Getting in to build your pool

The first step in building a swimming pool is digging a great big hole.  The best way to do this is with a mechanical excavator, which of course requires minimum clearances for access.

Whilst there are other methods, they become increasingly more expensive the less access there is.


The optimal scenario to excavate your pool is to have clear access for a full-size mechanical excavator. To get the excavator in, a minimum clearance of 2m (height) by 2.2m (width) is required. For many houses, these minimum requirements are met as there is a wide gap between the house and the boundary fence. For other houses, access through a double garage may be possible with a rear garage door access to the proposed pool area.

If necessary, sometimes access can be obtained through a neighbouring block. In this case, you must ask permission from the property owner to do so, and fence panels may have to be removed and replaced at your cost.


In cases where access is marginally too small for a full-sized excavator, we may be able to obtain access with a mini-dig. This will need to be determined by a site visit and measure to make sure this option is possible. Because the bucket size on a mini-dig is much smaller than a standard excavator, additional time is required to dig the pool out which will increase the cost of your pool build.

Special Measures

In some cases, access to excavate using optimal means is simply not possible. This usually occurs in areas with tightly packed houses or in groups of townhouses, but can also occur if a house backs on to a nature reserve through which we cannot legally access. In these instances, either an excavator needs to be craned in and out, or the pool needs to be manually excavated.

Both options are very expensive and will increase your excavation spend significantly, so they are only implemented if all other means are exhausted.

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