The bearing capacity of shallow foundations on layered soils is typically based on empirical models assuming a strip footing. Shape factors are then applied to the strip footing solution to account for the specific geometry of the foundation being considered. A common practical application of this methodology is when the ultimate bearing capacity of a granular working platform constructed over a clay subgrade is estimated using the Working Platforms for Tracked Plant BRE-470 guideline. Previous studies using finite element limit analysis have been undertaken to examine a strip footing on a layered soil and how the resulting bearing capacity compares to that derived from BRE-470. This paper presents an extension of previous work by the authors using finite element limit analysis to investigate the three-dimensional influence on the bearing capacity of square and rectangular footings on sand over clay. The finite element limit analysis solutions are used to produce charts to assist designers with estimating the ultimate bearing capacity of granular working platforms overlying clay. The paper also aims to highlight some important considerations when adopting the BRE-470 guideline to design granular working platforms overlying clay.