Early engagement key to “efficient” site starts


Ground Developments Ltd (GDL) has landed three new contracts to deliver soil modification and earthworks packages to help major housebuilders construct new homes across Scotland.

The firm said it has “pioneered” the use of soil modification techniques for use under new build housing in Scotland over the last seven years. Projects are now underway in Aberdeen, Glasgow’s Broomhouse and Peterhead.

GDL said soil modification is used as a “fill-drying technique to reduce the moisture content of site-won soil”. This, the firm added, allows the materials to be re-compacted in accordance with specified requirements.

By maximising the re-use of site-won materials, GDL said it can often eliminate the requirement for the off-site disposal of surplus excavated materials and imported aggregates.

MD Kevin Mackenzie explained, “Soil modification is a real area of expertise for our team, and we aim to engage with clients and their designers as early as possible in their development process. Our early involvement means that we can use our expertise and wealth of knowledge to help our clients to value engineer their scheme. Going through this process ensures that pre-construction development works can get off to an efficient site start.

“Many soil modification projects require complex solutions. In fact two of the aforementioned projects are the result of working closely for over 12 months with our clients and their designs teams to create the best design solution and approach for their project.”