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Dismantling industrial hall

Olen, Belgium Dismantling

Dismantling industrial hall

DDM was asked to remove an industrial hall in Olen, Belgium. The old hall had to be demolished, foundations taken out and the entire site made ready to make way for a new plant. After accurately completing the work preparation phase, the dismantling of the factory hall could begin.

The hall was 160 metres long, 34 metres wide and had a height of 22 metres. Most of the industrial hall was dismantled using demolition excavators equipped with various pieces of equipment. The industrial hall contained roller bridges, which had to be removed. The overhead cranes were cut away and cleared using demolition excavators.

After removing the gable plates and roller bridges, work could begin on demolishing the hall down to ground level. The hall was accurately separated from the building to be retained.

Sustainability again played a major role during this project. The aim was to separate 100% of materials and DDM successfully achieved this goal. The resulting concrete was crushed on site and used to create a piling platform in the resulting construction zone.

The same process took place when removing underground massifs and foundations.

After the floor slabs, foundations and massifs were taken out, the sewer system and associated manholes were also removed. In some places even to a depth of -5 m. The entire area of +/-10,000 m² was re-compacted in layers of 0.5 m and finished with geotextile and 25 cm of crushed rubble from the foundations and floor slabs.

At the height of operations, there were 10 different large machines running simultaneously in yet a limited area.

The client indicated that they were very satisfied with the craftsmanship and expertise shown by DDM's staff. This resulted in the fact that within the budgeted period, DDM delivered the work without a single incident to a very satisfied client!

10 weeks
10 weeks


The Quality and Health, Safety and the Environment policy is an ongoing process. That is why DDM is continuously working on improving all these areas to keep improving safety levels.

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DDM was rewarded with a World Demolition Award in the Civils category.

Removing 5 arch bridges over the Amsterdam Rhine Canal was an intensive job. The schedule was tight and the expectations of all employees were high. But with a joint effort and incredible passion, DDM has successfully removed and recycled the 5 bridges within schedule.


Every year DDM holds a number of safety days to boost safety awareness.

Last year's objectives are evaluated and new objectives are determined. All managers and all operational employees discuss safety, policy and vision together. In addition to all regular training courses, DDM offers workshops and training to all employees during these days to take the qualities of the professionals to an even higher level. Together with all DDM employees, we are working on an increasingly higher safety ethic. Everyone at DDM carries out their work in a safe and healthy manner, with sufficient attention to the environment. And they're getting better at it. This applies to everyone; back to work healthy and safe and back home healthy.


Dow has awarded DDM a certificate for Outstanding Safety Performance.

Following various demolition and disassembly projects that DDM carries out worldwide for Dow Chemical Company, DDM has received recognition for its excellent safety performance during implementation. DDM always continues to strive for a higher level of safety. Safety First! Read below a quote from the letter that DDM received from Dow. “In summary, DDM continues to deliver excellent performance in safely planning and executing all work related to Dow demolition projects. We truly believe that your company's exceptional efforts continue to be a reflection of the leadership and support of you and the entire DDM Management team. "

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