Extensive urban tree planting and retention of existing trees, with provision for long-term maintenance, has just become a priority with new government policies taking effect. Concrete block permeable paving offers an important opportunity to help satisfy these requirements with irrigation, integrated with SuDS, hard surfaces and urban design. The latest requirements for street trees have…

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Recent trials of various, older concrete block permeable paving projects following long-term use back-up previous research, endorse current minimal maintenance recommendations and debunk misconceptions about clogging up of joints. Concrete Block Permeable Paving (CBPP) technology has proven itself over successful use around the world since the mid-1980s. Two decades of experience in the UK has…

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Modular concrete paving meets today’s Modern Methods of Construction ethos for engineered and prefabricated products, and the increasing use of efficient, fully mechanised site processes enhances the benefits. A new guidance document has just been published on the detailed design and installation of modular concrete paving, covering block paving, flags and kerbs. Concrete block paving…

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Outdoor space has taken on a fundamental importance with Covid-19 and a fresh approach is needed to designing and selecting paving to meet a wide range of new requirements. Multifunctionality, sustainability and the ability to deliver changing needs over time are key to paving today. Apart from social distancing measures directly related to Covid-19 itself,…

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Several longer-term, wider issues considered important for some time – but left on the back-burner – are now re-surfacing, with the pandemic acting as a catalyst accelerating action. In particular, there is a new drive for walking and cycling to reduce obesity, and also address pollution and climate change resulting from car travel. The focus…

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Expanded and updated 26th June 2020 Announced in May, the government’s post-pandemic investment package for cycling and walking provides a unique opportunity to transform the streets and public spaces of our towns and cities. Established and innovative new techniques – using modular concrete paving systems – offer adaptable, low-intervention, retrofit solutions to these new challenges,…

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A recent GLA report highlights the damage caused by vehicle pollution in road and surface water drainage to our rivers and streams. Concrete block permeable paving offers the obvious starting point to address this growing problem.  Pollution is present and can build up on all hard surfaces used by vehicles (including electric), from motorways to…

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Permitted Paving & Paving for Rain

2019 – another year of flooding around the UK – provided a timely reminder of the importance of sustainable drainage (SuDS).  Although a requirement for most new developments, other planning measures encouraging SuDS also apply to paving around existing properties. They are explained in brand new editions of Interpave’s ‘Permitted Paving’ and ‘Paving for Rain’…

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CBPP Detailing Cover

Interpave’s new guidance document, ‘Detailing Permeable Paving & SuDS with Precast Concrete Products’, is now available to download here. This document brings together a variety of construction details, demonstrating best practice to make SuDS robust and durable over the long-term. Precast concrete paving products from Interpave manufacturer members play important roles in ‘Sustainable Drainage Systems’…

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Interpave has published a new case study exploring the transformative power of straightforward interventions to the paved environment – designed with full community involvement – offering lessons for new development design as well as regeneration. The case study considers a joint initiative between Haringey Council and the charity Sustrans (as part of the charity’s ‘DIY…

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