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Our residential team can cover areas such as overall building construction, landscaping, patio, driveways, fencing, lighting & technology, and groundworks. We treat your home just if was ours! We provide our customers with the highest standard an quality we possibly can. Check feedback from our customers. Get in touch today with our friendly team!

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Reviewed by Jorden on 13/11/2020

Brilliant service from start to finish, the work carried out was to a high standard and I would definitely recommend this company! I will be working with them again.

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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family run hard working company with the right morals, belive if a job is worth doing its worth doing right

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Reviewed by Stacey on 25/11/2020

Highly recommend Stewart and his team. After having our garden ruined by another tradesman. Stewart came to look at the work which needed doing. He promised to rectify the work and do what he could. The guys worked hard and our garden is amazing from the decking, paving, fencing and turfed area. The lads are polite, professional and work so hard. Already planning on having them back for the front garden!

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.

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 14 day cooling off period 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 Simon on 13/10/2020

Alliance building and landscapes Ltd built and new wall and added ramp access for me. They arrived on time every day and were a head of schedule by a day. They were polite and friendly and left no mess or rubbish behind. I would highly recommend Alliance! Michael and the team won't let you down or do you wrong.

Q B DRIVEWAYS & CONSTRUCTION SPECIALIST, is a family business with over 20 years experience and we guarantee quality and value for money. We specialise in all types of construction work, only using the highest quality materials of all kinds and highly experienced and qualified tradesmen with over 20 years experience. No deposit is required and payment is requested on completion of work to the customers 100% satisfaction.

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Reviewed by Silvia on 9/11/2020

Simon and his team have done a professional and perfect tiling job onto my terrace patio. I was given a fair quote the same day, consequently they have worked with great attention to detail and perfection. Grateful to their hard work, experience and expertise.

Thank you for taking your time reading this if you choose has to do your driveway or patio we can guarantee you 100% customer satisfaction with all our work they are no deposit required only to be paid on completion on customer satisfaction

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Reviewed by Vij on 27/10/2020

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FREE ESTIMATES Driveway paving,(slabs,blocks) Gardening Fencing Trimming Garden Clearance Pressure Washing Landscaping

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Reviewed by Claudia on 31/10/2020

Great service and job done. On time and hard working. Would consider recommending

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

DJ landscapes, paving and property maintenance. Family friendly company we satisfy all our customers, We have 15 years experience in the trade. We specify in all aspects of groundwork. We offer free no obligation quotes Get in touch for your free quotation today

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Reviewed by Lea on 1/10/2020

Dean and his men, went above and beyond on my job. I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted and Dean had some great ideas, There were no ‘extra’ expenses and weather permitting the job was finished quickly. I’m extremely happy with the work and would highly recommend them,

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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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