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Step-by-step: Bodpave 40 for Extra Parking

Step-by-step: Bodpave 40 for Extra Parking

One of our customers recently turned a 30m2 area of soil into extra parking off an existing driveway. They documented their progress and sent us photos.

We supplied them with Bodpave 40 and T1000 geotextile.

They sourced the hire equipment and gravel themselves from local suppliers.

Step-by-step guide

Step 1: Excavation

Our customer first hired a small 1.6 tonne excavator to dig the ground to a pre-determined level.

The recommended depth is based on ground conditions and expected use – see installation guidance or speak to our technical support for advice.

In this case, the area was dug to a depth of 200mm.

Step 2: Layer of Terram Geotextile T1000

We recommmend adding a permeable geotextile layer above the sub-base.

This acts as a separation layer but also allows for water to drain through the material to assist drainage.

Our customer used one of our T1000 mini packs that comes in a compact pack.

Step 3: Lay hardcore

Lay MOT Type 3 hardcore or similar to a pre-determined depth.

In this case hardcore was laid to a depth of 120mm.

Step 4: Compact hardcore & add additional T1000

The customer then used a whacker plate to compact the hardcore but a roller – if available – could also be used. T

his should prevent any movement of the material once weight is added to the area.

The customer then added an additional layer of T1000 on top of this (no photo available), to separate layers once again and to stop downward migration of the sand bedding layer that was planned to be laid on top.

Step 5: Bedding layer

A bedding layer is required so that the spikes of the Bodpave 40 has somewhere to settle.

Either a hard angular gravel with size 4mm to 20mm should be used (do not use rounded or semi-rounded gravel), or alternatively, clean sharp sand can be used for the bedding, but sand is not recommended if it is installed on a slope. The customer opted for sand in this case.

The customer laid a bedding layer depth of 25mm.

Step 6: Bodpave 40 installed

The Bodpave 40 can now be tapped into position and clipped together.

Starting in the corner of longest straight edge and flowing a plumb line or straight edging the Bodpave was tapped firmly into place 4 connected tiles (1m2) until they naturally be, laying with the loop connectors outwards on the leading edge.

Step 7: Fill Bodpave 40 with gravel

The customer then filled the Bodpave 40 to the top with the angular 4mm to 20mm mixed size, hard gravel.

Once complete, a light vibrating compactor was used to settle the gravel and ensure a strong locking is occurring the gravel.

Step 8: Finished!

The surface can now be trafficked on!

We recommend no traffic until the paver is filled.

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