Demolition & Decommissioning

Industry-leading demolition contractors

McMahon Services has been a leading provider of demolition and decommissioning services for over 30 years, having completed some of the largest demolition projects ever undertaken in the country. We have worked with industry majors to develop approved code of practice and safe-work procedures that are still used today. Our extensive project experience, exceptional team, innovative methods, and national reach continue to set us apart.

Our demolition capabilties

The Demolition division of McMahon Services is equipped with a wide range of excavators, specialist demolition attachments, waste processing and removal equipment, and a fleet of self-delivered cranes. Our expert team of demolition contractors are experienced in all kinds of commercial and industrial demolition.

We can build demolitions up to 15 storeys high, or 45m, in some of the nation’s toughest conditions. From the inner-city to isolated islands, remote locations and even cyclone-prone regions, McMahon Services has expert demolition professionals available in every state.

As demolition contractors, our capability includes:

  • Demolition and decommissioning of obsolete industrial and commercial sites
  • Remediation of redundant infrastructure, industrial sites, processing facilities and power generation assets
  • Petro-chemical high-risk facilities
  • Multi-level and high rise demolition
  • Internal demolition, refurbishment and structural modifications
  • Explosive charge felling solutions
  • Scrap metal services
  • Vessel dismantle and disposal
  • Emergency response
  • Mine site decommissioning
  • Total or partial demolition of buildings and structures erected by tilt-up construction
  • Heritage works and partial demolition of buildings and structures
  • Removal of brittle or fragile roof material
  • High risk crane and rigging deconstruction projects
  • Engineered structural modifications and propping
  • Recycling and resource recovery
  • Dust, debris, noise, odour and vibration monitoring and control
  • Removal, decontamination and remediation of hazardous materials including asbestos, lead, mercury, PCBs and radioactive material
  • Integrated early civil works and remediation packages following on from demolition works

We have an in-house crew of professional engineers who carry out critical calculations, staging plans and demolition methodologies to ensure a safe and effective demolition service.

McMahon Services complies with demolition safety standards

The SafeWork Australia Model Code of Practice for Demolition Work details the scope of demolition work, health and safety duties in relation to demolition work, and how demolition contractors should plan their work and ensure risks are controlled.

We have demolition and asbestos removal licenses for every state in Australia and work within the requirements of SafeWork Australia and Environmental Protection Authority. Many of our projects have recycling and reuse provisions too where we achieve recycling targets up to 98%, and average 95%.

Read the full Model Code of Practice: Demolition Work on the SafeWork Australia website.

Experienced demolition contractors

The McMahon Services team of demolition contractors have worked on a variety of demolition and decommissioning projects across the country. We have experience with a range of demolition works, including some of the biggest projects in Australia.


BHP Nth Yard Decommissioning (1)

McMahon Demolition Decommissioning Adelaide Oval

McMahon Hero Shot

Demolition and decommissioning recognition

McMahon Services has been recognised internationally for our outstanding performance in the demolition and recycling industries.

In 2016, McMahon Services was the Winner of the World’s Best Industrial Demolition Project for our successful decommissioning of major redundant assets within BHP Billiton Iron Ore, Nelson Point Load Out Facility, in Port Hedland, Western Australia.

In 2015, the McMahon Services team won Category A at the Crane Industry Council of Australia Lift of the Year Awards for work completed on the $350 million Adelaide Convention Centre demolition and redevelopment work.

Award-winning commercial demolition contractor

We have been acknowledged in the Demolition and Recycling International publication’s Top 100 listing of the world’s largest demolition contractors for the last twelve years.

  • 2018: Position 17
  • 2017: Position 15
  • 2016: Position 20
  • 2015: Position 14
  • 2014: Position 11
  • 2013: Position 10
  • 2012: Position 6
  • 2011: Position 14
  • 2010: Position 17
  • 2009: Position 21
  • 2008: Position 20
  • 2007: Position 19

McMahon Services demolition and decommissioning plant and equipment

At McMahon Services, we operate $140 million of plant and equipment for our demolition and decommissioning services. This helps us to provide the quality services for your unique problems.

We can mobilise this across Australia to any inner-city location or the most rural and remote spots in the nation. Our team is highly-skilled using this specialised equipment for demolition and decommissioning and can operate it all safely and efficiently. 

Do you have an upcoming demolition project? Contact the expert team at McMahon Services to assist you with your estimating and project delivery requirements.
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Adelaide Convention Centre – Deconstruction of Plenary Building
  • Crane & Rigging Services
  • Scrap Metal Services
  • Civil Construction
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Precision Demolition Attachments

Model: Various
Type: Shears, Booms, Grapples, Railbreakers, Buckets and Pulverisers
Capacity / Size: Various
Manufacturer: Various

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Award winning project on iconic ground

Works completed on the $350 million Adelaide Convention Centre redevelopment.

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TasPaper Decontamination & Demolition
  • Asbestos Removal & Hazardous Material Removal
  • Demolition & Decommissioning
  • Environmental Remediation
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Kimberly-Clark Silo Demolition
  • Demolition & Decommissioning
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Delicate removal of chlorinator house
  • Asbestos Removal & Hazardous Material Removal
  • Demolition & Decommissioning
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Adelaide Oval Redevelopment
  • Industrial Services
  • Crane & Rigging Services
  • Scrap Metal Services
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PC1250 Ultra High Reach Demolition Excavator

Model: PC1250
Type: Excavator
Capacity / Size: 125 tonne
Manufacturer: Komatsu

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ACC High Risk Demolition
  • Crane & Rigging Services
  • Demolition & Decommissioning
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Explosive milestone for the Augusta Power Station Decommissioning project

On Friday 9th September the Playford A stack was planned for demolition, reaching the first major milestone in the two yea...

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