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Do I Need a Groundworker?

Hiring a trustworthy local groundworker is a vital part of any serious building project that could affect the foundations of your house.

Groundwork normally refers to the work done to prepare sub-surfaces for the start of a construction project, and is the first stage of the process (aside from demolition of any pre-existing structures). Quality groundwork underpins the structure and layout of your building, providing enough strength to adequately bear the weight of the entire building.

If you are undertaking any construction project that involves cabling, drains or laying utilities like water pipes and telephone lines, you will need the services of a local groundwork contractor. At Hamuch, we can help you ensure that any groundwork companies you use are qualified and certified for any project you have in mind.

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What Does a Groundworker Do?

A groundworker is a subcontractor employed to prepare a construction site for the shallow foundation of a new building, underpinning the entire structure. The groundworker evaluates and plans the depth of the groundwork to ensure a strong construction. Their duties can include:

  • Ground investigation: A ground investigation of the site is needed to help identify past land issues and any potential problems with foundation stability. The investigation data will be used to identify any potential issues with the planned construction.
  • Site clearance: The site for construction will be cleared. The topsoil will be taken up, and if the site slopes, the ground will need to be levelled. Retaining walls to hold back earth and water may also need to be constructed.
  • Substructure and ground stabilisation: The function of a substructure is to ensure a building’s stability. It includes a building’s concrete foundations and piling, as well as the basement if there is one. A groundwork specialist will take care of all of this, making use of sophisticated techniques such as diamond drilling if necessary.
  • Site services: In construction, site services can include temporary or permanent drainage and other utility connections. The contractors will also take care of equipment rental, also known as plant hire.
  • Landscaping: This is the process of improving a piece of land, whether that’s by arranging and modifying existing features or by conducting earthworks to entirely remodel the space.

How To Find Local Groundworkers Near You

HaMuch makes it super easy to find groundwork companies in your local area. To find a specialist near you, follow our simple three-step process:

  1. Post your job: Find your location, either by typing in your postcode or town, or selecting where you are from our extensive list of regions, counties and cities in the UK. We ask you to select your maximum budget, so that you never pay more than what you can afford. Post the details of your job and we’ll match you with tradesmen in your area who are qualified and experienced to do the work.
  2. Get quotes: We’ll send your job listing to groundwork contractors near you. We’ll notify you via text when three tradesmen have expressed interest in your job.
  3. Select your tradesman: Review the profiles and experience of the tradesmen interested in working with you. You can use HaMuch to read customer reviews from people just like you, compare rates and see how close they are to you. You can even communicate with tradesmen to discuss the work before making your decision — you’re in complete control!

Our search tools are designed to help you find the groundwork services that best suit your needs, budget and location.

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Rates for Tradesmen in the UK

Builder

Builder: Average Hourly and Daily Rates in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges). More rates for Builders
Location in UKHourly RateDaily Rate
Braintree£26£185
Wealden£25£207
Brighton£28£214
Kirklees£26£187
Waverley£52£245
Trafford£30£201
Cardiff£25£174
Gedling£30£213
Angus£24£195
Broadland£22£176

Carpenter & Joiner

Carpenter & Joiner: Average Hourly and Daily Rates in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges). More rates for Carpenter & Joiners
Location in UKHourly RateDaily Rate
Rochdale£30£180
Stockport£33£189
Teignbridge£24£181
Peterborough£30£201
Gwynedd£20£159
St Helens£24£168
Horsham£26£209
Salisbury£25£160
Macclesfield£36£196
Swansea£20£156

Electrician

Electrician: Average Hourly and Daily Rates in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges). More rates for Electricians
Location in UKHourly RateDaily Rate
Calderdale£30£211
Wolverhampton£30£206
Southend-on-Sea£34£247
Dover£29£196
Norwich£33£260
Huntingdonshire£31£226
West Lancashire£28£209
Falkirk£32£243
Rochdale£30£211
Exeter£28£217

Gardener

Gardener: Average Hourly and Daily Rates in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges). More rates for Gardeners
Location in UKHourly RateDaily Rate
Cardiff£17£150
East Lindsey£15£120
North Lanarkshire£26£257
Trafford£24£173
Kirklees£22£130
South Somerset£25£150
Chester£36£277
Exeter£24£144
Edinburgh£23£179
Stockton-on-Tees£15£112

Locksmith

Locksmith: Average Hourly and Daily Rates in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges). More rates for Locksmiths
Location in UKHourly RateDaily Rate
Kingston-upon-Hull£18£145
Windsor & Maidenhead£57£302
Bradford£36£290
East Dunbartonshire£28£121
North Lanarkshire£15£98
Blackpool£55£254
Basingstoke & Deane£90£190
Newport£58£190
The Wrekin£45£120
Leeds£41£293

Cleaner

Cleaner: Average Hourly and Daily Rates in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges). More rates for Cleaners
Location in UKHourly RateDaily Rate
Neath Port Talbot£18£112
Stroud£36£255
Ashfield£16£119
South Lanarkshire£95£600
Sefton£14£115
Canterbury£14£112
Thurrock£18£155
Crewe & Nantwich£18£116
Ipswich£15£122
Chelmsford£20£123

Car Mechanic

Car Mechanic: Average Hourly and Daily Rates in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges). More rates for Car Mechanics
Location in UKHourly RateDaily Rate
Gloucester£40£220
Southend-on-Sea£42£135
Dudley£24£169
Swansea£32£218
Stockton-on-Tees£38£300
Bassetlaw£36£270
Rochdale£35£204
Wirral£36£248
Tendring£35£200
Newbury£50£310

Heating Engineer

Heating Engineer: Average Hourly and Daily Rates in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges). More rates for Heating Engineers
Location in UKHourly RateDaily Rate
East Riding£33£204
Birmingham£38£229
Knowsley£36£222
Wigan£38£232
Sandwell£38£227
Barnsley£34£221
Warwick£39£248
Redcar & Cleveland£35£217
Epping Forest£53£283
Newbury£54£273

Plumber

Plumber: Average Hourly and Daily Rates in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges). More rates for Plumbers
Location in UKHourly RateDaily Rate
Belfast£30£184
Blackpool£31£222
Bassetlaw£30£206
East Lindsey£32£210
Salisbury£37£251
Carmarthenshire£28£190
St Helens£36£216
Test Valley£37£244
The Wrekin£39£256
Dacorum£50£267

Painter & Decorator

Painter & Decorator: Average Hourly and Daily Rates in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges). More rates for Painter & Decorators
Location in UKHourly RateDaily Rate
Bridgend£22£163
Derby£20£165
Thamesdown£21£159
North East Lincolnshire£16£133
Teignbridge£20£164
London£29£191
Glasgow£20£161
North Lincolnshire£18£140
North Tyneside£21£151
Sefton£23£154

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