Welcome to groundworks

Fred Champion Groundworks Ltd has been established since 1983, Groundworks is the core of our business, particularly in the speculative and social housing sectors.

In more recent years we have expanded our business into the commercial and industrial sectors, in particular factories, hospitals, student accommodation and main drainage works.

We have a number of long established client relationships. These include:

  • Linden Homes
  • Galliford Try Group plc
  • Wainhomes South West
  • Bloor Homes
  • Kier Living
  • Midas Construction
  • E.G Carter
  • South West Water


Our aim is to offer a ‘one stop shop’ Groundworks service, this can include the services of our subsidiary companies:

  • Fred Champion Scaffolding Ltd
  • Trojan Paving
  • Fred Champion Hire

We operate on a labour, plant and materials supply and fix basis only, this does also include some of the following trades:

  • Sub-structure blockwork and brickwork.
  • Block and beam flooring (including sub-contract design).
  • Tarmac surfacing.
  • Insitu concrete construction.
  • Sheet piling (including sub-contract design).
  • Block paving.
  • Pond lining / attenuation tank construction.


Our main catchment area within the South West covering areas from Taunton, Honiton, and Bideford in the East to Penzance in the West. We have our office based centrally adjacent to the A38 at Doublebois Near Liskeard from which we operate all of our divisions.

Within our Groundworks division we have our own full time engineers who operate "total station" setting out instruments, using the CAD information supplied by our clients to engineer the site within the specified tolerances.

We operate a lump sum all risk pricing strategy if required, many of our clients ask for this service, this enables our clients site team to focus on other areas of their project which require a high level of design input, without concern for the management of the groundworks costs, material deliveries etc.

In some cases our client requests Fred Champion Groundworks Ltd to be Principal Contractor, this means we have possession of the site and are responsible for Health and Safety on the site. This helps reduce prelim costs for our clients and enables us to ensure all of the requirements under the CDM regulations 2007 and the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 are complied with.

We have our Health and Safety Manager Phil Baker who advises us in all aspects of H&S. We also have our own training facilities within our office complex to enable training of our staff when required.

Our Groundworks business employs over three hundred people excluding sub-contractors mostly from our local area, many of our employees have been employed on a full time basis for long periods of time. The first three individuals who started with the company are still employed some 32 years later.

We have the capability to undertake bulk earthworks, with previous projects requiring a 350,000m3 earth movement or we can facilitate a eight to ten plot house build scheme. Our Groundworks business turnover is circa £65 million per annum, this has steadily increased over the past 8 - 10 years and is still increasing.

We have had to diversify slightly in recent times, this diversification has taken us into remediation works, generally involved on Brown Field site developments in line with recent Government initiatives to develop the more problematic sites rather than Green Field developments. Due to this diversification we have purchased bulk earthworks equipment and invested heavily in new machinery.

(Please feel free to contact office@fcg-uk.com for a guided tour at any time)

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