Commercial Demolition

Frews Contracting also do alot of commerical demolition. Examples of some commerical demolition are below:

Nelson Airport Terminal Demolition

Being that this demolition was right in the middle of an airport it posed a number of issues, namely, ensuring that demolition works did not in any impact the running of the airport. Particular care was taken to ensure no debris was blown onto the runway. The working area was kept clean at all times and at the end of every day a site walk around was done to make sure no potential debris could be blown onto the runway at night.

Nightshift demolition was also undertaken under flood light for the demolition of the tower beside the runway and was completed by cutting and craning down to minimize debris disturbance. This project was completed on budget and ahead of time with no incidents and with glowing praise from both Nelson Airport and Naylor Love.

Sanitarium Demolition Stages 1 & 2 

Frews Contracting successfully tendered this multi-faceted project, beginning with the demolition of the 6500m2 Sanitarium factory and several smaller buildings on Harewood Road, and followed by the site works and associated civil work for the construction of a new 9000m2 Mitre 10 Mega.

The works included demolition of the main buildings, and the cutting away of concrete floor to allow for the subsequent site works. To reduce costs, concrete was crushed on site and reused in the next stage of the project. This illustrates Frews Contracting’s special treatment of demolition waste, recycling wherever possible. Full dust suppression measures were put in place to dampen and prevent concrete dust leaving the site. Care was taken to ensure the residential properties flanking the site were as unaffected by the works as possible.

Another facet of this demolition was the care taken regarding the significant amount of asbestos that was detected. Certified contractors were brought in to safely remove all asbestos, which was then carted out to Kate Valley. Our team worked in a smart, efficient, manner to ensure that this complex project was completed on time, and to a high standard.

Stage two demolition has been completion. This project involved the demolition of a 1000m2 Sanitarium Factory and civil works for the 4000m2 extension of the building.

Christchurch International Airport Terminal

To enable construction of the new international terminal at Christchurch International Airport, a complex demolition project was required. Frews Contracting Ltd targeted and won the tender subcontracting to the main contractor Hawkins Construction Ltd. The demolition involved complex staging. At no time was the demolition to affect the operation of the airport terminal.

The entire old domestic terminal of approx. 26000m2 was demolished including the control tower and the pier, this particularly sensitive environment demanded precise control and management of demolition operations. Frews Contracting Ltd successfully delivered this demolition project with total compliance to quality and time constraints.



214 Tuam Street – Odeon Theatre

CERA engaged Frews Contracting directly to mobilise immediately and provide safety controls as the building is classified dangerous and the instability coupled with the demolition works could potenti ally lead to catastrophic collapse of the structure.  Frews engaged Harrison Grierson for Structural Engineering and Survey support for the works and were provided constant monitoring and movement information for the Structure along with supplying Safety Spotters on all corners communicating by radio and directing the Public and Traffic.  The Police and Emergency Traffic Management were prepared and on standby as a control for planning for the worst case scenario.

 The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) recently needed an urgent demolition of a dangerous section of wall on the Odeon Theatre - which if not removed put the workers on the adjacent work site in harm’s way and stall the New Build works for ECAN.
Between all the Team we successfully completed the works to CERAs satisfaction without incident and provided comprehensive monitoring data to CERA for the close out of the project.


Burwood Hospital Demolition

Utilities such as water for fire protection services were maintained at all times required deconstruction of buildings around live pipework. The project was delivered on time and on budget. The client was very satisfied with Frews Contracting Ltd and as a result additional works were negotiated and completed.

 As part of the major upgrade to Burwood Hospital, enabling demolition works were won by Frews Contracting Ltd. The project involved demolition of 10 structures of approx. 3500m2 total. The project could not disrupt hospital operations. A significant quantity of asbestos removal was conducted safely and efficiently without disruption.