Excavations & Retaining Walls

What sets us apart with excavations and retaining walls is the diversity of our team and the scale of our plant and equipment. Our team of 15 qualified and highly skilled professionals encompasses 4 LBP builders, a Civil Engineer and 2 Civil foremen with over 20 years of experience each. There is an exceptional amount of skills and experience bound into our tight nit team. With this experience comes the ability to plan, liaise design, set out, manage, build and handover the most complex and challenging of projects.

    Our Director Scott knows his stuff. He has a real passion for finding the right solution for your construction problems. The Engineers and Architects we work with are extremely focused on customer satisfaction. They are willing to consider alternative solutions, which can greatly benefit project duration and cost. We have a large range of plant with excavators ranging from 1.7T to 15 T and tipper trucks ranging from 2T to 12T, in addition to other motorised plant designed for hill work, augers, breakers and survey equipment. This means you will get the right tool for the job every time. With our 4 LBP builders and extremely experienced Civil foremen, we can set out and manage all our works. Often earthworks contractors need to work alongside a builder for some of the more technical aspects of this work. We do not, since we are also the builders. Whether we are working for a private client or building company you can have confidence that the finished product is built exactly to the plans and specifications. Often we offer packages to clients where we get a new build ready for frames performing the earthworks, any retaining walls, foundations and drainage in-house.

    We have experience in building all types of retaining walls – timber pole, anchored, king post, concrete block and in situ, gabion, crib, sleeper, reinforced banks and terra mesh. We have worked on the most challenging of slopes, and our operators have maintained a high level of safety and competency while doing so. We are experienced in all foundation types and have an experienced team of placers in-house. If you have a retaining wall or foundations you need repairing or a section you are looking to build on, please get in touch with our friendly team of experts. If you want to take full advantage of our expertise, get us involved in the planning and design to potentially make some real savings.

    Get in touch with the team today

    Do you have a complex project you want to discuss? Get in touch with our expert team to schedule a free and no-obligation consultation. We provide the most efficient solutions to complex projects.

    "Delivering with integrity and ingenuity, smart, efficient total-solutions for complex projects and in doing so building quality homes, in-ground structures and gardens that are made to last and enjoy."

    about us

    Scott Todd

    Director & Construction Manager

    Hi, I am Scott Todd, owner of Strathclyde. I’m extremely passionate about our business and providing an outstanding experience for our customers. Back in Scotland, I worked as a site-based Engineer on major civil and building projects, for the largest construction company in the UK. This is where I honed my skills before moving to Christchurch in 2013. Strathclyde offers a "start to finish" service, which means that you have one point of contact throughout your project.

    We offer a wealth of experience in the full package from earthworks through to building and landscaping. Quality, trust and communication are paramount to how we do business. We take great pride in our work, and we are focused on providing a seamless professional experience for our customers. We do this through continual development of our systems, and always looking to further our skills and clearly understand our "why". Moving to Christchurch post-quake, I have seen a lot of substandard work and compromising working conditions.

    We are committed to providing practical, common-sense solutions to challenging construction projects whilst keeping our team safe and upholding the highest quality standards. I started Strathclyde to be the change I wanted to see, and the change Christchurch needed.

    Why choose us

    Strathclyde offers offer a wealth of experience in the full package, from earthworks through to building and landscaping. We are committed to providing practical, common-sense solutions to challenging construction projects whilst keeping our team safe and upholding the highest quality standards.

    Master Builders

    We are members of the Master Builders Association, which gives you the assurance you are working with builders of a proven high standard. Our work is backed by the Master Builders’ 10-year guarantee.

    Getting It Right Upfront

    We will sit down with yours or our architect and engineer, depending on the requirements, and provide the practical input necessary for the right outcome. As your trusted builder we will help you to get the balance just right in regards to what you want vs what is possible vs your budget. We will mitigate risk for you and provide clearer costs.


    While working on your project, we will treat your home and its surroundings with the greatest of respect. We encourage a clean, well mannered and well-presented site at all times. A clean site is a safe site.

    Diverse Staff & Resources

    All our building sites are overseen by one of our LBP builders, and our civil and landscaping foremen are real sharpshooters. We carry a large range of plant and equipment. We put the right person on the right tool on the right job, providing the highest level of efficiency for our clients.

    Complex Sites - Nothing's Too Hard

    We make the difficult easy. Technical and logistically challenging projects are both our forte and our passion. Our Civil Engineer Scott and the rest of our team thrive off this type of work, systematically working through your project from planning through construction to execution. Disclaimer: We do enjoy the simpler projects to recharge and hone our skills.

    Start To Finish

    Many builders and contractors only do one thing, meaning lots of handovers on projects between different parties. Our team will be on-site from breaking ground through to the finishing touches and landscaping. Handovers are therefore in-house, allowing information to travel more smoothly. We avoid the "construction Chinese whispers".

    Quality Assurance

    We have a comprehensive 280-point quality checklist that we methodically update throughout the build.

    Pragmatic Guarantee

    For your complete peace of mind, and to guarantee complete customer satisfaction, we offer our complete Pragmatic Guarantee.

    • Planning & Pricing - Scott Todd, our Company Director, will personally come to meet you to discuss your ideal project. During this initial free and no-obligation consultation, you will be given information on the following:
    • Feasibility - Is what you are planning possible? We will let you know if there are potentially better solutions worth considering.
    • Design & Consent Requirements - We will guide you through the design and consent process to ensure we get this vital stage of the project right.
    • Timeframes - We will discuss a tentative start date, project duration, risks which could cause delays, and how to mitigate these risks.
    • Costs - We will provide a detailed scope of works highlighting what is and isn't included in the contract. Wherever possible, we will offer a fixed cost to reduce the risk of budget blowouts and will advise on choosing the right materials to suit your budget.


    Request a FREE Consultation

    Contact us today to arrange your free ‘dreams to reality’ session valued at $395 with our Director & Construction Manager Scott Todd. Scott and his team will meet with you in person to discuss all aspects of the building process and will be happy to answer all of your questions.

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    Get in touch with the team today

    Do you have a complex project you want to discuss? Get in touch with our expert team to schedule a free and no-obligation consultation.
    We provide the most efficient solutions to complex projects.