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Whelan The Wrecker

Port Melbourne, VIC 3207


Whelan the Wrecker is synonymous with demolition in Victoria. Since 1892 we have demolished thousands of structures in Melbourne and major regional centres. Today, our people and plant continue the tradition of delivering safe, efficient and reliable site preparation services in high risk environments.

Whelan the Wrecker is synonymous with demolition in Victoria. Since 1892, we’ve demolished thousands of buildings and other structures in and around Melbourne. Today, our people continue the tradition of delivering safe and reliable building demolition services across the state.

Looking for demolition services in Melbourne or across Victoria?

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In operation for more than 125 years, Whelans understands local construction projects like few others in our industry. We’ve been successful at demolition for such a long time that in some cases we’ve pulled down buildings on a site that had replaced something we’d demolished previously.

Started as a family-owned and operated business, Whelan the Wrecker is the most well-known of all the demolition companies in Melbourne. The sign “Whelan the wrecker is here” was one of the most popular of all the Melbourne advertising signs during our company’s first 100 years of operation.

Today, with triple certification covering safety, quality and the environment, Whelan the Wrecker can safely and efficiently demolish buildings and structures of any size or complexity, including low- to medium-rise commercial and light industrial projects.

Our portfolio of work covers the dismantling of some of the most recognised structures in Melbourne. For instance, we recently carried out a significant partial demolition project to make way for the new Marriott Hotel in the heart of the Docklands.

A culture of collaboration and innovation allows our team to make the most of their skills and talent. This investment is also how Whelan the Wrecker has remained one of the most trusted contractors for public and private sector construction projects for over a century.

At Whelans, our most important priority is the health and wellbeing of our people. We have triple certified management systems in place, including for health and safety (AS 4801), to ensure our services are safe, reliable and of good quality.

All of our practices and strategic tools are there to maintain our exemplary safety record. We will always choose the correct method of demolition, for the safety of everyone on site and nearby. We carefully manage safety concerns once demolition has begun, and we monitor waste, chemicals and potential fire hazards. Importantly, we rely on the expert knowledge and skills of our team to be fully aware of hazards and safety precautions before work begins and as it goes on.

Our team members carry the appropriate licenses or tickets for works to be completed. As well, Quality, Safety and Environment Advisors are deployed to each project site to verify the competencies of our workforce, audit site control measures and ensure full compliance with our contractual, regulatory and legislative obligations.

Whelan the Wrecker is committed to an uncompromising culture that always puts the safety of our people before any other concern. In this way, our clients can depend on us to deliver each of their valuable projects on time, on budget, and without incident.

Expertise and Equipment
We deliver leading expertise in all facets of commercial and light industrial work programs. Our leadership includes respected industry veterans with decades of experience in construction and commercial and industrial demolition, as well as project engineers with a sophisticated understanding of the rigorous control measures needed to drive high-risk works safely.

We employ experienced and qualified site supervisors, foremen and forewomen to match a project’s requirements. Together our team can manage every stage of your demolition process, from site inspection to final site clean-up.

Value for money is always at the core of our efforts. We’re efficient because we have the people and plant to get your demolition job done right, first time. Whelan the Wreckers has trained, qualified and experienced personnel who work with:

Manual equipment – specialist tools, permits to work, personal protective equipment, respiratory protective equipment
Mechanical – mini, medium, large and long reach plant, precision attachments, licenced and verified operators

Whelan the Wrecker has extensive experience in the safe removal and disposal of asbestos from commercial buildings, including both types of asbestos containing materials.

Whelans is also a leader in the safe management of all forms of hazardous waste and dangerous goods that are commonly found throughout urban structures and soils and light industrial facilities.

Looking for asbestos removal in Melbourne or across Victoria?

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Commercial Asbestos Removal
Despite being banned from use in Australia, asbestos can still be found in thousands of different building materials and products. The only way to rule out asbestos is to sample and test for the presence of asbestos.

We only work with trained, qualified, experienced contractors who have the right equipment to safely remove asbestos, and are licenced to remove “class A” asbestos. This means they’re licenced to remove any amount of asbestos, covering small, medium and large-scale commercial abatement works, as well as friable and non-friable asbestos.

Our contractors are also required to be supervised when removing asbestos by a highly qualified and experienced supervisor who has the appropriate certification.

Bulk Excavations
Our large-scale bulk and detailed earthworks services provide for all your loading, cartage and disposal needs, and are available to all commercial and light industrial basement excavations. We only use late model plant and equipment, and fully licensed and verified, experienced operators.

Our bulk earthworks services include:

Site clearing
Bulk cut to fill
Lay-down area preparation
Rock excavation
Mobile contract crushing and screening
Batters and benches
Pad and strip footings
Pile caps
Materials Management Solutions
Whelans ensures all movement of materials from excavation works is managed according to relevant regulations, and overseen by contractors who are equipped with the necessary permits and licences. Where possible, we will always reuse materials in line with our environmental commitments, and where this is not feasible we dispose of contaminated materials at a range of licensed landfills.

We manage:

Cleanfill and contaminated soil
Cartage and tipping
Tracking and reporting
Design and certification of temporary and permanent retaining structures, including piled, shotcrete, in-situ, and earth reinforced retaining structures – anchored, cantilevered and gravity walls. Temporary and permanent ground anchors, soil nails and rock bolts.

Cost effective project specific solutions involving bored, driven, sheet and CFA piling methods.

Construction of building and complex structure pad, raft or pile cap foundations, including ground slabs in small, large and complex structures.


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