Building site facilities involve the setting up of an operational and safe building site. This ensures that the construction project is executed as efficiently as possible with minimal standstills and frustration. A construction site often starts with breaking ground and preparing an area to quickly build a small ‘construction village’ that has its own (temporary) infrastructure. You need to allow for a variety of factors, such as the type of construction project, location and environment, materials to be used, required utilities, legislation, and, of course, building site safety. Each of these factors can cause standstills.
Building site components
Every building site is unique. Nevertheless, some components are invariably on every checklist. For example, temporary fencing to keep out loiterers, construction of a sewerage system, equipment security, and site lighting. Toilets and site huts are also indispensable for creating a decent work environment. Lifts and cranes are also indispensable during the workday. We have summarised the most practical matters below.
Construction site fencing
As a building contractor, you are responsible for the safety of your staff, passers-by, and local residents. You must restrict the nuisance and traffic congestion to a minimum at and around the building site. You want to deter intruders and safely store materials and equipment. Only authorised persons may enter the terrain. At the same time, your terrain must be easily accessible for your staff and supplier. You also want to ensure that your terrain is tidy and clean. You can deal with all issues in one go when you use the right temporary fences and gates.
Power, water, gas, and sewer connections
Naturally, you want to request the right amenities - in a timely manner - to avoid delays. For example, power, water, sewer, phone, internet, etc. You can manage this yourself with the utility companies or subcontract the work to a consulting firm. Heras Mobile is happy to introduce you to such a firm.
Lighting is essential for all building site facilities. Professional lighting deters unauthorised persons entering your building site at night. It also ensures that there is plenty of light at the physical workplace. You should install temporary lighting at strategic locations, both direct and indirect. In brief, turn on the lights!
Safety and security
Building site safety and security is a double-edged sword: it optimises a safe work environment for staff and visitors and it minimises vandalism and theft at your building site. Presently, the bar is set very high for safety at construction sites. So, make sure this component has a high priority for your building site facilities. You cannot avoid taking this seriously because appropriate measures are easy to implement. For example, use a sliding gate, which is easy to install and a simple means of reducing the risk of theft.
Construction lifts and cranes
You need the right lifts and cranes to move heavy objects and materials to the right place, including to great heights. Such heavy equipment is indispensable for all building site facilities whether for the short-term or long-term.
Toilets and site huts
Make sure you install enough toilets and site huts for your staff and visitors. A site hut is a unique place where workmen gather and relax after working hard. Site huts are available with a toilet, storeroom, kitchen block with refrigerator, roller shutters, additional office space, etc.