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Flagstones, the official Pavingexpert Bookshop presents a range of books and other reading material that will appeal to those with a deeper interest in the paving, drainage and hard-landscaping trades. All of these books have been selected for their first class content and direct relevence to the industry, and by purchasing through the links provided, the few coppers of commission received in return will help fund further development of this website and possibly provide the occasional pint of throat lubrication for a knackered ex-contractor.

If you know of any books that ought to be added to this selection, please !

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Paving and Roadworks

Brickwork & Paving for House & Garden

Guidebook to bricks and bricklaying, with a short section that looks at clay pavers.
From the publishers of Tony's book


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Segmental Paving

A little dated, now, but still a useful source of ideas


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Specification for Highway Works

The road-builder's bible. Guaranteed cure for insomnia, but needed on every contract job in the land

Roadworks

The set text for roads and streetworks. A useful handbook but not as detailed as one might wish.

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Paving the Way

An academic examination of streets, how they are built, how they are used and abused, how they are controlled and how they can be improved.

Understanding Tactile Paving

Essential guidance on the correct use of tactile paving

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Highways

Excellent reading for anyone involved in roads, road construction and/or traffic management


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Source Control Using Constructed Pervious Surfaces:

The title alone warns you that this is a serious academic tome, but it's essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the future of paving. Source control IS the paving technology of tomorrow


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Sewers for adoption

The essential reference book for all sewer works


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External Works, Roads and Drainage

Nicely targeted between theory and practice. Very useful


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Spon's Pricing Books

Used throughout the trade as the definitive reference to costing. Updated annually.

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Prices: Landscape and External Works Price Book


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Prices: Civil Engineering and Highway Works Price Book


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Prices: Architects' and Builders' Price Book


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Prices: Irish Construction Industry


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Prices: House Improvement Price Book


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Landscape Handbook


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Estimating: Minor landscaping, gardening and external works


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Building and Gardening

Housebuilder's Bible

The book that should be item number one on the shopping list of every self-builder. Totally invaluable.


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RHS Plants

Essential reading for anyone creating or maintaining a garden


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Books for students and other layabouts

Building Construction Handbook:

Incorporating Current Building and Construction Regulations - a "must have" book for any student of building.

Building Construction Handbook

The text and diagrams, but without the Regs.

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Dictionary of Civil Engineering

Should be on the desk of anyone involved in civils

Dictionary of Building

As with the CivEng dictionary - you'll never know how you managed without it

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Classic reference books for landscape students and designers. Geared more towards the landscape side of the industry, rather than the construction gangs, but invaluable to both.
Landscape Detailing: Surfaces


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Landscape Detailing: Structures


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Walling

Dry Stone Walling

Practical guide for beginners from the BTCV (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers)

Irish Stone Walls

The definitive book about a national institution written by a national institution

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Building with Lime

Probably the best all-round guide to using lime mortars for all aspects of construction


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The Art and Craft of Stonework

A US book, but useful nonetheless for inspiration. Some of the construction methods are....well....very American.


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Music to lay paving to...

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This month's must hear

How can two blokes make so much noise and sound *this* good? I dare you not to tap your feet or nod your head!

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Those who know music, know LCD Soundsystem. Those who love music, love LCD Soundsystem!