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Compounds and Haul roads

Temporary works are necessary for creating a safe and practical construction site, as well as building a more positive relationship with the public and key stakeholders.

But the creation of initial site compounds and haul roads can have a huge impact on resources for contractors, who must take on the associated costs and risks.

As these are short-term measures, understandably, contractors don’t want to spend a large proportion of a project’s time and money on these works – no matter their importance. That's where we can help.

Compounds and haul roads

Our geogrid solutions are perfectly positioned to solve these problems. An under-utilised solution, geogrids can reduce the thickness of a haul road or compound, by 50 up to per cent, resulting in substantially reduced construction cost and time.

Along with significant cost reductions, geogrids improve site health and safety, accelerate construction timescales and reduce the project’s overall environmental impact by requiring less use of heavy aggregates to achieve equivalent pavement stability.

This is because when granular particles are compacted over these grids, they partially penetrate and project through the apertures to create a stiff and positive interlock. The load dispersal effect from the interlocking mechanism increases shearing resistance within the aggregates, improving compaction and allowing the granular thickness to be decreased – ultimately reducing construction time, cost and environmental impacts.


Compounds and haul roads in numbers

Our geosynthetic solutions have been used on thousands of projects to provide significant cost savings as well as promote sustainability and reduce emissions.

reduction available on the thickness of a compound or haul road


cost reductions available when using our Geogrid


MultiTrack supplied in the last 5 years.

>50million m²

Ready to get involved

Supporting tender bids

We’re an advocate of early engagement because if a Geoworks engineering manager is engaged at the tender stage, the impact on the savings to reduce time and money can also assist contractors in winning tenders.

Another benefit of early engagement is that geogrids can be manufactured to the exact width that the contractor needs, suiting the site-specific requirements and creating an even more cost-effective grid. Simply removing a longitudinal overlap in the geogrid layout can save a further 10 per cent in product costs alone. Small changes but big savings are available.

However, all isn’t lost if engagement comes afterwards as savings can still be introduced.

Tender bids
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A supportive team

We have developed a strong reputation in the civil engineering sector thanks to our wealth of experience and ease of use. We offer the best technical expertise with exceptional customer support. Our team works with asset owners, developers, main contractors, ground workers and local authorities throughout a construction scheme’s lifecycle.

Design support

By utilising our design support services, you can maximise your savings and save yourself time. Our handy design support forms will speed up the specification process.

Design support forms

Product specification

We provide fully open and transparent product data to all, simply browse our product specification data online.

Product specification data

Savings calculators

Cost savings and materials calculators to help you form informed choices when designing and specifying Geoworks solutions.

Savings calculators

Training, advice and site meetings

Book yourself on to a CPD course to gain valuable insight into Geoworks product solutions. We're also always on hand to provide advice and willing to attend site meetings.


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