How Much Does Block Paving Cost?

Block paving has been around for decades and is a very popular choice for driveways, paths and as an alternative to patio slabs in the garden.

Personally, I love the appearance of “tumbler” type square blocks as I feel they look more visually appealing than the mass-produced rectangular blocks that are seen on millions of driveways.

Whatever your tastes and preferences, we think you’ll find our price guide insightful.

On this page you’ll discover:

  • a guide price for the installation of blocks and tumblers
  • a look at how a driveway is replaced 
  • a breakdown of the costs; labour, materials and waste disposal etc
  • information about regulations such as drainage and how much this costs
  • planning permission info
  • a time-lapse video of a typical installation

Need a price for block paving to your driveway? Let us help you with a rough guide price and even point you in the right direction to get a fixed written quote.

We are tradespeople ourselves, so we know how to price jobs. A new driveway will dramatically improve the appearance of your property and block paving is a perfect choice.
Block paving is the most expensive of the four driveway options you have available:

Gravel/stones – This one of the cheapest materials to use on a driveway, they can look appealing at first but are difficult to keep clean, especially if you have lots trees nearby that shed leaves. Gravel and stone can be difficult to walk on in high heels and the material can get caught in the grip of car tyres and fall off in the street outside the house.

Tarmac – Black is the most popular colour but red is also an option to consider. Tarmac is fairly cheap but does require as much preparation underground as block paving.

Concrete – Pattern imprinted concrete offers the most choice in terms of pattern size and shapes. It’s not to everyone’s taste but check out our price guide here.

Blocks – This page covers the cost of block paving, both regular blocks and premium tumblers are costed.

In our opinion; blocks and tumblers are the most visually appealing and there’s various pattern and edging options available.

Once complete, the driveway can increase the value of the property and also help your house to sell quicker as it will be more desirable.

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Here is a list of the steps involved with a block paving installation, the prices on this page include all of this:

  • Locate all services such as water, gas and cables
  • Plan the works, including drainage channel, manhole covers and soakaway location if needed
  • Excavate the area to required depth and level off
  • Next, the ground is compacted and a weed proof membrane is laid
  • MOT type 1 material is then compacted to a depth of 150mm with a layer of sharp sand on the top
  • The blocks are then laid, edgings cemented in place and a doorstep constructed
  • A very fine sand is then brushed into the gaps between each block

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Cost For Driveway Block Paving

While there are regional variations in price (more about that later on this page), the size of the driveway is also a key factor.

Larger driveways cost less per square metre than small driveways that perhaps only hold one car.

Use our prices below as a guide:

Small Driveway 1-2 cars (40 sq mtr):

The guide price below is for a 40 square metre driveway which is good for 1-2 cars with some space either side:

Project:Price:
Regular Blocks£4800.00
Premium Tumblers£5600.00

Large Driveway 4-5 cars (100 sq mtr):

A 100 square metre driveway is quite large and suitable for 4-5 cars, depending on shape.

Project:Price:
Regular Blocks£10500.00
Premium Tumblers£12500.00

Don’t Forget:

The prices above include the cost of excavating the ground and laying a sub-base. This is an arduous task that, on a larger project, can take several days and involves removing several tonnes of soil, disposing of it and replacing it with a compacted base. This work is not cheap or easy to accomplish.

There are several websites that suggest prices for laying the blocks onto an existing base, this is a much cheaper option but isn’t always possible or desirable.

One could argue that displaying prices excluding a sub base is a little misleading as the sub base is so important and costly.

Where Does Your Money Go?

Running costs includes things like fuel, repair, maintenance or hire of equipment and vehicles, insurance and compulsory costs such as employers national insurance contributions etc.

Materials includes things like the blocks, edging blocks, MOT type 1 material, bedding sand and finishing sand, cement, drainage channels etc.

Waste removal is usually by skip for small driveways or by grab lorry for large jobs.

Assumptions and Extra Costs

We have provided a rough price for block paving but to achieve that we had to make some assumptions.

When you gather your own fixed quotes, some of these may or may not apply:

We assume non-permeable blocks are used, permeable ones will cost more.

We already have a soakaway in place and only require a drainage channel at one end of the driveway. If you need a new soakaway installed, or extensive excavation/pipework for your drainage channel to reach an existing soakaway then expect extra cost.

Relocating manhole covers to a more discreet part of the driveway, or into a flower bed will improve the appearance of the driveway but will add extra cost.

We assume that the excavation work doesn’t involve removing trees or embankments etc.

Need Inspiration?

As frequent visitors to our site will know, we love Pinterest and feel it’s the best place to get ideas for almost any interior or exterior home improvement project.

For those of you that have never been to this site before; it’s really easy to use.

Anyone can sign up and create a portfolio of awesome images that are sourced from anywhere on the web.

These then form collections and can be searched by entering a few words into the search bar.

Pinterest is popular with artists and designers wanting to showcase their work but can also be used by homeowners to get ideas.

So you are in need of a little inspiration, you could start with the link below:

Discover 25+ awesome block paving ideas on Pinterest.

Here are some ideas we sourced from Pinterest:

Block paving ideas

Rustic Quartz Quartzite Block Paving. Image sourced from Natural Paving

Hidden drainage channel for block paving

Hidden drainage channel from Kebur

The hidden channel looks discreet when viewed from above. Image from Kebur

Bradstone Block Paving – Stonemaster Granite Grey. Image sourced from Landscape Supplies Direct

Get more ideas and inspiration from Pinterest

Where’s The Best Place to Get a Quote?

Our guideline prices for a new block paved driveway are just that, guide prices that provide a ballpark figure.

There are various websites that can use to check the credentials and reviews of local tradespeople.

Mybuilder and Checkatrade are popular services in the United Kingdom.

We have partnered with Rated People so you can easily source competitive prices from reviewed and rated businesses in your area.

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Cheap blocks cost around £10-12 per square metre inc VAT delivered.

Premium Blocks will set you back up to £35 per square metre.

Neither of those prices includes the cost of the sub-base, membrane, bedding sand, top sand or extras such as drainage channels and manhole covers.

As a guideline, we suggest a "supply only" price of around £42-48 per metre for regular blocks and materials, depending on driveway size.

For premium tumbled blocks and all materials, expect to pay between £55 and 65 per metre supplied, again depending on the size of the driveway.

This depends on how much excavation work is involved, this and the sub-base will take up most of the time.

For a small driveway, around 35 square metres, we would suggest around 3-4 days.

For a larger 100 square metre project, expect the work to take around 10-11 days.

Yes, we have included VAT in our price estimates shown above.

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We sourced prices for a driveway to a property in the south of the UK during 2016. The prices on this page are based primarily on those quotes and also our general knowledge of the building and renovation industry.
That depends on its current condition. If you already have a block paved driveway then it's possible to re-use the existing base assuming it hasn't sunk. Otherwise, it would be best to rip up the old base and start again.
Yes, the price of waste disposal is only heading in one direction and that is upwards. Also, the location of the property does affect the final quote. Building materials such as the MOT type 1 hardcore used as a base also vary upon location. Labour costs are also much less in the north of the UK compared to London.
This is one of the biggest advantages of block paving, if you damage any part of the driveway, perhaps by dropping something heavy or as a result of an oil spill, you can just replace the affected blocks. This isn't possible with tarmac, where an area would need to be cut out and then patch repaired. Pattern Imprinted Concrete can't be repaired either in the event of damage.

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