Temporary Works Design (Above Ground)

Temporary Works Design (Above Ground)
This one-day course is one of two complementary courses on temporary works design, focussing on the wide range of temporary works that take place above ground.

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The course encourages the exchange of experience by means of delegate comments and questions, group discussion and team exercises. Sessions include types of formwork and scaffold design.

Check out the companion course Temporary Works Design (Below Ground).


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 BS5975 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.

Sessions begin at 9:00 and finish at 17:00. Morning and afternoon coffee breaks and lunch are included in the programme. All times except the start time are approximate and may be adjusted to suit natural breaks in the lesson.

  • Session 1 - Introduction and course expectations
  • Session 2 - Procedures: BS5975, the roles in temporary works assurance, and other current guidance
  • Session 3 - Legal aspects and the designer's duties under CDM regulations
  • Session 4 - Wall and column formwork
  • Session 5 - Falsework and soffit formwork
  • Session 6 - Scaffold design
  • Session 7- Forming openings in masonry walls
  • Session 8 - Hoarding/gates and fencing
  • Session 9 - Summary and close


Charles Treasure
Charles is an Associate at Wentworth House Partnership, a specialist temporary works design practice. A chartered civil and structural engineer, Charles has extensive experience of designing, managing and coordinating temporary works across the construction sector. He has particular expertise in deep basement construction, façade retention and complex structural refurbishments.

By the end of this training course delegates should have:

  • The 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

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
  • Contractors, consultants, and specialist sub-contractors

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