Important things to consider before starting a construction project 

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The process of a construction project can be incredibly complex. There are so many factors to consider before you even get started, so it’s important to do your research ahead of getting things underway.

In this article, we’ll be listing some of the most important elements that contribute to the success of a construction project.

Consider the workspace

When starting a construction project in a public space, it is imperative to establish a safe construction site beforehand. You must ensure the perimeters of the project are safely secure and signposted to the general public to avoid any risk of accidents or injuries.

You can prevent unauthorised access by putting up fencing around the area, ensuring there is plenty of space between the site and those passing by. If the project involves the use of vehicles, you must work with the local council to plan safe traffic routes to minimise disruption where possible. You will need to make space for walkways and crossings if required.

Health and safety

This is the most important part of any successful project. Your employees must be provided with the appropriate training, tools, and PPE equipment, in compliance with health and safety regulations.

Before starting, you must carry out a thorough risk assessment to identify any potential hazards that may cause injury. This could be anything from loose wires, leaking substances, or faulty appliances.

Use site accommodation hire to ensure your employees receive regular breaks and a comfortable space where they can eat, drink and relax. This will help boost staff morale and increase productivity levels, meaning the job will get done to the highest of standards.

Understand your budget

With any type of construction project, you’ll need to draw up a budget that you can stick to. You should consider:

  • Labour costs
  • Price of materials
  • Land development expenses
  • Insurance costs
  • Equipment and tools
  • Safety enforcement

It can be easy to go over budget, especially when costs haven’t been considered. We recommend you work with architects, engineers and other stakeholders to calculate exactly how much the project will cost to ensure any expenditures are within the budget.

Set a timeline

Communicate with your teams on a deadline for the project. Set an estimated start and completion date, and be sure to keep track of your progress throughout the project.

It’s important to allow for some flexibility, though, as unexpected setbacks may occur. Whether that be material shortages, labour issues, or bad weather conditions, you should allow at least a week or two to factor in these potential problems.