Temporary Works: Everything You Need to Know

I often find that people are so focused on the final building that they forget about the work in progress. But despite that, there’s a significant number of temporary structures that are required throughout the construction process to make sure that the final building is safe, secure and ready for people to use. This is particularly the case when work is taking place underground.

Every project requires careful consideration at every phase of construction, from the initial design through to the build and future maintenance. It doesn’t matter whether they’re temporary or permanent – they need to be thoroughly considered to avoid future complications.

If you don’t put the time in up front, unforeseen temporary works can introduce unexpected additional costs that can delay projects. Better still, getting involved in the early stages can help contractors to integrate temporary works with permanent works, which has huge implications for projects’ overall efficiency. For example, it can save time and resources for clients and contractors, as well as leading to a thorough understanding of design requirements. The bottom line is that it can save money.

What to consider during temporary works

Temporary works come with their own specific set of considerations, and you’ll want to work with a construction company that understands them. Key considerations include:

  • Appreciation of the construction methodology
  • Understanding of ground conditions
  • Analysis of strength and stability
  • Potential for overturning
  • Understanding of lateral pressures
  • Ability to transfer loads from permanent to temporary

These days, proprietary systems – such as propping, shoring and form-work systems – are used on a significant number of UK projects. We here at LSY are familiar with these systems – and we’re working on a number of projects across the UK and Ireland which use them.

When you’re working with proprietary systems, it’s always important to engage with technical specialists as early as possible in the process. That’s because they offer greater innovation, less propping and greater savings in certain situations.

Examples of LSY’s temporary works capabilities

Need some help? LSY can help you with any and all of the following:

  • Backpropping
  • BIM integration
  • Canti deck back propping
  • Crane bases
  • False work
  • Formwork design
  • On site certification
  • Shaft designs
  • Sheet piling
  • Traditional shoring design (steel or timber)
  • Trench support systems

About LSY

At LSY, we have a team of technical personnel with an in-depth knowledge of the practical and technical requirements for all types of temporary works. So if you’re struggling with temporary works, please click here to get in touch with us. We’ll be more than happy to help!

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