Building a new office block
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Building a new office block

We have a big site at work but after the company expanded we were running very short on office space. Most of our accounts team was in a demountable office and they were really hot in summer and cold in winter. It was so much better for the whole team once we got the new office block built on site. This blog talks about the process of building a new office block, including the design and construction of a block for your team. I hope it will be useful for anyone looking to build a new office block on their site.

Building a new office block

2 tips for those who want to prevent delays when building their new homes

Troy Medina

If you want to avoid delays when building your new home, you might want to keep the following two tips in mind.

1. Have your builder construct the house before or after cyclone season

New home builders often recommend that their clients have their homes constructed either before or after cyclone season (this typically occurs between late spring and mid-autumn). The reason for this is that if you arrange for the building work to be carried out during cyclone season, and your home is being built in a cyclone-prone area, there is a very good chance that delays will occur during the construction project, due to adverse weather conditions.

If for example, a cyclone occurs after your building project has already begun, it might not be safe for your builder and their construction crew to continue working. The strong winds could, for example, make it dangerous for them to work on ladders or boom lifts (as they could be knocked to the ground) and put them at risk of being struck by sharp or heavy construction materials (like saws, drills or loose bricks) that have been blown over by the wind.

This type of weather could also make it unsafe for them to operate the heavy construction equipment that they need to use to do things like digging your house's foundation and transport heavy materials. Given this, if you want to reduce the chances of your project being delayed, you should try to have the building work carried out either before cyclone season arrives, or after it has finished.

2. Spend a little more on a spacious and secure storage container for your building site

If you want to prevent delays, it is also a good idea to invest in a spacious and secure storage container for your building site. The reason you should do this is if your builder and their crew have a robust and generously-sized storage container in which to stow building tools, materials and equipment at the end of each day, the likelihood of these expensive and hard-to-replace items being destroyed by vandals or stolen by thieves will be much lower.

This, in turn, will minimise the chances of your builder then having to spend time replacing stolen or damaged goods before continuing with the construction work (a process which could not only delay your project by at least a week or two but also lead to it going over-budget).