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That is bulk earthworks?

Bulk earth moving is often the first phase of any construction project whether it be site preparation, land profiling or landscaping.

An initial earth-moving phase on a building site requires as much planning and preparation as any other aspect of the works.

If a significant amount of earth-moving is needed, then the preparation may also need to include site surveying, logistics, volumetric assessment and access to the site for equipment and materials.

Types of earthworks

Bulk earthworks are carried out on a construction site to create areas that are a suitable height and level for particular construction purposes.

Bulk earthworks are executed in two ways, known as 'cut and fill'; by excavations and digging of an area of ground or by piling up the earth at a prescribed location to form hills and embankments.

As this involves moving earth from one area to another then logistics becomes an issue as the aim will be to reuse as much existing soil as possible and to ensure that the surface is moved quickly and efficiently.

Inefficient earthworks operations can result in earth having to be moved more than once, surplus earth having to carried away from the site or the delivery of extra earth to the site, all of which can add to costs and waste valuable time.

Where earthworks are used

Bulk earthworks can be needed for a wide variety of projects including, road building and preparing land for residential and commercial development.

The type of earthworks can very often depend on the material being moved, and it is essential that proper land surveys and soil analyses are made before work begins.

The kind of soil material to be moved can have a significant impact on operations, and it needs to be accurately mapped to avoid technical problems and escalating costs.

Free flowing dry soils is the easiest to dig and move while, at the other end of the scale, hard rock may need to be blasted using explosives. In between are various soil types such as gravel, clay and broken stones.

Heavy machinery for earthworks

Most bulk earthworks are carried out with heavy construction equipment. The can include excavators, scrapers, dump trucks, rollers and tipper lorries.

In addition to the bulk earthwork operations, there may be several subsidiary tasks to complete such as tree and vegetation removal, laying topsoil, ground compaction stabilising embankments and arranging drainage channels.

Experts in bulk earthworks projects

Clark & Kent Contractors has an in-house team that is expert in all fields of bulk earth-moving and disposal. We can provide efficient and cost-effective site clearance, plant for bulk excavation and waste disposal for all manner of industrial, commercial and residential construction projects across the UK.

The experienced staff at Clark & Kent can complete all the necessary preparation and implementation of earthworks projects on any scale including topsoil stripping, cut and fill, excavation works, hard and soft landscaping, on-site recycling and restoration of brownfield sites.

Staying up-to-date and flexible

It is vital that earthworks operational staff work closely with clients at all stages of the development and Clark & Kent, through years of experience, are very flexible in meeting the needs of customers and understanding their individual requirements.

It is essential to keep up-to-date with all the legal obligations that come on stream as the earthworks industry evolves to ensure that site clearance and earth-moving projects are completed safely, on schedule and within budget.

To this end Clark & Kent carry out regular checks and monitoring of all bulk earth-moving work to ensure any excavation, dozing, loading, storage and disposal works are safe, efficient and effective on all sizes and types of project.

From pre-operational surveys through health and safety procedures and to the potential environmental impact of bulk earth-moving projects, Clark & Kent delivers with professional care, attention to detail and a service that meets clients' exact specifications.


Clark & Kent Contractors are the experts in bulk earthworks projects. Call us now on 01630 672329

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