How Much Does Commercial Building Demolition Cost?

Commercial building demolition is an essential step in repurposing land for new developments – or just rebuilding your own property from scratch. But as with any commercial project, costs are a vital consideration. Above all else, because no business wants to commit to a commercial demolition if it exceeds their budget.

If you haven’t invested in commercial building demolition before, it can feel like a shot in the dark estimating how much it will come to. To clear things up, we’ll discuss some of the factors that affect the demolition costs for commercial buildings in the UK.

Commercial demolition costs depend on requirements

First and foremost, it’s worth pointing out that there is no general rule of thumb when it comes to costing the removal of a building or structure. Commercial building demolition projects can vary from very small and simple to large and complex. Having a general cost in mind is simply no use compared to a quote that’s tailored to your requirements.

Here are some key considerations we make when quoting for commercial building demolition…

Size and height

As you might expect, the size of the building is a big factor when it comes to demolition costs. Broadly speaking, larger buildings take longer to dismantle. But more specifically, higher buildings pose a few additional complexities with regards to how they are dismantled and demolished.

Location and surroundings

Where is your building situated and what is around it? Tight site constraints may dictate that mechanical dismantling isn’t possible because there isn’t room for machinery. It could also rule out explosive demolition because of the risk for nearby buildings or roads. The alternative is a hand dismantling and demolition approach which typically takes longer and, as a result, can cost more.

Construction form

Next on the list is the type of construction being dismantled. UK commercial buildings can comprise a reinforced concrete frame, steel frame or traditional brick and block, for example. Understandably, certain materials can be more difficult to demolish, while others are simpler and quicker.

Material value

That brings us onto the next factor – the value of the materials from the demolition. Most demolitions have some materials which are recyclable or even directly reusable on separate projects. What varies, however, is the percentage of materials which can be reused or recycled, and the value of the materials in question.

Projects with a high percentage of recyclable materials, or high value materials for reuse, will cost less because that value can be deducted from the overall commercial building demolition cost. This deduction can be boosted by screening and crushing waste to maximise the volume of usable materials.

Project scope

Not all commercial buildings require an entire demolition. For many projects, a partial demolition is needed – requiring a separation between demolished and remaining structures. This can call on temporary works to maintain the integrity of remaining elements. Of course, this cost can be minimised by working with a demolition company that provides temporary works as part of their services.

Toxic substances

With changes to building regulations and advances in materials over time, it’s not uncommon for buildings to contain toxic, hazardous or contaminated substances. If these substances haven’t already been removed or fully decommissioned, specialist services may be required. Asbestos removal is a case in point, which can account for a significant part of UK commercial building demolition projects – and the costs that go with them.

Power and water

As you’ve probably guessed by now, demolition isn’t just about dismantling the structure of a building. The utilities connected to the building also need to be considered, including:

  • Disconnecting and purging gas mains
  • Draining down the plumbing system
  • Shutting off and disconnecting electricity

Internal demolition

As well as the bricks and mortar (or other materials), the building in question may have its own contents inside which need to be removed. This is an important step to avoid complications during the subsequent demolition, but also because those materials may have their own value. Using a company that provides internal demolition and strip out services can make this step quicker and more cost-effective.

Your demolition company

The final and perhaps most important factor when it comes to commercial building demolition cost is the demolition company you’re working with – and the services they offer. A good demolition company can cover all bases and provide you with a comprehensive quote for all of your requirements.

On the other hand, some demolition companies will quote at a lower price, but leave you in need of other services from separate providers. While their quote might be cheaper, the overall cost will typically be higher as you’ll need several parties charging separately for smaller jobs. That’s not even mentioning the difficulty and delays of coordinating all that work.

Get a commercial building demolition quote today

If you want to get a better idea of commercial building demolition costs, the best way is to get a quote that’s tailored to your project and all of its specific requirements.

At Weaver Demolition, we provide truly comprehensive commercial building demolition services to make your project as cost-effective as possible. After understanding your requirements and assessing your site, we’ll provide a no obligation quote so you can make an informed decision about the best course of action for your business.

Contact us today on 01761 452391 or email

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