Ground Work

Experts in Groundwork

We prepare the sub-surfaces for the start of the construction work


Typically, our team will clear the site, lay a foundation, install drainage and other pipework and we can also build roads if required.

Our groundworkers are usually the first and last trades performed on a site. They will start the job putting in levels, digging the ground, excavating and concreting the foundations, and building the foundations until the floor is on and the work is up to the damp proof course.

They are also the team responsible for the drainage; connecting to the existing pipes installing in the new pipes. At the end of something like a home build, groundworkers can return to put in driveways and footpaths.



Excavation work generally means work involving the removal of soil or rock from a site to form an open face, hole or cavity. using tools, machinery or explosives.

Excavation example types are.....

  • Bridge
  • Channel
  • Drainage/Structure
  • Dredge
  • Earth
  • Muck


Landscaping refers to any activity that modifies the visible features of an area of land, including: living elements, such as flora or fauna; or what is commonly called gardening, the art and craft of growing plants with a goal of creating a beauty within the landscape.

  • Paving
  • Block and Beam
  • Driveways
  • Patios


Often the most crucial aspect of any house building project, foundations are designed to distribute the weight of your home over a sufficient surface to prevent the subsoil from spreading and avoid an unequal settlement of the building.

To make a foundation, we normally dig a trench in the ground, digging deeper and deeper until we come to subsoil, When the trench is deep enough, we fill it with any strong, hard material we can find. Sometimes we pour in concrete into the trench, which we strengthen even more by first putting long thin round pieces of steel into the trench.


A Substructure is an underlying or supporting structure to superstructure. It is below ground level.

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