Planning Suggestions

  • Draw the area to be paved using graph paper.
  • Use dimensions that minimise cuts to paving
  • Paving surface must be at least 150mm below the damp course in any adjacent wall.
  • Provide a gradient of 1:40 or steeper, towards adequate drainage.

Paving Installation

  • This is heavy work, requiring specific skills, tools and experience
  • Before starting, refer to suitable professional advice, publications or websites.
  • The following advice assumes you have acquired a basic knowledge of what is required, including health and safety precautions.


  • These depend on ground conditions and expected use.
  • For light pedestrian use on solid, even ground, 40mm compacted sharp sand may be adequate.
  • For less stable or wet ground, provide 100mm well compacted hardcore beneath the sand.
  • For domestic driveways, increase thehardcore depth to 150mm. For Paviors then follow the Pavior Laying Guide; for Flagstones the section headed Driveways.


  • Mark out the area and dig out to the required total depth.
  • Tap in wooden pegs to show the levels for the finished surface, including the required gradients.
  • Infill the appropriate foundations and remove the pegs before laying the paving.
  • For Rio, Ryton and Stretton Paving and all Paviors, follow Pavior Laying Guide.
  • For all other paving (including Rio, Ryton and Stretton if preferred), follow Paving Flag Laying Guide.