Temporary Works Management - Commercial and Financial Aspects of


The newly revised BS 5975:2008+A1:2011 has been extensively modified to cover the control of Temporary Works. It is therefore important that those involved in the commercial management of construction works are aware of current standards that affect them and are alert to the financial implications that can arise from temporary works.

The HSE have expressed concerns about the implementation of the requirements of BS5975, in particular for smaller contracting and sub-contracting organisations.

Aims & Objectives:

On completion of this course attendees should:

  1. Understand the process required to implement temporary works in construction.
  2. Be more risk-aware in relation to specific temporary works situations.
  3. Understand and assess the contractual and financial considerations of temporary works necessary at the bid stage of a project.
  4. Understand the various options for the procurement of temporary works design, and the required competency of designers & checkers.
  5. Be aware of the impact of temporary works concept, design and checking, on the programme for a construction project.
  6. Appreciate the relationship of temporary works to the CDM and Health and Safety legislation.

This course aims to improve the delegate’s ability to financially control, and monitor the implementation of commonly encountered temporary works and raise their commercial awareness.

Course Outline:

  • Legal and contractual issues in temporary works
  • Relationship between BS5975 and health and safety and CDM regulations
  • Commercial & financial aspects of temporary works in construction projects
  • The commercial management of temporary works subcontractors
  • An overview of the financial risks encountered temporary works e.g.
    • Scaffolding
    • Excavations, from trenching to deep basement construction
    • Earthworks
    • Piling, both bored, continuous flight auger and sheet piling
    • Cranage – working platforms and outrigger foundations
    • Concrete and Formwork
    • Hoardings

Mode of Delivery:

  • An examination and discussion of key issues, using Power Point presentation
  • Examination of issues raised using case history Exercises
  • Group Exercises to develop understanding of the process
  • Discussion and review to consolidate understanding
  • End of course assessment with certificate of success issued by Symmons Madge Associates

Benefits of Attending:

  • Be more effective in their roles and duties with respect to commercial management of temporary works
  • Have an improved ability and confidence in setting up and managing subcontracts with temporary works design elements
  • Have increased awareness of factors that may compromise the successful implementation of temporary works and be better able to react to change
  • Understand the sensitivity of standard temporary works systems to changes that can cause potential failure or collapse and hence be more risk aware.

Intended For:

Anyone involved in the commercial or management of temporary works, engineers, quantity surveyors, commercial managers, bid managers, planners, of both main and sub-contractor organisations in civil engineering, construction, building and fit-out.

Pre-Course Requirements:

Have a background knowledge of planning, estimating or commercial management of temporary works

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