Temporary Works Design (Above Ground)

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Temporary Works is a particular source of risk on site, both from a safety and commercial point of view.  Following a series of collapses in the 1970’s, the Bragg report and subsequently BS 5975 were produced, to assist designers and users of temporary works.
The industry still recognises today, along with the HSE, the risks associated with temporary works with the competency of the designer being a key point of concern.
Correct design, co-ordination and execution of temporary works is essential to the overall requirement of any project to be completed in accordance with safety, time and budget, health and environmental constraints.
Temporary Works design is different from design of permanent works in several respects, including:

  • Importance of understanding site operations and constraints
  • Need to work closely with the contractor
  • Importance of erection methods and co-ordination

Temporary Works therefore has a code of practice BS5975 that in addition to technical issues also contains a section on procedural control and co-ordination.


This one-day course is one of two courses on temporary works design, focussing on works above ground, and is complemented by a similar course focussing on works below ground.



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Programme overview

Sessions begin at 9:00 and finish at 17:00. Morning and afternoon coffee breaks and lunch are included in the programme.


20 mins Introduction and course expectations
Session 1
30 mins
  • BS5975
  • The roles in temporary works assurance
  • Other current guidance
Session 2
45 mins
Legal Aspects
  • Designers duties under CDM regulations
Session 3
110 mins
Wall & column formwork
  • Types of formwork in common use
  • Calculation of lateral pressures
  • Ties
  • One-sided formwork
  • Team Exercise
Session 4
100 mins
Falsework & soffit formwork
  • Types of formwork in common use
  • Calculation and identification of loads
  • Team exercise
Session 5
60 mins
Scaffold design
  • Basic scaffolds, and their limitations
  • Introduction to TG20
  • Calculations for scaffolds
  • Tying and Bracing
  • Working Platforms
  • Introduction to Special Scaffolds
Session 6
45 mins
Forming openings in masonry walls
  • Types of wall
  • Needling
  • Pynford stools
Session 7
30 mins
Hoarding/Gates and fencing
  • Design and guidance

Robert Millard
Robert has a MSc in Project management and a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering and is a Chartered Engineer with the Institute of Civil Engineers.

He joined Swanton in 2014 as an Associate and was made Director in 2015. His experience is varied covering demolition, rail depot and rail infrastructure works, airport infrastructure, structures and large earthworks / remediation works along with heavy civils construction and design management.

Robert has assisted with the continued review and refreshing of the CITB Temporary Works Supervisor and Coordinator course material and question bank along with being part of the working group to develop and introduce the Temporary Works Awareness CITB course. 

In addition, Robert is a visiting lecturer as part of the City University MSc Temporary Works and Construction Method Engineering presenting part of the module (Competency, training and qualification - The role of the TWC and Managing methods to avoid collapse). Robert has fulfilled the role of designer, Checker and CRE in the past three years as well as previously having been a CME and Project Manager on rail related schemes.

Learning objectives
  •  Ability to design / check minor temporary works schemes
  • Knowledge of how site conditions affect the design of temporary works
  • Knowledge of the processes involved in temporary works design
  • Knowledge of procedures in temporary works design, including temporary works coordination, in accordance with BS5975
Who should attend?

This training course has been specifically developed for:

  • Design engineers wishing to specialise in temporary works as a general introduction to the basics of the subject
  • Temporary Works Co-ordinators, managers, site engineers, estimators and planners with a general knowledge of engineering design wanting an understanding of design of basic temporary works for which they may be responsible
Additional information
There are two companion courses to the above ground design course

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