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    • lauren1983
    • By lauren1983 25th Feb 17, 12:21 PM
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    Block Driveway Quote
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    • 25th Feb 17, 12:21 PM
    Block Driveway Quote 25th Feb 17 at 12:21 PM
    Hi

    We have just had a quote for a block paved driveway. Does anyone have any opinions on the price please?

    Here's the details...

    Area is 56 m2
    The area needs sand putting down
    We need a 7m drop putting in.
    A large tree needs chopping down

    The hardcore base is already down
    We have already bought the blocks

    The quote was £2200

    Any thoughts?
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    • Alex.T
    • By Alex.T 11th Mar 17, 12:11 PM
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    • 11th Mar 17, 12:11 PM
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    • 11th Mar 17, 12:11 PM
    Not a bad price that. To be fair, a lot of places like to supply the stuff themselves, so in theory you are just paying that £2200 for their day rate. Depending on how many people they have working, would depend on how long it takes. It sounds like a 2 man, 4 day job.

    To give you an idea of what we paid for ours, down South, near London, approx. 100m2, complete dig out (concrete single drive and lots of grassed area) new soakaway, hardcore base, membrane layer, sand layer, Bradstone blocks, new front step to front door. Cost us just shy of £10k. Wasn't the cheapest quote, by a long way, but a really good job in my opinion.
    • glasgowdan
    • By glasgowdan 11th Mar 17, 3:05 PM
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    • 11th Mar 17, 3:05 PM
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    • 11th Mar 17, 3:05 PM
    I'd be wary of someone willing to lay on an unknown sub base. Did you do it yourself?
    • Rolandtheroadie
    • By Rolandtheroadie 11th Mar 17, 8:26 PM
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    • 11th Mar 17, 8:26 PM
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    • 11th Mar 17, 8:26 PM
    Had a couple of quotes recently, 53m2 with the steps to the front door being done as well. Steps would involve bricks at the sides, and blocks for the steps.
    £2800 for both quotes, second company said the stairs would be £500 on their own.
    That's digging down till they hit something solid to start from, then back filling with type 1 to the sand level.
    • martinsurrey
    • By martinsurrey 13th Mar 17, 8:50 AM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 8:50 AM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 8:50 AM
    Hi

    We have just had a quote for a block paved driveway. Does anyone have any opinions on the price please?

    Here's the details...

    Area is 56 m2
    The area needs sand putting down
    We need a 7m drop putting in.
    A large tree needs chopping down

    The hardcore base is already down
    We have already bought the blocks

    The quote was £2200

    Any thoughts?
    Originally posted by lauren1983
    Are you putting blocks over where the tree is?

    As above, anyone willing to put this down without knowing the base is sound, or willing to put it over a freshly cut tree, is going to bodge it.
    • Newly retired
    • By Newly retired 4th Apr 17, 6:54 PM
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    • 4th Apr 17, 6:54 PM
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    • 4th Apr 17, 6:54 PM
    I've been quoted £3500 for a block paved drive, currently concreted, and extended paving over a currently lawned area.
    Three firms all quoted the same. Terms are roughly the same too. How does one decide which firm will do the best job?
    What should we be looking for ?
    • Furts
    • By Furts 4th Apr 17, 7:06 PM
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    • 4th Apr 17, 7:06 PM
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    • 4th Apr 17, 7:06 PM
    I've been quoted £3500 for a block paved drive, currently concreted, and extended paving over a currently lawned area.
    Three firms all quoted the same. Terms are roughly the same too. How does one decide which firm will do the best job?
    What should we be looking for ?
    Originally posted by Newly retired
    What thickness of hardcore, what type - Type1, what pattern to lay, what edge restraint detail, what thickness of block, what drainage detail, where do you stand with Planning Permission - the list goes on but these are a few.
    • Newly retired
    • By Newly retired 4th Apr 17, 9:35 PM
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    • 4th Apr 17, 9:35 PM
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    • 4th Apr 17, 9:35 PM
    All three traders have spoken about all these aspects, and all seem to me to be saying much the same thing, but then I do not have enough expertise to differentiate. I am waiting for written quotations now.
    • Newly retired
    • By Newly retired 13th Apr 17, 10:37 PM
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    • #9
    • 13th Apr 17, 10:37 PM
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    • 13th Apr 17, 10:37 PM
    Update.
    After a week, I had nothing in writing from the first two. I contacted the third, who had already left me a written quotation (not a contract, as not signed by him or me ). He came again and we finalised things, and he gave me a contract, with 14 day cooling off period.The next day, my husband took a phone call from one of the others, when he told him we had gone with another firm, he became abusive, said we had no right, we had promised to wait for his quote........it was now 10 days since he had called.
    A few hours later, another one called at the door, saying he had brought his paperwork, though I never saw it, as I told him we had decided on another firm. He tried to talk me round, asked how much I was paying, why I had chosen that firm. Although he was civil, I found this intrusive. We have not actually gone with the cheapest quote; there were other reasons, but they are none of his business. I had begun to think it was the norm for firms not to bother getting back to you, but 9 or 10 days is a long time.
    Is this the norm, nowadays?
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