Temporary Works


Our focus and understanding in this area is second to none. We have always recognised that the success, cost and timescales of the project and largely dictated by the temporary works. The temporary works are simply the works required to allow the enabling, demolition, excavation and installation of the permanent works. Where possible our team will aim to include as much of the permanent works as possible at temporary works stage to ease the cross over further into the programme. From temporary piles, kings posts, RMD frames, temporary needles and steels BH Basements take a holistic view of the project to ensure the design is correctly considered and executed. The temporary works are assessed throughout by our in house temporary works engineers, temporary works co-ordinators and temporary works supervisors.

What is Temporary Works?

Temporary works, also known as temporary structures or temporary construction, are essential components in the construction industry. These are temporary structures, supports, facade retention earth work supports or processes put in place during construction projects to enable the safe and efficient execution of the work. Here are some common purposes for which BHB utilises temporary works in construction:


Temporary works are often erected to ensure the safety of workers, the public, and adjacent structures during construction activities. This includes scaffolding, edge protection, shoring, and access platforms.


Temporary supports such as scaffolding, formwork, falsework, and propping are used to support structures during construction until they can support themselves. They ensure that structures remain stable during construction and until permanent supports are installed.


Temporary access structures like scaffolding and ramps provide safe and efficient access for workers to different areas of the construction site, including elevated areas or difficult-to-reach spaces.

Construction process facilitation

Temporary works aid in carrying out specific construction processes. For instance, formwork is used to shape concrete during pouring, temporary roads that may be constructed to facilitate movement of heavy equipment, and temporary bracing may be installed to stabilize structures during construction.

Construction logistics

Temporary works also include facilities for construction logistics such as site offices, storage areas, and temporary fencing to manage the flow of materials and personnel on-site.


Temporary utilities like temporary power supply, water supply, and drainage systems are often set up to support construction activities until permanent utilities are installed.

Testing and monitoring

Temporary works may include instrumentation and monitoring systems to assess the performance of structures during construction or to gather data for quality control purposes.

Environmental protection

Temporary works can also be used to implement erosion control measures, contain pollutants, or protect environmentally sensitive areas during construction as many of the projects bhb are involved in have environmental restrictions such as Tpo’s (tree protection orders).

In summary, temporary works play a crucial role in construction projects by ensuring safety, supporting construction activities, facilitating access, managing logistics, and protecting the environment until permanent structures are in place.


Discover how our commitment to professionalism, excellence and forming relationships has developed BHB’s ascendancy within the industry over the last 12 years.

“Really enjoyed working with BH Basements on our Project. Tom and Chris were very helpful, experienced and proactive. It was a tight difficult build with occupied neighboring properties but they managed to complete the works with great success. Would be very happy to work with again!”

Jason Bolger
MBA projects

“We have had the pleasure of working with both Tom & Chris from BH Basements on two residential projects in Clapham and Mayfair. Both projects were undertaken to a high standard, professionally, on time and also on budget.

Guy Saville
Saville Construction

“BHB team have been very professional and flexible at every aspect of construction work involved, site was well run by enthusiastic staff… Ease of communication exceeded our expectations, the ultimate end product was a high quality built, as per schedule and budget agreed at the tender.”

Andy Poplawski
Vitpol Construction

“Chris, Tom & Mario were professional at all times, the quality of the workmanship was very good and they dealt with the variations in a constructive manner. I would definitely use them again and would be happy to recommend them to others.”

Jo Pirie
Bancroft Heath

“BH Basements are easy to work with, good communicators, meticulously organised, with a clear can-do approach to projects. They have willingly engaged on projects that others have shied away from due to technical difficulties to overcome or difficult restrictions and actively found cost effective solutions.”

Neal Newland
Peek Architecture

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