Above Ground Structural Works: The Key to Sturdy and Safe Buildings

At Basement Force, we specialise in completing Above Ground Structural Works, often called Superstructural work, alongside Below Ground Structural Works as part of our basement construction projects.

However, we're also happy to take on Above Ground Structural Work projects as stand-alone jobs.

What are Above Ground Structural Works?

Above Ground Structural Works refer to any construction work performed above the ground level, such as building frames, beams, and columns. The structural aspect of building construction is a vital component that planners must consider heavily during the initial phases of construction. It is responsible for providing strength and support to the building, ensuring its durability and safety. Through this page, we will delve into the importance of Above Ground Structural Works and how they contribute to the safety and longevity of buildings.

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Why are Above Ground Structural Works so critical?

Above Ground Structural Works are integral in ensuring that buildings are safe and strong. These works provide the necessary support and stability that a building needs to withstand external pressures and forces.

When natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and torrential storms hit, a building's structural work becomes all the more important. Fortunately, in the UK, we are not as frequently exposed to such disasters, but we are frequent moaners about how miserable the weather can be - and that’s because it’s so persistently bad.

Buildings become highly vulnerable to damage and even collapse without proper structural work, with persistent howling winds and sideways rainfall.

A building's weight and the weight of its contents are also significant factors that the structural work must support. Without adequate structural work, a building can become incapable of supporting its own weight, leading to structural failure and even a catastrophic collapse.

Therefore, buildings must have the right kind of above-ground structural work - Ensuring they are strong and safe, allowing people to live, work, and thrive without worrying about potential harm.

What are some examples of Above Ground Structural Works that you do?

Sequence planning and method statements – Above Ground Temporary Works – Façade and structural retention - Demolition – Scaffolding – Piling – Propping – Jacking – Stooling – Structural steelwork – Composite beams – Reinforced concrete beams

Why do I need a specialist? Can’t I just get any other builder?

Above Ground Structural Works are crucial to the longevity and safety of any building construction project. It all starts with expert installation, which should always follow manufacturer guidelines and construction regulations to ensure the structural work is integrated correctly with the rest of the building components.

Above Ground, Structural Works play a vital role in the overall stability and safety of any building. Therefore, it's essential to choose the right materials and give them the attention and care they deserve, so they can continue to provide reliable support and protection for years to come.

But that's just the beginning - Regular maintenance and inspection are also necessary to keep these structures in good condition. This regular maintenance will flag any signs of damage or deterioration before they become bigger issues that can compromise the safety of the building and its occupants.

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Basement Force have been undertaking below ground structural work since 1994.

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