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12th June 2019

Soft Strip-Out: FAQs

What is a soft strip?
A “Soft Strip” is the term used to describe the internal preparation works that precede either a refurbishment or returning a building back to the client as a shell.

During these works, all non-structural elements such as furniture, carpets, false ceilings, shelving, skirting, flooring and partition frames from inside and outside the property are removed.

What is the difference between a “soft strip” and a “hard strip”?
Whereas a “soft strip” removes all the non-structural elements from inside or outside the property, a “hard strip” removes all the structural elements from inside or outside the property.

Who manages the project?
Here at Yes Waste, we are usually contractors for the company managing the overall strip-out. They perform the initial assessment and isolation of the electrical and water aspects and provide us with a CAD drawing that details every element that needs to be removed. We then follow the plan to remove and dispose of the agreed elements and manage this aspect of the project accordingly.

When do you do the project?
The timeline and working hours are agreed at the start of the project with the management company with the intention of minimising disruption to any other businesses within/near to the works. If this requires the project to be completed out of normal business (Mon – Fri; 9am-5pm) then so be it.

What happens to the waste that’s removed?
In many projects, the majority of the waste removed can be recycled in order to minimise what is sent to landfill. If any of the material is classified as hazardous waste, it will be sent to the necessary processing plant to be dealt with in a safe environment.

Are you qualified?
Here at Yes Waste, the team who work on the strip-out projects have the following accreditations:

  • Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS):
    CSCS is the leading skills certification scheme within the UK construction industry and provides proof that the individual has the required training and qualifications for the type of work they are carrying out on the construction site.
  • Scaffolding (PASMA):
    This accreditation verifies that the individual responsible for assembling, dismantling, moving and inspecting mobile access towers can do so safely with regard to the health, safety and welfare of those who will be using the tower.
  • Health & Safety:
    This course means that that company meets its legal obligation and most importantly ensures that the team are not injured or made ill by the work they do.
  • First Aid:
    This course ensures that we have an individual on site who is trained with the potential life-saving ability to assist an injured or ill person during a variety of emergency situations.
  • Asbestos Awareness:
    This accreditation provides individuals with the information they need to avoid work that may disturb asbestos during any normal work which could disturb the fabric of a building or other items which might contain asbestos.