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Introduction:

It’s always a sign that a particular product has been recognised as a "great idea" when every supplier and their dog has a version of it on their shelves and starts making outrageous claims about it being ‘as good as any other but at a cheaper price’. We’ve seen it with dozens of products in the hard landscaping trade over the last thirty years, everything from Indian sandstone to resin mortars and porcelain paving. A truly good product hits the streets, establishes a strong reputation and a thriving market, and then the wannabes start to appear.

Something similar has been happening with cellular pavers over the last few years. They are indeed a great idea, a phenomenal idea, and so the market has now reached the stage where anyone with access to an injection moulding machine is churning out some form of a grid system or cell paver.

So: how can you tell which are products to be trusted, and which are best avoided?

cell pavers at oil refinery
First of all, ensure you are dealing with a genuinely reputable supplier, one with a strong and widely acknowledged brand name, and preferably one that specialises in the specification and supply of cellular pavers, rather than a Jack-Of-All-Trades that will stock and sell a bit of anything and everything.

Specialist suppliers build up an enviable knowledge bank over the years. They will have provided cellular paver solutions for just about every scenario you can imagine, and quite a few that you can’t!

More than that, they will have specialist technical knowledge to guide you as to what would be required in terms of ground preparation, geo-textiles or other geo-synthetics, sub-bases, drainage and edge restraint. They don’t just sell the pavers: they *know* the pavers!

 

Such a company is GroundTrax, based near Harrogate in North Yorkshire. They deal only in Ground Protection, Ground Reinforcement and Cellular Pavers. It’s what they are. It’s what they do.

This page gives an overview of the types of cell paver that GroundTrax provide, along with some technical information that should help ensure your project is on a firm footing…..excuse the pun!

cell pavers from groundtrax

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Cellpave™ 40

The entry level system for lighter projects. Suitable for filling with aggregate or vegetation as required, and available in a neutral black colour that draws no attention to itself once installed.

A proven and incredibly popular choice.

Applications:
  buton Driveways
  buton Private parking
  buton Carports
  buton Storage/hardstanding
  buton Garden paths
  buton Pavement reinforcement
  buton Slope stabilisation
  buton Protection of stream and river banks

Key properties: buton UV Stable
  buton Temperature resistant to 60°C
  buton Weather/Frost resistant
  buton Strong inter-links to lock together adjacent cell pavers
  buton Manufactured from recycled HDPE
  buton 500x500x40mm with 4nr 25mm ground spikes per paver
  buton 80mm Octagonal cells
  buton Cell walls 2.7 to 3.2mm thick
  buton Openness 95% top / 75% base
  buton Load Bearing Capacity (filled with stone) 150 tonnes/m²

cellpave40 with grass infill

Cellpave40 with grass infill for off-road parking

cellpave 40 in car park
Cellpave 40 for car park areas
marker caps in cellpave 40
Optional marker caps in Cellpave 40
CellPave 50 on West Bay Beach Car Park
CellPave 50 on West Bay, Dorset Beach Car Park - Read more about CellPave 50

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Cellpave™ 65

The perfect choice for heavier projects, where greater number of vehicle movements may be expected, or more massive loads encountered.

Made in the UK in a neutral black colour and the go-to choice for many basic commercial installations.

Applications:
  buton Access Roads
  buton Public parking areas/Park & Ride
  buton Overspill/Event parking
  buton Emergency access routes
  buton Reinforcement and securing of embankments
  buton Reinforcement for airstrips
  buton Helicopter landing pads
cellpave 65

Key properties: buton As for the Cellpave™ 40 plus:~
  buton Designed to flex, expand and contract with temperature variations
  buton 500x500x65mm grid
  buton Wall thickness of 4mm
  buton Can easily carry 44 tonne vehicles

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Cellpave 65 in position
cellpave 65 filled with gravel
Cellpave 65 filled with gravel

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Bodpave™ 85

UK manufactured from waste plastic, these cell pavers are intended for commercial applications.
Applications:
  buton Car & Coach Parking
  buton Overspill car parks
  buton Golf buggy paths
  buton Emergency access routes
  buton Aircraft taxiways
  buton Helipads
  buton Shared driveways
  buton Suds Source Control areas
bodpave 85

Key properties: buton Load Bearing capacity of up to 400 t/m²
  buton Static axle loads of up to 60 kN
  buton 18 ground spikes per paver give excellent ground contact and superb shearing resistance
  buton Designed to flex, expand and contract with temperature variations
  buton Supplied as panels of 4 pre-connected pavers covering 1m²
  buton 24 inter-links per paver for excellent lateral stability

Bodpave 85 being installed
Bodpave 85 being installed
Bodpave filled with golden gravel
Bodpave 85 filled with golden gravel
Bodpave for car parking
Bodpave 85 for car parking

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Cellpave™ HD

The big ‘un – a truck-grade heavy duty cell paver designed for the toughest jobs.

A real and recyclable challenger to concrete systems.

Applications:
  buton HGV and Coach parking
  buton Emergency access routes
  buton Highway Verge Reinforcement
  buton FLT loading/unloading yards
Cellpave HD

Key properties: buton UK Made from 100% recycled post-industrial polymers
  buton Chunky 600x400x75mm pavers
  buton Wall thickness of 35mm
  buton Cell dimensions of 104x104mm
  buton Neutral dark grey colour
  buton Endlessly re-usable
  buton Ideal for temporary site compounds and contractors' yards
Cellpave HD for truck parking
Cellpave HD for truck parking
Cellpave HD filled with gravel
Cellpave HD filled with gravel...
Cellpave HD filled with grass
...and works well with grass
Cellpave HD carrying heavy fork lift truck
Cellpave HD for the toughest jobs!
CellPave HD at Chesil Beach Car Park
CellPave HD at Chesil Beach Car Park

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Typical Build-up:

The key to success with all cell pavers comes from the sub-layers, particularly the construction of a sound and reliable sub-base. On many applications, this will incorporate geo-textiles and/or geo-grids, but the full specification for any given project is usually determined on a case-by-case basis.

GroundTrax provide a technical assistance service to help ensure the sub-layers are adequate for any given application - contact details are given below.

However, the cross-section drawing below gives a 'typical' build-up that should help aid understanding of how a cell paver pavement is actually constructed.

typical build-up for cellular pavers
Typical build-up for cellular pavers - exact sepcification depends on project - details available from GroundTrax

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Find Out More:

Groundtrax Systems Ltd

Station Yard,
Ripley,
Harrogate,
North Yorkshire
HG3 3BA

T: +44 (0) 3456 800 008
E:
W: www.groundtrax.com

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