Temporary Works



We have experience in designing temporary works for above ground and subterranean schemes for contractors. We rely on this experience to produce practical and feasible schemes that meet contractor requirements yet still meet high safety standards.


Temporary works (TW) are the parts of a construction project that are needed to enable the permanent works to be built. Usually, the TW are removed after use – eg access scaffolds, props, shoring, excavation support, falsework and formwork, etc. Sometimes the TW is incorporated into the permanent works – eg crane or piling platforms which may be used for hardstanding or road foundations.


It is very important that the same degree of care and attention is given to the design and construction of temporary works as to the design and construction of the permanent works. As TW may be in place for only a short while there is a tendency to assume they are less important. This is incorrect. Lack of care with design, selection, assembly, etc leaves temporary works liable to fail or collapse. This places people at risk of injury and can cause the project to be delayed.


Temporary works can be very sensitive to how they are used and are easily affected by other work taking place nearby.