With Autumn now upon us and the prospect of several months of weather which is not always friendly to construction, we need to consider what to do to avoid those irritating delays which cause increased costs and stress to the entire project chain. Traditional brick and block construction has can be at the mercy of our winter months as cement/concrete setting time and performance can be adversely affected by both rainfall and cold temperatures: both of which the UK weather is excellent at providing especially between October and March.
Naturally one of the obvious ways of avoiding weather delays is to minimise the actual construction time on site. The faster a project is completed, the less opportunity for weather to hinder progress.
By looking at Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) we can find ways to reduce the on-site build period and therefore lessen the risk of weather delays.
MMC include a variety of off-site manufactured units including volumetric units which are normally craned into position, largely as a complete or part of a unit, and then finished off on site. Panellised or timber frame construction can also help reduce construction time. Fast construction of the building frame allows internal work to continue when weather prevents use of cement on the exterior.
Timber construction such as MPL (Machine Profile Log), can offer even faster winter construction; due to off-site manufacture, and is not generally affected by weather as no “wet” trades are required.
Modern Methods of Construction can often benefit from a range of different foundations types. By avoiding the traditional poured concrete foundation, delays in setting can be avoided. Some methods of MMC lend themselves to block pillar foundation, but where budget and ground conditions are favourable, steel screw-pile foundations offer both very fast installation and are fully recoverable and recyclable at the end of the building’s life.
Another potential problem area for winter construction projects is access to the site. All too easily the ground can become muddy and waterlogged causing difficulties for vehicles coming on and off site and potentially causing delays. Construction types which require the lowest levels of vehicular movement and demand the least and lightest site machinery are generally those using MMC .
Machine Profile Log Buildings (MPL Buildings), which are the type of Modern Methods of Construction, can be moved onto site in packs by side-loader. For extremely restricted sites, the logs can be even manually handled onto the site.
When looking for Modern Methods of Construction, look for timber buildings (MPL Buildings). MPL buildings are sustainable, ecological and economical what makes them a great choice not only during winter time.