Building the foundations for future communities to grow

Our Story

ECL’s honesty and reliability strengthen our brand and reputation.

We have reinforced an ethos that each member of the team, whether site operative or board member, should push themselves and challenge their skills and knowledge to ensure personal progression – always with the help and support of their peers and mentors.


  • Safety first

  • Preserving the well-being of our people

  • Focus on success in a way that makes us proud

  • Pursue growth and learning for all

  • Always go beyond expectations

  • Quality – What we do, we do the best

  • Maintain integrity in all we do

  • Build a positive team and family spirit

  • Be fearless, embrace and drive change


Over two decades, ECL has grown from our humble roots as a groundworks services company to an ambitious and continually growing civil engineering provider. Today, we're proud of our history and look forward to making our mark in the civil engineering industry and beyond.
ECL Bedford Site Works

Open for business


From our humble beginnings, we set out on our story to provide groundworks services to the local area.

ECL Plant Equipment and Hire

Limited edition


In February 1995 we started trading as a limited company, allowing our ambition to grow and our boundaries to expand.

Sean Hoare

Sean Hoare becomes MD


The sad passing of the founder Tommy Hoare led to Sean Hoare becoming our new Managing Director.

ECL Fleet of Dumpers

Growing our fleet


The company's first brand-new plant machinery was purchased. This marked the beginning of our expansive investment in machinery and equipment, to not only improve and expand ECL's services but also to drive our passion for continually improving safety within the industry.

Groundworks by ECL Civil Engineering

A record-breaking year


Big ambition and even bigger determination led to our most successful year as we achieved an annual turnover of £10m.

Steve Tysoe ECL Managing Director



In October, Steve Tysoe joined Sean Hoare as an equal partner of ECL. Steve brought with him, his extensive industry and business expertise to support the business’s continued growth.

Civil Engineering and Structural Engineering Team at ECL

A big project


ECL always believe that bigger is better and we were delighted to win and successfully complete ahead of time our first project worth over £10m!

Houghton Regis Digger working on Groundworks

The big two-oh


ECL achieves an annual turnover of £20m.

ECL Civil Engineering Kempston Bedford

Moving home


Our continued success and growth meant the need to expand from our Top Farm offices, to our current home at Vanquish House in Kempston.

Civil engineering and infrastructure by ECL Civil Engineering

A new milestone


Through further expansion and undertaking of industry professionals, we proudly achieved an annual turnover of £57m.

Groundworks at Wooton Project

Bigger and bigger


We began our biggest project to date at Wooton, carrying out large infrastructure works on a multi-phased housing development.

Ground works and civil engineering

Triple digits


This year we have achieved an annual turnover of over £137m! In such a short space of time, our dedication, to safety, investment in new technologies, staff and a desire to grow, has allowed the unprecedented expansion of our business.... but why stop there! Our ambition has grown alongside our success and we're excited to carry on our story and see where our path leads in the future.

Low carbon construction

Nett Zero Ambition


ECL outlines its carbon commitment as a conscientious business to achieve net zero emissions by 2035. Baseline emissions are calculated as the first steps towards driving change.

Outstanding results


In July 2022, our annual CCF Report revealed an outstanding reduction of 19% of the company’s overall carbon emissions.

Dave Fil

On Board


After 16 years with the company, Dave Fil is appointed Construction Director.