ECL have extensive experience in providing groundworks and other civil engineering and infrastructure services for large-scale housing developments. Over the years, we have built a reputation for quality, service and expertise, and we work hard to provide the high-quality results required for major developments.

Full self-delivery service

From consultation to delivery, when you use ECL you get ECL. Our self-delivery service means our people and our equipment give you the best price, faster turnaround, and a safer working environment – every time.

Large-scale experts

We specialise in large-scale developments, providing groundworks and excavations for the homes and businesses of tomorrow.

Investment in technologies

ECL use state-of-the-art GPS and AI controlled lifting and back filling machinery, allowing for greater automation on projects. This offers cost savings to our clients, while also significantly improving on-site health and safety.

Customer service

Our self-delivery strategy includes customer service, both during and after a project. ECL is unique, offering a dedicated customer service department in addition to our mobile customer service teams, who visit sites regularly to ensure the best possible service.

The ECL fleet

To ensure we can deliver on our promises we heavily invest in both machinery and technology. Our 300+ strong fleet include machines fitted with state-of-the-art GPS and A.I., as well specialist machinery such as our VAC-X vehicle.

Safety above all

We’re committed to the safety of our employees and anyone who may encounter our services, whether they are clients or members of the public. Our industry-leading safety record is testament to our continued investment in new technology. This combined with our policies, procedures and regular training creates a safe environment for all.

Work undertaken

Every project is different, and the level of civil engineering and groundworks required will depend on the existing condition and plans for the site. Our highly skilled team will work with you to determine the extent of the work required and the best way to carry out the project. We pride ourselves on flexibility and versatility and can offer a comprehensive range of groundwork services.


  • Ground investigations
  • Site clearance
  • Foundations
  • Retaining walls
  • Sheet piles
  • Ground anchors
  • Site services
  • Temporary and permanent drainage
  • Specialist tunnelling
  • Landscaping
  • Surfacing roads and car parks

Frequently asked questions

What is the meaning of Groundworks?

The meaning of ‘groundworks’ refers to the work carried out to prepare the ground and below ground to enable the start of a construction project. So, in short, Groundworks is the first set of activities involved on a construction site that lead to the foundations being laid.

What do groundworks involve?

Groundworks involve a whole range of services, and the services needed will vary for each construction project. Aside from any demolition works or site enabling works that may need to be carried out, groundworks fundamentally involves; ground investigation, site clearance, installation of footings and foundations and the provisions for drainage, cabling and the installation of utilities such as fibre optic cables, telephone lines, and gas pipes and finally landscaping.

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Find out more about the full range of Civil Engineering Services we offer or click on one of the following areas below for more information:-

Highways & Infrastructure
Bulk Excavations
Enabling Works
Remediation & Stabilisation
Bridge Infrastructure
Brownfield Remediation
Wet Well Pumping Stations
Storm and Foul Water Drainage
Vacuum Excavation

For a self-delivery civil engineering company to support your next project contact ECL and speak to one of our expert civil engineers.