Traditionally, only a limited number of specialist companies undertook site or land clearance but fortunately today, there are now many professional companies offering this service including demolition, which can save you time and money. Here at Haggar Construction, we have over 30 years’ experience of the industry along with a continually developing network of trusted tradespeople. In this article, we will be sharing the details of a residential or commercial site clearance. Should you need any advice, we will be happy to speak to you.
What is a site clearance?
A site or land clearance as the name implies is quite simply preparing the land for a future development through the removal of debris, rubble or any other materials. This could be for a new development or after the removal of an earlier development. Any debris and waste ls removed, both legally and responsibly, supplying a blank slate to build on. Specialist and heavy machinery are needed along with the preparation of the soil.
Why is it required?
Sometimes land requires clearing before any works can take place such as demolition; this will all be dependent on the project. If you have bought a plot of land, a site survey will outline the full requirements of waste removal whilst highlighting any potential hazards. For example, chemicals in the soil that could lead to future plant growth and therefore damage to the new structure.
What is the process?
This may vary between projects. As a rough guide, the following should be expected:
- Project aims, risks and mitigation
- Site survey and report analysis
- Consultation on existing ground conditions
- Plan of the most efficient method of clearing the site
- Potential waste disposal routes in line with the Waste Hierarchy
- Examination of the impact on the environment and how to recycle waste
- Legal process including permits and licences
With the above completed, site clearance can then take place subject to no further issues but be warned – they can still happen!
What are the legal requirements?
Whichever company you choose to carry out the clearance, ensure that they are fully licensed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Thorough planning and the coordination of supporting professionals will need to follow UK regulations set by building and safety authorities. Site clearance guidance is available from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
Do you need some advice?
We believe strongly that any site clearance should have sustainability at the forefront of the project – where possible, recycling as much waste as possible and minimising the effect on the local environment. At Haggar, we pride ourselves on delivering smart, sustainable solutions for our clients’ construction projects, giving each project the time and focus it deserves and ensuring the highest quality outcomes. We are a family-run business with a huge amount of experience in the construction industry, working on large and small scale projects, but always with the highest level of commitment and professionalism.
We look to add value to your project with our expert knowledge, forward-thinking approach and transparent service. If you’re looking for a hands-on team to help you with the utilities for your construction project, please do not hesitate to get in touch and one of our friendly team will be happy to help.