Block Paved Driveway & Retaining Tiered Flowerbed

Summit Landscapes were asked to carry out work to complete this beautiful driveway and retaining wall/tiered flowerbed in Swaffham Prior. There was a large existing tree in the middle of the patchy lawn at the front of the property with a grassy slope that ran down to a paved area in front of the front.

Summit Landscapes began by felling the tree, removing it from site and creating a large 76m² block paved driveway with an attractive retaining wall that was made up of tiered flowerbeds and some central steps. 38m² of turf was laid at the front of the house to create an attractive lush, full lawn at street level.

76m² Tegula Block Paving

– Excavated the drive to a depth of 250mm and removed all waste from site
– Edging was installed with concrete haunching to eliminate sideways movement
– The base was compacted and a geotextile membrane installed to suppress further weed growth
– 175mm of MOT Type 1 was put down and compacted in layers to make up the structural layer of the drive
– 25mm of sharp sand was compacted and screeded
– Tegula blocks 60mm thick were laid to finish the drive
– These Tegula blocks were pointed with kiln dried sand and compacted
– Drive seal was then applied to the surface

Drainage – ACO Drains

– Installed 20m of ACO drains along the front of the property and concreted into position after the falls were determined by the site foreman.
– Ran drainage pipes into soakaway system


– Excavated area for soakaway drainage
– Approx 1m³
– Lined area with geotextile membrane
– Installed soakaway crate
– Back filled with rubble for drainage

Retaining Wall / Tiered Planting beds

1st Skin – Blockwork
– Block work constructed on concrete foundation minimum 1/3 wall height
– Excavated trench using excavator
– Poured concrete foundations using C35 strength concrete
– Built block work walls using a sand and cement mortar mix
– Blocks were float rendered with integrated waterproofer
– Ran a strip of shingle between soil and block work to help with drainage
– Approx 300 blocks laid

2nd Skin – Sandstone Brick Work
– Garden wall constructed on concrete foundation minimum 1/3 wall height using C35 foundation concrete
– Excavated trench using digger
– Poured concrete foundations and levelled
– Constructed brick wall using a sand and cement mortar mix
– Installed matching coping setts on top of wall for aesthetics and styling

Tree Work

– Cut down and chip all fine waste materials and removed from site
– Removed stump
– Cut down and removed all shrubbery next to house
– All waste removed and site left tidy


– 38m² turf laid at the front of house at pavement level

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