Schools, University & Hospital Parking

Car parking at schools, universities and hospitals is always limited and increasingly strict Planning Regulations and Environment Agency controls require these educational and public sector premises to provide innovative, engineered reinforced surface solutions which are also SuDS compliant and environmentally sympathetic.

Conventional hard-paved car parking surfaces are costly and have become less desirable or acceptable due to the volume of surface water run-off. Sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) which attenuate surface water run-off must be considered alongside options such as reinforced gravel and grass surfaces to further limit visual and environmental impact.

A robust cellular permeable paving system is often specified for car parking bays and running access lanes. Interlocking porous plastic pavers provide a surface stabilisation solution that is free-draining and can be designed in conjunction with a SuDS system to manage rainwater run-off. Cellular plastic porous pavers can be filled with selected porous gravel that is retained within the grid’s cells, or can be grassed to blend in with the natural environment to accommodate the increased desire for green surfacing wherever practical.

A grass car park is also a more aesthetic solution for overflow and temporary parking areas, providing the same sustainable urban drainage system benefits as a gravel surface. With the correct construction, a permeable paving grid system can form part of sustainable urban drainage system.

Typical applications

ABG supply the following permeable product solutions that are suitable for stabilising grass or gravel car parks:

Sudspave Permeable Paving Grids

Sudspave permeable plastic interlocking pavers are designed for car park applications where a free-draining stabilised surface is desired. The pavers can be filled with a gravel fill or grass finish and are ideal for parking bays. The construction profile allows rainwater to run-through the paver fill, through the permeable sub-base and into the sub-soil. Ideal for access routes and parking bays at schools and hospitals.

Truckcell Heavy-Duty Porous Pavers

Truckcell™ is a heavy-duty, cellular porous paving system designed for intensive usage and high-load traffic applications. Suitable for parking areas for cars, vans, trucks and coaches. With a gravel fill, the plastic grids provide a structural surface ideal for parking areas, access roads and fire access routes to the school, university or Hospital buildings.


Hospital car parking with a retained gravel SuDS surface

Sudspave permeable paving grids being installed at Wexham Hospital near Slough

Installation of ABG Sudspave at Derby University

Derby University access and parking areas

The ABG technical team work with clients to design and supply suitable SuDS compliant permeable car parking solutions for hospitals, schools, universities and other public sector car parking requirements. Contact our team with your project requirements.

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