Many construction jobs that involve piling will create some form of disruption to neighbours and visitors in the area. Noise and vibration are two of the common disruptions that can occur during some piling works.
In larger construction projects, there may be other disruptions that result from the works. This could include changes to mains supply, road closures, parking restrictions, temporary fencing, changes to building access, and more.
The Piling Experts always take measures to ensure that disruption is limited and minimised while carrying out piling works. We collaborate with the relevant construction teams to ensure they are aware of any potential disruption risks.
In this article for business owners and residents, we outline some information on how you can reduce the level of disruption you experience, and what a piling contractor needs to do to reduce disruption.
When you know what to expect, you can plan effectively. While there are many methods for reducing noise and vibration during piling, the surest way that disruption can be reduced is when the piling contractor that is contracted has an extensive fleet and can match their rig and screw piles to the job at hand.
This requires an expert team, that understands the necessary power ratings and the correct piles for the soil type.
Depending on how close you are to the construction work, you may need to expect some noise. Piling work creates noise as the powerful machinery exerts itself and the ground resists. The action is sometimes intense, and hence the noise and vibration can be intense too. This is all normal and expected during piling works.
Part of knowing what to expect as a local resident or business is up to the project team to communicate. If the project team are hosting information and briefing sessions, you should aim to attend these to learn more about the project.
Businesses and residents in the area need to know when construction works will be occurring so they can plan accordingly. Some businesses may choose to adapt their trading hours so customers aren’t impacted by noise or access restrictions, and residents may plan events around the scheduled works.
Some piling companies, such as Piling Experts, will make every effort to ensure that the works are undertaken at a time that is convenient for all parties. We will work in with those who contract us to figure out the most suitable time that is amenable to everyone who will be involved.
Piling Experts can undertake night work. Night works are a popular option in busy areas, such as Sydney’s CBD and its outer suburbs, particularly in business areas where there isn’t a large degree of residential development. By carrying out work at night when fewer people are around in those areas, a piling contractor can minimise disruption.
Similarly, if the project manager elects to use a piling contractor who is capable of accessing hard to reach areas, the level of disruption will be greatly reduced.
Some piling contractors in Sydney, such as Piling Experts, have a well-rounded fleet capable of operating in many hard-to-access areas. This can include areas with shoring constraints, pre-existing car parks, or areas with overhead height restrictions.
By electing to use a piling contractor who can operate in these spaces, demolition is often unnecessary, preserving existing structures and making the whole process more efficient.
Major construction projects in business or industry areas can impact customer visitation numbers. As a business owner, you can try to mitigate this impact by enhancing your marketing initiatives. You should try to spread the message that you are still ‘open for business and welcome customers. Some communities may also be tempted by the encouragement to support locals.
You might be able to gain some new customers from the construction team. You might like to consider offering ‘tradie specials’ to continue driving business during this time. You can get creative with what sort of deals you may want to promote to try and attract the tradesperson group.
Any construction work is subject to change at any time. Weather, supply issues, and any other unexpected delays or events can change a timeline for events. If you are in an area where construction works are planned to take place, it may help to adopt a flexible approach.
How closely everything goes to plan depends to an extent upon the screw piling company contracted to complete the project. It is advisable that a reliable screw piling contractor, with a proven track record and strong reputation, is chosen for the project in order to minimise the chances of unexpected disruption.
For more information on the many services offered by Piling Experts, contact our friendly team today.