The Benefits Of Construction Enabling Works
Construction enabling works include preparing a site so it is ready for construction. This includes everything from site preparation to installing security facilities. Also included are creating access routes in and out of the construction site, and ensuring all equipment is in position. This provides your construction crews a safe site and the materials and equipment to work efficiently. One of the primary benefits of site enabling is that it allows neighbouring infrastructure and buildings to continue operations.
Civil engineering and construction contractors will usually perform the enabling works. At times, the work may be done by demolition contractors. If there is an obvious need for buildings or structures to be removed, this is when demolition contractors usually get involved. An example of this is a project that requires certain facades to be retained or several structures to be removed. Other site preparation work which can be done prior to the start of construction includes tree protection, site clearance, disconnection or diversion of existing site services, decontamination, decoupling from existing buildings, ground compaction or improvement, survey work, excavation of known below-ground obstructions, perimeter fencing, creation of access routes, security provisions, discharging required planning conditions which must be satisfied before construction can begin, work to neighbouring buildings, access ramps, historical architectural investigation, provision of statutory utilities to the work site, and signage provisions.
Engineering surveying and land surveying are typically part of the required range of services included in enabling works. These services may be provided in a contractor’s package or as one-off provisions. These include removal of hazardous materials, logistics, environmental approvals, security, and isolating utilities.
Any enabling works include surveying. Surveyors will perform land surveys on the site while construction and engineering surveyors perform other types of surveys. A surveyor may need to be involved in the demolition of the previous building so they can ensure there is a proper plan for future construction. Some of the typical tasks for surveyors during construction enabling works include boundary and building control, topographic surveys, grid setouts to build access, such as hard-stand areas and ramps, grid setouts for earthworks, and building facade surveys.
The surveyor is also important in other aspects of the construction project. These include preserving the property values and heritage of the site, neighbouring sites, and retained buildings. Additionally, surveyors help ensure and protect environmental values and consider sustainability issues, including re-use and safe disposal of site materials, material reclamation, and the minimisation of waste and land-fill dumps.
Often enabling works will be preceded by mobilisation activities which occur after the civil engineering and construction contractors are selected. This work is done before any work begins on the site. These preparatory tasks include arranging road closures, preparing method statements, hiring sub-contractors, creating and disseminating the project handbook and establishing lines of communication between all parties involved in the construction project. The client may also use this time to select inspectors and surveyors and make the initial notice announcement to the local authority.
Preparing in advance and conducting enabling works can make a project go much more smoothly. Consider all of the tips above to improve your chances of success with your construction project.