Devonport Maternity Hospital Demolition

Major Demolition Works and Asbestos Removal

Devonport Maternity Hospital

Devonport’s former maternity hospital has been a constant concern for the community and council for many years. Mendelssohn took control of the site in December 2017 to complete the demolition which required the removal of the structure including the building footings, to 1.0m below ground and removal of all redundant services including; power, water, sewer, stormwater, energised services, poles and feeds. Mendelssohn have worked closely with the local businesses and general public to demolish the structure quickly and safely with as little disruption to the community as possible. The building contained 7 levels in total and floor area of 1850m2 per level Approx.


The demolition process required for the project was complexed and not without its challenges. Given the positioning of the project the public had a heightened interest in how we carried out the demolition and had concerns regarding dust emissions and the potential of asbestos exposure. Mendelssohn purchased a V12s Dust Suppression System that was used for water atomization for asbestos removal as well as general dust suppression. This system is the 1st of its kind in Tasmania.

Once the project had reached the footings removal phase it was discovered that there was 600 metres of footings 5 metres deep and 1.2 metres wide that would need to be removed as a variation to the initial works.

Mendelssohn Construction were able to provide the services and skills to achieve the scope within the agreed timeframes whilst maintaining a safe work area for all employees and the public. Just some of these services included;

  • Safe demolition of an unstable 3 storey structure with an asbestos contaminated slab;
  • Top of the line asbestos decontamination of the site and vehicles;
  • Continuous air monitoring during the period of asbestos removal;
  • EPA disposal of all asbestos material and debris; and
  • establishment of access areas effective and safe access to high risk areas whilst not disrupting the daily flow of traffic within the area.

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