Last edited 20 May 2017

Enabling works for construction

Enabling works is a generic description for site preparation works that might take place prior to work under the main construction contract.

This could include:

  • Demolition.
  • Site clearance.
  • Tree protection.
  • Diversion and / or disconnection of existing site services.
  • Geotechnical and exploratory ground investigation.
  • Decoupling from existing buildings.
  • Decontamination.
  • Ground improvement and / or compaction.
  • Excavation of known below-ground obstructions.
  • Survey work.
  • Creation of access routes.
  • Perimeter fencing and security provisions.
  • Work to neighbouring buildings.
  • Discharging planning conditions that must be satisfied prior to construction commencing.
  • Historical architectural investigation fieldwork.
  • Access ramps.
  • Signage provisions.
  • Provision of statutory utilities to the site.

Enabling works might be preceded by 'mobilisation' activities, carried out after the client has selected the contractor, but before works commence on site. These are preparatory activities, such as; preparing method statements, arranging road closures, placing necessary sub-contracts and so on. See mobilisation for more information.

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