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Temporary Works Toolkit. Part 13: The importance of understanding construction methodology

A structure in its permanent state cannot be ‘wished into place’. Appropriate consideration must be given to construction methodology so that permanent works can be optimised, temporary works minimised and trade interfaces simplified. The result can be programme enhancement, increased site safety and, overall, a more economic build. Indeed, in the UK, regulations place a statutory duty on permanent works designers to consider the construction methodology. Nonetheless, ‘It’s the contractor’s problem’ is a sentiment that is sometimes still apparent with regards to buildability.

This article presents a list of general, high-level considerations that relate to construction methodology and optimisation of temporary/permanent works, with a number of examples provided. The considerations listed are intended to aid permanent works design engineers in their understanding of the type of questions that need to be asked during the early stages of design.

Author(s): D. McBride (Robert Bird Group)