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Richard mellor Roofing - property maintenance. All Roofing & Guttering work undertaken plus work on your Home & Gardens too..

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Reviewed by Julie on 15/5/2020

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We at jh landscape gardening have many years expertise in all aspects of landscaping services.

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Reviewed by elizabeth on 18/9/2020

John came round a day after I posted the job. We agreed a price and we choose the paving slabs. 5 days later job was done. Lads worked very hard and were very polite. Would use again.

Patternstone Landscapes family run business a life time off experience don’t move just improve don’t humb don’t har just call patternstone landscapes

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Reviewed by Hayley on 26/6/2020

Timing and communication isn't the strongest however the work carried out once it was started was good so I'd recommend

Express Construction Group Ltd is a company based on quality details of the customer ,with a low cost of works and best quality for our customers. Don't hesitate to contact us for a quotation for your Driveway,Landscaping,Brick layer,Internal/external, painting, internal/external tilling , Block Paving, Fences ,Electrical jobs !!!

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Reviewed by Tracy on 18/9/2020

From a basic sketch on an A4 piece of paper we now have a beautiful garden. We were consulted on every aspect of the work and the care and attention to detail was second to none. Angelin and the team have done a really fantastic job and we could not be more pleased.

Small company with over 12 years experience that undertakes all building works, operating on residential and commercial sites, references provided when required.

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Reviewed by john on 24/9/2020

On their home website they claim to be professional honest and reliable and that is exactly what they were.They turned up on the dot at 8.00am to replace my old pergola. They worked outside until 7.00pm, mostly in the rain, to finish not only the work that they were contracted to do but a couple of extras that I threw in during the day. They were very polite and pleasant to have around and I would definitely use them again and wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone looking for good builders.

Alliance building and landscapes ltd are a family run business and we are based in grays Essex,however we work in the London and Kent areas to..our aim here at alliance is to provide work to the highest standard.here at alliance you don’t pay anything until the job is completed to customer satisfaction also before any work commences you will be given a 2 weeks cancellation notice letter so you can cancel the contract any time within 2 weeks.we accept all major credit and debit cards and we accept a bank transfer into the company account and we also accept cash.all work is fully guaranteed for 14 years after the project has been completed you will be given a paper guarantee with our signature on it.no job is to big or to small ! Here at alliance we have all building aspects covered.

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Reviewed by Brian on 17/7/2020

We needed urgent work done on the roof. Alliance came quickly and secured the roof against rain befor starting on the remedial work. Additional problems were found but were explained and the costs were agreed. The workers were punctual and professional. Michael or Simon visited frequently to give updates on progress. When the work was finished, the area was swept and jetwashed. I have no hesitation in recommending this company.

Goodhew Projects & Groundcraft has a vision: To become and continue to be a leading contender in the construction industry that surpasses client expectations. Our mission is supported by the stringent recruitment, engagement, selection and screening of responsible and competent employees and Sub-Contractors, creating an organisation that hires and retains quality personnel that seek and provide exceptional standards. This means we approach all projects with honesty, innovation and integrity, giving all customers piece of mind and complete satisfaction.

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Reviewed by Nick on 26/2/2020

Very pleased with the work. Responded quickly with a visit to quote, and was as efficient in completing the job.

20 years in construction 12 running civil and housing sites now im on my own trying to make people dream gardens become a reality always available

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Reviewed by Jason on 1/2/2020

Great job. Thanks Phil

I have been trading for over three years I specialise in garden and landscapes and will do the best job i can with friendly service.

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Reviewed by Guillaume on 6/8/2020

Câlin and his team are very efficient and nice guys. Câlin arrived and finished on time. He does exactly what we expected and the price is on the market. I recommend him :)

At LUKE S BUILD & DESIGN LTD Our aim is to provide a professional service for our customers and clients. We pride our selfs on providing a friendly, efficient service producing a high standard of work along the way. WE ARE A SMALL COMPANY WITH MANY YEARS OF EXPERIENCE . ALL EMPOYEES ARE FULLY TRAINED, AND CSCS QUALIFIED. ALL WORK IS FULLY RISK ASSESSED AND COMPLIANT WITH HEALTH AND SAFETY REGULATIONS

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Reviewed by Steven on 8/9/2020

Difficult time to be doing the work with some supplier problems sourcing deliveries and some temperamental weather conditions through August but Florin and the boys worked hard and completed a lovely job overhauling and landscaping our entire garden (levelling old patios, laying new patio, levelling rest of garden and laying new lawn plus building large raised feature bed). The finished garden looks just like our design drawing so we are very pleased.

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Brick / Block Paving specialists - what you need to know

What does block paving involve?

Block paving is a very common way to pave your driveway. The method uses bricks, or larger paving stones, but the method is the same.

The benefit of using bricks is that they’re easily replaced if one or two get damaged over time.

There are several stages to laying a block paving drive. First up, your paving specialist should find out where all the service pipes and cables are for your property – water, gas, and electricity – so that nothing gets damaged during the work.

Next up is to dig out the area where the driveway will be, as well as to lay down the edges so that, once complete, everything will stay exactly where it is.

Drainage needs to be considered at this stage too, making sure there’s no water build-up that would affect your home, other properties, or that would require planning permission to sort.

At this point a sub-base will be laid – maybe concrete but more likely an aggregate substance. This is the foundation of your drive and will keep everything level.

A layer of sand is next, which will be compacted and flattened to create a level bed for the bricks or paving stones being used for the drive.

The bricks are then laid tightly across the sand before being flattened again.

Lastly, another layer of fine sand is poured across the bricks to fill all the joints and gaps between the bricks. This is all flattened for a final time to firm up the driveway and bed it all nicely into place.

Costs for block paving installation work

  • Up to 40m² - £100 per m²
  • 40-70m² - £85 per m²
  • Over 100m² - £75 per m²

The qualifications your tradesperson needs

Block paving specialists usually gain their experience through courses, apprenticeships or on-the-job training. The key to an excellent driveway is a solid foundation and good workmanship at every stage of laying it. Always check references and ask to speak to previous clients.

Planning permission for block paving jobs

If your driveway slants towards your house, you’ll need drainage to keep the water away from soaking into your foundations and brickwork. If your drainage is piped away into sewers you’ll need planning permission, so you should ask your block paving specialist about a soakaway.

A soakaway is an area within the boundary of your property, where water can safely drain to and soak back into the ground. It’s essentially a hole, dug in an area where it’s safe for water to drain. They then place a membrane for the water to drain to, covering it up completely. It requires no maintenance or access, so you can cover it with whatever you want.

If you stick to that, then you won’t need planning permission for a driveway, but as ever, the planning portal is where you should be looking for all the official advice.

Insurance for block paving work

Your driveway paver should have public liability insurance which will protect you and your property should any damage occur.

Questions you should ask your block paving specialist

  • Do they have public liability insurance and what does this cover?
  • How long have they been trading for?
  • Can they give you up to 3 references of recent work they’ve completed?
  • Will they give a guarantee/warranty for the work and how long does it last?
  • Will they source all materials and equipment?
  • Will they be using a sub-base, and what material will it be?

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