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Chimney Breast Stack Removal

Chimney Breast stack Removal

Chimney Breast stack Removal Specialist. LR Building are a traditional building company and have worked on many properties throughout London and the home counties including conservation and listed buildings

From the restoration of a 18th century fireplace to the complete renovation of a Victorian house, we offer a wide array of services including Chimney breast and stack removal. We have experience with both residential and commercial projects and can apply our knowledge and technology to any size project. We would be pleased to advise on potential projects. Feel free to contact us with any queries.

Chimney Breast Stack Removal Specialist.

Removing a chimney breast or stack

Many older houses were constructed with fireplaces in every room to provide heat. These days central heating has replaced the need for fireplaces and the chimney breast is seen as wasted floor space in the room. Although a fireplace does provide a focal point in the room the removal of the fireplace and the chimney can increase the size of the room significantly.

Removing a chimney breast is not for the inexperience builder so choose wisely LR Building have the experience and the upmost ability to undertake such work taking the stress and the burden away from the customer we provide the full package. From the initial consultation we will instruct our Structural engineer to carry out a site visit he will take notes and prepare structural calculations and a drawing outlining the proposed work. We will then submit a building notice application with all the other relevant paperwork to the local authority. Once accepted building work can commence after 48hrs.

The Rules and Regulations to follow to Remove a Chimney Breast or Stack

There are 6 main requirements to consider before carrying out the work:

1) Planning Permission/Building Notice – unless the property is Listed or in a Conservation Area, Planning Approval is unlikely to be required, but it’s always worth asking the question.

2) Building Regulations compliance to ensure:

  • Structural strength
  • Fire safety
  • Sound insulation
  • Maintenance of any neighbour’s chimney
  • Damp prevention
  • Ventilation to rooms

3) Structural schematics required for Building Regulations approval.

4) Party Wall implications under the Party Wall Act – In England and Wales, when removing a chimney breast or stack from a party wall, the written consent of the owners of the neighbouring property must be obtained before work is started (the Party Wall Act – it’s worth taking the advice of a surveyor with experience of this Act).

5) Landlords Licence, if a leasehold property.

6) The safety of any gas appliance that uses a party walls flue in neighbours or own property – consulate a Gas Safe Engineer, and get something in writing.

If the chimney stack is to be removed to below the roof, the roof timbers will need to be extended to fill the gap, and matching roof covering used to fill the gap.

If the chimney stack is to be left in place and only part of the chimney breast below is to be removed, the brickwork above must be supported with a Rolled Steel Joist (RSJ) or other suitable support. What will be required will depend upon the size of masonry above and the adjoining walls which will need to bear the load.

If any unused chimney breast is retained, it will need to be ventilated at both the top and bottom. Any moisture in an unventilated wall or chimney will interact with the soot remaining in the used chimney and can cause staining.


As a leading specialist brickwork, stonework and restoration & construction company in London.
We provide a wide range of services including gauged brickwork and tuck-pointing, traditional lime mortar work, facade and building refurbishments and renovations, complete new builds in both contemporary and traditional styles, extensions and interior redecorations.
We have established working relationships with architects, developers, conservation officers and numerous private clients all satisfied with the high standard of quality and attention to detail provided by every member of the team.


LR Building responsibilities when serving as the Main Contractor include:

  1. Applying for or assisting in the application process for building permits
  2. Management of change orders and general conditions
  3. Providing all materials, labour, equipment and services
  4. Monitoring schedule and cash flow
  5. Maintaining accurate records
  6. Ensuring a safe and secure project site


Every construction is unique in scope, but process is systemically applied to each construction project.

We seek to get involved early in the design phase so that we can manage the project more efficiently, provide effective building solutions, and identify challenges early on to mitigate design changes after construction commencement.

This involves detailed pre-construction planning crucial to successful construction and on-time delivery, and allows the client and team a clear pathway to the construction phase, and through to completion.


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- Sue Hughes

Team Manager, London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Ex. Lee is very detailed-oriented and produced great results for the company. Fully recommend LR Building for working on older buildings.

- Mr Clarke

Quantity Surveying - RICS
LR Building did a fantastic job and is clearly an extremely conscientious construction company. Giving high credit to his worker (Brian) and a credit to his company. Please pass on my thanks to Brian again.

- Mrs Teresa Vaudolon

Senior Analyst Guy's and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust
We contacted LR Building about a crumbling brick frieze on the front of our 250 year old house in the heart of Greenwich which is a conservation area. They did an excellent job, working quickly and tidy, leaving us with a new (and improved) Brick freeze.

-Andy Gowdey

IT consultant
LR Building have done excellent work on our house. After having a Damp Survey carried out, Lee came round and assessed the work to be carried out. They happily answered any questions we had and were always helpful. They stayed in contact via phone to keep us informed of arrival times while checking this was convenient. An excellent team. Job well done!

- Mr Garrick Walles

Chartered Accountant
I found LR Building Services on Which? Trusted Traders. From start to finish the service provided by Lee was excellent and very professional. The workmanship was very good, and the work was carried out on time and cleanly. Overall I have had a very good experience working with LR Building

- ruthe watson

House wife
After finding LR Building through Which? Trusted Traders.and his amazing team immediately put my mind at rest. Was an absolute pleasure to have on site and despite it being a dirty job, somehow my kitchen ended up looking cleaner when they’d finished than it did to begin with! I couldn’t be happier with the finished work and would highly recommend LR Building.

-Tony K

senior marketing analyst
I found LR Building via Which? Trusted Traders. I purchased a property where the removed chimney stacks were incorrectly supported. Lee and his team did the work to a high standard. I would highly recommend LR Building and his team to anyone who is looking for a quality building team.