Section 278 Groundworks: What Are They? And How Are They Handled in London

Section 278 works and highways
Section 278 Groundworks: What Are They? And How Are They Handled in London

Here at SB Civils, many of our clients require section 278 groundworks in London and the surrounding area. This is something of a specialist job as it has to meet the needs of the client while also adhering to section 278 of the Highways Act.

In today’s article, we thought we’d take a closer look at what section 278 groundworks entail and why you need to hire specialist civil engineers for the job.

What Are Section 278 Groundworks?

A section 278 agreement is undertaken between a developer and a local council and gives the developer the right – within a series of strict guidelines – to develop and modify a stretch of highway. In some cases that could mean connecting a public highway to a private one while in others it might mean modifying existing roads to facilitate new building developments.

Why You Need an Experienced Civil Engineer

Highway development can be a major undertaking, especially when you consider how many regulations there are to navigate. Of course, these regulations are crucial to maintaining public safety which is why these kinds of projects should always be carried out by a team with lots of experience and intricate knowledge of the dos and don’ts.

It also helps to be able to consult a team early on that can provide effective and useful information about what will and won’t be achievable. By working together, we can find a solution that is best for all parties.

Section 278 Groundworks in London

Section 278 agreements can vary a fair amount depending on the specific circumstances, particularly within the London area with its 32 separate boroughs, each of which can have their specific requirements. Put simply, the relevant regulations and restrictions require a detailed and experienced understanding of section 278 groundworks in London as well as a highly professional team of civil engineers.

At SB Civils, our years of experience working on section 278 groundworks in London have taught us a great deal about how to work within the constraints of developers and councils alike for a better outcome overall.

Are you looking for an experienced, expert team of civil engineers for your next London-based section 278 groundworks project? If so then you can contact us today by calling 01279-276-030 or by emailing us at and we’d be more than happy to talk through your next project. 


Section 278 works and highways