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What is the Cost of a Concrete Pattern Driveway in 2021?

Concrete driveways have changed a lot over the last few decades, and those ugly slabs of bland, colourless cement are long gone.

In their place is modern concrete mixes with colourful dyes and unique patterns imprinted onto the surface.

Pattern imprinted concrete (PIC) is a popular alternative to slabs and driveway blocks, it lasts for decades, is tough, weed proof and can be recoloured at any time.

It’s also cheaper than many other types of driveway material.

Questions We’ll Answer in This Guide

These are the questions we’ll answer:

How much does a concrete driveway cost?

What is the cost for a small 2-car driveway? And for a bigger drive holding up to 4/5 cars?

What is the typical cost of a concrete drive on a per square metre basis?

How does concrete compare to tarmac, blocks, resin and gravel in terms of quality and price?

+ many more in our FAQs section

We Asked 34 Concrete Driveway Installers to Provide Us With Prices

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In early 2021 we asked 34 concrete driveway installers from around the UK to give us quotes for a new driveway.

If you’re looking for a guide to how much it will cost you, use our figures as a better-than-ballpark price but note the following:

  • All prices displayed below include VAT.
  • Excavation of the original driveway and ground as required.
  • Minor levelling and installation of weed blocking barrier.
  • Installation of a sub-base layer of crushed hardcore.
  • Concrete with a coloured and imprinted finish.
  • Surface sealant applied.
  • All waste material is taken away and disposed of.

Concrete Driveway Price 1 – 60 Square Metres

The prices shown below are an average of the figures provided to us by the 34 drive installers we contacted in 2021.

These prices are for a standard concrete driveway installation as described above.

You may wish or need additional work done, such as drainage channels, soakaways, brick walls, front doorsteps, extra levelling of the ground etc. This will add to the cost.

For a driveway of this size, we expect the work to take between 3-4 days, but it really depends on may people are working on the project.

London Area£5250£6000
South, SW and Midlands£4750£5500
Outer Region and North£4500£5250
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Concrete Driveway Cost 2 – 100 Square Metres

The next set of prices we requested was for a 100 square metre driveway which is large enough to hold 4-5 cars, depending on the shape.

As with our first project, this is a standard installation with a sub-base and patterned concrete top layer.

It doesn’t include drainage channels, soakaways, brick edgings or walls etc that would add to the cost.

London Area£8500£9250
South, SW and Midlands£7800£8500
Outer Region and North£7500£8000
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Cost Per Square Metre For a Concrete Drive

It’s very difficult to price a driveway without first inspecting the property as there are so many ifs and buts.

Small driveways can cost much per square metre basis than huge ones measuring hundreds of metres.

Below is a very rough guide to the cost on a per square metre basis, the figures are an average of the prices given to us in 2021.

Price varies upon location and size of driveway£65 per sq mtr£110 per sq mtr
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Other Potential Costs to Bear in Mind

Our prices are for a standard concrete drive installation and do not include:

Kerb dropping/lowering – the pavement and road belong to the council, so if you need to lower a kerb to gain access to your driveway, you’ll need to gain permission from them first. We researched the costs of lowering a kerb in 2021, and the results were a shocker with many councils charging over £2000, although some were cheaper. Also, there’s no guarantee that the council will grant your request; common reasons for rejection are usually due to health and safety concerns.

Driveway Drainage – this could be an issue with concrete driveways as the material isn’t permeable. Since 2008 and as a result of repeated flash floods in the UK, all new driveways, including refurbishments, must not permit rainwater to discharge onto the public footpath or highway. Your options are to ensure rainwater drain into a flowerbed or lawn, install a drainage channel and soakaway or get planning permission to drain the water onto the public pavement or road. See our guide to driveway drainage regulations here.

Edgings – edgings act as a raised separator between the driveway and flowerbeds and lawns. They’re optional but are often installed for aesthetic reasons.

Any extra work required such as raising flowerbeds, tree removal, brick walls, large doorsteps or relocating underground pipes or cables etc. can add to the cost of the concrete driveway.

A Selection of Concrete Driveway Photos From the UK

PIC driveway
Grey pattern imprinted concrete driveway
Closeup of PIC driveway
Concrete driveway
Bronze concrete driveway
Red concrete driveway

How Does a Concrete Line Up Against Other Driveway Types?

Concrete is a popular, competitively priced choice of material for driveways but how does it compare to other popular driveway materials?

Driveway Blocks (see how much a block driveway costs here) – more costly than gravel and concrete but cheaper than resin, block paving drives can be found all over the UK. You can get creative with patterns and the type of blocks you choose; cobbles look beautiful, but bland bricks are the most common. Blocks drives are easy to repair, extend and maintenance isn’t too difficult if you have the know-how. You have several options for rainwater management; allow rainwater to run off to lawns/flowerbeds, install drains and soakaways or choose the more expensive permeable blocks that allow rainwater to soak through the blocks into the ground.

Tarmac (see tarmac driveway prices here) – traditional and popular but can look bland and a little tired once dulled by UV light. Repairs and extensions are possible but can look patchy. The cost of a tarmac driveway is slightly less than a block driveway and much cheaper than resin. Rainwater management will be required for non-permeable tarmac, which costs more.

Gravel (see gravel driveway prices) – the cheapest material you can use as a driveway surface but gravel shift/migration can be an issue on some drives. If constructed to a high standard, gravel drives can be both stunning and practical although cleaning can be troublesome, especially if you have trees that shed lots of leaves, pine needles can be tough to remove from a gravel drive. Rainwater drainage shouldn’t be an issue on a properly constructed gravel drive, i.e. one that has a permeable sub-base.

Resin (see resin drive prices here) – our favourite type of driveway but it’s also the most expensive. A glue-like resin is mixed with gravel to create a stunning smooth surface that is tough and durable but also permeable. Resin drives last for years, can be extended with ease and are becoming very popular. If you like the look of gravel but the maintenance puts you off, consider resin driveways.

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Concrete Driveway Q&A

What's Great and Not-So-Great About Concrete Driveways?

Repairs, alterations and extensions can be complicated once the concrete has hardened. The surface can also be slippery when wet, especially if the driveway is steep. The concrete needs a protective coating, and this should be reapplied periodically, every 5-7 years for a typical driveway and more often for drives experiencing heavy usage. Cracks can sometimes appear and can’t always be mitigated with movement cuts. Concrete isn’t permeable, so some drives will require a drainage channel and soakaway which adds to the cost.

The cost of a concrete driveway is often cheaper than resin and blocks and is comparable to tarmac. If laid to a high standard, it should last longer than any other type of driveway. The patterns can make the drive look like cobbles, paving slabs or blocks, there are many designs to choose from so you can get creative.

How Recent Are These Driveway Prices?

We published these driveway prices in early 2021.

Where Did These Prices Come From?

We contacted 34 concrete driveway specialists and general driveway installers from various locations around the UK. The figures displayed are an average of the prices supplied to us.

Do I Need to Get Planning Permission For a Concrete Driveway?

Planning rules are complex and always subject to change, so start with the government’s planning portal.

As a general rule of thumb; if you aren’t increasing the size of the driveway, lowering kerbs or discharging rainwater onto public land, then you shouldn’t need planning permission unless there are planning restrictions on your property.

Most concrete driveways in the UK won’t need planning permission.

Can't The Installer Just Lay Concrete Over the Existing Driveway?

This might be feasible in some situations, but most concrete driveway installers will want to ensure the sub-base is suitable. Also, the height of the driveway will be raised considerably if the original driveway material isn’t removed first. This can cause all sorts of problems.

Are There Any Driveway Associations Where I Can Find Reputable Installers?

Unfortunately,  there aren’t any concrete driveway vetting associations in the UK. You can use our network of tradespeople to find a good quality installer and of course, there’s also Checkatrade, Trustmark, Which? and other general trader associations you can use.

Where is the Best Place to Ask a Technical Question About The Installation of a Driveway?

Tony McCormack’s The Paving Expert is by far the best place for technical information related to paving and driveways in the UK. The site has also been updated recently.

There’s plenty of videos on YouTube that show how a concrete driveway is laid and imprinted, many are very insightful.

How Long Until I Can Use The Driveway?

Concrete dries quickly but takes a few days before it can hold any significant weight. You can walk on the driveway after 24 hours and drive on it after about a week.

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