This Digest aims to be an authoritative source of general information about how best to provide foundations for low-rise buildings on soft ground. It describes how to identify and investigate soft ground, outlines the particular difficulties likely to be encountered and provides guidance about the different foundation options available. Most importantly, it emphasises that specialist advice from competent professionals who are experienced in the engineering of soft ground is essential to the delivery of successful development of soft ground sites. The hazards and possible consequences of the various operations during the construction of foundations are reviewed. A table summarises common problems and solutions when installing building services in soft ground. 12 pages.