Construction site access is often described as the points of ingress or egress to a project for the purpose of parking, drop-off zones, and contractor access. However, construction site access is an all-encompassing term that often relates to the management systems in place to allow for seamless contractor workflow, safe movements, coordination of scheduled visits, and deliveries. In construction, no two sites are the same, and with unique projects come unique site access requirements. BE Projects focus on effective management systems has allowed us to provide preferred construction access solutions to our clients on both commercial and residential sites.
On a current BE Projects residential project, ‘Terrace on Lincoln’ site access has been significantly limited by the tight site. With limited access from the rear of the property and one 3m wide driveway leading into the 10m wide site; BE Projects developed an access management plan involving the early construction of a car stacker structure located in the access way. This car stacker structure was then buried to maintain access and excavated once the main building structure was completed, thus maintaining access for deliveries throughout the project. Additionally, the use of manitous for large deliveries allowed for the placement of materials in specific work zones, minimising the impact to access and other trades on-site.
In the commercial space BE Projects have recently mobilised to site at Salvado Catholic College. This project is a fit-out of the first floor of an active school building, with the ground floor being used by students and staff. As the school is active throughout the construction period it is imperative that there is a clear delineation between the builder’s compound and the school area; this has been achieved through hoarding and signage to create pathways for students and workers alike. With limited access to the construction area via one small stairwell BE Projects has removed several first-floor windows and constructed a scaffold deck for major deliveries, this solution has been a great outcome for the project – significantly improving workflow and materials handling.
Access requirements are an anticipated part of any construction project and builders need to ensure they are ready, willing, and able to develop solutions to unique challenges to prevent delays and deliver successful projects.