ECL is a nationally recognised groundworks specialist contractor.

Over the last 30 years, we have built a reputation for quality, service, and expertise, providing groundworks, plotworks, carriageway construction and other civil engineering and infrastructure services for residential, infrastructure and construction projects.

We offer technical innovation and expertise in all aspects of groundwork engineering and housing plot work construction.

With our self-delivery model and the latest technology, we have raised productivity and are delivering groundwork schemes safer and quicker than ever before.

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.

Carbon Conscious Solutions

Our business is invested in driving down its carbon footprint. We use greener innovations in plant, vehicles, materials and welfare to provide your project with a lower-carbon solution product.

Drone Survey Pre-Construction

Our technical team use drone surveys to facilitate accurate cut / fill volumes calculations and create digital terrain models used in our modern GPS plant fleet. This practice improves project oversight, visibility and efficiencies.

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.

Value Engineering Solutions

Our team can offer value engineering solutions at the tender stage and through early contractor engagement, removing any element that adds cost without contributing to function or performance. Optimising solutions for materials, processes, suppliers, specifications and project timings.

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.
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Residential Groundworks


Integrated piling and foundation systems for national and regional house-builders and residential schemes.

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Full range of piling and ground improvement services to the commercial, industrial and residential sectors.

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Infrastructure Groundworks


Specialist ground engineering services to private developers, energy, and utility sectors.

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


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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As one of the biggest civil engineering companies within the region, we are currently invested in several of the UK’s major infrastructure projects.

With our self-delivery model and the latest technology, we have raised productivity and are delivering groundwork and infrastructure schemes quicker than ever before. 

To see how ECL Civil Engineering can help with your Groundwork or Civil Engineering Projectplease get in touch.


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Remediation & Stabilisation
Bridge Infrastructure
Brownfield Remediation
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Storm and Foul Water Drainage
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