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Whilst resin driveways maybe the latest in driveway design block paving has been the number 1 driveway installation in the UK for many many years and the reason for this is its vast array of designs, differing colours and its ease of maintenance (if kept on top of).

Block paving has been around in the UK for the last 40 years or so and something that has been around for that long must mean something.


Block paving is installed pretty much the same way as any other driveway in that you excavate the area to a depth of around 250-300 mm, backfill with compacted hardcore, after this you have a layer of compacted sand onto which the block pavers, after the laying part has been completed a whacker plate is used to slightly vibrate the blocks into the compacted sand base, once completed kiln dried sand is brushed over the blocks to infill the gaps between the blocks this stops them from moving when cars are driven on them.


As block paving is not SUDS compliant or permeable you will require drainage of some type, this is generally an ACCO type of drainage system which can connect into the waste water system attached to the house or a soakway installed at the same time as the driveway was installed

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Key Benefits of Block Paving

Block paved driveways have many benefits over other driveways, Although the initial cost of block paving may be higher than other surface options, its long-term durability and low maintenance requirements make it a cost-effective choice in the long run.

Frequently Asked Questions

You will not need planning permission if a new driveway uses permeable (or porous) surfacing such as permeable concrete block paving, or if the rainwater is directed to a lawn or border or to drain into properly installed drainage systems such as ACCO drains.

The typical excavation depth is 200-250 mm below the finished paving level (this comprises 100-150 mm sub-base, 40 mm sand bed and 50 mm block or brick). The ground should be excavated to a gradual slope to allow surface water to run away and not pool on the surface.

(Range low - high)

Average cost Block paving cost (50m²) £4,500 - £6,500

Block paving labour costs £640 - £1,400

Block paving cost per m² £90 - £110

20-years - Block paving can last up to 20-years if properly installed and maintained.

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