Garage Demolition and Asbestos Removal

With major regeneration schemes taking place in London and the South East Councils have been getting rid of many of the residential garages that come with a Council property.

The reason being that the areas become subject to anti social behaviour and in a lot of instances become occupied by the homeless.


Garage Demolition in London and the South East

Downwell works with a large number of local authorities and developers to carry out garage demolition. There are inevitably other issues other than just knocking the garages down. These are

Rubbish removal including contaminated materials

Many of these garages are often full up with a variety of rubbish, and invariably the owner has not removed. The type of waste can include dangerous chemical or contaminates. We, therefore, have to be very careful and carry out testing before removal.

Needles and syringes

Where drug users have used garages or the surrounding area, there are often needles and syringes. Therefore in conjunction with our Inner City Environmental we will carry our sharps and needles sweeps as well as environmental cleaning.


A lot of garages will have asbestos roof sheets which have to be removed under controlled conditions by our Inner City Environmental.  The roof sheets have to be sprayed and removed carefully without breaking. This work is carried out by operatives working from podiums in full PPE and cutting the bolt fixings. The asbestos sheets are then removed and wrapped before being placed in sealed bins for removal.

Abandoned vehicles

We have had instances where vehicles have been dumped and stop us from carrying out works. These have to be traced to their owners and removed before work can start.

Sometimes we will have to remove vehicles from garages.

Neighbouring properties 

In a lot of instances, adjoining properties will use the garage walls as their boundary and attach outbuildings too. We are always mindful of this as it can cause problems for the people owning that property.

Downwell can provide a complete service

The Downwell Group can offer a comprehensive service which includes dealing with all of the above. Demolition is in a lot of cases just down to the slab, which means the area can become parking spaces. Once the garages have gone, it often opens up the area which is then not so attractive for anti-social behaviour.

We can remove slab and foundations if required.

Downwell are happy to look at demolishing single garages or outbuildings.

The garage demolition is carried out by NFDC trained operatives. Inner City Environmental hold a 3 year HSE asbestos licence.

For tender enquiries please contact our business development director Rob Young

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We carry out the controlled demolition of residential garage blocks for Local Authorities, Developers and Main Contractors.

100 years of demolition experience


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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement - Wednesday 25th March

The Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday evening signalled the introduction of more stringent restrictions on us all and has specifically indicated that members of the public should only leave their home for very limited purposes. The message indicates that we should travel to and from work, only where this is absolutely necessary.

The management of the Downwell Group of companies which includes: Downwell Demolition, Inner City Environmental and Inner City Scaffolding has very carefully considered both the meaning and the spirit of the Prime Minister’s statement and whilst there has been some clarification from government subsequently that building sites could continue to operate, we came to the very clear decision yesterday that it was necessary for us, as a responsible contractor, to safely and securely close down our operational sites as soon as reasonably possible. Doing so will assist in maintaining the wellbeing of our customers, employees, sub-contractors, suppliers and the wider communities within which we build.

All sites have been closed down in a safe and secure manner and will remain closed until further notice.

We would like to take this opportunity of thanking all the key workers on the frontline who are continiung working for the good of us all.