Average Cost to Lay a Patio

Thank you for visiting our website here at Quotation Check – Your guide to construction and gardening quotes in the United Kingdom. This page is part of our series into landscape gardening costs, more specifically how much it normally costs to lay a new patio. You can see our complete price list here. We last updated this page on the .

What is the average cost to lay a patio? How much is a reasonable price to pay for this work and what would be considered excessive?

How much work is actually involved with laying a patio anyway?

We contacted dozens of landscape gardeners from several areas within the United Kingdom and asked them to give us a quote for a new patio.

You can find details below, don’t forget to read the whole page to find out what can “bump up” the price, these aren’t hidden extras but there are many different scenarios and factors that need to be budgeted for (for example if you have access issues getting into the rear garden or if there is a lot of existing concrete that needs to be dug up first)

Our Quotations

The quotes we received were for the following:

  1. Dig out and excavate 25 sq metres of garden to a depth of approx 150mm.
  2. Lay a base of compacted hardcore approx 100mm
  3. Lay approx 30mm of sand/grit
  4. Bed slabs to base using sand/cement mixture
  5. Fill joints using the quick and simple “brush in” method
  6. Dispose of waste
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London Area£2000.00£2600.00
South, SW and Midlands£1900.00£2400.00
Outer Region and North£1750.00£2200.00

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Relying on Our Figures

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What is NOT Included in our Price/Cost Guide?

VAT is not included in the price examples at the top of this page. Some of the companies we chose to provide a quote were VAT registered while some of the smaller firms were not, so we stripped the VAT out of our examples just to keep things simple.

Patio edgings, retaining walls or the like are not included in the price, we just asked them to quote for the patio, nothing else.

Fancy patterns made from slabs, such as circles or rectangles were not requested, we expect that this would require extra time to prepare and lay so would cost more.

Ridge pointing or any other type of unusual pointing that requires extra time/skill. We asked our chosen companies to quote for “brush in” pointing, this is where the sand/cement mixture is brushed into the joints and water is poured over the patio, this turns the mixture to cement where it then dries. Ridge pointing requires much more time and therefore costs more. If you are considering a premium patio slab then you may want to budget for the more time-consuming ridge pointing as it looks much better (depends on the finish of the patio slab though).

Gardens with access issues, such as no side access, through the house or terraced houses that require access via neighbouring gardens will all cost more. If it takes more man hours to cart all the slabs and hardcore to the garden then the job will take longer and this will be reflected in the cost.

Digging out existing concrete; if your garden has an existing patio and/or concrete then this will need to be removed first, the concrete could be quite difficult to remove so will require more time/money.

There were no special drainage requirements for our garden and the patio was for foot traffic only, vehicles will not be driving over our new slabs.

The Patio Slabs/Flags

Cost to lay a patio

We asked our chosen landscape gardeners to quote for two different types of patio slabs (also known as flags).

The first was for a budget range that cost around £12 per sq metre to supply only. The second quote was for more expensive premium slabs that cost around £32 per sq metre, supply only.

We chose the patio slabs ourselves but asked our tradesmen to arrange delivery and include the cost in their quote. We thought this would be best as the landscape gardeners would be able to calculate exactly how many slabs to order for us.

The cost of the patio slabs is included in the figures above. Don’t forget that this for 25 sq metres and is the most simplest of jobs, they are only excavating existing turf and there are no access issues or special requirements.





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5 Responses to “Average Cost to Lay a Patio”

  1. mrs p. floodJuly 5, 2015 at 3:02 pm #

    To build a patio 10m by 5m . A quote please? Thank you.

    • QuotationCheck AdminJuly 6, 2015 at 1:32 pm #

      Thank you for your comment, you can get a fixed quotation for the work by filling out the form on this page (all quotes are free of charge).

  2. J-BSeptember 22, 2015 at 9:14 am #

    The prices listed are said to include the cost of the patio slabs. However, you have asked them to quote for two different qualities (£12 per square meter or £32 per square meter). Which quality is included in the prices listed?

    • MikeApril 17, 2016 at 1:17 pm #

      I agree with J-B’s question – you say that you asked for quotes to include materials, and you say that you specified two different qualities of slab. There’s a £500 difference between the cost of the two for 25m² .

      This question has been unanswered for 6 months – can you not see how not answering it makes your article less useful than it should be?

  3. E P HickeyJuly 24, 2016 at 1:57 pm #

    I am and landscaper and using a basic indian sandstone i would be hard pushed to get the materials required for £1250. Think scalps/grit delivered £50 per ton . cement 10 bags per ton. slabs £25 per sq mtr skip hire, digger hire. good luck to those who quoted they be out of business within the year. or in food bank.

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