THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE DEMOLISHING A BUILDING

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DEMOLITION WORKS

Renovation works and construction are most likely to be associated with demolition of some walls and structural elements here and there. Understanding how best to carry out the demolition process is key for perfect delivery of an end result. Let’s look at demolishing existing buildings, specifically considerations to be given attention

Demolishing a building is one that takes a short time as compared to building depending on the demolition technique used. It however requires more planning than implementation, in which many considerations must be placed for close emphasis.

Key things to Consider Before Demolishing A Building

1.    Permission to demolish

Demolition of a building is one activity that’s never secretive. It is as public as air is. Permission is key before any further plans are made. This involves seeking permission from the building owners, neighboring tenants/people and concerned authorities of the location in question.

Seeking permission always helps in avoiding uncertainties during the demolition process. Various records of demolition gone wrong are recorded, in which buildings fell on the opposite direction as compared to the targeted with deaths recorded alongside.

It is therefore important that permission be sought and vacation of neighboring tenants during the demolition process be enforced.

3. Size of a building. 

The size of a building has everything to do with the demolition of a structure. Taller structures like sky scrapers, towers, silos and bridges require to be demolished from their foundations so as to maintain the demolition zone within a smaller radius. This also enables the demolition procedure to be done within a shorter time if considered during the planning phases of the demolition process.

Smaller buildings on the other hand can be demolished piece by piece.

2.    State of building

Understanding the state of a building communicates or dictates on the demolition method to be used to safely achieve the demolition goal. Take an example of a heritage property, with a variety of rare materials, or an architectural building with decorative structures undergoing a demolition, careful demolition of the building will be required to safely preserve materials of great value.

Very old buildings might require less tough demolition methods unlike those that are a fully reinforced. The state of the structure must therefore communicate its demolition process.

Also, ensure you terminate the services and disconnect power, gas and water supplies according to regulations before demolishing your building. If your property is attached to other buildings, you will need to get consent for your demolition before starting.

3. Safety and Security

Safety during is key for both the demolishing team and the surrounding habitants. This can be done by restricting public access to the area by putting up a secure temporary fence or hoardings. The radius with which this caution is done is usually determined by the surrounding buildings, population, height and size of the building in question.

6. Method of disposal

Before demolition of structure, one must identify a proper disposal method or site for debris. During the case of existing hazardous materials like asbestos and flammable materials. Strategies to properly separate and dispose the debris must be aligned before the demolition is done.

3. Reason for demolition

Though it is usually an under looked factor, it is however important that the demolishing crew understands the reason for which a building is to be demolished. Understanding this informs how the demolition must be done, method and under what conditions this should be done.

Posted on: March 14th, 2022 by London Building Contractors No Comments

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