Why do councils love permeable paving?

Permeable paving is pretty simple – water drains freely and quickly through it and into the ground underneath. But why do councils (and engineers, and architects, and town planners, and municipal water authorities….) love permeable paving so much? We’ll have a look at this, and the environmental benefits in this blog post. But first, where … Continued

How does permeable paving work?

If you’re reading this article, it’s likely that you’ve had a quick look around the website and have worked out that the aim of permeable paving is to get water to drain through the ground, and not into the stormwater system. But how is that actually achieved? And how do we do it? We’ll have … Continued

What subsurface drainage do you need under a permeable pavement?

A good permeable pavement should drain significant quantities of water immediately through both the paving layer and paving base. This means that in all but the heaviest of rain events, very little water remains on the surface of the paving.  But what implications does this have for drainage? Do you still need surface drains … Continued

Types of permeable pavers

Permeable paving is recognised as an integral part of Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD), and is increasingly being employed as a powerful tool in complying with various town planning requirements for permeability, tree protection, and WSUD compliance. But what sort of permeable paving could you use? And do you know that you don’t have to … Continued

What is the cost of permeable pavement?

We often get asked straight away “how much does permeable paving cost?”. But it’s not always a straightforward answer… Firstly, permeable paving is often specified because you can’t use normal paving or concrete due to town planning restrictions – such as tree protection, or to meet WSUD criteria. So before looking at a direct cost … Continued