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Guide to laying a new driveway in 2022

A new driveway can add between 5-10% to the value of your home, so if you’re considering moving it’s well worth the cost. There are lots of different materials you can choose for your new driveway, and that will determine how much it costs. But how much should you budget?

Your new driveway will cost anywhere between £2,400 and £9,500 for a medium-sized driveway of 60 square metres. The material you go for, the size of your driveway and whether you’ll need an existing driveway dug out are all factors to consider when budgeting for a new driveway. In this guide, we’ll take you through all the things you need to be aware of when it comes to how much a driveway costs, including what to discuss with the builder.

Benefits of a new driveway

There are lots of benefits of a new driveway. Whether you’re planning on moving soon or you’re going to stay put for a little longer, there are plenty of reasons to get a new driveway installed:

Increase kerb appeal

A beautifully-laid driveway looks stunning and gives visitors and prospective buyers a great first impression.

Lower insurance premiums

Having private off-road parking tends to bring your home insurance premiums down. Your car is less likely to get damaged, vandalised or stolen if it’s parked on a driveway away from the street.

Convenience

It’s so much more convenient to have your car parked outside your house on a driveway. Gone are the days when you’re running late for work and you’re desperately trying to remember where you parked the car on your street! 

What is the cheapest option for a driveway?

Generally, asphalt (or tarmac) is the cheapest driveway material. Laying a driveway is very labour-intensive, so that’s where most of the cost lies. Tarmac driveways are the quickest to install, so are normally the cheapest. Expect to pay between £1200-£5500, depending on the size, for an asphalt driveway.

Driveway options and their costs

The cost of labour for your new driveway will depend on the type of material you choose, how long it takes and where you are in the country. Here are the supply costs of a new driveway so you can get an idea of how much money you need to put aside.

Driveway material

Cost per m2

Block paving

£30 - £50

Resin

£30 - £50

Gravel

£30 - £60

Tarmac

£40 - £65

Concrete

£50 - £100

Block paving driveway costs

Block paving is made up of decorative bricks, which means that you can choose from an array of patterns. You can go for something subtle or choose a design that makes your driveway stand out from your neighbours’! While it has a relatively low supply cost, there is a lot of skill involved and it takes one of the longest times to install, so it is one of the most expensive options.

Resin driveways

There are two different types of resin driveway: resin bound and resin bonded. Resin bound driveways are made up of aggregate (gravel) that is mixed with resin and then laid on the surface, while resin bonded driveways involve putting down a layer of resin and sprinkling aggregate over the top. Resin bound driveways are more hardy as the gravel is mixed in with the resin, while you’ll find that the aggregate in resin bonded driveways may become loose over time and need relaying.

Gravel driveway costs

Gravel driveways are made up of rocks, stones, clay and sand. It’s laid on top of a prepared surface and doesn’t take long to install, making it a cost-effective option. However, you’ll need to maintain a gravel driveway regularly as the gravel will displace easily and need replacing.

Tarmac driveways

Tarmac is the name given to a type of asphalt, which is made up of aggregate or crushed stone and tar. This type of driveway is quick to install and can be laid over existing driveways, which normally makes it the cheapest option for a driveway. However, they don’t last as long as other types of driveway; you should expect to have to replace it after around 20 years.

Concrete driveway costs

Concrete driveways are one of the most long-lasting options; they should last around 50 years. They’re perfect if you have heavy vehicles as they can withstand a lot of weight. If you choose a pattern imprinted driveway, you’ll need to maintain it every year with new sealant, so it’s worth considering how much time you have to carry out repairs. 

Additional new driveway costs

As well as the materials needed to install your new driveway, there are a number of other costs you might want to consider when you’re having a driveway installed.

Removal of an existing driveway

One of the most costly parts of having a new driveway laid can be the removal of an existing one. The driveway company will need to rip up the material and dispose of it in a skip - it could cost anywhere between £700 and £1750 for removal and disposal.

Groundwork costs

If you don’t have a driveway currently, you’ll need to make sure that the ground you want the driveway to be laid on is prepared properly. Groundworkers will excavate the soil and level out the ground, which can cost around £15 to £20 per square metre.

Weed membrane

Driveways can look scruffy very quickly if weeds are allowed to grow. To help prevent them from growing through, you’ll need a weed membrane laid before the driveway is installed. You should expect to spend around £30 to £50 per square metre.

Driveway gates

If you really want to finish off your driveway, you can get gates installed. This will usually be done by a separate company and it could set you back as much as £1600 if you choose electric gates. Metal gates are the most cost-effective option at around £400.

How long does it take to lay a new driveway?

How much your driveway costs will depend on how long it takes to install, which is usually determined by the size of the driveway and the material you choose. Take a look at the table below to see how long each material takes to lay, depending on the size of the driveway.

Time to lay a driveway based on the size of the project
Driveway material Small (30m2) Medium (60m2) Large (90m2)
Block paving 1-3 days 3-4 days 4-7 days
Resin 3-5 days 1-2 weeks 2-3 weeks
Gravel 1-2 days 2-3 days 3-4 days
Tarmac 1-2 days 2-3 days 4-5 days
Concrete 1-2 days 2-3 days 4-5 days

Get quotes to lay a new driveway near you

You want to make sure that your driveway lasts a long time and can withstand stains and bad weather, so it needs to be installed properly. Make sure you get a range of quotes from reputable driveway installers so you get an idea of how much you should pay.

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Estimates for common builder jobs;

JobEstimate
Cost to build a side return extension £61000
New fitted kitchen cost £19500
Cost to lay a new driveway £3400
Cost to fit a new bathroom £8000
Cost of a loft conversion £49900
Basement conversion cost £43000

Rates for other trades

New driveway cost in the UK
New driveway cost in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges)
Location in UKNew driveway cost
New driveway near Aberdeen£3000
New driveway near Amber Valley£2624
New driveway near Angus£2560
New driveway near Arun£2720
New driveway near Ashfield£2672
New driveway near Aylesbury Vale£2712
New driveway near Barnsley£2880
New driveway near Basildon£2760
New driveway near Basingstoke & Deane£2776
New driveway near Bassetlaw£2592
New driveway near Bath & North East Somerset£2744
New driveway near Bedford£2920
New driveway near Belfast£2056
New driveway near Birmingham£2552
New driveway near Blackburn£2552
New driveway near Blackpool£2424
New driveway near Bolton£2528
New driveway near Bournemouth£2800
New driveway near Bracknell Forest£2920
New driveway near Bradford£2592
New driveway near Braintree£2696
New driveway near Breckland£2424
New driveway near Bridgend£2448
New driveway near Brighton£2704
New driveway near Bristol£2736
New driveway near Broadland£2368
New driveway near Broxtowe£2632
New driveway near Bury£2584
New driveway near Caerphilly£2424
New driveway near Calderdale£2464
New driveway near Cambridge£2832
New driveway near Canterbury£2512
New driveway near Cardiff£2416
New driveway near Carmarthenshire£2416
New driveway near Charnwood£2448
New driveway near Chelmsford£2736
New driveway near Cheltenham£2768
New driveway near Cherwell£2776
New driveway near Chester£2480
New driveway near Colchester£2664
New driveway near Conway£2448
New driveway near Coventry£2512
New driveway near Crewe & Nantwich£2728
New driveway near Dacorum£2848
New driveway near Derby£2608
New driveway near Doncaster£2640
New driveway near Dover£2512
New driveway near Dudley£2544
New driveway near Dumfries & Galloway£2280
New driveway near Dundee£2632
New driveway near East Ayrshire£2504
New driveway near East Devon£2392
New driveway near East Dunbartonshire£2720
New driveway near East Hampshire£2752
New driveway near East Hertfordshire£2896
New driveway near East Lindsey£2560
New driveway near East Riding£2592
New driveway near Eastleigh£2768
New driveway near Edinburgh£2856
New driveway near Elmbridge£2872
New driveway near Epping Forest£2840
New driveway near Erewash£2624
New driveway near Exeter£2392
New driveway near Falkirk£2592
New driveway near Fife£2736
New driveway near Flintshire£2512
New driveway near Gateshead£2768
New driveway near Gedling£2656
New driveway near Glasgow£2944
New driveway near Gloucester£2648
New driveway near Guildford£2952
New driveway near Gwynedd£2224
New driveway near Halton£2488
New driveway near Harrogate£2544
New driveway near Havant & Waterloo£2728
New driveway near Highland£2520
New driveway near Horsham£2736
New driveway near Huntingdonshire£2744
New driveway near Ipswich£2544
New driveway near Isle of Wight£2728
New driveway near Kings Lynn & West Norfolk£2440
New driveway near Kingston-upon-Hull£2488
New driveway near Kirklees£2592
New driveway near Knowsley£2408
New driveway near Lancaster£2552
New driveway near Leeds£2584
New driveway near Leicester£2384
New driveway near Lisburn£2064
New driveway near Liverpool£2448
New driveway near London£2848
New driveway near Luton£2792
New driveway near Macclesfield£2576
New driveway near Maidstone£2824
New driveway near Manchester£2560
New driveway near Mid Bedfordshire£2872
New driveway near Mid Sussex£2712
New driveway near Middlesbrough£2624
New driveway near Milton Keynes£2840
New driveway near Neath Port Talbot£2488
New driveway near New Forest£2800
New driveway near Newbury£2736
New driveway near Newcastle-under-Lyme£2528
New driveway near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£2792
New driveway near Newport£2496
New driveway near North Ayrshire£2640
New driveway near North East Lincolnshire£2624
New driveway near North Hertfordshire£2880
New driveway near North Lanarkshire£2648
New driveway near North Lincolnshire£2432
New driveway near North Somerset£2728
New driveway near North Tyneside£2864
New driveway near North Wiltshire£2648
New driveway near Northampton£2760
New driveway near Norwich£2392
New driveway near Nottingham£2656
New driveway near Nuneaton & Bedworth£2520
New driveway near Oldham£2576
New driveway near Oxford£2816
New driveway near Pembrokeshire£2120
New driveway near Perth & Kinross£2696
New driveway near Peterborough£2688
New driveway near Plymouth£2632
New driveway near Poole£2824
New driveway near Portsmouth£2712
New driveway near Powys£2520
New driveway near Preston£2560
New driveway near Reading£2912
New driveway near Redcar & Cleveland£2664
New driveway near Reigate & Banstead£2880
New driveway near Renfrewshire£3024
New driveway near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£2384
New driveway near Rochdale£2568
New driveway near Rotherham£2864
New driveway near Salford£2536
New driveway near Salisbury£3200
New driveway near Sandwell£2536
New driveway near Scarborough£2520
New driveway near Scottish Borders£3080
New driveway near Sefton£2464
New driveway near Sevenoaks£2816
New driveway near Sheffield£2920
New driveway near Slough£2904
New driveway near Solihull£2520
New driveway near South Ayrshire£2544
New driveway near South Bedfordshire£2920
New driveway near South Cambridgeshire£2872
New driveway near South Gloucestershire£2720
New driveway near South Kesteven£2488
New driveway near South Lanarkshire£2416
New driveway near South Oxfordshire£2840
New driveway near South Somerset£2992
New driveway near South Tyneside£2816
New driveway near Southampton£2752
New driveway near Southend-on-Sea£2672
New driveway near St Albans£2872
New driveway near St Helens£2424
New driveway near Stafford£2648
New driveway near Stockport£2600
New driveway near Stockton-on-Tees£2648
New driveway near Stoke-on-Trent£2544
New driveway near Stratford-on-Avon£2568
New driveway near Stroud£2632
New driveway near Suffolk Coastal£2416
New driveway near Sunderland£2760
New driveway near Swale£2656
New driveway near Swansea£2608
New driveway near Tameside£2600
New driveway near Teignbridge£2560
New driveway near Tendring£2600
New driveway near Test Valley£2648
New driveway near Thamesdown£2640
New driveway near Thanet£2344
New driveway near The Wrekin£2768
New driveway near Thurrock£2768
New driveway near Torbay£2640
New driveway near Trafford£2592
New driveway near Vale of Glamorgan£2432
New driveway near Vale of White Horse£2760
New driveway near Vale Royal£2536
New driveway near Wakefield£2584
New driveway near Walsall£2552
New driveway near Warrington£2552
New driveway near Warwick£2552
New driveway near Waveney£2600
New driveway near Waverley£2928
New driveway near Wealden£2688
New driveway near West Lancashire£2440
New driveway near West Lothian£2792
New driveway near West Wiltshire£2648
New driveway near Wigan£2480
New driveway near Windsor & Maidenhead£2912
New driveway near Wirral£2456
New driveway near Wokingham£2904
New driveway near Wolverhampton£2552
New driveway near Wrexham Maelor£2592
New driveway near Wychavon£2560
New driveway near Wycombe£2864
New driveway near York£2504