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Breaking the surface (NG3.1)

High amenity and natural materials surfaces

  1. When excavating modular construction within high amenity areas, or natural materials within any footway area (as defined in S1.4), the undertaker must lift the existing modules carefully and store for re-use.
  2. More recent construction tolerances of existing modules in NG3.1(1) often make it unlikely that the first module in an individual excavation can be lifted without the module itself being damaged. In such circumstances, this damage may be inevitable, but damage should be limited to only one module in an individual excavation.


The shape and line of larger trenches and their reinstatement should have regard wherever possible to the aesthetic appearance of the reinstatement and its impact on the street scene.