Groundworks: Why is it important in construction?

Groundworks is an umbrella term relating to all the processes that are involved in preparing a surface prior to construction. As such, groundworks are usually the first stage of a construction process and are essential in commercial, domestic and industrial projects alike. So, just what makes groundworks so important in construction?

First, let’s look at groundworks in more detail…

Every construction project, no matter its size, requires a solid foundation. Groundworks ensure a construction project can be completed on an appropriate surface and may include such services as:

• Site clearance
• Concreting
• Excavations
• Underpinning
• Piling

Why are groundworks important in construction?

Below we list just some of the reasons groundworks are an essential stage in any construction project.

Health and safety

If a building or construction project is not built on solid or appropriate foundations, it is a major health and safety risk as the ground may not be able to support the weight of the structure. No matter the size or weight of your construction project, for the project to be sturdy, groundworks must be completed prior to construction.


By hiring effective groundworks and underpinning contractors before beginning construction, you are eliminating the risk of uncovering expensive issues that may delay the construction project at a later date. For example, groundwork services can analyze the drainage needs of a building and execute an effective drainage system. If drainage problems were to be discovered mid-project, this would be a time-consuming and costly issue to fix.


If you are building a project in the middle of summer, the conditions in which the project will endure in colder, wetter months may easily slip your mind. An expert groundworks contractor will be able to create a foundation that can withstand floods, high winds and other natural disasters to ensure the longevity and durability of the project.

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Common Materials Used in Foundation Construction

With building foundations, construction workers can choose from a whole range of materials, but which ones are the most popular?


At the top of the list, concrete has to be the most common construction material of all. Incredibly strong and durable, most buildings depend on concrete to give them stability and longevity. Despite its solid appearance, concrete can easily be shaped into all kinds of moulds, making it ideal for a huge range of applications.


If you have concrete, you need to have steel too. If concrete is unsupported, the slabs can crack, so reinforcing them with steel keeps the building safe. Steel rods come in different thicknesses and are positioned in either perpendicular or parallel positions. For construction purposes, steel is often coated to be free from rust and stainless.


Although not commonly found in industrial builds, wood foundations often make up the base of wooden houses or in instances where concrete will cost too much. Because wood can be prone to rotting as well as termites, it needs to be treated with pressure and chemicals beforehand.

Weatherproofing solvents

Foundations are prone to water damage and damp, especially during rainy seasons when soil becomes damp. Solvents need to be applied to foundation materials to protect them and the structure of the building. These include materials like asphaltic emulsions, rubber, polythene, rubberized asphalt or bentonite.

Concrete blocks

Although liquid concrete is used commonly and shaped into bespoke moulds, concrete blocks are also often used in foundations. These come already built and are shaped like bricks and are useful when it comes to making sure the exposed surfaces of foundations are covered. They also aid in preventing frost and can be laid much more quickly than other kinds of bricks. They can be costly though, which is why liquid concrete is still the more popular option. When using ready-made blocks, construction workers need to make sure they’re of high quality.

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