What is Enabling Works?


Enabling works is the very first step in most construction projects. It covers activities from site preparation, building access routes through to putting up safety signs and installing security fencing.

Enabling works may also include facilitating works such as site preparatory works such as major demolition, removal of contaminated materials, reptile mitigation measures, and soil stabilisation.


Each project is different, so the scope of enabling works will change for each. Enabling works could cover one or more of the following activities.

  • Demolition.
  • Site clearance.
  • Tree protection.
  • Diversion and/or disconnection of existing site services.
  • Geotechnical and exploratory ground investigation.
  • Decoupling from existing buildings.
  • Decontamination.
  • Ground improvement and/or compaction.
  • Excavation of known below-ground obstructions.
  • Survey work.
  • Creation of access routes.
  • Perimeter fencing and security provisions.
  • Discharging planning conditions that must be satisfied before construction commences.
  • Historical architectural investigation fieldwork.
  • Access ramps.
  • Signage provisions.
  • Provision of statutory utilities to the site.

Enabling works is the first step in most construction projects. They’re an important part of any build, so entrust this work to the experts.



Enabling works might be preceded by ‘mobilisation’ activities, carried out after the client has selected the contractor but before works commence on site. Examples of these preparatory activities include; preparing risk assessments and method statements, arranging for road closures, and preparing necessary sub-contracts. 

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