Steve Grayson – ANSA Site Supervisor
Arriving on site with all relevant files at hand, my first task is to take a big picture look at what lies before me. I use the same process and my experience whether this is a “greenfield” (a new estate site) or a knockdown-rebuild project. Attention to detail is vital throughout the entire build process but particularly in the early stages to avoid complications later in the build.
Standing back, I visualise the entire landscape for the new building site and surrounding sites. I make note of the defined building area within the block and what I need to do to get the project underway without delay and with minimal issues. Areas that I need review include:
- Having access to the site is the first consideration:
- How do we move materials and machinery onto the site quickly, easily and with minimal impact?
- Are there power lines overhead that might affect delivery of and movement of materials?
- How close are the neighbours and how close to the boundary we will be building?
- Our client’s relationship with their neighbours begins with ANSA Homes and we have to ensure that they receive due consideration which is important from the very beginning.
- Has rubbish been dumped on your site and needs to be removed?
- It is not uncommon for a vacant lot to be used as a dumping ground from nearby building works.
- If a brand new home build, what is the contour of the land and initial thoughts on excavation needs?
- If a knockdown rebuild, has the site been levelled according to plans and site ready for construction to begin.
Preparing the Site
After the surveyor has pegged out the block, I prepare the initial site setup. This involves ensuring that the site is safe and compliant to regulatory standards. Tasks will include:
- Installation of protective fencing
- Reviewing access for both vehicles & authorised personnel access. This may involve a discussion with the neighbours.
- Arranging excavation equipment to level the build area.
- Ensuring appropriate sediment controls are in place to comply with Council requirements. Top soil that is exposed due to excavation must not enter water ways nor surrounding infrastructure.
- Arrange temporary toilets facilities.
Once I am satisfied that every aspect of the property is well understood, we can then prepare for the work to begin and that is when you will start seeing progress.