Groundworks and Civil Engineering Contractors

We offer a range of groundwork services from a simple household driveway to major cut and fill earthworks.

We provide groundwork services to clients across the midlands and beyond, undertaking all infrastructure groundwork up to DPC for developers, roads, sewers services and foundation, as well as slab work.

With extensive equipment and skilled personnel, we work on all sizes of site from household groundwork to equestrian units, new-build to large industrial construction projects.

Here are just some of the services relating to Groundworks we offer:-

Want to Know More About Groundwork?

Before any construction site can safely be worked on, the ground has to be levelled and stabilised. This is the reason that groundworks are such a crucial part of any construction project. Only once the necessary  ‘cut and fill’ works have been carried out, can the foundations for the development and the construction of new buildings commence and that new community created.

Groundworks are, therefore the essential first step in any construction project, laying the ‘foundations’ for future development. From ground investigations, including soil sampling and checking for any toxic waste, to foundations and everything in between, the various activities involved here require expertise, precision, and a focus on safety.

Things to bear in mind when selecting a Groundworks Contractor

This means it is essential to select a groundworks company that has the necessary tools and experience. Remember to prioritise factors such as self-delivery capabilities (something that Heming Services, with its access to the services provided by the other companies in the group excels), health and safety, expertise, client partnerships, experienced teams, company culture, and effective project programming.

With the right groundworks company by your side, you can build with confidence and achieve your construction goals.

But What are Groundworks?

Groundworks refer to the essential preparations carried out before construction begins, focusing on the ground and below-ground infrastructure. It involves a series of tasks that lay the ‘ground work’ for the subsequent construction stages. The primary objective of this phase is to create a level, stable and secure foundation so that the building work can commence.

Activities Involved in Groundworks

Groundworks encompass a wide range of activities, each serving a specific purpose in the construction process. The necessary tasks may vary depending on the project’s requirements and the condition of the site. Let’s explore some of the key activities involved in groundworks:

Ground Investigations

Before commencing any construction work, a thorough ground investigation is conducted to assess the site’s conditions. This investigation helps identify potential issues, determine the land’s suitability for construction, and evaluate any previous land uses that may affect the project. Highly qualified teams perform these investigations to ensure safety precautions are taken into account.

Site Clearance

Site clearance is the process of removing any debris, vegetation, or existing structures from the construction site. This step ensures a clean and safe environment for construction activities to commence. Site clearance involves the use of specialised machinery such as excavators and loaders to efficiently clear the area and to take the debris away..


Trenching involves the excavation of shallow holes in the ground for various purposes, such as laying pipes, cables, or foundations. Excavators equipped with attachments like hydraulic selector grabs and breakers are commonly used for trenching. Advanced GPS-enabled excavators allow for precise and automated excavations, improving efficiency and safety.

Retaining Walls

Retaining walls are vertical structures constructed to support soil, water, or other materials laterally. They are designed to prevent erosion and hold back materials on slopes. Retaining walls play a crucial role in maintaining the stability of the surrounding land and preventing soil movement.

Sheet Piles

Sheet piles are used to create walls that facilitate excavations or retain soil. Piling rigs or hydraulic excavator attachments are employed to install sheet piles securely and correctly. This ensures the stability of the excavation area and the safety of construction workers.

Sewer Construction

Sewer construction involves the installation of channels or pipes to remove waste and water from a construction site. Excavators of various sizes, ranging from 5 to 50 tonnes, are used to dig trenches and lay sewer pipes. Special attachments are utilised for handling hazardous materials, ensuring worker safety during the process.

Basement Construction

Basement construction involves building below-ground structures or levels to create additional space or provide a secure foundation for the main building. Basements are commonly utilised for storage, parking, or utility purposes. The construction process requires meticulous planning and expertise to ensure structural integrity and proper waterproofing.

Temporary and Permanent Drainage

Temporary and permanent drainage systems are vital for removing groundwater from construction sites and preventing waterlogging. Open-ditch drainage systems or pumping systems are used to effectively manage groundwater. These systems ensure a safe working environment for the construction team and help prevent project delays.

Specialist Tunnelling

Specialist tunnelling involves the creation of underground tunnels for various purposes, such as waterworks or rail lines. Specialised equipment like direction drills and boring machines are used to construct secure and stable tunnels capable of accommodating necessary infrastructure. This demanding task requires specialised civil engineering expertise.

Landscaping Services

Landscaping involves modifying the existing terrain and vegetation of a site. It may include changes to the topography, removal of old structures, or the addition of new elements to enhance the aesthetics and functionality of the area. Landscaping is often carried out towards the end of a construction project to provide a finished look.

Surfacing Roads and Car Parks

Access plays a big part in any development in that the internal roads and car parks have to be surfaced to ensure their durability and longevity. Different materials and techniques are employed based on the design and usage requirements. Common road surfacing materials include concrete, asphalt, and aggregate. Each has its advantages, some being more suitable than others. It all depends on the development, location, and level of use these surfaces will have to contend with. But don’t worry, the experts at Heming Services will be able to advise and install just what is needed.

3 Materials Used for Surfacing Roads and Car Parks:

  1. Concrete:
    • Concrete is commonly used for areas with low traffic levels, such as local roads and sidewalks.
    • Its durability and longevity make it a suitable choice for pedestrian areas.
  2. Asphalt:
    • Asphalt is a flexible and water-resistant material widely used on major motorways and smaller roads.
    • It offers excellent durability and ease of repair, making it a popular choice for road surfacing.
  3. Aggregate:
    • Aggregate is sometimes used in combination with asphalt or concrete for road resurfacing projects.
    • It can be placed directly on top of existing surfaces for cost-effective repairs.


Foundations are critical to ensure the stability and load-bearing capacity of a structure. They distribute the weight of the construction evenly and provide a solid base. Excavators equipped with GPS technology and sensors are commonly used to stabilise the ground and create the foundation support. This advanced technology enables precise digging, minimises over-digging, and enhances safety and productivity.

Qualities of a Top Groundworks Company

When choosing a groundworks company for your construction project, it is essential to consider certain qualities that distinguish top performers. Here are seven qualities to look for in a top groundworks company:

  1. Full Self-Delivery Model:
    • A top groundworks company should have the capability to deliver all aspects of the project internally, ensuring greater control over quality and efficiency

      (This is an area that Heming Services excels at, as we have access to a range of companies in the Heming group, thus we rarely have to use a potentially unreliable sub contractor).
  2. Exceptional Health & Safety Record:
    • Safety should be a top priority for any reputable groundworks company. Look for a company with a proven track record of maintaining a safe working environment.

      (we have an exceptional safety record and would be pleased to discuss your concerns).
  3. Scope of Projects and Expertise:
    • A top groundworks company should have experience and expertise in a wide range of projects, from small-scale developments to large infrastructure works.

      (Over the years, Heming Services have completed a range of projects from the small to the large. Please ask us for examples and case studies).
  4. Existing Client Partnerships:
    • Positive relationships with previous clients demonstrate a company’s commitment to customer satisfaction and reliable project delivery.

      (One of our top priorities is customer satisfaction; please do ask for details regarding previous clients)
  5. Experienced Team:
    • A top groundworks company should have a skilled and experienced workforce capable of delivering high-quality workmanship.

      (The experienced team at Heming Services is backed up by others from our Electrical, Cooling and Plant Hire arms, so you can be assured we have the necessary depth of expertise, whatever the size of your project).
  6. Company Culture:
    • A strong company culture that promotes teamwork, recognition, and rewards fosters a positive working environment and enhances productivity.

      (One of the biggest strengths of the Heming group is that being family owned, we fully support and respect our staff and value their contribution to the services we provide).
  7. Project Programming and Delivery Models:
    • Look for a company that utilises effective project programming and delivery models to ensure projects are completed on time and within budget.

      (Our track record at delivering on time and within budget speaks for itself. Please call us so that we can cover this important area to your satisfaction).

These qualities are crucial indicators of a top groundworks company that can meet your construction needs efficiently and professionally.

At Heming Services we know that we can meet all of the above requirements and would be pleased to discuss your Groundwork needs.