Gwella Housing

Gwella Contracting Services offer a specialist Asbestos Removal team to housing associations around the South West, with offices in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Hampshire

Asbestos Removal Contractor wearing full HSE approved PPE

Specialist asbestos removal for residential properties

Our highly-experienced project managers, support staff and remediation team understand the strict procedures, processes and reporting requirements of housing associations and we have been working with some of the region’s most prestigious companies for quite some time.

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Complete reassurance for you and your tenants

Our Managers and Site based teams all have a long history of working within the Domestic Social Housing sector, having supported many Housing Associations as preferred contractors under various frameworks.

We are very aware of the unique challenges in this sector where performance is heavily driven by KPI compliance whilst offering a reactive service in a domestic setting with potentially vulnerable tenants.

Our robust processes utilising domestic-specific teams to undertake the work, who have received sector specific training in Customer Care and Housing Association expectations, ensure that our responsive service levels are second to none. Dedicated Key account managers channel the work enquiries to the appropriate teams and book in the projects in line with pre-agreed key performance targets.

Our experienced DBS checked operatives attend site in clearly liveried vans in branded company uniforms with photographic ID cards to ensure customers are aware of who we are. Specific training on our expectations when working in this sector ensures that customers are treated with the utmost respect, we never forget that we are working in their homes.

We are proud to be removing this dangerous substance from homes across the country, ensuring that customers can rest assured that their property is safe and that your compliance targets are met.

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Asbestos Removal Decontamination unit at a housing estate in Devon

Our clients' reviews

We're proud of the professionalism and attention to detail from our Asbestos Removal team on all of their jobs. Read a few testimonials from our delighted customers.

Simply outstanding

June 19, 2024

“I just wanted to say thank you. The service you have provided, at the speed you have, is simply outstanding. I really appreciate this. Thank you.”

Pete - Domestic Client

Asbestos removal is extremely well controlled…

May 9, 2024

“The management of Asbestos removal is extremely well controlled by our partners Gwella and Wrings Demolition. The management process is also being managed well by WD management team that clearly show the controls in place by the asbestos management noticeboard placed in the main office.”

Karl - Wilmott Dixon

Its been a pleasure working with you all…

April 19, 2024

“Just wanted to email and thank you and your team for all your hard work and efforts on Hepatology. Please pass on my thanks to all involved. It’s certainly been challenging, but what a fantastic, good quality facility achieved / handed over today and more importantly a delighted Client. It’s been a pleasure working with you all on this one and look forward to the next.”

Kevin - Nevada Construction

Very proactive and accommodating

March 27, 2024

“My feedback regarding the Gwella lads and the works so far have been excellent, I have had several internal calls with Vinci stating that Gwella, Dan, Jamie and his team would be my choice of future asbestos removals. The guys have all been very proactive and accommodating while working within our current restraints and obviously very professional.”

Tony - Vinci Facilities

A pleasure working with you

March 21, 2024

“Firstly, thank you to you and your staff for all the hard work you carried out in the Tamar. It’s been a pleasure working with you on this project and we look forward to working closely with you all again in the future.”

Carl - Fox Construction Solutions Limited

Absolutely fantastic job

March 21, 2024

“Absolutely fantastic job today Dave! Wouldn’t have known you’d been there had the ceiling not been missing! Thanks so much.”

Sarah Squires

I wish the future sub contractors I employ would work like these guys!

February 12, 2024

“I would just like to say how impressed I was with Matt and Ross who finished on the job yesterday at Fairwinds, Coverack yesterday! They have been there the last two weeks removing the external asbestos which wasn’t easy for them given the site obstacles. They are the best subcontractors that have been on the site so far and I wish the future sub contractors I employ would work like these guys!! They never complained once and were very helpful to us as we were them. I would not hesitate to recommend your company in the future given the work ethics these guys have shown. These guys are a credit to your team!!”

Lee - Garner Builders

A credit to your company

December 3, 2023

“Jack is a credit to your company. Really friendly, knowledgeable and nothing too much trouble. Grateful if you could give him this feedback.”

Rob, Private Client


November 22, 2023

“I can only say it has been great working with Gwella up to this point. Congratulations to you and the whole team. Keep up the great work.”

Wesley - VINCI Facilities

Could not have asked for a better result

November 21, 2023

“Thank you once again for your assistance and urgency in this matter today. We could not have asked for a better result or a quicker turnaround. I have let the relevant management at SCIS know of your excellent service today.”

Kitty - South Coast Insulation Services

Response from Gwella Contracting

Thanks for the kind words, Kitty, and glad that we could be of assistance to South Coast Insulation Services – Jason Wells

Very much appreciated

November 13, 2023

“I just wanted to say thanks to you and Gwella for helping sort the situation out reactively, it is very much appreciated by me and all the team at Imerys.”

Graham, Imerys – Site Manager

Works done in such a timely manner

November 3, 2023

“I just wanted to say a massive thank you to all of you for making sure the classrooms were safe and ready for Monday morning. We are grateful for your sense of urgency to get these works done in such a timely manner. Thanks to your teams and everyone involved.”

Sam - The Rainbow Multi Academy Trust

A great asset

October 12, 2023

“Gwella are a great asset to South Coast Building Company Ltd. You and your team are always spot-on for advice and support. The extra mile always seems minimum standard to you and your Team.”

Daren - South Coast Building Company Ltd.

Thanks for your hard work

October 10, 2023

“Firstly, many thanks for your hard work and willingness to assist with all the jobs and backlog. I appreciate your efforts by making my work easier, so thank you.”

Deane - Lorne Stewart Facilities Management

Managed the team and works extremely well

October 9, 2023

“All the works went extremely well…

Sam managed the team and works extremely well, no issues throughout the whole of the cleaning. The client was also very grateful for the completed works and the standings set by Gwella during the works.”

Paul - Project Manager, VIVO Defence

Brilliant work

October 9, 2023

“Brilliant work in building 91. Thank you to you and your team!”

Sue, Landmarc Support Services Limited

A credit to their organisation

October 9, 2023

“Can I just pass on my thanks from a Unit perspective to the contractors working in Camp on the Chard Block Demolition task.

They have been excellent as there has been no disruption to the pattern of life in Camp.

They should be commended for their level of professionalism and they are a credit to their organisation.”

Major Rankine - Ministry of Defence

Wonderful service…

October 4, 2023

“Thank you again for the wonderful service provided by your company.”

Private client

They went above and beyond

September 28, 2023

“I have to say we were stunned by the two chaps who came to remove my mum’s ancient storage heater yesterday. From the moment they arrived they were completely focused on making sure that the job was done perfectly.

They tried lifting the heater: it was incredibly heavy and up a curving flight of stairs. They were determined to get it out nevertheless: after discussion they decided that the safest way was for them to suit up, seal off the area, and take some of the bricks out. This meant waking up my 85 year old mum and getting her out whilst they did the job. She was a bit anxious about this but your two chaps were nothing but polite, respectful, kind and thoughtful with her.

My husband and I cannot speak highly enough of these two men. Within the hour we had a phone call saying the job was complete and we could bring mum back. When we got back the place was immaculate and the heater had gone. What a relief!

We were so impressed by how lovely the two chaps were that we tried to offer them a tip: this was refused with the words:’ It’s enough for us to do a good job.’ Wow.

These two are an absolute credit to your company. They went above and beyond to make sure this job was done on time and done well, and that a rather anxious old lady was not upset, rushed, worried or flustered. They treated her with total respect and kindness.”

Helen, Glen and Felicity - Domestic Private Clients

Friendly, polite and professional

September 27, 2023

“Your men have just picked up the waste. What a friendly, polite and professional couple they were. A credit to your company. We will certainly recommend your company to any body looking for waste disposal.”

Peter - Domestic Private Client

First-class service

September 20, 2023

“Just a quick thank you for the first-class service we have received from start to finish on the project at our unit. The Gwella team have been professional, reliable and helpful throughout whilst maintaining a clear desire to try and please.”

Ryan Frost - South West Electrics Ltd

Great Job!

September 13, 2023

“Thanks to your on-site team who did a great job”

Stephen Hird - SJH Design Services Ltd

Amazing job

August 24, 2023

“Just to reiterate, the boys did an amazing job, so very pleased with what they did.”

Andrew - Private Client

Thanks to the team

August 16, 2023

“Thanks to the team for completing the job so swiftly.”

David - Camborne Science & International Academy

The extra mile

August 3, 2023

“The project was quite a complex process, with the Management of Electrical Contractor ensuring electrical services safely removed and disconnected of the walls and ceiling of the Main Boiler house. Gwella did a great job working closely with other Contractors, ensuring that the overall project ran smoothly and efficiently. The Gwella team did a really professional job of the quilling back to bare brick and concrete. They went the extra mile, identifying additional areas that had been discovered during works and got those works done in a very timely fashion and were praised by Vinci and DIO. Looking forward to working with Gwella on any of our future projects.”

Sonny - Vinci Facilities

Fantastic job

August 2, 2023

I also wanted to say a huge thank you to the crew, particularly the young man who did the clearing up on the final day. He did a fantastic job.

Ann - Private Domestic Client

Outstanding service provided by your company

July 26, 2023

Dear Team @ Gwella contracting services

Wanted to provide some direct feedback about the outstanding service provided by your company.

We are currently going through renovations on our home in Newquay Cornwall. We found asbestos in our ceilings of the whole first floor of our house, all the tradesmen on site could not recommend any companies to deal with the problem, so we had to search and find someone who could help, it is important to note at this point we are naive to building works and really had no clue what we were doing, in short we were running blind and had no idea how to deal with this.

After a Google search and contacting a few companies we came across Gwella – this is where are challenge became easy. The reason for this was because of how you, as a company, handled are enquiry.

From the first call everything was explained in simple terms, you found solutions to some difficult issues we faced, you were clear on price and timeframes but, more importantly, you listened to what we needed doing and kept finding solutions, your team on the end of the phone just kept us calm and offered knowledgeable advise.

Due to the nature of the build and this unexpected challenge we needed a quick response, I was hopeful at best of my unrealistic time frame, however you managed it, calls were made and you came back in a few hours and everything was set up. Within 3 days the team were on site.

When living in a house during renovations it it very difficult because trades have to work around you, your team were outstanding, respectful at all times, professional with a lovely balance of being engaging and being good people.

The price we paid shocked all the trades on site being such good value for the work needed to be done, work ethic by the team was excellent, once in they didn’t stop , kept the environment clean and safe whilst they worked.

To summarise; the quality of work and customer service provided by Gwella was outstanding, we can’t thank you enough for everything you did for us, I have already recommended you to all, one of trades guys contacted me only the other morning asking the name of your firm.

Excellent all round.

Damian - Private Client

Fantastic work

June 27, 2023

“Thanks again for the fantastic work. The guys were brilliant.”

Tim - Atlantic House

A pleasure to work with

June 27, 2023

“We would just like to say, the team on site were great and a pleasure to work with so thank you to the Gwella team. “

Lewis - Weaver Demolition

Fantastic from start to finish

June 21, 2023

“The Gwella team were fantastic from start to finish – We received a really competitive quote and great communication to get our asbestos removal booked in; the office team were really helpful and friendly! The removal team arrived on time and were so polite, professional and friendly. They executed the job perfectly and went above and beyond to help us further. Everything was left immaculate too! We could not be happier with the service we received, and highly recommend Gwella!”

Dean - Private client

They were both wonderful

June 21, 2023

“Two of your chaps removed asbestos at mine last week. On their last day I had a nasty fall. I wanted to thank them for all they did. They called an ambulance and kept me as calm and comfortable as possible, laid out on the road. They were both wonderful but I don’;t know how to contact them to say so. I broke my arm and damaged my face, but without them I could still be laid out on the small country lane. Thank you. Anne xxxx”

Anne - Private Client

Speedy service

June 7, 2023

“Thanks again to Gwella for the speedy service attending the job, much appreciated 😊”

Marc - Westcountry Maintenance Services Ltd

Much appreciated

June 6, 2023

“Thanks for sorting that little job last night, much appreciated.”

Ben - Symons Construction Ltd

Feedback on your guys has been great

June 6, 2023

“Camborne college has gone really well. The feedback on your guys has been great, so thanks for the help and support on the project”.

Jonny – Weaver Demolition

Thorough and prompt

May 25, 2023

“Thank you for the removal of the Asbestos at Heysbury. Your team were thorough and prompt. Please pass on my thanks.”

Greg - Landmarc support services Ltd

Very good job

May 23, 2023

“Your team did a very good job down there, thanks!”

Dan - Hughes & Salvidge

A professional and helpful team

May 19, 2023

“Thank you for your team’s efforts at St Mawgan. A professional and helpful team, appreciated by us and VIVO.”

Neil - Obedair Construction

Super efficient

May 2, 2023

“Thank you for super efficient friendly service…”

Private Client

You’ve been excellent, as always…

April 24, 2023

Hi Evie. I just wanted to drop you a line to say a massive thank you for your help over the past few days. With key Managers being away on leave, at times I’ve needed your opinion on a few things. You’ve been excellent, as always, and I’m very grateful to you for always picking up the phone and responding to emails so quickly.


Friendly and professional company

April 6, 2023

“Gwella were a very friendly and professional company, completed the works in the time agreed with the highest quality and care, hassle-free. It would be a pleasure to see them on many of our future projects.”

Harry, Site Manager

Brilliant service…

March 31, 2023

“We really appreciate your brilliant service and all your help.”

Jennifer, Pure Cornish Design

An excellent and professional job

March 10, 2023

“Thank you for issuing the Air test certificates so promptly, I would just like to say that yourself, Callum and his partner did an excellent and professional job for us; really careful, safety conscious and very helpful chaps.”

Tony, BAM Construction Ltd

Great job

February 9, 2023

“The guys did a great job for us.”

Steve, Redruth School

Attitude of your operatives was fantastic

February 9, 2023

“The demeanour and attitude of your operatives was fantastic, the way they responded to questions and the induction also their interaction with the resident regarding the asbestos removal process.”

Bryn - Project Manager, Bell

Really pleased with everything…

February 8, 2023

“Thank you for the work undertaken. We were really pleased with everything.”

Francesca - Private Client

The lads were spot on

February 8, 2023

“Just wanted to say thank you to you and your team. The lads were spot on, kept in touch with me and gave a good handover. Really pleased how clean and tidy it is. Look forward to working together again.”

Daren - South Coast Building Company Ltd

It’s been a pleasure

February 1, 2023

It’s been a pleasure working with you guys!

Phil - Collard Contracting

Very professional from start to finish

January 9, 2023

“Just wanted to send a quick email to say thanks for the job your lads did last week at Dartmouth naval college.

It was a pleasure to work with them and they were very professional from start to finish, especially when it came to the confined space entry.

All safety requirements were met and suitable equipment was in place and used at all times.

Thanks also to you for all your assistance with paperwork , etc.”


Very professional and prompt service

January 4, 2023

“Gwella have recently carried-out removal of a section of AIB tiles for MEC at Derriford hospital. From start to finish they offer a very professional and prompt service. I had a site engineer come out in a timely manner to survey the works, their knowledge and experience was extremely reassuring. Following this, an in depth easy to understand quotation was produced at a very competitive rate.

Once employed, the communication was excellent and everything happened in line with what was put across in the quotation.

The guys that attended site, from the scaffolders to the guys removing the asbestos, were all very courteous and professional and were happy to assist wherever possible.

The paperwork for the removal was issued correctly and completed first time around.

It was a pleasure to have you working with us and will definitely be using again.”

Mike - MEC

Gwella have been great…

December 22, 2022

“I would just like to say a big thankyou for all of your assistance over the past few months. Gwella have been great, helping us out temporary boarding jobs at short notice, buying us the required time until we can attend to complete a full removal and repair.”


If you're looking for a Specialist Asbestos Removal Service for your housing association or residential service, talk to one of our highly knowledgeable team today and we'll be delighted to help.

Regional offices in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Bristol and Southampton, covering Southern England and Wales