Building a new office block
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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

Looking into Residential Driveway Crossover Application? Here's What You Need to Know

Troy Medina

A driveway crossover, also known as a driveway crossing or a vehicle crossing, is the part of your driveway that crosses from your property into the section for the road that is controlled by the state or the council. The crossover is a very important part of your driveway as it provides car access to and from your house and provides the first point of contact for vehicles when leaving or turning into the driveway. As such, a driveway crossover is to be treated differently when during the construction process as it needs to be sturdier than the rest of your driveway. Here's what you need to know if you plan to install a crossover to your driveway. 

You might be required to notify and apply to the local council for permission.

Although as a homeowner you are responsible for constructing, maintaining or altering your driveway, in most cases you are required to apply for a permit with your local council before installing the crossover. This responsibility also extends to where the driveway crosses the kerb, footpaths, watercourse and drains or drainage easements. 

It's important that you understand the council guidelines before constructing your driveway and crossover. Such requirements can include the surrounding infrastructure, trees, materials, sizing and more. Make sure you consult a licensed contractor to understand what is required when submitting the application or even installing the driveway. 

Failure to meet the requirements can lead to expensive remedial work to fix unapproved driveways and crossovers. 

You need to choose the right material for your driveway crossover. 

Although a driveway crossover belongs to and provides access to your property, it also provides access to other members of the public. As such, you must use the right materials to guarantee stability and safety for pedestrians and vehicles using the dropped kerb. 

Also, regarding recent changes in global climate, your crossover should use materials that allow easy drainage to prevent localized floods. For example, limestone is great for a much stronger subbase, and concrete block paving offers a porous surface that is more suitable for diverting water on to the conventional drainage system. 

Who should install driveway crossovers? 

Upon approval for your driveway and vehicle crossover, a licensed contractor with appropriate skills is your best option to undertake the construction work. A professional contractor will make sure to meet all the required specifications and produce a finished product that you will love. They will also advise you on the appropriate material to use depending on specific site conditions or restrictions. 

Reach out to a business that provides driveway crossovers today for more information.