Useful information on Asbestos

Through our demolition work the Downwell Group are dealing with Asbestos on a day to day basis. For this reason we have our own Asbestos Removal company Inner City Environmental with the Group.


Where to find information on what you can and cannot do when it comes to Asbestos.

When it comes to finding information and advice on asbestos, many people outside the demolition industry probably do not even realise the real dangers of getting involved in removing asbestos.

Asbestos kills up to 5000 people per year, and up to 20 construction workers die from exposure in the past.

In the home, asbestos-containing materials could be present without you realising. It may be especially relevant to homes built before 2000. After 2000 laws asbestos-containing materials in construction were banned. However, it is always advisable to check if in doubt.

The most common asbestos people will encounter will probably be garage roofs, asbestos guttering, fire insulation, pipe insulation, floor coverings,  Artex and wall coverings to name but a few. These are not dangerous, providing they are not disturbed. Disturbance means drilling, rubbing down, scraping and removal.

You must always seek the advice of an asbestos professional. At Inner City Environmentalour experts will be able to guide you.

We can arrange asbestos surveys or have a chat with you and advise the best way forward.

One of the best resources for information is the Asbestos Essentials website at

This site provides invaluable information on all the issues relating to asbestos, including videos which you can download.

Link to our Asbestos Services Page






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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.