Identifying potential hazards can be done by completing a risk assessment which will help you to plan ways you can reduce the possibility of things such as asbestos disturbance and the prevention of an accidental structural collapse.

Essential services

Sites that are still connected to essential services pose a major hazard to the workforce and surrounding areas. Services such as gas, water, sewerage, telecommunications and electricity all need to be located and disconnected before work can begin. If disconnections are not possible, pipes and cables should be labelled clearly and workers instructed and warned of potential hazards immediately.

Are you considering dismantling services for your project or would like to know more about what materials can be reused and recycled? Weaver Demolition’s dedicated and highly competent team have over 50 years experience in the demolition industry and can offer advice for this and all other stages of your project. Please contact us here for more information.


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