What planning should you consider?

Planning in advance is crucial so demolition work can be carried out safely. It is necessary to approach the issue of planning the decommissioning of an industrial facility in an integrated manner considering three levels:

Strategic planning:

  • Used at the decision-making stage
  • Engage in decommissioning independently or sell capacity before the decommissioning period.
  • Performed by the asset owner or the Board of Directors

Tactical planning:

  • Used to determine the size of investments in the project, sources of funding or the creation of a fund for the project implementation.
  • Performed by the financial services of the enterprise, in conjunction with specialist consultants and service providers.

Operational planning:

  • Used in the process of project implementation.
  • Performed by a partnership between the customer and the contractor.

When planning demolition projects, some key considerations are relevant for many stages of work:

  • Documentation: Historical events, facility maps, drawings, building documentation…
  • Inventory: Identification, quantification, and classification of materials, hazardous substances, wastes, machinery, equipment, buildings, structures, …
  • Demolition plan: Demolition methodology, sequences of work, timing of demolition operation, health & safety considerations, methods to be implemented, historical obligations and legal requirements, waste treatment, …
  • Emergency plan: All the information required in case of emergency.
  • Cost estimation: Economic value of the facility, direct and indirect costs, baseline costing, business opportunities
  • Management team: Specialists, engineering, environmental professionals, and everyone who can contribute to the demolition and evaluate the impact on employers, suppliers, and neighbouring communities.

A detailed timetable of events should be prepared based on this facility knowledge, including sequences of proposed demolition and risk management.

During the planning phase, there are two key elements to be considered by the asset owner to avoid delays, cost overruns, and risks, to ensure that once the demolition contractor is in place, work can start:

  • Safety procedures: Emergency planning, waste management, electricity and supplies, physical access, …
  • Permit Management: Advice from specialized fullservice demolition contractors can help asset owners to identify and manage permits with local city councils and environmental and industrial authorities.


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