Visy required leaked glass removal services. Industrial Demolition Services (IDS), were called in to undertake emergency works.

    Visy SP1 Glass Removal

    450 390 Industrial Demolition Services
    SP1 Glass Removal | Visy
    Penrith, NSW

    Project Overview

    Visy required leaked glass removal services for a basement spill located on their Penrith site. Industrial Demolition Services (IDS) were called in to undertake emergency works, having been previously contracted by Visy to work on multiple sites across Australia.

    Scope of Works

    Scope of works included:

    • Site establishment
    • Visy glass removal from SP1 basement
    • 9 day project timeline
    • no disruption to production lines

    Specialist services required:  Recycling  |  Hazardous materials

    Unique challenges

    Emergency works were urgently required to remove 350 tonnes of glass from SP1 Basement, resulting from a furnace leak. The leaked glass was dispersed around steel members of the furnace.

    IDS had only a 9 day window to remove the glass to enable further repairs and production. Works were required to be undertaken adjacent to live production lines and other VISY site operations without any business interruptions.

    Strict environmental controls were needed to control noise, dust and other the environmental aspects of the project to ensure compliance and minimal disruption. Additional Health & Safety aspects of the project, to meet VISY requirements, had to be addressed.


    Thorough planning in consultation with the VISY team was essential to ensure IDS supplied the best resources for an efficiency and successful project delivery.

    A 24hr work schedule – split into day and night shifts – was introduced for the 9 day project duration, in order to meet the tight timeline. Experienced personnel and specialised equipment were engaged to deliver the high standards of safety and quality VISY expect.


    IDS completed the project on time and within the budget without any interruptions to other VISY site operations. Completion on time enabled VISY to continue with further repairs of furnace to get production back to business as usual.

    Approximately 350 tonnes of glass was removed without any safety incidents. An outstanding result, given the aggressive nature of the work.


    3-12 May 2023

    IDS Garden Island Wharf Demolition and Realignment – Industrial Demolition Services

    Garden Island Wharf Demolition and Realignment

    450 390 Industrial Demolition Services
    IDS Garden Island Wharf Demolition and Realignment for PGH Holdings and Leadlease
    Garden Island, NSW
    IDS Garden Island Wharf Demolition and Realignment for PGH Holdings and Leadlease

    Project overview

    Industrial Demolition Services (IDS), with joint venture partner Major Projects Group, were awarded the Garden Island (Bayinguwa) Wharf demolition and realignment contract by PSG Holdings in partnership with Lendlease.

    Garden Island is situated close to inner city hub Potts Point, in New South Wales. It’s proximity to an active naval base and significant marine environment, combined with limited space, contributed to a highly sensitive working site.

    Scope of work

    The removal of wharf infrastructure at the Garden Island naval base, required the completion of two stages over an eight month timeframe.

    Stage one:

    • demolition of a two-storey building
    • removal of one section of the cruiser wharf
    • removal of the oil wharf

    Stage two:

    • removal of the remainder of the cruiser wharf

    Specialist expertise required: Marine demolition  |  Government projects  |  Recycling & excavation

    Unique challenges

    Both wharves consisted of a top layer of concrete over a steel reinforced concrete sub-base. Due to its compromised structure, the oil wharf presented additional demolition challenges. Zoning off areas vulnerable to collapse and ensuring no contamination to the marine environment required careful handling.


    Work on the oil wharf began with removal of the upper layers, independent of the sub-base layer because of corrosive damage. The cruiser wharf was in better condition. Both layers were able to be removed simultaneously.

    Protecting the marine environment was paramount to project success. A silt curtain was deployed to catch any debris and strict material removal processes observed to ensure no materials, contaminated or otherwise, leaked into Port Jackson Bay.


    The Garden Island Wharf demolition and realignment project was successfully completed on time and ready for the construction of a new wharf. No major incidents or injuries occurred. In total, IDS removed 6800 square metres of degraded wharf structure, 500 tonnes of concrete, 500 tonnes of steel and over 90 loads of timber.


    Stage 1: March – May 2019
    Stage 2: August – November 2019

    Kurnell Caltex Refinery Removal – Industrial Demolition Services

    Kurnell Caltex Refinery Removal

    450 390 Industrial Demolition Services
    Kurnell Caltex Refinery Removal – Industrial Demolition Services
    Botany Bay, NSW
    Kurnell Caltex Refinery Removal – Industrial Demolition Services

    Project overview

    Caltex Kurnell refinery site shut down after 58 years of operation, requiring the removal of infrastructure. The site was then converted into a fuel import terminal. The project covered approximately 100 hectares of demolition work zones.

    Industrial Demolition Services (IDS) completed much of the early works for the Kurnell refinery conversion project. The works were competitively tendered, and IDS was awarded the PDU and CLOR Tank Farms. Both projects were completed ahead of schedule with no Medical Treatment Injuries or Lost Time Incidents. IDS was then awarded the remaining demolition works on the Kurnell refinery site.

    Scope of work

    The Caltex Kurnell Refinery demolition and removal requirements included:

    • refinery process units and associated infrastructure
    • tanks and associated infrastructure
    • pipeways – above and underground pipelines
    • redundant buildings and services

    Specialist services required:  Decommissioning  |  Hazardous Waste  |  Industrial

    Unique challenges

    IDS used the services of around two dozen experienced demolition labourers and plant operators for this project. The site crews, under the guidance of our dedicated site supervisors and his team, operated a fleet of six excavators over two demolition zones.

    The site had plant ranging in size up to 120 tonnes, with specialist rotating shear attachments, in addition to materials handlers and other machines using grabs, hammers and other demolition attachments.


    IDS undertook more than 30 controlled collapses on site, all of which were completed successfully and, more importantly, safely. By weight, the largest of these was a 700 tonne Re-generator Unit, sitting on nine columns at a height of 55 meters. The tallest controlled collapse was a 65 meter furnace stack, which weighed in at 200 tonnes.
    While the demolition of process units was being undertaken, Industrial Demolition Services also undertook the removal of approximately 50 tanks and 180km of pipes.


    IDS processed approximately 50,000 tonnes of scrap steel and over 100,000 tonnes of concrete.


    Stage One: March – May 2019
    Stage Two: August – November 2019