OUR 2023 BLOCK DRIVEWAY PRICE GUIDE
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Block paved driveways are versatile and have many benefits compared to other surface types:
- Hundreds of blocks to choose from.
- Thousands of designs and patterns.
- It’s easy to replace blocks should you need to (i.e. an oil spill etc).
- They suppress weeds and rarely crack and withstand movement well.
On this page, I’ll answer common driveway questions such as:
How much does it cost to lay a block paved driveway?
What is the price per sq metre?
How long does the work take?
About Driveway Price Guide
As prices vary from location to location around the UK, I contacted 32 installers from various towns around the country by email and asked for prices to construct two driveways, one at 60 square metres and another at 100 square metres.
As a rough guide – two to three cars can comfortably fit on a 60 sq mtr driveway, while a 100 sq mtr can fit up to five depending on driveway shape and layout.
The average of the prices I gathered is displayed below, you can use this as a guide to block driveway prices but note the following:
- All prices include VAT where applicable.
- Full excavation of the existing driveway.
- Levelling where possible and installation of weed barrier.
- Installation of new sub-base.
- Sand base on top of sub-base.
- New blocks installed including edgings to borders.
- Small step to the front door.
- A new drainage channel leading to an existing garden soakaway.
- All waste material is taken away and disposed of.
Block Driveway Example Price 1: 60 Sq Mtrs
The figures below are an average of the prices given to me by the 32 installers we contacted in 2023.
This is for a standard driveway installation using regular blocks and excludes items listed further down the page under the title “extra costs to consider”.
|Location:||Price inc VAT:|
|London and South||£7000 - £8000 (£115-£130 psm)|
|Midlands and North||£6000 - £6500 (£100-£110 psm)|
Block Driveway Example Price 2: 100 Sq Mtrs
The next batch of prices I requested was for a 100 square metre driveway.
As with the first project, this is a standard installation using regular driveway blocks, a drainage channel to an existing soakaway and edgings, along with a small step to the front door.
|Location:||Price inc VAT:|
|London and South||£11500 - £13500 (£115-£135 psm)|
|Midlands and North||£95000 - £10500 (£95-£105 psm)|
Other Costs to Consider
As I’m sure you can appreciate, it’s very difficult to provide a price for a block driveway without inspecting the property first, and the figures displayed above are just an average for a standard installation based on photos and specifications I sent to 32 driveway installers.
The prices exclude:
Kerb dropping/lowering – as footpaths belong to the council, you’ll need to get their permission to lower a kerb and pavement if you need to create or widen access to your driveway. I have experience of this process and it isn’t always easy, especially if you live next to a busy road as there are lots of health and safety requirements and hoops to jump through. I looked into the current cost to lower a kerb, and while it varied from council to council, most charged around £2000, including the work and application fees.
Drainage – since 2008, all new driveway installations must have a provision for rainwater management. This means rainwater from your driveway cannot discharge onto the public footpath or highway. If you already have a soakaway in place, then the cost will be minimal, but if you need to install a new soakaway, the cost can be quite high, it depends on the specifics of the driveway and land.
Block Type – standard driveway blocks currently cost around £27 per square metre while more expensive cobbles cost upward of £60 per square metre. On a 100 square metre driveway, that’s a price difference of £3300, and that’s just for the blocks.
Pattern Design – I’ve4 worked for customers that wanted unusual patterns that required lots of cuts and wastage, which added to the time and cost of the project.
Levelling – if you want a driveway replaced on a like-for-like basis, the ground probably won’t need much levelling. However, I’ve also worked on projects where substantial excavation and levelling were required and this added a considerable amount to the cost.
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 block driveway.
How Do Blocks Compare to Other Driveway Materials?
If you’re undecided about which type of driveway to install, consider these points:
Resin – the most expensive option but this is also my favourite. You get a driveway made from gravel that is bonded together with a resin. The result is a strong, durable surface that’s grippy, low-maintenance and looks stunning. The popularity of resin has exploded in recent years, check out our guide to current prices.
Tarmac – traditional and popular but can look bland, especially after a few years when the colour dulls. It’s obvious when a repair has been carried out, and tarmac often cracks, leading to weed penetration. I’ve found that the price is similar to that of a block driveway, maybe a bit cheaper. Rainwater management will be required for non-permeable tarmac.
Gravel – there are lots of different sizes and colours to choose from and it’s the cheapest option. Gravel is noisy underfoot so it deters burglars but could annoy the homeowner. Rainwater naturally soaks through the gravel, so there’s rarely a need to install costly drainage channels and soakaways.
Stamped concrete – patterns and coloured dyes are stamped into concrete as it dries meaning you can choose from lots of different colours and designs. Drainage management will be required for most concrete driveways, they can also be slippery and it’s difficult to repair or alter them once the concrete has hardened. The price is similar to that of block driveways but costs more than gravel.
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Block Driveway FAQS
When Were These Block Driveway Prices Published?
I sourced these driveway prices in 2023 and updated this page to replace the previous research published in 2020. A lot has changed with the prices since then – inflation is skyrocketing and the cost of labour and materials is much higher than it was a few years ago.
Which Companies Supplied You With These Prices?
I sourced prices from a wide variety of firms, including larger companies and smaller businesses. Both driveway specialists and landscaping firms gave me figures as both carry out this type of work. I also sourced the prices from various locations around the UK.
Do I Need Planning Permission For a New Driveway?
If you aren’t increasing the size of the driveway and rainwater will be discharged within the property boundary then provided there are no restrictions, you shouldn’t need planning permission. For new driveways, you may need planning permission if you are unable to prevent the rainwater from discharging onto a public footpath or highway or you need to lower a kerb. Planning rules are complex and subject to change, so start with the government’s planning portal.
I Don't Want Drainage Channels on My Driveway. Are There Any Other Options?
Yes. I suggest you look into permeable tarmac or blocks that allow rainwater to soak through the material. This video shows how three tons of water soak away in seconds. I’ve worked on projects where these blocks were installed so I have first-hand experience of them, and while they do cost more, you can do away with surface drains.
Can't The Installer Just Remove The Existing Blocks and Replace Them Like-For-Like?
Most old driveways will have sunk slightly and will need a new sand base at the least, so it’s not always possible to simply lift and replace the existing blocks. If your driveway is in excellent condition and you just want to change the blocks for aesthetic reasons, the cost of the project will likely be less than the figures I’ve shown on this page.
However, based on my experience in the landscape gardening business, I don’t think this will always be a viable option.
Are There Any Installer Associations Where I Can Find Reputable Installers?
There are very few independent driveway installer associations and none that I recommend. You can use our network of tradespeople to find a suitable installer, and of course, there’s also Checkatrade, Trustmark, Which? and other general associations.
Where is the Best Place to Ask a Technical Question About The Installation of a Driveway?
The Paving Expert is by far the best place for technical information related to paving and driveways. The site has also been updated recently and is now much easier to navigate.
How Long Does it Take to Install a Block Paved Driveway?
Based on my experience and the teams I used to work with, a 60 sq mtr driveway should take between 3 and 4 days, while a 100 mtr driveway will take around a week to 9 days. Expect the work to take longer if fewer workers are on-site, and it’ll take less time with more working on the project.
What Type of Company Does Driveway Installations?
There are specialist installers that install block driveways and only block driveways. You’ll also find that many hard landscaping firms carry out this type of work too; along with patios and brickwork, it’s very much bread-and-butter for them.
Can block driveways be recoloured and resealed?
Yes, existing block driveways can be cleaned, re-sanded and sealed with a coloured or translucent sealer.
Personally, I’m not a huge fan of driveway sealers and colourants as I like the natural look of stone, but they do have benefits and can protect from oil spills etc.
Why You Can Trust Us: Our Experience
We know there’s a lot of nonsense published online, usually by those that have never worked in the industry.
Daniel wrote this guide to driveway prices, and he has over 18 years of experience in the construction and landscape industries, including over 8 years as a project manager.
Daniel hasn’t installed or worked on driveway projects for a few years, so he contacted 32 driveway installers by email and asked for prices. The figures on this page are an average of the prices provided and exclude extras that your project may require.
As accuracy is important, we also asked Paul Farley to fact-check the important statements we’ve made in this guide.
Author: Daniel Woodley
In his spare time, Daniel enjoys gardening, hiking and scrambling. He frequently posts videos to his popular YouTube Channel and is well known in the hiking community.
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