Protecting Your Estate
Construction and maintenance can be stressful projects to manage, so the last thing you need is to undertake remediation work to remedy unnecessary damage to your estate.
Here’s how you can protect the developing areas from material spoil, heavy vehicle damage, vandalism and theft.
1. Trespassing and vandalism
The Home Office reports that in 2015 there were over 141,000 crimes against Construction premises. To counteract this statistic install a temporary yet high-security fence system.
Storm Fence is a super-secure, no-dig, self-supporting system that can withstand winds in excess of 100 mph. Standing at 2.4m high, it is a steel mesh construction and unlike the easily breached, traditional block and mesh ‘Heras’ type fence, Storm Fence is highly effective against vandalism and mob attacks, helping keep your property and plant safe without digging the ground.
2. Flood risk
During construction, Tarmac surfaces and paths can become contaminated with soils and building materials. This prevents water percolating through the surface. This can result in water retention, leading to flooding in wetter months. Hiring a protective flooring system will prevent the ground from becoming contaminated.
3. Frost heave
Towards winter, the retained surface water then promotes a ‘freeze-thaw’ cycle, creating ‘frost heave’. This is the expansion of water as it turns to ice which then breaks the materials apart. Again, using a temporary flooring system can protect the ground from contamination and prevent excessive water ingress in the first place.
4. Ground rutting
On most construction projects there will be HGVs delivering materials and heavy plant across your site. If access is required over natural grassed areas, even the lightest of machines can cause rutting across the landscape. Using a single layer temporary roadway or pad will deflect axel loads of up to 12 tonnes per axel and avoid rutting. Doubling the layers can deflect even heavier loads; you can see how this works when we helped transport HGVs across marshland.
6. Unstable ground risks
Where heavy cranes are lifting plant such as temporary buildings or materials, how can we be sure that the ground is stable enough for the lift?
The smallest city cranes are 13 tonne to begin with, but as they lift and extend their reach, the loads on the stabilising legs and the ground beneath increases significantly. It is important to understand how stiff the ground is beforehand and what might lay beneath the surface.
Live can conduct a small cone penetrometer test to measure the ground’s stiffness (CBR) and its load capability in order to configure the right flooring to deflect the calculated load. Our sister company Opti-Cal can also provide scanning equipment to detect underground services, such as gas and sewer systems.
7. Sports court damage
Synthetic and hybrid sports surfaces are delicate and expensive assets. Even the slightest of loads can cause extensive damage. We suggest installing a membrane under a light pedestrian floor such as Supa-trac or for heavier loads, a sponge layer and a hand-installed heavy-duty systems to protect sports surfaces. Our TigerTrak™ panels are small enough to be hand-installed indoors (See below), yet support loads of up to 12 tonnes per axel, ensuring your floor remains flawless.
5. Hard landscaping damage
Paving may look stable and can often withstand the weight of small vehicles; however, many slabbed areas are laid either using spots of mortar or a bed of stone and sand. This means there are potential weak points in the paver and sand can shift under heavy stress too. Installing a load deflecting trakway pad will distribute the weight evenly, protecting the paving and the sub-base underneath.
8. Slips, trips, strays and falls
For pedestrian safety, it is a requirement to redirect walkways to avoid high-risk areas, this may include temporary pathways over grass or virgin ground. Installing a light-duty temporary pathway like Supa-trac will protect the ground, whilst keeping pedestrians safe. The system has edge ramps to assist wheeled disability aids and are devoid of any surface protrusions, resulting in a high-level of grip and a trip-free surface. They also help to negate the transfer of mud across the site.
In addition, to prevent straying into danger, we can provide a wide range of temporary fencing and lightweight barriers that can be redeployed in different locations as the site progresses.
9. Temporary car parks
Construction usually means taking up essential space on-site and often car parking space suffers. Our trakway systems can alleviate the stress by providing turf-friendly cover for extra parking, whilst assisting vehicles across otherwise muddy surfaces. Our white Supa-trac system will let light and water through to the grass and minimise the effects of vehicle traffic.
10. Mobile lighting
As the nights draw in, A-Plant's metal halide or low energy LED mobile lighting systems can provide illumination across your site, where temporary pedestrian walkways or car parks have been constructed, as well as providing alternative lighting if parts of the estate may have a power outage.
The lights can be remotely monitored and operated from a desktop and switched to automatic mode to illuminate at dusk. The lights can be 'daisy-chained' together and used as power generators too.
Every construction site is unique and our wide range of products and industry expertise can provide a bespoke solution for any size of project, anywhere in the UK.
Make sure that your pedestrians, property and plant stay safe throughout the whole process. Get a quote or a free site visit from one of our access engineers.