Last edited 17 Nov 2020

Self-build home: Prepare for construction

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This preparatory stage (sometimes called 'mobilisation') takes place after the contractor(s) has been appointed, but before they start work on site. It includes all the activities necessary to set up the site and organise the works. This helps avoid confusion, disputes, delays and safety problems and ensures that proper systems and facilities are in place.

Depending on the procurement route that has been adopted, some tasks carried out in this stage may be undertaken by the contractor(s), the self builder, consultants or the kit-house supplier.

NB Self-build clients are ‘domestic clients’ for the purposes of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (health and safety regulations generally referred to as the 'CDM Regulations'), and so the client's duties under the regulations will fall to the contractor on a project where there is only one contractor or to the principal contractor on a project where there is more than one contractor. However self-build clients can attract health and safety duties under Part 4 of the Regulations if they control the way in which construction work is carried out. See CDM for self-builders and domestic clients for more information.

Site set up.


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