03 Jun A complete guide to site hoarding
Vinyline is a bit of a site hoarding expert. We have over 30 years’ experience in this area and, it’s fair to say, our hoarding panels tick all the right boxes. So, if you’re about to start a new construction project – and you need a little guidance – we’re happy to help. Here our team share their specialist knowledge on the topic.
Site hoarding FAQs
What is site hoarding?
Essentially, site hoarding is a form of temporary fencing. Made from high-quality timber (e.g. C16) and fitted with printed laminates, it can withstand the UK elements and is designed to restrict access and ensure the public’s health and safety. It’s most commonly installed around the perimeter of a construction site, but can also be used to divide areas at a large outdoor event.
Is site hoarding a legal requirement?
Technically speaking, yes – legally, all construction sites must have construction site hoarding. The Health and Safety Act 1974 stipulates that employers (and the self-employed) should take ‘reasonable’ practical steps to ensure the health and safety of the general public. In addition, the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 explicitly states that unauthorised access must be prevented.
Although there are several options available, creating a boundary around the site – using temporary hoarding panels – is (by far!) the easiest way to meet these strict regulations.
What are the safety requirements of site hoarding?
In line with UK regulations, construction and building site hoarding must offer both appropriate protection for the public and prevent their unauthorised access. This means that it needs to be:
- installed before any construction work starts
- high enough to stop people climbing over
- strong and sturdy enough to withstand a reasonable amount of force
Site hoarding should block the view of passers-by – helping to deter opportunistic theft. It also needs to control site access, with secure gates and access points for authorised personnel only.
Who is responsible for a construction site hoarding?
When it comes to a building site, the principal contractor is responsible for sourcing and installing suitable site hoarding. It’s their job to determine the layout and perimeter of the site and contact a temporary hoarding specialist – such as Vinyline Graphics – to put the right panels in place. However, in some situations, this job can be outsourced to a subcontractor.
Why choose site hoarding?
Temporary hoarding is an easy way to meet the legal requirements and regulations outlined above – but it also has a number of other benefits. For example, it is a highly cost-effective option. It doesn’t take up too much space on-site. It also provides a great opportunity for advertisement.
With the help of our expert designers, you can create bespoke graphic laminates that display your company logo and branding for all passers-by to see. You can also promote the construction project, drumming-up public interest before the development is even complete.
How can Vinyline Graphics help?
Here at Vinyline, we have a ‘complete package’ approach to site hoarding. Our team can take care of everything on your behalf, from the initial survey and design to the final installation. No job is too big or too small. All of our temporary hoardings are designed with UK rules and regulations in mind, and our graphics are durable, water and UV-resistant and protected against scratches and graffiti.