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!


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:

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

Key properties:

  • UV Stable
  • Temperature resistant to 60°C
  • Weather/Frost resistant
  • Strong inter-links to lock together adjacent cell pavers
  • Manufactured from recycled HDPE
  • 500x500x40mm with 4nr 25mm ground spikes per paver
  • 80mm Octagonal cells Cell walls 2.7 to 3.2mm thick
  • Openness 95% top / 75% base
  • Load Bearing Capacity (filled with stone)
  • 150 tonnes/m² 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
Cell Pave 50 on West Bay, Dorset Beach Car Park - Read more about CellPave 50

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:

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

Key properties:

  • As for the Cellpave™ 40 plus:~
  • Designed to flex, expand and contract with temperature variations
  • 500x500x65mm grid
  • Wall thickness of 4mm
  • Can easily carry 44 tonne vehicles
cellpave 65
Cellpave 65 in position
cellpave 65 filled with gravel
Cellpave 65 filled with gravel

Bodpave™ 85

UK manufactured from waste plastic, these cell pavers are intended for commercial applications.

Applications:

  • Coach Parking
  • Overspill car parks
  • Golf buggy paths
  • Emergency access routes
  • Aircraft taxiways
  • Helipads
  • Shared driveways
  • Suds Source Control areas
bodpave 85

Key properties:

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

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:

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

Key properties:

  • UK Made from 100% recycled post-industrial polymers
  • Chunky 600x400x75mm pavers
  • Wall thickness of 35mm
  • Cell dimensions of 104x104mm
  • Neutral dark grey colour
  • Ideal for temporary site compounds and contractors' yards
  • Endlessly re-usable
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

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

Contact GroundTrax:

Address


GroundTrax Sytstems Ltd.
Station Yard,
Ripley,
Harrogate,
North Yorkshire
HG3 3BA

Telephone


Tel: +44 (0) 3456 800 008