Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Using plastic grid paving

Plastic grid paving is rapidly replacing traditional methods of creating surfaces such as tarmac and asphalt. It creates hardstanding able to bear the weight of any vehicle, finished with either grass or gravel, that allows rainwater to filter back into the ground (water permeable).

While there are many similar plastic grid products on the market, the best-selling brands are made from recycled plastic, such as the Hebden 40 (pictured). The Hebden 40 is a lightweight grid system used to create pathways, car parks, vehicle access routes etc. It is made from 100% recycled plastic, diverted from landfill (UV stabilised HDPE). This means that it's as durable as it is eco-friendly.
The Hebden 40 has been utlised by the Ministry of Defence, numberous town councils and schools, landscaping and construction companys, and is increasingly specified by architects due to the water permeable nature of the product.

Flooding is a major concern, and the sheer area of impermeable surfaces across the UK exasperates flash flooding as the water cannot drain away. The flood and waste water management bill currently going through parliament will ensure any new developments have to use water permeable surfaces in order to accelerate the use of plastic grid paving, so make sure you are ahead of the game and contact supplier British Recycled Products for more information.

Creating driveways with tarmac or asphalt already requires planning permission, so one of the main markets for the product is currently domestic driveways. In addition, it is far more cost effective than creating an impermeable surface, and will last longer. Creating extra offroad parking also adds significant value to the home.

Finished with gravel

or with grass


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