Groundworks is just the start of what we do
At Mackoy, we know there is much more to groundwork than just soil-stripping and muckaway. That's why we have developed a unique service where clients are partnered with one contractor who specialises in a range of groundwork and civil engineering processes, creating a single point of contact for multiple stages.
Our experts are skilled in a wide range of niche groundworks services, from initial site investigations – that determines the physical make-up of a development plot and its construction suitability – to specialist CAT and CCTV scans that identify the locations of live underground services.
Our groundworks services are not only essential but protect both investments and people. When a development gets the green light, Mackoy ensures the infrastructure is in place to conduct works safely using the best equipment.
This ability to take ownership of multiple elements of a development is what sets Mackoy apart and makes us a leader in groundwork infrastructure and civil engineering in the South. However, we are not only trusted by top regional developers in Hampshire, Dorset, Sussex, Surrey and Berkshire but throughout the whole country, with our client list including some of the largest and longest-serving housing developers in England.
Our groundworkers turn raw earth and rubble into a place for new communities to thrive. They can transform any site into one that's ready for construction – from priming a plot of land for development to creating the integral underground infrastructure to service new homes with energy, waste and water.
Civil engineers can help you realise the vision for your project, performing the complex calculations that take your building from an architect's blueprint to a viable three-dimensional design, and ensuring the structure is solid, sound and safe without compromising its character or aesthetics.
Our groundworkers create a construction project's vital infrastructure by balancing powerful excavation works with complex technical processes, from clearing a site of its topsoil layer to setting out the foundations of what will, one day, support a new home.
Our civil engineers use environmental and structural expertise to bring a building to life. Not only do they ensure a development project can be delivered on time and on budget, they also provide the complex calculations needed for a mechanically sound construction.
This method is an increasingly popular alternative to traditional suspended flooring as it can be constructed quickly and inexpensive using ready-made materials. It requires no drying out time and so provides a stable flooring that can be instantly insulated and walked on.
Our CAD surveys offer a topographical overview of a site based on field data, illustrated by a series of computer-aided 3D drawings. CAD surveys offer an insightful analysis of a piece of land's geological make-up and composition, and are backed up by research findings.
Our CCTV surveys will help to quickly determine the health of a site's drains, identifying the root cause of any problems in a timely, cost-effective and non-invasive manner. Our drain-cleaning capabilities ensure we can quickly dislodge any pipe blockages or build-ups, preventing foul water drainage.
The first step in any new development, our earthworks prepare the ground for excavation. This is done by stripping away the topsoil, clearing the site of vegetation, removing excess earth (muckaway) and leveling out any unevenness (cut and fill) to make way for groundbreaking to begin.
Our skilled foundations excavators provide stable and strong grounding for buildings, following detailed technical specifications so that trenches are taken to the correct depths, and thereby avoiding collapse and infill.
We apply soft and hard landscaping techniques to radically transform clients' developments, and to install unique character features that give a project life and soul – from installing football pitches and recreational spaces to changing a site's elevation, feel and flow.
Oversites create an airtight seal between a building's groundworks infrastructure, and what will eventually become the finished floor. Providing a smooth layer of solid poured concrete, or suspended beam and block, that forms the floor's final foundation.
A site investigation is the key to unlocking what can be built and where. It combines soil spot sampling techniques with comprehensive site assessments to determine any historic land contamination and the ground's suitability for development.
Whether a client needs a basement or is developing a sloping site, the retaining walls created by our groundworkers help to contain soil in its place. This maintains the integrity of a structure and ensures that no amount of pressure or environmental impact compromises its stability.
Roads are an integral part of keeping Britain moving, not only countrywide, but within local communities too. Our groundworkers help to connect new homes to their wider geographical location. Providing safe passage for people to get where they need to go.
Our surfacing and paving work provides exterior finishes completed to the same high specifications as our groundwork infrastructure. From neatly tarmacked new roads to beautifully block-paved driveways, we have the plant and the capability to construct surfaces that can withstand life's daily pressures.
No new home would be complete without plumbing and waste water disposal. As part of our groundwork infrastructure, we create the trenches for these essential services, connecting homes to mainland sewers and ensuring there are provisions for fresh running water.
As essential to a building's strength as its foundations, substructure brickwork bears the load of your superstructure, providing a solid platform to hold block and beam floors, and giving your building a strong grounding that can withstand physical and environmental pressures.