Last updated on March 31st, 2022
Brick driveway cost guide
It’s easy to see why brick driveways are popular. They’re highly versatile and easily personalised, with lots of colours and patterns to choose from. However, brick paving can be very time and labour-intensive to lay compared to other options such as concrete, or large paving slabs. In this guide, we’ll look at the average brick driveway cost, including this extra installation time.
It’s easy to see why brick driveways are popular. They’re highly versatile and easily personalised, with lots of colours and patterns to choose from. If laid properly, they’re also very durable and won’t fade over time.
However, brick paving can be very time and labour-intensive to lay compared to other options such as concrete, or large paving slabs.
In this guide, we’ll look at the average brick driveway cost, including this extra installation time.
Cost of a brick driveway
|Cost provided item||Low cost||High cost||Average cost|
|Standard brick driveway cost (per m2)||£32||£65||£48|
|Brick paver driveway cost (per m2)||£60||£100||£80|
Our costs are ballpark averages – get a local tradesperson to quote now
The costs of installing a brick driveway depend on the size and complexity of the job, as well as the type and style of bricks you choose. You may also need to factor in the cost of any excavation or preparatory work. For example, laying a base layer and a weed-proof membrane for your driveway.
The average standard brick driveway cost is around £48 a square metre.
How much does a brick paver driveway cost?
Made from clay, a brick paver is more decorative than the ordinary brick you’d use to build the walls of your home. They can be made in all kinds of colours, shapes, patterns and textures. And unlike ordinary bricks, they don’t tend to have holes. They can also be much larger than bricks.
If you go for a premium paver, you can expect to pay around £60 and £100 a square metre for your driveway.
How much does an interlocking brick driveway cost?
An interlocking brick driveway is where the brick pavers are arranged in a particular pattern, where they ‘lock in’ perfectly with each other. One of the most popular interlocking paving patterns is herringbone.
Most standard interlocking patterns shouldn’t cost you any more in terms of materials or labour. But you can expect an extra cost if you stipulate an elaborate or unusual pattern, as this will naturally take a lot longer to lay.
Do I need planning permission for a brick paver driveway?
If your driveway is less than five metres square, you shouldn’t need planning approval. For driveways that are larger than five metres squared, whether or not you need planning permission all depends on the drainage situation. If you don’t install any drainage or use permeable pavers (which are porous, allowing water to drain through), you may need to seek planning permission. This is because excess water is likely to run off your drive and into a public drain.
It’s recommended to speak to your local authority for advice on your planned project.
Can I install a brick driveway myself?
You can install a brick driveway as a DIY project if you’re confident of your skills, but be aware that it will take quite a lot of time. It can also be tricky to make sure the driveway is level and even. If block paving is installed poorly, there’s a risk of ‘sinkage’. This is where pavers on an uneven level start to sink into the ground below. If you’re not sure, bring in an expert.