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Bursting & Crunching Concrete

Bursting and crunching concrete are safe and efficient methods of controlled demolition and removal of large sections of concrete. At D-Drill, we use both hydraulic bursting machinery (a quiet and relatively dust-free procedure) and hydraulic concrete crunching (no vibration or need to use water).

This means we can work in tight spaces where noise, dust and disruption need to be kept to a minimum. Bursting and crunching are particularly suitable for sites that are in continual use, such as hospitals, factories, offices and hotels.


  • Safe and efficient method of removing large section of concrete
  • Precise and controlled
  • Ideal for projects where noise, dust and disruption need to be kept to a minimum
  • Efficient method for controlled demolition of pillars, concrete and walls where heavy machinery is impractical
  • Suitable for sites that are in continual use (eg hospitals, factories, offices, hotels)

Do you have a bursting and crunching job in mind?

Call us on 0800 33 74 55 to find out more.


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"I would just like to say that your operative that came to the University of Leeds yesterday to commence with the 4nr core holes was a pleasure to have. He was very professional/ persistent and completed the works in hand. Thanks again."

University of Leeds - Site Supervisor

"2 of your employees, Paul Green and Graham Crowley, completed the drilling project on the Pendine Long Test Track with us today. I’d like to let you know that they carried out their work professionally, effectively and safely. They have done an excellent job within the timeline of the contract and they were a pleasure to have on site."

MOD - Pendine Long Test Track

"Thank you for sorting the holes out for me, your guy was an absolute pleasure."

John Holcroft - Owner of San Giovanni restaurant

"D-Drill carried out the works here in a very safe and controlled manner for the whole time, the workmanship and care they took for the task of cutting down existing culverts and drilling out core holes was brilliant. The client commented several times on this also."

Trant Engineering Limited - Site Manager

"The lads that attended site for us at Kings Lynn were fantastic, both us at TEi and Centrica were impressed with their professionalism, and just how quickly they removed all four of the plinths"

TEI Ltd - Supervisor


Imperial College London

Diamond Drilling and Bursting at Imperial College D-Drill was called out to Imperial College London to form a trench 8mt long x 1.3mt wide x 1mt deep through a redundant crane base using Diamond drilling and bursting techniques. The old crane base was adjacent to the college library and when the client tried to form the trench using a conventional method, using an excavator with a hammer attachment, the vibration and noise was unacceptable to the college. Using our automatic feed diamond drilling rigs D Drill operatives stitch drilled the permitter of the trench to a depth of 1metre. We then diamond drilled 200mm diameter holes to accommodate our 200mm hydraulic bursting head at 2 holes per 750mm spacing along the length of the trench. We then burst the concrete out with the spoils removed by a 3 ton machine supplied by the site. The work was completed within time and budget without any noise/vibration to interrupt the college library or students normal day.   Our...

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  • With over 55 years’ experience serving the construction industry, we are safe, accurate and reliable
  • A one-stop-shop for all your concrete scanning, drilling, sawing and demolition needs
  • Nationwide coverage with an extensive branch network using local in-house trained teams
  • Rapid response from our expert teams who take a professional, flexible approach to projects
  • We are constantly innovating, backed by pioneering ground-breaking research
  • We use the latest low-impact environmentally friendly equipment and strive to save time, money and the environment
  • Our work exceeds the Drilling & Sawing Association’s minimum standards
  • Supporting and investing in the construction industry, our MD serves on many national and internal boards
  • We invest heavily in training, particularly in apprentices; over 45% of our skilled workforce have been through our apprenticeship programme