Before construction starts, there are a few steps that need to be undertaken. Whether that would be a home or a high-rise office building, the preparation of the shallow foundation is arguably the most important aspect of construction. At Quinn Developments, we offer services as Groundwork Contractors. This includes a variety of tasks that we can perform in advance to construction. From landscaping and ground investigation to site clearances and substructure works – at Quinn Developments we are true specialists in groundworks.
Quinn Developments is a family operated company, established in 2012 by owner Peter Quinn, who has over 15 years’ experience as a groundwork contractor. Not only do we exceed customer satisfaction ratings but we are also gaining an enviable reputation of which we are immensely proud and strive to maintain.
Groundwork is the first step that needs to be undertaken before the start of construction work – aside from demolition and other enabling works. We have a certain order we work in to ensure that all groundwork is correctly performed.
The initial work carried out will likely be a ground investigation. All groundwork contractors must carry this out as it is a legal requirement. During a ground investigation, we look for the presence of faults, or any potential pitfalls that could lead to issues during construction. We mostly look for the water table level and waterflow, the thickness of the ground layers, ground contaminations and the soil type. We use a variety of techniques to examine the soil. For example, we can excavate trenches in order to gain a sample from the soil. This is a technique also used in the process of investigating the grounds conditions, and if previous buildings have affected it.
Once the ground investigation is done, we move onto the next phase: site clearance. Considered part of the initial preparatory works – we clear the site and take the topsoil from the structure. The topsoil is the upper layer of the soil with the most organisms such as plants grow. We remove the topsoil before construction works start in order to stop the organic matter settling into the foundation of the building, which will affect the whole structure of the building.
Also considered an integral part of the work of groundwork contractors. We prepare for construction by inserting steel bars into the slope face, add ground anchors and the incorporation of Geo-synthetic materials.
Drainage is an important part of groundworks. We drain water from the earth in order to lower the water table, which in turn leads to a stable foundation to build upon. We also remove surface water from paved areas – and discharge them to a local lake or river. However few drainage schemes are installed as designed, Quinn Developments NW Ltd will identify any issues prior to starting on site and create contingencies to allow work to progress on schedule.
After construction has been finished, we can offer services that are also considered part of the groundworks. Landscaping is one of those. This service is suited for residential gardens, both back and front. We also complete landscaping projects for large State and commercially-owned properties covering many acres of land.
We offer a complete landscaping service, from surveying the land that needs to be scaped, to designing a landscape digitally that matches your wishes – and turning these designs into reality.
Why not give us a call today for more information? Alternatively, give us a call today on 0151 345 6551 on how we can help you as specialist groundwork contractors.