Managing Temporary Works

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In this Technical Information Sheet, we describe the main roles involved in Temporary Works, their responsibilities and the management techniques that help those involved deliver successful projects.

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Most construction work requires some form of Temporary Works (to support excavations, to support concrete whilst it gains strength, to support tower cranes, etc.). These temporary works can represent a significant part of the construction process and can have a large impact on cost (sometimes 50% or more), time, quality and safety and as such, need to be properly managed to improve project delivery.

A comprehensive list of further information is included for those interested in learning more on specific aspects of temporary works.


  1. What are temporary works?
  2. How temporary works are managed
  3. The key parties involved
  4. The management controls
  5. How the TWC manages temporary works
  6. Further information on temporary works
  7. References

About the author

Dr Mike Webster is Director of MPW R&R Ltd, specialising in CDM, construction and structural safety and provides consulting, forensic and expert witness services in those areas is a chartered engineer with over 30 years’ experience.

He is a member of the Temporary Works Forum, the Institution of Structural Engineers Health and Safety Panel, Structural-Safety and CROSS (the Panel for Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety).

Mike has led independent evaluations of CDM 1994 and CDM 2007 and, in 2021, was appointed by HSE to lead a review of the CDM 2015 Principal Designer role which should be published in 2021.

The Chartered Institute of Building is at the heart of a management career in construction. It is the world’s largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership, with a Royal Charter to promote the science and practice of building and construction for the benefit of society. With over 48,000 members worldwide, the CIOB is the international voice of the building professional.