CORE DRIVE

Gravel Stabiliser.

Setting industry standards with its heat-welded membrane, sleek design, and iconic honeycomb shape, CORE DRIVE is the ideal solution for creating smart, stable driveways and parking areas.

While gravel offers an attractive, affordable, and versatile surface for landscaping and construction projects, it can shift and spread if it’s not suitably controlled. Our stabilising cellular grids provide an effective solution by creating a porous base that keeps gravel in place.

Site Specific Solutions.

Incredibly easy to install, cost-effective and virtually invisible once filled, CORE DRIVE is unlike any grid on the market. Our grids are specifically designed for different traffic types and site conditions, whether your project is a sloping residential driveway or a busy commercial parking area, CORE DRIVE has got you covered. 

  • SuDS Compliant
  • DDA Compliant
  • Eco-Friendly
  • Easy Line Marking
  • Low Cost
  • No Weeds
  • Stabilises Gravel
  • Market Leading Strength

The CORE DRIVE system can be used to construct new porous driveways, or it can be installed over existing surfaces. For more information, please download our installation guides:

New Drive ConstructionOver Existing Hard SurfaceSub Base Calculation

Why Choose CORE DRIVE?

CORE DRIVE is produced directly by the team at CORE LP and is designed with more than 40 years of industry experience in mind. We know how important it is for landscaping products to work effectively and stand the test of time. For that reason we are dedicated to using premium materials for optimum strength and durability. 

These are some of the key benefits of using CORE DRIVE:

High Load Bearing.

The honeycomb construction of CORE DRIVE forms tightly packed pockets of loose gravel, which create a completely porous, hard standing surface. The finished result can easily withstand extreme pressure from vehicular traffic without aggregate displacement, creating one of the most versatile, cost effective paving solutions.

Interlocking Cell Shape.

Our CORE DRIVE gravel stabilisation grid provides hassle-free gravel paving for all types of vehicle or pedestrian traffic with no compromise in strength and durability – the cell shape allows you to interlock the sheets as you lay them to avoid any gaps.

Clipping on Slopes.

Our premium product, CORE DRIVE 50-35HD features an interlocking mechanism on all four sides. This means that adjacent panels can connect seamlessly in any direction, forming a continuous surface. 

This feature is particularly beneficial for steeply sloped driveways (over 1:10 gradient), as it eliminates any potential grid shifting.

Combined with the heat welded membrane, this unique design allows us to produce one of the thinnest, strongest, and least obtrusive driveway grid systems available in today’s market, making it an exceptional choice for projects that simply require the best product available.

Incredible Drainage Capabilities.

Perfect for fully SuDS compliant build ups or simple free draining surfaces capable of withstanding heavy traffic.

The membrane allows rainfall to permeate back down into the ground below for natural drainage – ensuring that your system never waterlogs and isn’t damaged by flooding in any areas.

Unique Honeycomb Design.

The honeycomb shape is one of the strongest and most efficient shapes found in nature. The hexagonal shape distributes force evenly, providing maximum strength with minimal material. This makes the honeycomb ideal for applications where weight and space are limited, but strength is crucial.

CORE DRIVE’s hexagonal ‘honeycomb’ design, combined with our custom blend of high density polyethylene (HDPE) material, and high-quality geotextile base combine to create, possibly the strongest, most aesthetically pleasing grid on todays market.

Attached High Quality Membrane.

Thanks to its advanced manufacturing process, CORE DRIVE has a thermally welded, high-quality geotextile membrane added to the underside of each panel. This attachment to the honeycomb structure forms a tray for the gravel to sit in, effectively preventing any from moving beneath the grid and causing damage. This ensures enhanced durability and performance.  

 

CORE DRIVEBenefits.

Find out the benefits of our core drive. Whether you’re looking for a SUDS complaint drive or a DDA complaint gravel surface we will be able to help.

  • SuDS Compliant
  • DDA Compliant
  • Eco-Friendly
  • Line Marking
  • Low Cost
  • No Weeds
  • Stabilises Gravel
  • Ultimate Strength

CORE DRIVEVideos.

Browse our informative videos demonstrating the straightforward installation process and showcasing the key benefits of using this system for your projects.

Frequently Asked Questions.

What vehicles can use CORE DRIVE?

CORE DRIVE can be used by almost any wheeled vehicle, we have grids suitable for vehicles ranging from golf buggies to fire engines. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly to discuss the best grid for your project.

Please note, whilst some of our grids are capable of taking HGV traffic loads, no plastic gravel stabilising grid available on today’s market will withstand the immense pressure and friction created by the screwing action of a large vehicle performing a stationary manoeuvre.

Can CORE DRIVE be used on driveways that are on a slope?

Yes!

CORE DRIVE grids can be used on driveways that have up to a 12.5% gradient, Please see recommended grids below and their capabilities:

  • CORE DRIVE 40-30 (up to a 1-in-10 fall) 10% gradient for domestic use.
  • CORE DRIVE 50-35 HD (up to a 1-in-8 fall) 12.5% gradient for domestic use.

If you are planning to use CORE DRIVE on an area that has a steep gradient and it is likely that your vehicle will come to a complete standstill whilst still on the gradient, We would advise on taking the precautionary measure to install ‘traction strips’ across the driveway to help provide the initial traction required that will allow your vehicle to pull-off and accelerate on the slope without wheel-spinning.

If a vehicle looses traction on the slope and begins to wheel spin this will inevitably lead to a risk of damaging the grid. If there are any areas on the driveway where it looks like a loss of traction may be unavoidable due to design or curvature of the drive, we recommend installing a hardstanding such as block paving, macadam, or similar surface to these areas to help maintain traction and preserve the longevity of your new driveway!

Is CORE DRIVE environmentally friendly?

Yes!

CORE DRIVE provides a porous paving solutions which returns water back to the environment where it belongs instead of pooling or causing the flooding problems of traditional driveway surfaces. In addition CORE DRIVE is made from pure white recyclable virgin Polypropylene (PP) or High Density Polyethylene (HDPE). The HDPE products are also available in 100% recycled options.

Are CORE DRIVE installations easy to maintain?

Yes!

While you do not have the rutting and aggregate migration of traditional gravel installations, you still need to occasionally rake the gravel.

If you can see the CORE DRIVE structure, you should rake the gravel to completely cover the honeycomb, thus preventing damage.

Is there a suggested speed limit for CORE DRIVE grids?

In theory there is no suggested speed limit. However if you were to break sharply the friction caused by the skidding vehicle would be similar to that of a wheel-spinning vehicle. This could potentially damage the CORE DRIVE grid.  For this reason we would advise a maximum speed limit of 5mph.

Is CORE DRIVE easy to install?

Yes!

Please take a quick look at our install video to see how easy it really is.

What type of gravel should I use?

For best results we recommend using a 6-12mm angular aggregate as this helps the surface dressing to stay in place, and ensures an attractive surface. However, CORE DRIVE grid will work with aggregate sizes up to 20mm.

Your finished CORE DRIVE will consist of hundreds if not thousands of small cells full of loose aggregate. This unique design prevents the aggregate from shifting or over compacting.

Is CORE DRIVE SuDS Compliant?

Yes.

Our products are one of the best Sustainable Urban Drainage Solutions available.

A SuDS compliant sub base build up should contain nothing smaller than 2mm in its construction, this is referred to as a  ‘no fines’ or ‘reduced fines’ build up. By using a reduced fines sub base material such as type 3 or 4-40mm clean aggregate, below a grit bedding layer, the water is able to infiltrate through the complete build up and back into the subsoil.

Whilst all of our grids are completely porous and can therefore form a SuDS  surface course, the free moving loose aggregate  layers required to form a truly SuDS compliant surface can prove difficult to compact adequately to provide a sufficiently stable sub base.

Is CORE DRIVE Suitable for wheelchair users (DDA Compliant)

With regard to local government approval of our system there is no such document or set standard in the UK with reference to disabled access, which is why we refer to the American version in our literature where we have obtained U.S. approval.

In the UK Governments approved document, part M “access to and use of buildings” it states that the surface of an approach available to a wheelchair user should be firm enough to support the weight of the user and his or her wheelchair and smooth enough to permit easy manoeuvre. It should also take account of the needs of stick and crutch users.

Loose laid materials such as gravel and shingle are considered unsuitable for the approach. However we have proven through video footage and case study that loose aggregate laid in a CORE DRIVE or CORE PATH stabiliser is sufficiently stable to allow safe passage for all of the above named users.

Will weeds grow through the gravel?

No.

The geotextile membrane that is heat welded to the bottom of CORE DRIVE prevents weed growth from underneath the grid. You may however experience a few air borne weeds that are caused by birds dropping seeds or natural pollination; these can be easily removed due to the fact they are restricted to rooting in a single cell full of loose gravel.

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