Whelan the Wrecker is synonymous with demolition in Victoria. Since 1892, we’ve demolished thousands of buildings and other structures in and around Melbourne. Today, our people continue the tradition of delivering safe and reliable building demolition services across the state.

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In operation for more than 125 years, Whelans understands local construction projects like few others in our industry. We’ve been successful at demolition for such a long time that in some cases we’ve pulled down buildings on a site that had replaced something we’d demolished previously.

Started as a family-owned and operated business, Whelan the Wrecker is the most well-known of all the demolition companies in Melbourne. The sign “Whelan the wrecker is here” was one of the most popular of all the Melbourne advertising signs during our company’s first 100 years of operation.

Today, with triple certification covering safety, quality and the environment, Whelan the Wrecker can safely and efficiently demolish buildings and structures of any size or complexity, including low- to medium-rise commercial and light industrial projects.

Our portfolio of work covers the dismantling of some of the most recognised structures in Melbourne. For instance, we recently carried out a significant partial demolition project to make way for the new Marriott Hotel in the heart of the Docklands.

A culture of collaboration and innovation allows our team to make the most of their skills and talent. This investment is also how Whelan the Wrecker has remained one of the most trusted contractors for public and private sector construction projects for over a century.


At Whelans, our most important priority is the health and wellbeing of our people. We have triple certified management systems in place, including for health and safety (AS 4801), to ensure our services are safe, reliable and of good quality.

All of our practices and strategic tools are there to maintain our exemplary safety record. We will always choose the correct method of demolition, for the safety of everyone on site and nearby. We carefully manage safety concerns once demolition has begun, and we monitor waste, chemicals and potential fire hazards. Importantly, we rely on the expert knowledge and skills of our team to be fully aware of hazards and safety precautions before work begins and as it goes on.

Our team members carry the appropriate licenses or tickets for works to be completed. As well, Quality, Safety and Environment Advisors are deployed to each project site to verify the competencies of our workforce, audit site control measures and ensure full compliance with our contractual, regulatory and legislative obligations.

Whelan the Wrecker is committed to an uncompromising culture that always puts the safety of our people before any other concern. In this way, our clients can depend on us to deliver each of their valuable projects on time, on budget, and without incident.

Expertise and Equipment

We deliver leading expertise in all facets of commercial and light industrial work programs. Our leadership includes respected industry veterans with decades of experience in construction and commercial and industrial demolition, as well as project engineers with a sophisticated understanding of the rigorous control measures needed to drive high-risk works safely.

We employ experienced and qualified site supervisors, foremen and forewomen to match a project’s requirements. Together our team can manage every stage of your demolition process, from site inspection to final site clean-up.

Value for money is always at the core of our efforts. We’re efficient because we have the people and plant to get your demolition job done right, first time. Whelan the Wreckers has trained, qualified and experienced personnel who work with:

  • Manual equipment – specialist tools, permits to work, personal protective equipment, respiratory protective equipment
  • Mechanical – mini, medium, large and long reach plant, precision attachments, licenced and verified operators

Whelan the Wrecker

Victoria’s leading demolition contractor in Melbourne, Geelong, Morwell, Warrnambool, Horsham, Ballarat, Bendigo, Mildura, Shepparton, Wodonga

Commercial & Industrial Demolition Victoria