Welcome to Quotation Check – Your guide to construction costs, charges and quotes within the building industry 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. You can find our full price list here. We last updated this page on the
We contacted dozens of driveway specialists and asked them to provide us with a quote for a typical block paving driveway made from common rectangular coloured paving blocks.
The driveway is approximately 55 square metres with linear drainage channels at the entrance to the driveway and also in front of the garage.
There will be a new step in front of the front door and the driveway edgings will be raised blocks (coloured kerbs).
Average Block Paving Driveway Cost
Our driveway price guide below is based on the quotes we received from our chosen block paving contractors. It’s an average taken from all the figures, we have displayed the information based upon geographical area.
Unlike other trades, we didn’t see a huge difference in the block paving cost between medium sized firms and larger companies.
While London was more expensive than other areas, the difference between locations outside of the capital was negligible, based on our data at least.
The figures include VAT at 20%. As you can see from the table below, the average block paving cost for a typical driveway is £4300.00. This is based on our research into costs and charges made by tradespeople in the UK.
|Location||Small Business /Trader||Larger Business (5+ employees)|
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|South, SW and Midlands||£4250.00||£4500.00|
|Outer Region and North||£3750.00||£3750.00|
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We received written quotes from most of the chosen companies we contacted and the following works schedule is based on the information we gathered:
- 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.
- Dig out existing driveway and remove waste material. This will involve trips to the waste disposal yard or skip hire (see how much it costs to hire skips here)
- Lay linear drainage to edge of driveway and in front of garage, connect to soakaways.
- Prepare the sub-grade and secure edging blocks to cement.
- Lay membrane.
- Lay 150mm hardcore, compacted down with whacker.
- Lay 40mm sharp sand.
- Lay paving blocks and construct new step to front door.
- Finish blocks with kiln dried sand brushed into gaps.
- Finish off edgings with tarmac on public footpath and topsoil to flower beds.
How Long Will the Work Take?
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 difficult.
Expect to Pay More if…
You can expect to pay more for your new driveway if any of the following apply:
Inspection (manhole) chambers – if you want to move the inspection chambers (drains) that may be located on your driveway, then this add extra time and cost to the job. Although moving them to a flower bed would be more aesthetically pleasing.
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 our 55 square metres of driveway:
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
Cost: £2075incVAT (£38 per square metre)
Labour fees do vary quite a bit, the cheapest quote is rarely the best as there are always cowboy firms out there that will cut corners to make a quick profit. Expect to pay more if you live in London.
A fair price outside of London is £45 per square metre, this covers labour, overheads and company profit.
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
Based on the figures we have, we feel that the following is a good “rough guide” to block paving prices in the UK:
Up to 40sq mtr area: Will cost you £100 per square metre (incVAT)
40-70 sq mtr area: Will cost you £85 per square metre (incVAT)
Over 100sq mtr area: Will cost you £75 per square metre (incVAT)
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, anymore 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 missold. 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:
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