Choosing a Construction Company

Construction jobs aren’t to be taken lightly! They are a huge undertaking and require the utmost care and professionalism to ensure a successful outcome. Hiring a bad company without doing your research can lead to more problems than it’s worth, wasting everyone’s time and money. There is nothing worse than needing ongoing maintenance, adjustment and even complete reworking of your project where corners have been cut and protocols have been avoided. Luckily, with the rise of the internet, the ability to filter companies is easier than ever. With just a little research, you can be confident in finding the right company for your construction needs. KDS are one such company! With decades of experience we know how to approach any major construction job. Here are some things to look out for when looking to hire civil engineering companies. Take your time and ensure you get the right one!

Doing your Online Research
This is a great place to start. Websites should reflect the company’s personality. You’ll find information about services, evidence of past projects and images of jobs when they were partially completed. Information about a company is easiest to find on their websites so do spend time having a good look around.
Check if there is a testimonials section. There is nothing more valuable than feedback from those who have used the company before. Have a look on google reviews. This is the most accessible piece of information you have in determining whether the company will do a good job for you. The technology in 2018 means we have this information at our finger tips and it can go a long way to helping choose the right company.

Experience
There is no substitute for experience. Newer companies aren’t necessarily worse options, assuming they have the correct skillset and know how to approach problems correctly. However, experience certainly counts for something. Older companies will inevitably have encountered more unique situations and overcome a wider range of problems. KDS Construction, for example, has been in business for over 50 years. There is nothing that fazes us!
Think about your needs for the job you need doing. If it’s something relatively routine, you may be fine opting for a less experienced company who offer a lower price. But especially for more complex problems, it’s worth inquiring about companies who may have experience dealing with your specific problem before. Given the lengthy timescale of so many construction projects, there is no need to put yourself at risk of having this timescale extended. Choose an experienced company to ensure deadlines are met.

Accreditation
Always check the accreditation of the company you’re looking to hire. Check that they have been through all the necessary legal processes that show them to be a recognised and responsible company. Check their website, have a search on google, look at their social media posts or even ask them to show evidence of these credentials. The last thing you want is a rogue company masquerading as legitimate, where you put yourself at risk of being unable to recover expenses lost because the job wasn’t done properly.

Cost
Cost will always be an essential consideration. Talk to different companies to get a rough idea of their costs, or see if they display any costs on their site for similar jobs. It can be tricky, as construction projects are typically large and it takes time to fully cost everything. This is where you have to use your own judgment. Naturally, there will be trade-offs. If you have a company offering you a price that is significantly less than other companies, it’s probably a red flag. It’s likely that the quality of the job will reflect the price.
In general, you get what you pay for. It’s most important that the company communicates clearly with you the exact breakdown of costs and why. This way, you know what you’re paying for and shouldn’t get caught out by any hidden costs.

Always do your research, talk to prospective companies and get familiar with their attitude and approach towards your problems. Use the above factors to help inform your decision to ensure you choose the company that’s right for you. KDS Construction know how important it is that you’re happy with whom you’ve chosen. Check out our past projects to see the scope of our capabilities, and get in touch if you’d like to know more.

Here is a recent video we published showing some of our past projects, check it out!

 

 

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Laying the Groundwork

KDS Construction have been experts in construction for over 70 years. With this experience we’ve expanded and now encompass a huge range of construction services. As with anything in construction, it’s important to get things right from the start. It’s no use building a precise, spectacular building if the foundations haven’t been put in place to support it properly. When looking for groundworks in Sheffield, make sure you choose a company who understand how important this stage of the project is. Skipping steps in the construction process is a recipe for failure! No matter what surface or construction project, from a basketball court to a superstore, the surfaces must be prepared correctly.

The word groundwork is sometimes used interchangeably with foundations, but groundworks is a much broader term that encompasses the laying of foundations and the surrounding steps. Groundwork refers to the preparation involved on the surfaces and sub-surfaces ahead of construction work. Excluding demolition or any other process required to clear a site, groundworks will be the very first stage of the project.

What is Involved when Undertaking Groundworks?

The exact process may change depending on the site, but the general procedure remains the same. That is, first the site will be investigated and then cleared. The site will be prepared by checking the integrity and strength of the sub-structure. Drainage systems will be implemented to ensure that liquids can escape easily. Then finally, landscaping can take place to shape the site as needed. Each stage involves multiple steps and can take some time. This is necessary, however, to ensure the surfaces are fully prepared for the structures that they’ll hold.

Investigation

This is arguably the most important step of the process. A site always has to be thoroughly investigated to identify potential problems before they have to chance to cause issues later on. Depending on what the land was used for before may depend on what work needs to be done to it in the present. The conditions of the ground will be investigated, checking for integrity, drainage, soil quality and contamination. Topsoil should be stripped away to avoid problems with organic matter in the future. There are a huge number of factors to check here in order to understand how to approach the job.

Laying Foundations

Once the ground has been fully inspected, analysed and prepared, the foundations can be laid. Simply put, this involves developing the surfaces and adding concrete to create a solid platform on which to build. While very technical, laying foundations becomes a fairly routine process as long as the site preparation is done properly. We need to emphasise this point again, that understanding the particular site is possibly the most important thing in determining the correct approach and subsequent outcome.

In short, the foundation process is as follows. Firstly, trenches will be dug to a suitable depth, and covering enough of the area to provide sufficient strength. A layer of hardcore will be added to the trenches before the concrete is added to the correct depth. Each stage needs to be given careful consideration. For example, the depth of the trenches, the thickness of the hardcore layer and correct mixing of concrete. Using the wrong materials can cause the concrete to crack when it is compacted down. Foundations get a lot more complex than this depending on the site, but this is the general idea.
Drainage

This is a crucial step. Water is incredibly damaging if allowed to sit and erode materials away. Because of the length of many construction projects, it is inevitable that a good deal of outdoor construction will be carried out under rain. As anyone in Britain knows, that rain can get very heavy! Good drainage is essential not only for the final outcome, but to ensure the construction process can proceed successfully. Pipes need to be laid at the correct depth and gradient to ensure water and any other liquid can successfully flow unimpeded. The trenches that are dug for pipes need to be correct the first time to avoid the need for excessive bedding (gravel) to support the pipes. The drainage system should be fully tested before further work is carried out to ensure it is all functioning correctly.

With foundations successfully laid and drainage in place, construction can begin. If the groundworks are all done successfully, the rest of the process should be a breeze! Of course, it’s never that simple, but problems are easily sorted without having to worry about the state of the foundations and so on. KDS Construction have been carrying out professional groundworks for many years. If you’re looking for groundwork for your project in Barnsley, Sheffield or elsewhere in Yorkshire, get in touch today!

 

 

Address
B5 Taylors Cl, Parkgate,
Rotherham,
South Yorkshire,

S62 6NU,
United Kingdom.

Tel: 01709 845765

Email: info@kdsconstruction.co.uk

 

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All About Bund Walls

A bund wall is a special type of retaining wall, specifically used with the storage of substances that are potentially harmful to the environment/atmosphere. Bund walls can be made to various different specifications, depending on the requirements of the company. Because bund wall construction involves hazardous materials, it is essential that the company undertaking the project is experienced and understands what is at stake. That means making the correct calculations and carrying out appropriate testing to ensure safety standards are met. It is crucial that the bund wall stops the held material from escaping.

At an industrial scale, large companies who use large amounts of liquid, whether chemical or neutral, need to keep said liquid stored. Huge tanks are needed to contain these liquids, but of course there is an ever-present danger of tanks failing. Whether this is due to poor workmanship, an accident (such as a collision), or simply failure due to stresses over time, hazardous substances need to be contained to prevent excessive damage. This is where a bund wall comes in. They typically surround clusters of storage tanks so that in the event of catastrophic failure, any harmful substances are contained within the bund wall.

Materials

Bunding should be designed to hold an entire tank’s worth, but are often made to be slightly larger, for added security. They should have the strength to match. Where bunding is shared by more than one tank, the bund should be designed in relation to the contents of the largest tank. Most typically, bund walls are made from concrete, both the wall itself and the floor. This is a situation where the poor drainage qualities of concrete are very useful. Assuming it has been constructed properly, the bunding should be completely impermeable, making it an excellent material.
Smaller tanks require smaller bund walls, naturally, which can often be made of plastic or steel. Material selection depends on a number of factors, from the type of substance and the cost involved.

Rainwater and the Elements

This is one of the main reasons why bund walls are often built to contain more liquid than the largest tank. Rainwater will of course start to fill the space which poses a problem. Systems can be installed to help remove the build-up of water which otherwise wouldn’t be able to drain. Alternatively, some sort of roof can be installed to stop rain from getting in in the first place, but this is not always suitable. For example, if the hazardous liquid is flammable, a roof may prevent it from receiving adequate ventilation.

Testing

Depending on what’s required, a bund wall can be very large. Regardless of whether the liquid contained is hazardous or not, bund wall failure can cause extensive damage. In order to avoid failures occurring, testing at regular intervals is required. Small cracks quickly develop into leaks if not dealt with quickly. Regulations dictate how often your bund wall needs assessing. Mostly, it’ll be required that a bund wall is assessed annually, but this is simply a rough benchmark and depends on the type of site and what’s involved.

The most common test involved is simply a visual inspection. Of course, this requires a qualified engineer to know what to look for. The most common structural issues occur where the walls join together and where they join with the floor. Cracks and defects that can potentially lead to leaks need to be identified before they have a chance to develop.

Another bund integrity testing could be a Hydrostatic test which involves filling the bund with water, up to the capacity it is designed to hold. The water is left for some time to check how much water gets absorbed by the walls, or if any water permeates into cracks. Then the test itself is carried out, assessed and said water is disposed of. This is a great way to analyse a bund wall’s integrity.

Of course, for new bunds, they need to be tested before being put to use. This typically happens on the site they’re constructed. If successful, they are given a test certificate and can be taken to be installed.

Particularly for very large containers, it is imperative that bund wall construction is given the appropriate care and consideration from the design process through to installation. Make sure you choose a company who has experience with construction and installation of bund walls. KDS Construction have installed a number of bund walls over the years and are fully licensed and comply with regulations. Experience counts for a lot when it comes to dealing with hazardous chemicals, so don’t take any chances! If you’d like to talk to us about your requirements, get in touch today.

 

 

Address
B5 Taylors Cl, Parkgate,
Rotherham,
South Yorkshire,

S62 6NU,
United Kingdom.

Tel: 01709 845765

Email: info@kdsconstruction.co.uk

 

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