Types Of Bulk Excavation

If you’re contracting a building project, you’ll need to hire groundworks contractors to complete a bulk excavation.

You might be thinking, what is a bulk excavation? Are there different types of bulk excavation? In this article, we explain what you need to know.


What are bulk excavations?

Before large buildings can be constructed, they often require bulk excavation to ensure the ground is at the right level for work to be carried out. At its core, it’s the moving of large amounts of soil and rock from one area to another. It’s an important first step in any new building or infrastructure project.

Bulk excavations are always performed by highly qualified and experienced professionals. They know how to calculate the exact volume of earth that needs to be moved, what can be reused, and the correct specialist equipment to use.

Whatever the soil type, industrial machinery, such as diggers, bulldozers, and trucks to transport material, is always required to complete excavations.


Who provides bulk excavation services?

Groundworks contractors usually offer bulk excavations. Here at J&A Groundworks, it’s one of our core services that we offer in Ascot, Maidenhead, Newbury, Reading and the wider Berkshire area.


What are the different types of bulk excavation?

The term bulk excavation covers a range of types of excavation. The form of excavation a project needs will depend on a few factors, like what the ground type and the purpose for building.

Excavation types include:

  • Topsoil excavation

Perhaps the most common type of excavation. It involves the removal of the top area of the earth’s surface to make the land free from vegetation and soil that must be cleared out of the way for the project.

  • Rock excavation

This is required to remove rocky surfaces that are hindering the building process. It requires heavy-duty equipment and techniques like drilling and blasting.

  • Earth excavation

Buildings and infrastructure require foundations — this is where earth excavation comes in. Contractors will remove layers of earth (below the topsoil) to make the construction of these foundations possible.

  • Muck excavation

Muck is a mixture of soil and water. As it can get in the way of construction, it often needs to be removed.

  • Trench excavation

The installation of pipelines and service lines requires the length of an area to exceed the depth. Trench excavation is used for these shallow trenches.

  • Cut and fill (or stripping) excavation

This type of excavation is used to clear large, wide and shallow areas of unwanted materials like topsoil, sand, and rocks.

If you have questions about the type of excavation your project needs, your groundworks contractor will be able to explain the details. 


J&A Groundworks: groundwork contractors for bulk excavation in Berkshire

At J&A Groundworks, we’ve been providing bulk excavation services for over 30 years. We’re proud to consistently provide professional, high-quality bulk excavations, reduced digs, and earth moving. Customer satisfaction is our highest priority and with our long-serving specialists, you’ll be in safe hands.

We’ve worked on a broad range of projects and are happy to take on both big and small jobs. Whether you work in the industrial, commercial, or residential sector, we’ll be able to assist you with our bulk excavation services. Take a look at some of our case studies.

You can be sure that we adhere to strict up-to-date standards and use the latest equipment to get each project completed thoroughly, safely and efficiently.

Ready to get the ball rolling? Contact us today to get a quote or to ask us any questions. Based in Newbury, we work all over the Berkshire area.