The proposed driveway surface needs to be dug off to a minimum depth of 175mm, or thicker if trafficked by heavier vehicles such as vans and pick-up trucks. Ensure the removal of all weeds and other unwanted organic matter.
The subbase to the driveway is important to ensure the finished drive has the strength and must be well compacted to prevent settlement that otherwise could occur at a later date. The subbase will comprise of an MOT Type1 aggregate ideally to a depth of 125-150mm compacted using a vibrating plate. A top surface of 40mm thick slate aggregate should then be raked to get an even surface dressing to a depth of approx. 50mm, and again compacted with a vibrator plate to ensure there are no soft spots over the drive area, and spread a top dressing of slate aggregate if required to ensure the surface is evenly spread and to the required finished surface level.