Quotation Check is your leading guide to construction costs, charges and quotations for home improvements here in the United Kingdom. This page is all about driveway costs, more specifically the price you can expect to pay for a new block paved driveway.
As regular visitors to our site will know, we base our prices on the figures we receive from businesses from the UK, so dig into our research and discover what others are paying for this type of work.
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Our Price Guide
We contacted dozens of driveway specialists in 2016 and again in early 2018. We asked them to provide us with a detailed written quote for a block paved driveway made from common rectangular coloured paving blocks.
The driveway in question is approximately 55 square metres with drainage channels at the entrance to the driveway and also in front of the garage.
We wanted a new step in front of the front door and driveway edgings will be raised blocks (coloured kerbs).
Using Our Figures
The prices you see here on Quotation Check are based on real quotes and estimates from legitimate businesses in the United Kingdom.
The process we employ is very simple but effective; we gather figures from tradespeople located in several different locations around the UK. We then display an average cost on our pages.
Visitors to this site can easily see what others are paying and hopefully protect themselves from being overcharged.
While we believe that Quotation Check is a great resource for those looking to budget their home improvement finances, it’s not a substitute for firm fixed quotes. That’s because every property and project is different.
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Works Schedule For a New Block Driveway
We received written quotes from most of the chosen companies we contacted and the following works schedule is based on the information we gathered from them:
- Locate all services – gas pipes, water pipes, electric cables and drainage.
- Check if planning permission is required, if you are diverting rainwater from your property onto the street then you will need planning permission.
- Excavate and dig out the existing driveway and remove all waste material. This will involve several trips to the waste disposal yard or skip hire (see how much it costs to hire skips here)
- Lay a linear drainage channel to the edge of the new driveway and also in front of the garage, connect the drainage channel to existing soakaways.
- Prepare the sub-grade and secure edging blocks to cement.
- Lay membrane to prevent weed growth through the blocks.
- Lay 150mm hardcore, compacted down with whacker.
- Lay 40mm sharp sand.
- Lay paving blocks and construct new step to front door.
- Sprinkle kiln dried sand over the blocks and brush into gaps.
- Finish off edgings with tarmac on public footpath and topsoil to flower beds.
Average Cost to Lay a Block Driveway
It’s an average taken from all the figures, we have displayed the information based on the geographical area.
While London was more expensive than other areas, the difference between locations outside of the capital was negligible.
The figures include VAT at 20%.
As you can see from the table below, the average block paving cost for a typical driveway is £5750.00.
|Location||Small Business /Trader||Larger Business (5+ employees)|
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|South, SW and Midlands||£N/A||£5850.00|
|Outer Region and North||£N/A||£5750.00|
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How Long Will the Work Take?
It’s always a good idea to ask how long a project like a driveway replacement will cost.
The time it takes to prepare and lay a block paved driveway will depend on how many people are working on the project.
A small team of workers (labourers) are usually brought in for the first day as the preparation work is carried out. The actual laying of the blocks can be done by one or two skilled people during the remaining days of the project.
For a driveway of 55 square metres expect the work to take roughly 4 days.
Our driveway was fairly symmetrical but if yours has lots of curves then it will take longer as the blocks will need to be cut to size and the work is a little more challenging.
Expect to Pay More if…
You can expect to pay more for your new block driveway if:
Inspection (manhole) chambers – if you want to move the inspection chambers (drain covers) that may be located on your driveway, then this will certainly add extra time and costs to the job. Some consumers move them to a flower bed, out of view.
If the inspection chamber is left in the centre of the drive, your block pavers will replace the cover with a recessed one that accepts paving blocks so it won’t be so obvious that there is a manhole there:
Dropping a Kerb – If you want a new entrance to your driveway or you intend to widen the existing one you may need to lower (drop) the kerb.
For this, you will need permission from the local council and you may need to use one of their approved contractors. The rules vary from council to council.
Patterns: The pattern you chose can also affect the time it takes to complete the work and therefore the final labour cost.
Cost of the Materials:
Here is a rough breakdown of the material cost for a 55 square metre driveway:
Foundation material (type 1) – £400 (price varies on region)
Cost of blocks, including raised edgings (shoulder courses) – £950
Sharp (bedding) sand – £150
Kiln dried sand – £75
Medium sized skip hire x 3 – £450 (see skip hire costs here)
Other (linear drains, pipework, cement etc) – £350
+5% for wastage and damage
Labour fees do vary quite a bit around the country, the cheapest quote is rarely the best as there are always cowboy firms out there that will cut corners to make a quick profit.
The general rule is that you should expect to pay more if you live in or near London.
A fair price just outside of London is £40-50 per square metre, this covers labour, overheads and company profit etc. This price includes the labour for a new base (foundation) which is often required but is labour intensive.
If you have a small driveway of less than 50 square metres, the labour cost will increase on a per square basis.
If you have a very large area to cover, over 100 square metres then the per square metre cost will decrease accordingly.
Rough Guideline Price For a Block Driveway
Based on the figures we’ve been given, we feel that the following is a good “rough guide” to block paving prices in the UK:
Up to 60 sq mtr area: Smaller driveways will cost you around £100 per square metre (incVAT)
60-100 sq mtr area: Will cost you £95 per square metre (incVAT)
Over 100 sq mtr area: Will cost you £90 per square metre (incVAT)
Don’t forget; the prices above are just a guide and the cost of materials vary around the country, also we included the cost of a new base which involves a lot of work and waste disposal, not every driveway needs a new base.
The type of blocks we priced were the cheapest we could find. More expensive blocks, laid onto a new base can cost upwards of £100 per metre.
What About Laying On an Existing Base?
If your existing driveway is looking tired but the foundation/base is in good condition and hasn’t sunk, it could be reused. This type of overlay driveway is much cheaper to install.
Expect to pay around £65.00+ per metre for cheap blocks.
Important Advice and Handy Tips
Although we gathered a lot of information from the companies we contacted for driveway quotes, we also know a thing or two about this type of work ourselves. One of our colleagues has many years experience working in the hard landscaping industry.
Here are some handy tips for those wishing to have a block paved driveway laid:
The membrane is not essential but we recommend it. It will prevent the hardcore from shifting too much and keep roots at bay.
The hardcore should be laid in two steps, the first layer is 75-85mm and should then be compacted with a heavy whacker. The second layer is also 75-85mm and should then be compacted in the same way. If 150mm is laid in one go, it’s unlikely that the whacker will be able to compact all of it, this could lead to problems such as sagging, dipping or shifting. This happens quite often when inexperienced contractors use a small lightweight whacker.
The layer of sharp sand should not be more than 50mm, any more and this could also lead to dipping/shifting. 30-40mm of sharp sand is just fine.
You don’t need to seal the exterior of the block paving with a weedproof sealer, this is optional but is a product/service that is often mis-sold. Sealants do however keep oil from damaging the blocks and can help to retain their original colour.
Weeds won’t grow through the membrane and hardcore but if dirt becomes trapped between the blocks seeds could start to grow.
We, therefore, recommend a patio/driveway chemical to kill off moss, black marks and weeds. Just apply every two years no scrubbing is needed:
This guide complements our recently updated guide to new driveway costs, which also looks at other materials such as concrete, tarmac and gravel.
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