6 – Barn Conversion – Site Set Up

| 20th September 2015 | 0 Comments

Maddomswood Barn Conversion

Week 1 – 22nd to 24th July 2015 – Site set up:

My site set up is quite basic but includes everything required by CDM: Secure safe site with welfare facilities including somewhere to sit out of the weather to take breaks, hot water washing facilities, drinking water supply and flushing WC

I had organised for a WC with Hot Water Hand wash to be delivered and one of the buildings which would be demolished at the end of the project was to be the site canteen and office.

The Heras fencing to secure the site and a skip arrived early.

I set about putting up the normal Construction Site Warning signs, placed the First Aid kit on the wall in the hut, hung up the clip boards with the Risk Assessments and Method Statements, Site Induction and the large white board onto which I wrote the contact details of the Building Inspector, Architect, CDM advisor, Structural Engineer, Project Manager and First Aider.

My Groundwork and Brickwork Contractor arrived at 0730 – Danny Dennett of DD Brickwork and his colleague Rick Bridger. DD Brickwork on Checkatrade


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Daniel Dennett of DD Brickwork …he is always smiling 🙂


I found Danny via Checkatrade. I was looking for a good local bricklayer and he had excellent ratings. He is a jolly chap always ready with a joke. We got on well and when he said he could also complete my groundworks package and after I had checked his references and viewed some of his work, I signed him up.

I drew up a basic sub-contract agreement which detailed how he was to be engaged and what our responsibilities to each other were including his working hours and how much he would be paid and the payment process. Two copies were signed by both parties; he kept one, I kept the other. When signing any prices/estimates provided plus relevant drawings should be attached to the agreement.

Churchsettle Developments Ltd – Basic Subcontract Agreement – Maddomswood Barn

There are a different types of contract; some are very wordy and then there are ones like mine which are very simple. All I want to know is that the contractor agrees to complete the work for the stated price, that they will provide their own tools and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), that they are insured and finally that they understand how and when they will be paid.

Their work day would start at 0800 but it was agreed that they would arrive earlier so they could unpack their tools, have their coffee and chat and be ready to start work at 0800. This is a good idea as otherwise contractors will arrive at 0800 and you, the client will lose a good chunk of time every morning for the duration of the build.

The jobs for week 1 (Weds, Thurs and Friday – 3 days) were all to involve demolition and soft strip. I had organised for a 3 tonne digger and 2 tonne dumper to be delivered by 0830. They didn’t let me down.

The half hour between their arrival and that of the plant provided me with enough time to induct both Dan and Rick. This involved talking through the project, covering a variety of issues and obtaining their understanding of the importance of Health and Safety. No Macho men on my site. Please take a look at my induction notes.

We then looked over the programme for the week and once all was agreed and understood they set about ripping stuff down…..safely. Great fun. Take a look at the pictures and video.

Building located between the Barn to be Converted to a 4 bed house and the Milking Parlour to be converted to an Annex

Building to be Demolished







The end of week 1…..site set up has been completed and good progress was made over the 3 days with the demolition and soft strip.







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