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Effective Site Clearance Strategies for Construction Projects


In the pre-construction stage of a project, site clearance is taken place before any work can be conducted. It is the process of removing any hazardous materials or waste to prepare the site for safe construction or demolition. While preparations can vary from one project to the next, it usually involves the removal of vegetation, soil, rubble, and other unwanted materials or equipment as well as ground levelling work. In this article, we discuss effective site clearance strategies for construction projects.

Site Survey & Assessment

Before rubble can be cleared or existing building structure can be demolished, the site will need to be evaluated to investigate its current state and to ensure any existing obstructions, potential hazards or environmental concerns are dealt with properly. It can contain different aspects depending on the nature of the site and the construction project requirements. For instance, an investigation on the soil and a separate investigation on existing building structures.

Without a site survey and assessment, it could lead to future problems and deadlines may not be met due to delays on construction work. In fact, sources say that 80% of problems encountered on construction projects are due to unforeseen ground conditions that could have been avoided if an effective site investigation was carried out.

Waste Disposal Management

Proper waste disposal is crucial for effective site clearance. A site waste management plan (SWMP) must be established by the client or the principal contractor before site clearance begins. This plan outlines how waste held or produced on site will be handled safely, efficiently and disposed of legally. It also includes the types of waste and its quantities. Some construction projects may require a SWMP by law before work begins. Nonetheless, it’s essential to have a SWMP in place for effective site clearance and environmental protection.

Hire The Right Machinery & Equipment

To complete an effective site clearance, the right equipment and machinery needs to be at hand. Excavators, bulldozers and tipper grab lorries are some of the most common types of machinery used for site clearance. Other equipment can vary depending on the project requirements, but typically skips, wheelbarrows, handheld tools and PPE for construction workers will also be required. Failure to possess the right machinery and equipment can result in poor site clearance, of which can lead to more problems later on. 

Arrange HGV Hire With ND Brown

Most machinery can be hired for short or long-term projects. For instance, flexible HGV hire is available nationwide from ND Brown. Whether you are looking for a skip loader, builder merchant vehicle, tipper truck or a grab lorry, we can provide you with modern, well-maintained and reliable vehicles for your site clearance requirements. We have a number of depots nationwide, from Scotland to South East London to cater for all construction projects, no matter their locations. We also offer a speedy drop-off and pick-up service for your convenience.

To view our full fleet, head over to our vehicle hire page or have a look at our online brochure. Once you have found a vehicle you are interested in, we can arrange a hiring contract for you. To get started or for any other enquiries, please contact us today and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you. 

About ND Brown

ND Brown Ltd is a specialist independent truck rental and sales company of over 40 years’ standing. Owned and operated by the same dedicated management team since its inception, ND Brown’s efforts are focused on supplying the utility, civil engineering, municipal and highway maintenance industries with high-quality modern HGV vehicles for both short and long-term self-drive hire.

From our sales division, we also sell a wide, but specialised range of new and used commercial vehicles.

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