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    carl310166
    Block Paving Quotes
    • #1
    • 15th May 05, 1:27 AM
    Block Paving Quotes 15th May 05 at 1:27 AM
    I am thinking of having a company to lay block paving to the front of my house to make a driveway.

    I know you should have 3 quotes for the job,but i have rang about 6 different companies so far,and only 2 have come round to measure up.

    The first company spent all of 5 mins taking measurements but have not contacted me since.

    The other called today,took measurements,discussed drainage,turnaround time,levels,materials and left a brochure etc,he said i should have the quote by post on Weds,plus i got this company name from a list of approved contractors from the block manufacturers website (he had their logo on his polo shirt) you know the type,look like a "proper" tradesman.

    I would like to know if there is a rough estimate for approx 40sq meters of block paving? so,when i get his letter,i can decide if the price is reasonable without having to shop around.

    Like i said,i am having trouble getting people to come out and see the job,let alone get 3 quotes.

    Anybody had a similar job done?
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    • withabix
    • By withabix 15th May 05, 8:02 AM
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    withabix
    • #2
    • 15th May 05, 8:02 AM
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    • 15th May 05, 8:02 AM
    'These prices are for guidance only. Due to the wide variation in prices across the UK, you should consult local suppliers. The prices stated are to construct a typical driveway in various multi-coloured block types and include skips to remove excavated material, sub-base material (DTp1), bedding sand, blocks/bricks as described and dry, silica sand to joint. Also included hire of wacker plate, block splitter and hand tools for 1 weekend. All prices include VAT.'

    Standard concrete block paving (eg Marshall Driveline) £55/m2
    Tumbled Blocks (eg Marshall Tegula etc) £65/m2
    Clay Paviours £65/m2
    British Ex-pat in British Columbia!
  • Bossyboots
    • #3
    • 15th May 05, 10:52 AM
    • #3
    • 15th May 05, 10:52 AM
    This is the in thing in our area at the moment. At my end of the street alone, 10 houses have had theirs done by the same company.

    My next door neighbours had theirs done two years ago and it is a mess. It doesn't drain away, leaving them with puddles all over. They had them back twice to sort it out but have now given up.
  • carl310166
    • #4
    • 15th May 05, 11:02 AM
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    • 15th May 05, 11:02 AM
    I have now found this site,

    http://www.pavingexpert.com/home.htm

    almost like MSE!

    I found this especially usefull,

    http://www.pavingexpert.com/blocks.htm#price

    and there is an Exel file to download.

    But thanks iainkirk.
    • unome
    • By unome 16th May 05, 9:27 PM
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    unome
    • #5
    • 16th May 05, 9:27 PM
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    • 16th May 05, 9:27 PM
    I had the same problem. The few quotes I did have were very expensive. (over £3000)

    In the end I decided to bite the bullet and do it my self

    I have taken two weeks off work and am now on my second week of doing it.

    To be honist its not all that skillfull a thing to do just hard work.

    My costs for 30sqm are so far as folows.

    Hardcore and sand £226.74

    Bricks 429.84 ( although I think that I may have over orderd) :rolleyes:

    Week rental of

    Wacker plate £45

    Brick spliter £30

    One spade £15

    EDIT: one skip £120

    Hopefull this should be every thing but i might nead sone more sand.
    Last edited by unome; 17-05-2005 at 9:07 AM.
  • carl310166
    • #6
    • 17th May 05, 3:04 AM
    • #6
    • 17th May 05, 3:04 AM
    You are brave!

    I wouldn't know where to start,well i do actually,but how did you dig down and remove the top 200mm of soil from the site? did you get help?

    I would need another 2 weeks off,just to recover.
    • isayoldchap
    • By isayoldchap 17th May 05, 6:29 AM
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    isayoldchap
    • #7
    • 17th May 05, 6:29 AM
    Mini digger
    • #7
    • 17th May 05, 6:29 AM
    You are brave!

    I wouldn't know where to start,well i do actually,but how did you dig down and remove the top 200mm of soil from the site? did you get help?

    I would need another 2 weeks off,just to recover.
    by carl310166
    Hire a mini digger for part of the day
    • unome
    • By unome 17th May 05, 9:04 AM
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    unome
    • #8
    • 17th May 05, 9:04 AM
    • #8
    • 17th May 05, 9:04 AM
    You are brave!

    I wouldn't know where to start,well i do actually,but how did you dig down and remove the top 200mm of soil from the site? did you get help?

    I would need another 2 weeks off,just to recover.
    I would like to say that I did all the diging my self but I did have some unpaid volunteers so I probably did about 60% my self.

    I toyed with the idea of a mini digger but It was quite expensive. If i was to do another drive with out help I would consider renting one as it would save alot of time

    Sorry I forgot to include the cost of the skip in my pricing. It would have neaded two skips but I managed to ofload some of my soil onto a friend.

    I did use one 8yrd skip and filled it totaly the came in at £120
    Last edited by unome; 17-05-2005 at 9:07 AM.
    • isayoldchap
    • By isayoldchap 17th May 05, 3:37 PM
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    isayoldchap
    • #9
    • 17th May 05, 3:37 PM
    Grabber lorry
    • #9
    • 17th May 05, 3:37 PM
    I would like to say that I did all the diging my self but I did have some unpaid volunteers so I probably did about 60% my self.

    I toyed with the idea of a mini digger but It was quite expensive. If i was to do another drive with out help I would consider renting one as it would save alot of time

    Sorry I forgot to include the cost of the skip in my pricing. It would have neaded two skips but I managed to ofload some of my soil onto a friend.

    I did use one 8yrd skip and filled it totaly the came in at £120
    by unome
    How about hiring a grabber lorry to do a large pickup.Put all your rubble on some large sheets(not in bags because they don't always take them)and I think for about £130+ they will collect.
    • g33za
    • By g33za 17th May 05, 9:02 PM
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    g33za
    what capacity (yrds) can a grabber lorry take in that £130?
    ummm...
  • njm
    Block Paving Quotes
    Please visit this site, go to customer service, then submit your postcode etc - you will get the details of approved installers within your area. This is backed by Marshalls so if you have any problems that can not be sorted out with the installer, they will step in.

    http://www.marshalls.co.uk/transform/

    Rip off block pavers were being discussed on a consumer programme today (Stephen Rhodes on BBC 3 Counties Radio) and one elderly caller had problems getting the workman back to fix her broken drains – turned out that she and her neighbour had both paid £7000 for their block paved drives, not bad for one weeks work!

    I have no affiliation to Marshalls!
    I came, I saw, I did a little browsing.
  • carl310166
    My quote and specification has arrived from the TopPave approved contractor.

    For 37.25m2, kerbs to be lowered/soil to be excavated and removed/base laid/drains fitted/blocks laid etc

    £2590.12 inc vat. which i thought was fair.

    I have now accepted this quote.

    I have asked again how long it would take again,as originally told me 2 weeks,he confirmed this again,even though,everybody else,including the TopPave brochure estimated approx 3 days. I asked why it would take so long......he excavates the soil by hand !!! he reckons mechanical diggers upset foundations etc!

    A bit strange i thought?
    • unome
    • By unome 18th May 05, 1:14 PM
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    unome
    When they had it done a few doors down from me they dug it by hand.

    Mabe it has something more to do with how much work they have on at the time.

    That seems like a reasonable enogh price if they are going to lower the curb as well
  • carl310166
    When they had it done a few doors down from me they dug it by hand.

    Mabe it has something more to do with how much work they have on at the time.

    That seems like a reasonable enogh price if they are going to lower the curb as well
    by unome
    I thought so,i was told it can cost £500-£900 to have the kerb done alone.
    • unome
    • By unome 18th May 05, 6:06 PM
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    unome
    Getting my curb droped cost £300 through the local aulthority
    • unome
    • By unome 14th Jul 05, 1:25 PM
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    unome
    Just for the record I have now compleated the drive and it look great
    • George_Bray
    • By George_Bray 16th Jul 05, 10:24 AM
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    George_Bray
    This is the in thing in our area at the moment. At my end of the street alone, 10 houses have had theirs done by the same company.
    by Bossyboots
    Block paving must be the worst-ever fashion trend to blight the UK. It can look good, if used for a drive and paths but not if the whole front garden is covered in concrete. It's ruining the look of our streets. I'm sure the TV makeover programmes will regard it like flock wallpaper or Artex in a few years time, showing how you can return front gardens to their former glory. Cars and car parking should not be the be-all and end-all of life.

    Regards
    George
  • bevm
    block paving tips needed
    hi,

    this is my first message and I hope somebody can help.

    As an interim measure, I had somebody dig out the front garden, lay the teram and cover with hardcore some months ago.

    I am deciding what to do due to the massive costs I would consider doing block paving myself (but just had op on right hand and now stuck)

    there are now a zillion weeds showing across the hardcore and I need to know what to do next before possibly buying the block paving or simply having a load of gravel put down for effect with some random york stone (which I dug up previously to reuse) HELP and guidance please
  • MommaCC
    I recently layed/built/did my driveway with the help of my 12 year old son. I layed blocks around the edge creating a border, stepping stones from pavement to front door and filled with slate (1st layer with cement - 2nd layer loose). The outcome is a great driveway at a cost of approx £500.
  • SH40L1N
    Block Paving & Hard Landscaping
    I had a similar job done and I was amazed at the quality of service for the price I paid. If anyone is in the South East Area, particularly Berkshire like me I would highly recommend this company:

    http://www.berkshirepaving.co.uk/
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