What Are Specialist Groundworks?

Civil Engineering
What Are Specialist Groundworks?

Specialist groundworks refer to specialist construction and engineering activities that are undertaken to prepare grounds/a site for building or infrastructure work. 

Specialist groundworks are a crucial step in the construction process. These activities ensure the stability, safety and functionality of the structures that will eventually be built on top.

Regarding what counts as specialist groundwork, there are a whole host of tasks to consider…


Excavation may be required to remove soil, rocks or other spoil from the site. The removal of these products is the first step in creating a level and stable foundation. 

Site Clearance

Along with soil/rocks/spoil, there may be other obstacles or debris that need to be removed from the site. A specialist groundworks company can help with site clearance, ridding the area of any rubble or vegetation that might get in the way.


Earthworks involve shaping and levelling the ground so that it fits the required spec needed for building on top. A specialist groundworks company will be able to cut/fill the ground to achieve the necessary shape.

Soil Treatment

Civil engineering companies can treat the soil to improve its properties. This might involve compaction, moisture removal or increasing bearing capacity. This will ensure the ground is ready to be built on.

Foundation Construction

Specialist groundwork firms can prepare and install the foundations that will eventually support the building. It is essential that professionals work up these foundations, to ensure the structure will be safe and stable upon completion.

Retaining Walls

Another step of specialist groundwork is the creation of retaining walls, these hold back soil or provide support for slopes, to prevent erosion or instability.

Drainage Systems 

Installing drainage infrastructure, such as pipes, culverts, or stormwater management systems, to control groundwater and surface water on the site.

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Specialist groundworks require expertise in geotechnical engineering, soil mechanics, and construction techniques, so it pays to hire the right team.  

A reliable specialist groundworks company is crucial in ensuring the long-term stability and durability of any construction project, from buildings and bridges to roads and tunnels.

If you would like to find out more about the services SB Civils offer, just get in touch.


Civil Engineering