Many people have heard the term enabling works in construction, but they may not know what this term actually means. They can assess that it is directly related to a construction project, but beyond that, it may not have an actual meaning. For those that do construction projects all the time, it is obvious that it refers to all of the preparatory work that goes into a construction project before begins. Let’s look at exactly what this entails, depending upon the project that is going to be started and completed, one that might be in your area.
Defining Enabling Works In The Construction Industry
Enabling works is actually referencing a long list of possible things that must be done prior to a construction project commencing. For example, if the construction site has an existing building on it, that building must be brought down, and this would be part of the enabling process. Likewise, there might be trees adjacent to the property that could be damaged, not only the branches, but the roots if trenches need to be dug for sewer lines or electrical cables. Tree protection must be provided prior to any work beginning, thus enabling workers to begin.
Most Common Enabling Works That Are Done
The most common enabling works that are typically performed on any job site include what is called site clearance. If you are going to a piece of property that has any type of existing structure, or if there is a significant amount of debris that needs to be removed or recycled, this has to be eliminated prior to the project beginning. Another essential enabling works project is the decontamination of the area itself. Professionals must be brought in to see if there are any buried contaminants, or even those on the surface level, that need to be addressed prior to putting a new structure where people will either be working or living. Finally, this can also pertain to the end of the project, right before the building is ready to be used. Access routes must be created, perimeter fencing, access ramps for the disabled, signage provisions to show people where they can go, and of course a provision of statutory utilities to the site must exist prior to the finalization of the project.
What Happens before Enabling Works?
In some cases, mobilization activities must occur before enabling can begin. This happens after a client has chosen a contractor to start working. Before the contractor can begin the project, preparatory activities such as arranging road closures, preparing method statements, and getting all of the subcontractors ready to go is all part of the process. You are in essence mobilizing everyone that is going to be working on the project, getting them ready for the work to begin, which is absolutely essential to staying on track for the start date, and and date, of the project itself.
Once everything is set up, including the mobilization of people that will be working on the project, and the enabling works in construction that can get it ready for the actual job, the final part of the process is basically starting everything so that the structure can be built right on schedule.