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What is Groundworks?

Groundworks is the process of preparing the ground for construction. It involves a wide range of tasks, including:

  • Excavation: This is the process of removing soil and rock to create the desired level for the building.
  • Drainage: This is the process of installing pipes and channels to remove water from the site. This prevents flooding and damage to the foundations.
  • Foundation construction: This is the process of building a strong and stable base for the building.

What are the benefits of hiring a groundworks contractor?

There are a number of benefits to hiring a groundworks contractor, including:

  • Expertise: Groundworks contractors have the expertise and experience to carry out all aspects of groundworks efficiently and safely.
  • Equipment: Groundworks contractors have access to the specialized equipment needed for groundworks projects.
  • Health and safety: Groundworks contractors take health and safety very seriously and have the necessary procedures in place to protect their workers and the public.

What does the groundworks process involve?

The groundworks process typically involves the following steps:

  1. Site investigation: This involves assessing the ground conditions to determine the best type of foundations for the building.
  2. Site clearance: This involves removing any existing structures or vegetation from the site.
  3. Excavation: This involves removing soil and rock to create the desired level for the building.
  4. Drainage: This involves installing pipes and channels to remove water from the site.
  5. Foundation construction: This involves building a strong and stable base for the building.
  6. Reinstatement: This involves restoring the site to its original condition, or to a better condition.

Common groundworks challenges

Some of the most common groundworks challenges include:

  • Poor ground conditions: If the ground is not stable enough to support the building, it will need to be strengthened using methods such as piling or grouting.
  • High water table: If the water table is high, it will need to be lowered using drainage systems.
  • Contaminated land: If the land is contaminated, it will need to be cleaned up before construction can begin.

How to choose a groundworks contractor

When choosing a groundworks contractor, it is important to consider the following factors:

  • Experience: Choose a contractor with experience in carrying out the type of groundworks required for your project.
  • Reputation: Choose a contractor with a good reputation. Ask for references from previous clients.
  • Insurance: Make sure the contractor has adequate insurance.
  • Price: Get quotes from multiple contractors before making a decision.

How to get the most out of your groundworks project

Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your groundworks project:

  • Be clear about your requirements: Make sure the contractor understands your requirements in detail.
  • Agree on a schedule and budget: Agree on a realistic schedule and budget with the contractor.
  • Communicate regularly: Communicate regularly with the contractor to ensure that the project is on track.
  • Get everything in writing: Make sure all agreements with the contractor are in writing.


Groundworks is an essential part of any construction project. It is important to hire a qualified groundworks contractor to ensure that the work is done correctly. By following the tips above, you can get the most out of your groundworks project. Contact Viv Construct Group today to discuss your Groundworks project