Demolition for construction lawyers
Demolition for construction lawyers

The following Construction practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Demolition for construction lawyers
  • What does demolition involve?
  • Factors affecting demolition works
  • Risks involved in demolition works
  • Planning requirements in relation to demolition
  • Other notices/permissions required for demolition
  • Building Act notification
  • Party wall issues
  • Notification of statutory undertakers and others
  • Demolition in conservation areas
  • More...

Demolition for construction lawyers

This Practice Note looks at various factors that construction lawyers need to consider in relation to projects involving demolition works, including planning and Building Act 1984 (BA 1984) requirements, party wall issues, health and safety issues (including the application of the CDM Regulations) and waste from demolition. It also considers the nature and form of contract used to engage a contractor to undertake demolition works and looks at the appointment of the contractor and the types of surveys/studies that will typically be undertaken before the works begin.

What does demolition involve?

Demolition does not necessarily mean the complete removal of a building or structure—it can range from the ‘soft strip’ refurbishment of part of a building (eg removal of internal partitions or the strip out of M&E systems) through to the full demolition of the whole structure plus the removal and grubbing out of the foundations. It may be the first stage of a construction project to clear a site and build something new, it may be part of alterations to an existing building or the demolition itself may be the whole project.

An empty, cleared site can be a much more valuable asset and more attractive to developers/investors than one with a dilapidated or disused building on it because there are fewer risks attached to a cleared site—it holds fewer unknowns for an

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