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Block Paving

Concrete block paving is a unique material, exhibiting important differences to other small element paving such as stone and clay, as well as to formless materials such as asphalt and insitu concrete. It provides a hard surface which is good to look at, comfortable to walk on, extremely durable and easy to maintain. It adds a richness, complexity and human scale to any setting. Its performance characteristics make it suitable for the heaviest duty applications including container terminals, able to support substantial loads and resist shearing and braking forces.

Blocks are fully engineered products manufactured in the factory to give consistency and accuracy. The resulting interlocking characteristics of concrete block paving give it a distinct advantage over other forms of surface. Laid on a granular laying course and with an edge restraint, individual blocks interlock with each other to act together, distributing large point loads evenly. Concrete block paving can be used immediately after the laying procedures have been completed and requires only minimal maintenance over its long life.

More Information -

  • The Design and Construction Information download (below) offers detailed guidance on the properties, design, handling, construction, reinstatement and maintenance of concrete block pavements.
  • Use the links above for information on: concrete block permeable paving; mechanical block installation techniques; design of heavy duty pavements.
  • The Cutting Paving download (below) provides guidelines to help eliminate health hazards when installing precast concrete paving blocks, flags and kerbs, either by removing the need to cut concrete products or by recommending safer cutting practices and equipment.
  • An HSE video Clear the Air demonstrates safe cutting practices.