The importance of understanding Temporary Works
In most projects where the input from a structural designer is required it is likely that temporary works or temporary structures are required before the installation of the permanent structure.
There are several types of temporary works: scaffolding, falsework, formwork, etc.
In a typical conversion residential project often requires the removal of good parts of the original structure.
Before the final structural elements are in place, there are several equally important activities to be followed.
The main contractor is often responsible to ensure the existing building is stable during the installation of the permanent structure. This is achieved by an orderly sequence of steps; installation of temporary supports that can be vertically or horizontally arranged, then, careful removal of existing parts of the building, and finally the installation of the new structural permanent structure.
In the above project, a new care home conversion in Isleworth, the contractor has installed one of the main supporting steel frames safely and efficiently.
Construction works as a whole and in their separate parts must be fit for their intended use, taking into account in particular the health and safety of persons involved throughout the life cycle of the works. Subject to normal maintenance, construction works must satisfy these basic requirements for construction works for an economically reasonable working life.