Industrial Demolition

Industrial demolition is required for decommissioned facilities, such as power plants, mills, power stations, hospitals, schools, manufacturing plants, and contaminated sites. Requiring specialist skills in deconstruction that is supported with detailed demolition planning, infrastructure owners are often unaware of the risks and challenges associated with demolition of structures that have been standing for decades. Undocumented structural modifications; hidden materials, such as asbestos, lead, silica, and chemicals; unknown strength of construction materials; and demolition method hazards are all factors that inform the planning and delivery of a project to ensure safe and effective project completion.
As an industrial demolition contractor providing decommissioning, deconstruction and remediation services, we understand the risks associated with these projects. With safety as our number one priority, our approach to industrial demolition is to mitigate hazards, while balancing budget, schedule, and method considerations to deliver each project successfully. We comply with all regulations and standards required to achieve structural demolition and site remediation in a safe manner. Our project teams are supported with ongoing training and retraining on safety topics, correct demolition techniques, and correct use of tools and equipment to ensure safety awareness and practice is front of mind.

Industrial demolition performed safely

With every project requiring detailed planning, we work closely with our clients providing a full range of industrial demolition services as they apply at each stage of an asset’s lifecycle from demolition consulting through to deconstruction, remediation, and rehabilitation. We employ specialist plant and machinery from our fleet, which includes an increasing number of high reach excavators. Various attachments provide versatility in approach, remove hazards away from the demolition work face, and allow the project team to achieve high reach demolition safely.


We employ various demolition methods, depending on a project’s specific need, including:


Top-down demolition


Top-down demolition, which involves deconstruction working from the top of the structure. Cranes are used to lift plant and machinery onto the top of the structure, allowing a building to be demolished floor by floor.


Induced collapse


Induced collapse, whereby sections of a structure are systematically weakened near the bottom to allow it to be brought to the ground, by either pushing or pulling to collapse the structure. 


Mechanical demolition 


Mechanical demolition uses plant and equipment such as cranes, loaders, bulldozers, and high reach excavators with attachments, to allow a structure to be torn apart and remove workers away from the demolition workface.


Explosive demolition 


A specialist method of demolition, explosive demolition requires the use of explosives and is high risk work that is appropriately heavily regulated. 

Talk to our team today about how we can design and deliver your industrial demolition project.


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Power stations, mills, manufacturing and processing plants


With experience in industrial infrastructure dismantling, we work with clients on partial or complete demolition of power stations, mills, and manufacturing plants. Our collaborative approach encompasses detailed planning, project delivery, and remediation, asset recovery and salvage of materials, to support our clients meeting their commitments with respect to responsible resource management. Not only can this lead to a more commercially viable project, it can also reduce project risks and achieve a better overall sustainability outcome.


The DEMEX team will work with you to:

  • Plan and manage decommissioning and demolition of site infrastructure
  • Identify engineering and safety challenges to develop the safest and most economically viable method
  • Engage specialist technical consultants, such as structural engineers with demolition experience to identify and manage hazards and risks
  • Assess equipment requirements for deconstruction and mobilisation/demobilisation based on the site’s geographic location
  • Identify and remove hazardous materials, including asbestos and volatile materials.

We offer clients the competence, skills, knowledge, and experience of our dedicated team to deliver any industrial demolition project. Contact us today and enquire about how we can help you achieve project success.

Hospitals, schools, and commercial buildings


As structures like hospitals, schools, and commercial buildings require replacement, it is necessary to engage the services of a specialist industrial demolition contractor to undertake projects to ensure safe and effective project delivery, including in environments where live operations must continue, such as in operating hospitals or major road, bridge, or rail infrastructure.


Apart from demolition planning and method considerations, project owners must also consider other factors, such as the presence of asbestos, lead, and hazardous materials, which can impact the project program and budget. Because some materials are only discovered at the time of demolition, diligent checks by experienced demolition specialists are essential.


Asset owners should also be aware that no commercial demolition project comes without a requirement for effective recycling and resource management. Even with upward of a 90 percent recycling rate on most projects, community and other stakeholder expectations must also be given due consideration, particularly those in proximity to a demolition site and affected by a project. 


DEMEX has completed numerous projects involving hospitals, schools, and commercial buildings, including structures requiring high reach demolition. If you are thinking about how to manage an ageing asset or need guidance on how to tackle your project, reach out to the team today and we’ll work with you to develop a solution.

Specialist industrial demolition contractor for every stage of the asset lifecycle

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