, 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. Flagstones 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
A Handbook of Segmental Paving
A little dated, now, but still a useful source of ideas
Specification for Highway Works
The road-builder's bible. Guaranteed cure for insomnia, but needed on every contract job in the land
Roadwork: Theory and Practice 6th ed.
The set text for roads and streetworks. A useful handbook but not as detailed as one might wish.
Design, construction, repair, renovation and replacement of highway infrastructure
Highways, 5th Edition
The leading text for highway engineers
New Roads And Streetworks Act (NRSWA)
Specification for the reinstatement of openings in highways: code of practice for England - The rule book for working on the highways
Safety at Street Works and Road Works
Essential guidance on the correct use of tactile paving
New Roads And Streetworks Act (NRSWA)
Code of practice for the co-ordination of street works and works for road purposes and related matters
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
Sewers for adoption
The essential reference book for all sewer works.
External Works, Roads and Drainage
Nicely targeted between theory and practice. Very useful.
Civil Engineering Standard Methods of Measurement:
CESMM4 - measuring up or preparing BoQs - you need this.
Urban Drainage, Fourth Edition
Great guide to a subject of ever-growng importance
Spon's Pricing Books
Building and Gardening
The book that should be item number one on the shopping list of every self-builder. Totally invaluable.
Essential reading for anyone creating or maintaining a garden
Foundations and Concrete Work
Great introduction to the dark arts of concreting
Building Construction Handbook
Essential primer for the construction trade
Books for students and other layabouts
Landscape and Garden Design Sketchbook:
Loads of inspiration
Construction Detailing for Landscape and Garden Design:
US-ian in origin but so many fantastic detail drawings
A Dictionary of Construction, Surveying, and 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
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 Volume 1:: Enclosures: 001
Landscape Detailing, Volume 2 : Surfaces
Landscape Detailing Volume 3: Structures v. 3
Landscape Detailing Volume 4: Water
Construction Detailing for Landscape and Garden Design: Surface, steps and margins
Construction Detailing for Landscape and Garden Design: Urban Water Features
How to Build Dry-Stacked Stone Walls: Design and Build Walls, Bridges and Follies Without Mortar
Worth it for the photographs alone!
Irish Stone Walls
The definitive book about a national institution written by a national institution
Building with Lime
Probably the best all-round guide to using lime mortars for all aspects of construction
The Art of the Stonemason
Great Introduction and something of an eye-opener
Music to lay paving to...
Latest "must hear" music
Need some sounds to increase your workrate? Let Vintage Trouble put those ants in yer pants!
Albums to experience before you retire...
The most exciting contemporary soul and funk performer - Janelle Monae: a force of nature