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Therefore we are unashamedly creating our own day ‘National Phone a Demolition Contractor Day’ for promoting Downwell and the Demolition Industry.

Are you looking for a demolition contractor?

Many of you may be using a demolition contractor with whom you have built a good working relationship. But if you are perhaps a first-timer or had a bad experience with a demolition contractor, here are some valuable tips to consider before making a call.

Is the contractor (NFDC) National Federation of Demolition Contractors accredited

The NFDC sets the bar high to ensure that all its accredited contractors work to the highest standards. It is not just a matter of paying a fee and becoming an approved contractor. Backed up with regular member site audits and appropriate training from the NFDC’s partnered provider, the NDTG, ensures that expertise is maintained and reinforced throughout its members.

They are the most influential voice in the demolition industry and have championed the standards and professionalism of their members for more than 75 years.

Many organisations, such as local authorities, specify that a demolition contractor must be NFDC accredited to tender for projects.

Do they have proven track record?

Ask for client testimonials and case studies. Most demolition companies will have videos of their work.

Are they proactive with Social Value Work?

The relationship between a demolition contractor and the community living and working around a site is significant. A good demolition contractor will spend time leading the project, engaging with the community, listening to any concerns that will have, and putting initiatives in place to put them at ease.

Do they have a good Health and Safety Record?

Always ask to see their health and safety records and the accreditations they hold. 

What provision do they have for Environmental Control and Monitoring?

The control of dust and monitoring of noise and vibration is significant. Water sprays must dampen any dust to a minimum during demolition. The use of protective scaffolding covered in monarflex also controls dust. In addition, there is now equipment used to monitor noise, vibration, and dust levels 24/7. This equipment sends a warning via a text message if the levels are not exceeded.

Do they carry out Site Audits?

Site audits should be carried out on a regular basis and the Principal Designer will receive copies as part of the health and safety file.

Are they UELZ Compliant?

 Plant and machinery must conform to the latest emissions guidelines, and it is illegal for a contractor to operate a non-compliant machine in the zone.

Do they have a strategy for recycling and reuse?

Demolition contractors should target recycling and reusing up to 96% of materials from the site. Ask to see a copy of their waste management plan.

What training do they give their workforce?

If a contractor is NFDC accredited al their workforce should hold CCDO cards and be trained in asbestos awareness as a minimum.

Has the building had an Asbestos Survey?

Any building built before 2000 should have a demolition survey carried out.

Have you applied for a Section 80

A section 80 will have to be applied for before any work can commence with the local authority.

Have the services to the building been disconnected

Disconnection certificates must be issued to the contractor before they can commence work.No work should start with these still live.

Why Downwell

The Downwell meet all the above criteria and we can provide a full in house service across our group companies. So with it being the day for phoning a demolition contractor give us a call to discuss your next project.

We will be happy to give you any advice or a budget costings (subject to conditions).

Tel: 01708 932300


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