Site Preparation

Work Included in this Section


The work in this section is covered in the Technical Guidance Documents (TGD) Part C.


After temporarily fencing off the site, the first thing that has to be done is to create a temporary entrance and clear the site of any unwanted trees and bushes.


The topsoil can then be stripped off over the area of the entrance, the driveway and the area of the new house allowing for an ample working area around the house. Ensure that all organic matter including roots and timber are removed.


Depending on the size of your site, you may also find it convenient, at this time, to permanently fence the rear and sides of your site, but do remember you will be generating a lot of heavy construction traffic during the build and these may get damaged.


Your Engineer or Architect will then locate the position and orientation of the house and mark out the foundations.


Stone should then be laid on the drive way and on the working area around the new build so that machinery and lorries etc. can gain access to, and move freely and safely around the site.


Before excavating, care should be taken to identify and clearly mark any underground pipes, drains or cables. If it is necessary to operate machinery beneath overhead power lines the ESB should be notified to ensure that the lines are disconnected or other precautions taken.


What You Will Need to Do


Appoint a Ground Works Contractor.


Ensure your Engineer or Architect will be available to mark out the foundations etc.


What to Look Out For


Ensure that the location and orientation of the house is in line with the planning permission granted.


What You Will Need to Provide


  • Provide a suitable lockable gate and posts for the temporary entrance.
  • Provide public notices and safety signage.
  • Provide stone filling for the temporary drive way and working area.
  • Provide setting out materials, such as timbers, lime, builder’s line, nails, cement, sand, etc.
  • Provide secure storage for materials.
  • Provide temporary toilet facilities.
  • Provide a temporary water supply for the works.
  • Provide a temporary electricity supply.


Providing Temporary Electrical Supply


A temporary Electrical Supply can be provided as follows:


By hiring or purchasing an electrical generator – this form of electrical supply is suitable for running power tools etc. Some subcontractors may have their own portable generators and this will save you the cost of hiring your own generator.


By applying to ESB Networks for a temporary electricity supply. The provision of this?supply will cost the same as a permanent supply and can be transferred to the permanent supply for an additional charge. Check www.esb.ie for up to date information on ESB connections and charges etc.


Providing Temporary Water Supply


A temporary Water Supply can be provided as follows:


By making the permanent connection to the Local Authority Mains at this stage of the build, if this is the intended supply.


By drilling the water well at this stage of the build, if this is the intended supply. Please note you will have to have a temporary electricity supply to pump water from the well.


By temporarily connecting to a neighbour’s supply - with their permission of course.


By providing temporary portable water tanks, which can be filled as required. Please note the construction works will require a substantial amount of water.


Watching the Pennies


To avoid double handling and the associated extra costs, ensure that the excavated topsoil is placed in spoil heaps where it will not interfere with the construction work.


To avoid the additional costs of hiring items of plant and tools yourself, ensure that the contractors you employ have included for providing all their own plant, tools and access equipment necessary to carry out their section of the work.


Detailed Costs


Get detailed costs for this section of your project here


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