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Site Clearance & Reclamation

Thompsons of Prudhoe are able to offer a fully comprehensive site reclamation & preparation service, allowing our customers to deal with one company throughout the entire site clearance, demolition, preparation and enabling process, from handover of a derelict or obsolete site to handback of the site, ready for the construction phase.

In essence, with our “One Stop Shop” service for Brownfield developments we can take any site in any condition and:

  • Make it secure
  • Remove all asbestos and other hazardous waste
  • Demolish and clear
  • Remove slab
  • Remediate ground
  • Crush on site
  • Remove surplus
  • Supply any extra aggregate required: Primary, Secondary or Recycled
  • Provide any platform for construction
  • Hand over to Construction Contractor build-ready

- without the need for any further sub-contractors.

Our extensive knowledge and practical experience of waste management developed over 68 years, including obtaining Environment Agency Site Permits and utilizing industry approved end-of-waste protocols, means we have a management solution to handle every waste stream which we may encounter on your project. We have expertise in our Site Reclamation business, working with our Earthworks teams, of handling all types of wastes, particularly inert and non-hazardous wastes, but also including liquid, heavy & bulky, hazardous material including asbestos, hazardous soils and industrial wastes. Using our wealth of experience and knowledge of waste legislation, and over 68 years of site-based works, Thompsons can help our customers clear, reclaim and remediate any site in readiness for its desired use.

We have an extensive modern fleet of plant & equipment of all sizes, including giant 80 tonne excavators with specialised attachments, a fleet of dump trucks, traxcavators, rollers and items of machinery such as screens, crushers, dust suppression equipment.


Our staff are experienced and qualified to carry out contaminated land remediation utilising whichever technique is appropriate to the level and nature of the contamination. Our experience covers hydrocarbon, chemical, asbestos and knotweed contamination, to name a few.

Thompsons of Prudhoe have undertaken all types and sizes of reclamation projects such as clearing housing estates, contaminated allotments, derelict coal yards, water treatment works, shopping centres, car parks, railway yards, government & municipal buildings, industrial estates, steelworks & chemical plants.

One of our most high-profile reclamation projects was the reclamation, preparation and surcharging the derelict land in Gateshead as part of the construction of the Metro Centre – Europe’s largest shopping centre in the mid 1980s. We are currently undertaking a 5 year reclamation project at a former waste water treatment facility generating half a million tonnes of quality recycled aggregate.

Delivery of our commitment to excellence in safety, environmental and technical performance is demonstrated by our awards, externally validated certifications, accreditations and our membership of the most appropriate trade associations for our business, ensuring we are always up to speed with best practice and current legislation.

Thompsons of Prudhoe have committed to reducing the level of waste being sent to landfill, and has embedded this target into the company’s policies and procedures.

Due to our strict procedures on waste segregation, a large percentage of our customers’ demolition waste is re-used or recycled such as timber, slates, plasterboard, scrap metal, plastics, soils, bricks and concrete.

It has long been the policy of Thompsons of Prudhoe Ltd to recycle as much of the material that arises from our demolition and site reclamation operations as is reasonably possible. This is not only cheaper, but also helps clients demonstrate and deliver a sustainable approach to their project delivery, reducing their overall environmental impact and carbon footprint. Our commitment to this is established through our ISO 14001 accreditation and our Company Policies.

Our current recycling rate is greater than 97%, and you will see from some of the attached Case Studies that we often exceed this, achieving over 99% recycling rates.

There are two options for treating the waste arisings and excavated material from a project – on site and off site. This will be determined by factors such as space available, client requirements, planning restrictions, environmental factors, programme and proximity to off-site facility.

Whether crushed, screened, laid and compacted on site by our extensive plant fleet, or removed to an off-site recycling facility, all brick, concrete and mixed soils / brick / concrete material will be processed into recycled materials meeting the specification as required by a client and reused on the project or on one of our other construction projects in the area.

We are fully licensed by the HSE to strip, remove and dispose of all types of asbestos, completing all required paperwork and ensuring it is dealt with in full and transparent compliance with legislation. This will usually mean that it will be sent to a properly licensed hazardous waste landfill. However, on certain projects, where we have been engaged from the very early stages of a project known to have contaminated soils including asbestos, we have been able to engineer a remediated site so that the contaminants can be safely “locked into” the site, without the need for off-site removal, following a complete environmental risk assessment and liaison with the Environment Agency. Our experience and understanding of site remediation options can help clients achieve considerable savings.

We segregate demolition and excavated arisings into streams to facilitate better recycling and product purity. In most projects we would usually find the following material and would expect there to be no more than 1% going to landfill:
Concrete, Bricks, Wood, Metal, Aggregates

The team at Thompsons are long standing members of the Environmental Services Association (ESA), the National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC), and the Asbestos Removal Contractors’ Association (ARCA). Individual staff members are members of the Institute of Demolition Engineers (IDE) and the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM).
Through these organisations, we receive regular training on the latest industry developments to ensure that all our customers receive the highest possible levels of expertise on every aspect of their demolition projects. Alongside this, Thompsons continually invest in the most up to date equipment to ensure that all our projects are delivered in a professional manner, on time and within budget, whilst also maintaining our excellent safety record.

We are:

Accredited by:

SAFE Contractor
Achilles Building Confidence and
Achilles UVDB,
FORS – (TFL’s Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme)

Regulated and licensed by:

Health & Safety Executive (asbestos removal)
Environment Agency (waste recycling operations)
Office of the Traffic Commissioner / VOSA (fleet of 90+ HGVs)

Certified by LRQA to:

ISO14001 – Environmental Management
ISO9001 – Quality Management
OHSAS18001 – Health & Safety Management
ISO50001 – Energy Management

Insured for:

£10m - Employer’s Liability cover
£10m - Public Liability cover
£10m - Professional Indemnity cover
£4m - Contractors All-Risk cover.

Members of the trade associations:

ARCA – Asbestos Removal Contractors’ Association,
BSC - British Safety Council
NFDC – National Federation of Demolition Contractors,
EDA – European Demolition Association,
FTA – Freight Transport Association,
ESA – Environmental Services Association, and
NEPIC – North East Process Industry Cluster


Over 85 site based operatives are currently employed directly by Thompsons. All plant and demolition operatives hold relevant CITB training, and competency cards for the areas in which they work. Operatives are trained through the National Demolition Training Group on all specialised equipment in use on our sites. Our operatives have also acquired vocational training at NVQ levels 2 and 3, to provide them with work based skills and certification. In addition our staff are accredited to the CSCS / CCDO / CPCS card and Passport schemes of competence. All asbestos removal operatives receive annual training via an HSE approved asbestos training centre, certified by the National Demolition Training Group and CITB. Operatives also receive third party medical assessments and all have current face fit testing for their respiratory equipment.

Operations are managed at site level by highly-experienced and qualified Site Supervisors who oversee all operatives and operations on site. All Site Supervisors have undertaken the CITB Site Environmental Awareness Training Scheme accreditation.

A nominated on-site Supervisor is allocated to oversee every project, supported by our Health and Safety, Environmental and Contracts Managers to ensure all site actions are carried out correctly, to the highest level of safety and to the lowest level of environmental impact. Executive Directors take a hands-on lead to support the Supervisors and Managers and ensure maintenance of our high standards through regular planned and, equally important, unplanned site visits.

To assist with feasibility studies, phasing or costing of any re-development plans, we are very happy to provide free budget quotes with indicative methodology and programming advice for your early assistance.

Ownership and management of a fleet of over 90 heavy goods vehicles, over 100 items of specialised heavy plant, and management of the extensive directly-employed workforce assures our competence and ability to control all logistics, plant and site operations, thus providing greater comfort and control to our clients.

The value of reclamation projects we undertake runs from tens of thousands to several million pounds.

The family-instilled and professionally-delivered ethos of:

Client satisfaction
Value for money
Respect for others
Hard work

will be at your disposal for the efficient and safe delivery of your project. There are many excellent professional companies carrying out site reclamation and remediation services in the UK – we are one such company. Let us show you.

All you need to do now is Contact Us and one of our team will be in touch.