By Emily Rivers
Last updated 25th January 2024

Block paving is a fantastic material to use for your driveway. Strong, durable and versatile, block paving can create a great-looking driveway that will last for years. An average 50m2 block paved driveway costs £5,140 – but many factors can affect the cost. Let’s go through them in this guide.

How much does a block paving driveway cost per m2?

How much a block paving driveway costs per m2 depends on the material your blocks are made from. The most common materials used for paving blocks are concrete, clay and natural stone, but composite blocks are becoming more popular.

Block type

Average cost per m2

Concrete

£40

Clay

£85

Natural stone

£78

Composite

£80

These prices are averages and just include the material costs. You will have to pay for labour on top, which is usually an average of £400 per day if you use a driveway specialist as opposed to a general builder, who may charge as little as £200 per day. However, they may not have the expertise to lay block paving, so you’re more likely to run into problems further down the line.

Driveway type

Duration

Avg. material cost

Avg. labour cost

Total cost

Small concrete driveway

3 days

£800

£1,200

£2,000

Small clay brick driveway

3 days

£1,700

£1,200

£3,900

Small natural stone driveway

3 days

£1,560

£1,200

£2,760

Small composite driveway

3 days

£1,600

£1,200

£2,800

Average concrete driveway

4 days

£2,000

£1,600

£3,600

Average clay brick driveway

4 days

£4,250

£1,600

£5,850

Average natural stone driveway

4 days

£3,900

£1,600

£5,500

Average composite driveway

4 days

£4,000

£1,600

£5,600

Small driveway = 20m(may fit 2 cars)

Average driveway = 50m(fits at least 2 cars)

Block paving driveway cost

What affects the cost of a block paved driveway?

How much your block paved driveway costs will vary depending on a number of factors, so it’s always important to get a range of quotes to get an accurate price. The main things that affect the cost of a block paved driveway include the size of your driveway, the block material, the design and your location:

Driveway size

As you’d expect, the bigger your driveway is, the more it will cost to install. You’ll need more blocks and it’ll take longer for the driveway specialist to lay them.

You may find that you pay slightly less per m2 for materials if you have a larger driveway. This is often because tradespeople can get discounts for larger quantities when they buy your blocks at a builders’ merchant.

Block material and colour

As we’ve already shown, the material your driveway blocks are made from affects the cost. Different materials have different manufacturing processes, which affects the price. For example, concrete is relatively cheap to get old of and make blocks from, so they tend to be a budget-friendly option. In contrast, composite blocks are still relatively new to the market and are made up of different materials, making the manufacturing process more involved and therefore more costly.

Plus, the colour of your blocks can affect the overall price of your driveway. Standard colours such as red or grey will be the cheapest, while other custom colours will cost more.

Design

The design you choose for your block paved driveway will affect the cost. A simple checked pattern will cost less than a herringbone or spiral pattern as it will be quicker to lay.

If you’re trying to keep costs down, consider whether the additional cost of a more intricate pattern is worth it.

Your location

Perhaps one of the biggest factors that will affect the cost of your block paved driveway is where you live, and unfortunately, you can’t do much about this one!

The cost of living varies across the UK, so driveway companies in high-cost-of-living areas such as London and the south east will charge more than those in the north of England or Scotland. If you live in a very rural area, you may find that your driveway costs more as your installers will have to travel further to get to you, and materials cost more to transport to builders’ yards.

Advantages and disadvantages of block paving driveways

Like any project or building material, there are advantages and disadvantages. Consider all the pros and cons to help you make your decision about whether a block paved driveway is right for you:

Advantages

  • Durable: When laid correctly, block paved driveways tend to last a long time. They are highly weather resistant and shouldn’t be damaged by chemicals or salt.

  • Versatile: If you’re looking for a unique driveway, block paving is the way to go. You can choose from a range of block colours and designs to get the look you want.

  • Environmentally-friendly: Block paving is a porous material, meaning that water will drain through it back into the water table rather than pooling on your driveway. When lots of people have non-porous driveways in one area, it can contribute to localised flooding, so having block paving is a more environmentally-conscious choice.

Disadvantages

  • Susceptible to weed growth: The nature of a block paved driveway’s installation means that it has joints, so weeds can settle in between these joints. The only way to prevent this is to have it sealed, which can then reduce its porous qualities. Expect to do some weeding if you choose a block paved driveway.

  • Stains easily: Blocks can stain if your car leaks oil or other fluids onto it. However, sealing can also prevent staining.

  • Blocks can sink: If your block paving wasn’t laid correctly, or simply due to the driveway’s age, you may find that blocks sink. The only way to rectify this is to relay some or all of the driveway, which is costly.

How long before you can drive on a new block paved driveway?

Most driveway companies will tell you to wait at least 24 hours before you drive on your new block paved driveway. This allows the blocks and the materials underneath to settle, and will prevent blocks from sinking or becoming damaged.

If you’re unsure, ask your tradesperson before you park on your new driveway.

How often should block paving be sealed?

If you choose to have your block paving driveway sealed, it’s a good idea to have it done every 2 years. You can do it yourself, but it’s important to use a high-quality sealant that’s suitable for your block paving. You should also test a small, unnoticeable area first to check that you are happy with the look the sealant gives.

Never seal a brand new block paved driveway. Wait at least 6 months to allow the jointing sand to settle and for you to identify any problems, as once you’ve sealed your driveway it can’t be reversed.

Do I need a membrane under block paving?

There are lots of arguments over whether you need a membrane under block paving! Many driveway specialists say that you don’t need a membrane as a properly laid sub-base should be level and sturdy enough, and should prevent weeds (although it will never prevent weeds from blowing into the joints and seeding there).

However, other driveway companies swear by using a membrane. If you’re concerned, ask your driveway specialist how they will lay your driveway and get a wide range of quotes and opinions to help you feel more confident in your choice.

Does a block paved driveway need drainage?

All driveways in England must be SuDS (sustainable drainage systems) compliant. That means that your block paved driveway needs some form of drainage to prevent water from pooling on it.

Your driveway specialist should speak to you about the most appropriate drainage for your driveway. If you have a lawn next to it, this may be enough coupled with a small decline in your driveway to allow water to run off. If you don’t have a natural drainage system, they can install channel drains or create a natural drainage system for you to ensure you comply with regulations.

Ready to get quotes for a new block paving driveway? Get a quote with HaMuch now and we’ll put you in touch with driveway companies in your area.


Estimates for common driveway specialist jobs;

Rates for other trades

Block paving driveway cost in the UK
Block paving driveway cost in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges)
Location in UKBlock paving driveway cost
Block paving driveway near Aberdeen£3936
Block paving driveway near Amber Valley£3632
Block paving driveway near Angus£3672
Block paving driveway near Arun£3712
Block paving driveway near Ashfield£3672
Block paving driveway near Aylesbury Vale£3800
Block paving driveway near Barnsley£3752
Block paving driveway near Basildon£3752
Block paving driveway near Basingstoke & Deane£3808
Block paving driveway near Bassetlaw£3672
Block paving driveway near Bath & North East Somerset£3760
Block paving driveway near Bedford£3880
Block paving driveway near Belfast£3032
Block paving driveway near Birmingham£3520
Block paving driveway near Blackburn£3544
Block paving driveway near Blackpool£3432
Block paving driveway near Bolton£3536
Block paving driveway near Bournemouth£3800
Block paving driveway near Bracknell Forest£3872
Block paving driveway near Bradford£3584
Block paving driveway near Braintree£3712
Block paving driveway near Breckland£3448
Block paving driveway near Bridgend£3464
Block paving driveway near Brighton£3704
Block paving driveway near Bristol£3744
Block paving driveway near Broadland£3384
Block paving driveway near Broxtowe£3632
Block paving driveway near Bury£3552
Block paving driveway near Caerphilly£3480
Block paving driveway near Calderdale£3536
Block paving driveway near Cambridge£3840
Block paving driveway near Canterbury£3560
Block paving driveway near Cardiff£3488
Block paving driveway near Carmarthenshire£3488
Block paving driveway near Charnwood£3544
Block paving driveway near Chelmsford£3744
Block paving driveway near Cheltenham£3752
Block paving driveway near Cherwell£3728
Block paving driveway near Chester£3560
Block paving driveway near Colchester£3616
Block paving driveway near Conway£3400
Block paving driveway near Coventry£3496
Block paving driveway near Crewe & Nantwich£3568
Block paving driveway near Dacorum£3856
Block paving driveway near Derby£3616
Block paving driveway near Doncaster£3624
Block paving driveway near Dover£3528
Block paving driveway near Dudley£3512
Block paving driveway near Dumfries & Galloway£3248
Block paving driveway near Dundee£3720
Block paving driveway near East Ayrshire£3560
Block paving driveway near East Devon£3488
Block paving driveway near East Dunbartonshire£3680
Block paving driveway near East Hampshire£3768
Block paving driveway near East Hertfordshire£3880
Block paving driveway near East Lindsey£3472
Block paving driveway near East Riding£3568
Block paving driveway near Eastleigh£3704
Block paving driveway near Edinburgh£3848
Block paving driveway near Elmbridge£3872
Block paving driveway near Epping Forest£3832
Block paving driveway near Erewash£3624
Block paving driveway near Exeter£3448
Block paving driveway near Falkirk£3608
Block paving driveway near Fife£3960
Block paving driveway near Flintshire£3544
Block paving driveway near Gateshead£3656
Block paving driveway near Gedling£3664
Block paving driveway near Glasgow£3696
Block paving driveway near Gloucester£3696
Block paving driveway near Guildford£3912
Block paving driveway near Gwynedd£3224
Block paving driveway near Halton£3504
Block paving driveway near Harrogate£3528
Block paving driveway near Havant & Waterloo£3696
Block paving driveway near Highland£3520
Block paving driveway near Horsham£3784
Block paving driveway near Huntingdonshire£3912
Block paving driveway near Ipswich£3536
Block paving driveway near Isle of Wight£3704
Block paving driveway near Kings Lynn & West Norfolk£3552
Block paving driveway near Kingston-upon-Hull£3544
Block paving driveway near Kirklees£3592
Block paving driveway near Knowsley£3496
Block paving driveway near Lancaster£3504
Block paving driveway near Leeds£3552
Block paving driveway near Leicester£3504
Block paving driveway near Lisburn£3080
Block paving driveway near Liverpool£3504
Block paving driveway near London£3848
Block paving driveway near Luton£3840
Block paving driveway near Macclesfield£3568
Block paving driveway near Maidstone£3816
Block paving driveway near Manchester£3544
Block paving driveway near Mid Bedfordshire£3872
Block paving driveway near Mid Sussex£3736
Block paving driveway near Middlesbrough£3656
Block paving driveway near Milton Keynes£3824
Block paving driveway near Neath Port Talbot£3472
Block paving driveway near New Forest£3776
Block paving driveway near Newbury£3808
Block paving driveway near Newcastle-under-Lyme£3560
Block paving driveway near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£3656
Block paving driveway near Newport£3528
Block paving driveway near North Ayrshire£3760
Block paving driveway near North East Lincolnshire£3592
Block paving driveway near North Hertfordshire£3864
Block paving driveway near North Lanarkshire£3640
Block paving driveway near North Lincolnshire£3480
Block paving driveway near North Somerset£3728
Block paving driveway near North Tyneside£3696
Block paving driveway near North Wiltshire£3672
Block paving driveway near Northampton£3712
Block paving driveway near Norwich£3432
Block paving driveway near Nottingham£3640
Block paving driveway near Nuneaton & Bedworth£3512
Block paving driveway near Oldham£3560
Block paving driveway near Oxford£3760
Block paving driveway near Pembrokeshire£3192
Block paving driveway near Perth & Kinross£3808
Block paving driveway near Peterborough£3864
Block paving driveway near Plymouth£3664
Block paving driveway near Poole£3800
Block paving driveway near Portsmouth£3696
Block paving driveway near Powys£3384
Block paving driveway near Preston£3512
Block paving driveway near Reading£3856
Block paving driveway near Redcar & Cleveland£3680
Block paving driveway near Reigate & Banstead£3864
Block paving driveway near Renfrewshire£3792
Block paving driveway near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£3472
Block paving driveway near Rochdale£3552
Block paving driveway near Rotherham£3800
Block paving driveway near Salford£3536
Block paving driveway near Salisbury£4032
Block paving driveway near Sandwell£3512
Block paving driveway near Scarborough£3416
Block paving driveway near Scottish Borders£3960
Block paving driveway near Sefton£3488
Block paving driveway near Sevenoaks£3840
Block paving driveway near Sheffield£3816
Block paving driveway near Slough£3880
Block paving driveway near Solihull£3512
Block paving driveway near South Ayrshire£3584
Block paving driveway near South Bedfordshire£3880
Block paving driveway near South Cambridgeshire£3872
Block paving driveway near South Gloucestershire£3744
Block paving driveway near South Kesteven£3552
Block paving driveway near South Lanarkshire£3568
Block paving driveway near South Oxfordshire£3800
Block paving driveway near South Somerset£3792
Block paving driveway near South Tyneside£3672
Block paving driveway near Southampton£3704
Block paving driveway near Southend-on-Sea£3696
Block paving driveway near St Albans£3864
Block paving driveway near St Helens£3504
Block paving driveway near Stafford£3528
Block paving driveway near Stockport£3560
Block paving driveway near Stockton-on-Tees£3688
Block paving driveway near Stoke-on-Trent£3552
Block paving driveway near Stratford-on-Avon£3552
Block paving driveway near Stroud£3664
Block paving driveway near Suffolk Coastal£3528
Block paving driveway near Sunderland£3656
Block paving driveway near Swale£3680
Block paving driveway near Swansea£3536
Block paving driveway near Tameside£3560
Block paving driveway near Teignbridge£3536
Block paving driveway near Tendring£3576
Block paving driveway near Test Valley£3712
Block paving driveway near Thamesdown£3632
Block paving driveway near Thanet£3432
Block paving driveway near The Wrekin£3648
Block paving driveway near Thurrock£3800
Block paving driveway near Torbay£3584
Block paving driveway near Trafford£3544
Block paving driveway near Vale of Glamorgan£3504
Block paving driveway near Vale of White Horse£3728
Block paving driveway near Vale Royal£3568
Block paving driveway near Wakefield£3584
Block paving driveway near Walsall£3520
Block paving driveway near Warrington£3536
Block paving driveway near Warwick£3512
Block paving driveway near Waveney£3464
Block paving driveway near Waverley£3920
Block paving driveway near Wealden£3704
Block paving driveway near West Lancashire£3488
Block paving driveway near West Lothian£3728
Block paving driveway near West Wiltshire£3672
Block paving driveway near Wigan£3544
Block paving driveway near Windsor & Maidenhead£3880
Block paving driveway near Wirral£3504
Block paving driveway near Wokingham£3880
Block paving driveway near Wolverhampton£3520
Block paving driveway near Wrexham Maelor£3592
Block paving driveway near Wychavon£3560
Block paving driveway near Wycombe£3856
Block paving driveway near York£3496