Recycling and Reuse of materials

As a demolition company, we have committed to reducing landfills by targeting 96% of materials from the site will be recycled.

How do we do this

As part of the pre-demolition planning, we carry out a survey and produce a waste management plan. On-site, materials are separated into the various waste streams as part of the soft strip and demolition process. 

Downwell has also invested in crushing and screening equipment to allow materials to remain on-site for Reuse in the construction phase. This reduces our carbon footprint by minimising vehicle movements to and from the site.

Charity Support

Where possible we will donate materials or articles found on site to charity as part of our recycling.

Protection Measures

Noise, vibration, dust, and vehicle movements impact those living and working close to our projects. For this purpose, we put into place the following:

  • Dust Bosses – specialist equipment that fires fine particles of water at the area of demolition
  • Dust sprays fitted to machinery – our high reach machines have high-pressure water sprays built into the arm
  • Protection scaffolding covered in monarflex
  • Noise and dust monitoring equipment – specialist equipment that monitors pre-set levels and sends out warnings to a smartphone if levels reach trigger levels
  • Demolition curtains – large curtains are suspended from a crane close to the demolition areas
  • Road cleaning provision
  • Acoustic blankets fitted to Heras fencing 
  • Spill kits


There are always considerations when planning and pricing our demolition projects. An environmental survey should be part of any tender package and should include:

• Nesting birds

• Rehoming or protection of bats, newts, frogs, and other wildlife

• Tree, flora, and fauna protection

• Protection of waterways

If this information is not available, we will request it from our clients.

We will work with ecologists on-site under a watching brief to ensure wildlife is protected at all times.

Cycle to work/public transport/van share

Downwell encourage our workforce to use public transport, cycle to work and van share to reduce our carbon footprint.

Latest Plant and Equipment

We invest in the latest plant, vehicles and equipment that conforms to the latest environmental standards allowing us to work in Central London.

Environmental Cleaning

Derelict buildings often get infested with Pigeon Guano (droppings) which can cause severe health hazards including Psittacosis and Histoplasmosis. Working with Inner City Environmental, we remove the risks before soft strip work commences. 

Asbestos Removal

Asbestos is an extremely hazardous substance, commonly used in construction before 2000. It comes in many forms.

Buildings built before 2000 require demolition and refurbishment surveys. Inner City Environmental is ARCA accredited and will remove any asbestos materials in a building before demolition commences.

They can also arrange demolition and management surveys on behalf of our clients.

All our operatives are trained in asbestos awareness.

Environmental Charities

Downwell support the Essex Wildlife Trust.

Environmental policy

Download our policy statement




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Full Strip Out and De Rating

Downwell work on a wide range of projects in London and the South East. These include property developers where commercial office buildings require redevelopment into residential. 

With the ever-changing property regulations affecting business rates, a building’s full decommissioning makes good business sense.

Removal of materials from buildings in the City requires careful logistics planning, and we have developed innovative solutions to meet the toughest of challenges.

Our team has experienced project teams to offer a complete solution for your strip-out requirements, either as part of a significant refurbishment programme or de-rating a building. As part of these services, we carry out detailed pre-work site surveys. 

Working closely with our subcontractor’s network, we include service isolations, diversions, disconnections, and utilities removal. 

Our strip out services include the removal of:

  • All floor and wall coverings
  • Raised computer floors
  • Non-load bearing partitions
  • Suspended ceilings
  • Render and plaster removal
  • Mechanical and electrical (M&E) systems 
  • De gassing of air conditioning equipment
  • Lift removal
  • Asbestos removal
  • Access solutions

Structural alterations

Within the demolition industry, structural alterations are often referred to as ‘Cut and Carve.’ These can include removing mezzanine floors, staircases, removing lift shafts, partial demolition, and saw cutting slabs and floors. For this purpose, we have invested in specialist robotic equipment as well as smaller traditional excavators and equipment.

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Community Liaison

Downwell employs a Community Liaison Officer whose role is to establish contact with the community within the lead-in to any project. With any demolition project, there are always concerns about the effect on a community. These are:

  • Noise
  • Dust
  • Vibration
  • Site Security
  • Vehicle movements

Our approach is as follows:

Step 1

  • Research the area to identify the ethnic mix of the community for communication purposes
  • Identify where Schools and vulnerable groups are
  • Research crime statistics within the area
  • Identify local charities 

Step 2

  • Produce an informational leaflet for distribution outlining the details of the project and the measures we will be
    putting in place to mitigate the effect on the community. Within this, we will allow them to have a meeting to discuss any concerns
    individually or as a group to discuss any concerns they may have.
  • Make appointments or arrange meetings.


Step 3

  • Establish clear lines of communication to keep the community informed of progress
  • Establish regular meetings if required.

Social Value – examples of what we have achieved

Here are links to some of the initiatives we have put in place to support our projects and in the general community.

Demolition Challenge

The Surveyors Cup raising money for Charity

Easter initiatives

Getting people back to work

Supporting Thurrock Foodbank


Donation to local Charity

Downwell smelling of Roses

Health and Safety Initatives

The Waterfowl Sanctuary

For information on our Community and Social Value activities email

Employing local people and utilising services

As a demolition contractor any labour we employ on site has to be qualified to carry out the work. We have a established workforce, however where need additional labour we will specify to our accredited labour agencies to find local people to fulfil our requirements.

Goods and services will be purchased locally wherever possible. This is also inline with our environmental policy to reduce our environmental impact.

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Health & Safety Training and Responsibility

Each member of staff has a training record that entered on into our Construction Management system. This system highlights requirements for all retraining needs.We carry out a training needs analysis to identify any new training needed on every project.

Our Managing Director has overall responsibility.

The Downwell Group has an open-door policy that encourages employees to highlight measures to improve our health and safety.

Our SHEQ Manager works closely with our health & safety advisors, external auditors, contracts management team, and site supervisors. The Downwell Group has instilled an overriding ethos of ‘we all take responsibility to achieve our high standards consistently day to day basis.

Each group in the company holds accreditations from their relevant trade bodies, who set the standards required within their work by regular auditing, spot checks, working methods, and training.

As a group, we hold all major industry accreditations:

✔ Safe Contractor
✔ ISO 45001
✔ ISO 9001
✔ 14001
✔ Scaffolding Association
✔ Waste Carriers Licence
✔ Constructionline.

Due to the nature of Downwell Groups works, CDM Regulations 2015 are strictly adhered to at all times.


Our subcontractors’ performance reflects on us. Therefore, we have a database of approved companies that have proved they can deliver a high Health and Safety performance over a long period.

All our subcontractors are required to hold industry and health and safety accreditations. They must fill in annual health and safety questionnaires, and these are reviewed as part of our ISO 9001 management procedures.

Any companies that have not completed works with Downwell Group must meet our standards and hold SSIP as a minimum.

Occupational Health

Our workforce’s Health and well-being are of paramount importance, and our operatives have an annual health check. They have to sign the site induction sheet to confirm they are fit for work.

Mental Health

Downwell has trained Mental Health First Aiders trained to recognise mental health issues and provide advice and information to the workforce.

Poster and leaflets are available on health issues at our head office and on-site.

Plant and Equipment

Downwell continually invests in the latest plant, equipment, and vehicles that conform to the latest environmental regulations and reduces our carbon footprint.

We also have the latest sound, dust, and vibration equipment to monitor our environmental performance on-site.

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The Government has just allocated a further £3.5 billion towards the costs for removing unsafe cladding across England after a widespread campaign by private residents.

This will lead to increase demand for cladding removal contractors to carry out these works.

Downwell cladding removal services

As part of our enabling works services the Downwell group of companies can provide a complete service to remove different cladding types to high-rise buildings. This includes the type identified as the cause of fire at Grenfell.

Our service includes asbestos removal and scaffolding through our group companies. ACM mastic was used to secure the cladding in position on older buildings and in some cases the cladding panels are a hundred percent asbestos.

As part of the demolition or strip-out process for building refurbishment, Downwell have considerable experience in removing all types’ external cladding. We can also project manage the installation of new cladding through our network of specialist contractors.

Our services are available separately if required.

Tel: 01708 932300








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