What Can Commercial Strip Out Contractors Do?

If you’re a business owner who has recently acquired a premises, you may be wondering about the best way to clear out the current contents. It’s the vital first step in renovation, whether you’re clearing out for a safe demolition, or re-purposing the interior to best suit your business.

Making way for refurbishment is the job of strip out contractors, who have the specialist skills and tools required for the task at hand. From tiny offices to restaurants and even large hospitals, stripping out is far more complex a process than it might seem from the outside.

If it’s your first time renovating a commercial property, it’s important to know exactly what services strip out contractors can perform. Not least because every project will have a unique set of strip out requirements. To make things easier, we’ve put together this handy guide detailing all the various services, so you can make an informed decision based on your needs.

Removal of fixtures and fittings

From furniture to light fixtures and wall hangings, your new property is likely to come with lots of things that need removing. Strip out contractors will dismantle and remove any superfluous content before disposing of it in the appropriate way.

Removal of walls, partitions, and ceilings

If you’re planning layout changes, a commercial strip out team can ensure you don’t do anything to damage the structure of the building. Walls, partitions and ceilings will be removed in the safest way possible. Load-bearing walls need particular attention and care from experienced professionals.

Strip out contractors can identify walls as structural with the help of an engineer. They will then prop the building in readiness for its removal. Once the supporting wall has been dismantled, all waste will be removed and disposed of. Meanwhile, partition and non-structural walls can also be removed with ease. It’s also possible to remove ceilings to increase the height of a space or remove mezzanine balconies to make way for something new. This is all part of the service provided during a commercial strip out.

Hazardous substance identification

Before undertaking any kind of strip out, a building should be checked for the presence of hazardous substances such as asbestos. This is crucial for the health and safety of everyone involved in the project life cycle. An asbestos survey will usually be one of the first things that happens during a commercial strip out. Once identified, asbestos or any other hazardous substances are removed safely by the team.

M&E removal

Strip out contractors have experience in the handling and removal of mechanical and electrical services. This is definitely not something you can simply ‘DIY’. It may include a full plant room strip out, and the removal of everything from electric cabling and heating pipes to air handling and air conditioning units.

This type of waste can often be recycled, and contractors will often make an effort to dispose of it in the most environmentally friendly way. For larger projects with heavy plant and machinery, you may need crane removal. This is something that an experienced strip out team will also be able to help with.

Decommissioning of waste, heating, and ventilation

Before renovation or demolition can begin, a building’s waste, heating and ventilation services need to be decommissioned and signed off by the appropriate parties. At the start of a project, a decommissioning plan is usually produced to ensure this happens as it should.

Waste disposal and recycling

Few people realise the sheer volume of waste created during a strip out. Moving waste off site and disposing of it correctly can be a lengthy process. This is why it is often included in the service by strip out contractors, who offer an efficient and cost-effective solution. This includes the recycling of materials where possible and the safe disposal of anything hazardous.

Get a quote for a commercial strip out today

If you’re in need of a commercial strip out, or are just not sure what you need, the best thing to do is get in contact. At Weaver Demolition, we take time to understand your unique requirements before jumping into a project. We’ll come out and assess the site before providing an easy, no-obligation quote for the specific services you need.

Contact us today on 01761 452391 or email us enquiries@weaverdemoliton.com.

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