GCM Services required to safely decontaminate, demolish and clear the former Dunfermline Museum. 

Retaining the original stone Façade fronting and leaving a clear internal space to facilitate the new project works. The structure was predominantly of stone construction with timber floors and a timber and slate roof.

The listed library building to be retained and extended was positioned immediately to the east leaving a small gap of approximately 1 metre between the two structures.

Location:  Dunfermline

Client:  BAM Construction

Duration:  3 months


Our project was resourced and controlled from our Head Office in Falkirk, deploying to site a full time site manager, asbestos personnel, demolition operatives and machine operatives.

A notification to the HSE was made and the asbestos was removed from within the building. A full internal soft strip was undertaken leaving the external stone walls, roof and floors intact. GCM engineered a design to erect a façade retaining system to the front of the structure, incorporating a kentledge support enabling the steelwork to be braced back internally at high level to the two partial side walls. With the steelwork in place the roof was carefully removed by hand along with the internal timber floors enabling our main works.

Services Provided: 

  • Initial Design
  • Asbestos Removal
  • Soft Strip
  • Temporary Works
  • Install façade steelwork
  • Cut Down
  • Hand Demolition
  • Mechanical Demolition
  • Monitoring Movement

Almost immediately the piling mat was under construction. 


The project was completed on programme, within budget, without incident or injury and to the satisfaction of the HSE, Environment Agency and our client.

Processed From Site:

  • Steel - 30 Tonnes
  • Timber - 20 Tonnes