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What is strip out?

Commercial strip out (also sometimes termed enabling strip out) is the process of removing elements from the inside & outside of a property to:

  • Prepare for refurbishment

  • Enable exploratory work & de-risk future development

  • Enable change of use

  • Zero-rate a property (zero-rating saves on business rates via empty building relief.)

Soft strip out includes the careful removal of furniture and chattels, fixtures & fittings, floor finishes, suspended ceilings, partition walls, glazed partitions, doors, windows, furniture, kitchen and sanitary facilities, mechanical and electrical systems, including data and security infrastructure. Soft strip out can also include large items that require expert deconstruction and dismantling such as plant rooms & rooftop plant, escalators, lifts, mezzanine floors and roller shutters.


Internal demolition involves structural changes such as block wall demolition, brick wall demolition, forming openings and demolition of concrete stair cases.

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Types of strip out

Strip out projects vary by the type of business and property, we group these by the industry sectors below.


You can see examples of Umberslade's internal strip outs in each sector in our case studies and projects map.


Office strip out

Call centre strip out

Business centre strip out


Factory strip out

laboratory strip out

Cold store strip out

Warehouse strip out


Retail store strip out

Gift shop strip out

Shop strip out & shop clearance

& Leisure

Hotel strip out

Conference centre strip out

Cinema strip out

Gym strip out

Museum strip out

Restaurant strip out

Pub strip out


School strip out

University strip out

Training centre strip out


Hospital strip out

Doctor surgery strip out

Care home strip out


Council office strip out

Police station strip out

Prison strip out

Military facility strip out


Car showroom strip out

Vehicle service centre strip out

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The UK's leading strip out contractor

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Established in 1996, Umberslade has grown to become the UK's largest specialist strip out contractor.  Our head office is based near Birmingham and we've recently set up a London, division, so we're ideally located to complete strip out work in the South East and throughout the UK.


Much of our work is repeat business or referral, based upon the quality of our work and the reliability and expertise of our full-time CCDO operatives & SSSTS Managers. You can see the qualifications of each member of our workforce on our team page.


We are a preferred supplier to leading companies in the construction industry and many of our customers have relied on us for over 10 years, we have completed over 3,000 soft strip out, internal demolition and groundworks projects.


With over 25 years practical experience as a building strip out contractor we will ensure your soft strip out or groundworks project is completed on-time, on-budget and most importantly; safely.


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