The benefits of incorporating stoneworks into civil construction services and landscaping

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Stone is a versatile material that accentuates the beauty of any landscape and structure. Incorporating stonework in civil works is a timeless, stylish, sustainable and environmentally friendly way to make any area stand out.

The economically sustainable properties of stone make an excellent option when considering minimising emissions in a public sphere.

Recommended stones for civil construction: 


Basalt stone, also referred to as traps, is recommended for bridge piers, dams, the surrounding of a playground, parkland, river walls and barricades. This stone is favoured when actioning stonework as it is compact and a fine to medium grain. Basalt is also known as a material for being weather and moisture resistant. Its colours range from dark grey, black, blue, and green, so aesthetically, they work well with many landscaping designs.


A popular choice for stonework for outdoor and building work is limestone. Notorious for being a durable sedimentary rock that works best for gravel, slab forms, footpaths, walls, facades and gardens, to name a few. The colours that this stone comes in are usually grey, tan, yellow, blue and cream. The aesthetics of limestone is that it offsets an impression of beach shell and fossils.

Limestone can set other materials; for example, it works as a cement base for pavements, flooring and roofs. When used for a landscaping wall, the texture is so dense that applying fine polish increases the materials shine and longevity.


Sandstone is one of the most popular stones used in civil construction services. Historically, the majority of Sydney’s infrastructure was made out of sandstone. Today, in Australia alone, you can find thousands of tonnes worth of sandstone.

Sandstone is a combination of quartz and feldspar and comes in various colours such as grey, red, brown, yellow and white. Today, it is favourable used for the exterior of buildings and outdoor public areas as it is sustainable and weather resistant.

Benefits of stone and stonework:  

Aesthetically pleasing:

There is a significant appreciation of stone because of its beauty. It is a material that is aesthetically pleasing and has been used for that very reason for thousands of years. In addition to this, natural stones are available in many shapes, sizes, colours, and textures, with customisation options to suit any design concept; there are no limits to stone design. It is only limited to the designer’s imagination.

Low maintenance: 

Compared to concrete, the utilisation of natural stone incorporates a material that is not as brittle and dense, ensuring minimal maintenance over concrete.


Stonework and the incorporation of stone in civil construction services are widely accepted on projects as this service is a green solution. Stone is an environmentally friendly material that stems from the earth’s surface, making it a naturally grown material. It has a low carbon footprint and low embodied energy, a completely recyclable material that makes it sustainable and easy to disperse.


Stonework can be considered the most durable design element to a landscape. It can resist harmful weather properties, changes in seasons and stay intact during turbulent weather such as high winds, rainfall and heatwaves. In addition to this, incorporating limestone and granite for natural stone paving is a moisture and heat resistant material, making it one of the most durable paving solutions. 

Civil and Scape has the capabilities and resources to fulfil any commercial project. In addition to stonework as part of our civil work services, we also offer the following: 

  • ground preparation,
  • kerbing, 
  • asphalt, 
  • stormwater management which includes installing pipes, pits and culverts, 
  • retaining walls and the stabilisation of soil, 
  • concrete labour including formwork, steel fixing and labs and,
  • ramp access paths and the construction of stairs. 

We take pride in offering proactive and sustainable solutions to ensure every project has the Civil and Scape touch. Are you looking to work with our team today for a smooth experience in executing your project? Our friendly staff would be more than happy to answer any of your enquiries. Call us on 1300 457 457 now.

Three Ways Civil Contractors Have Helped Keep Sydney Rolling During the Pandemic

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The Coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly affected how we think, act in public, and approach our work lives. 

Unfortunately, many industries were negatively affected due to these unforeseen circumstances. In sectors such as airlines, hospitality, retail, sport and the arts, almost a million jobs have been lost in Australia alone. 

In response to the pandemic, the federal government promptly actioned various funding initiatives to ensure citizens were as least affected as possible. In addition to this, much funding was invested into the construction industry, including infrastructure, providing, and improving employment opportunities. 

In Sydney, civil contractors and the construction industry as a whole continued to work through the pandemic and offered employment to those out of the industry to ensure more households can manage to pay their bills and put food on the table. At Civil and Scape, we continued our daily work and spent much time implementing safety measures for our staff to ensure the risk of COVID-19 transmission on our job sites was little to none. 

Civil contractors were able to thrive during this time, boosting the industry and helping the economy as a whole along the way. 

1. Increased employment offers

As the industry’s wheels kept turning during this time, employment in the sector remained stable and in some states increased, assisting the economy as a whole during the crisis. While other industries suffered unprecedented falls in employment rates, civil contractors and the building industry helped keep the economy afloat. 

The majority of businesses were forced to close their doors and have their employees work from home. Civil contractor companies could then fast-track refurbishment/construction projects. The forecasting of projects was compressed due to extended hours where noise-polluted works were permitted, thus creating more hours and opportunities for employees and the industry. 

2. Continuous improvements to infrastructure 

Government investment in infrastructure and the remodelling of some of Sydney metropolitan areas will see improved living standards.  

The linking of metropolitan centres and an increase in business districts (thanks to continuous government investment) is one factor behind Sydney infrastructure’s constant improvement. 

The Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan involves major road and transport links that will deliver a much-needed surface transport network within the Western Sydney region. This ensures passengers, employees, and freight’s efficient movement once we edge closer to the Western Sydney Airport opening in 2026.

As a result, the civil landscape industry remains active, working hard to improve the cityscape of Sydney. 

3.Property values increased/stabilised due to infrastructure efforts  

Demands for residential housing in Sydney and a boom in the property market show a promising outlook for the industry in the years to come. Combined with the delayed shock of overseas migration, metropolitan areas such as Sydney and Melbourne have improved in property demand due to 2020 border closures.

The surge in residential improvements has also gained traction in improving civil works. 

Unprecedented times and unprecedented amount of jobs for Civil and Scape, with the flow of projects that continue to come through, our employees feel secure due to our workflow consistency. We, as a company, appreciate the support from the government for their investment in infrastructure and other grants. Our outlook on the future of our industry and economy is much brighter than it was this time last year. 

Civil and Scape thrive off meeting motivated and driven individuals who share our passion for our industry. Due to our company’s rapid growth, we frequently have new opportunities across our construction and maintenance divisions. Are you interested in joining our ever-growing team? Contact us today.