Recycled Plastic Ground Reinforcement Grid

Make car parks, access roads, laybys and pathways flood-resistant, firm, safe and more hard-wearing with Hebden X Grids ground reinforcement grids.

The Basics

  • Fill with gravel or topsoil + grass seed, for a turfed finish
  • Low maintenance
  • Wheelchair-friendly
  • Weather resistant from -50C to 90C
  • UV stable
  • Easy to install – lay 100m2 in one hour
  • UK made
  • 100% recycled and recyclable

For Roads and Car Parks

Hebden X Grids will reinforce ground and provide a solid surface, able to take the weight of the majority of UK road-going vehicles. They’ve been used by National Highways (formerly Highways England) for laybys and service roads, as well as numerous private companies for access roads, pathways and car parks (delineators are available for marking spaces). With a loading capacity of 420 tonnes/m2, it’s DIN 1072-compliant, so meets regulations for use in roads and footbridges.

Rural Applications

Use wherever there is erosion or slippage of earth to firm and contain the ground, eliminating the need for annual backfilling. It’s a great choice for high-traffic gateways and paths prone to pitting and churning as well as preventing ‘desire lines’. It’s safe for equines, too.

Flood-Resistance and Alleviation

Wherever it’s used, it increases the capacity of that area to hold water, drawing excess down into its cellular structure and holding it until the ground beneath is able to reabsorb. It’s SUDS-compliant, so is appropriate for use in urban developments and doesn’t require planning permission for domestic driveways.


Hebden X Grids also prevent gravel from sinking around wheels, permitting inclusive access to users of a variety of mobility aids, including wheelchairs (both manual and electric). It’s part M-approved, so meets all the regulations – and is the surface of choice – for areas offering public access.

Download the technical installation guide

Our Hebden X-Grids are made from recycled British industrial plastic, sourced in the Midlands.

Yes they can. Depending on the gradient they may also need some of our U Pins or J Pins to fix them more firmly to the ground.
1 in 8, or 12%, is a reliable maximum.

Calculations are done slightly differently, as this can depend on how many wheels, what size tyre and a number of other factors.
One of the main tests is how much weight can be applied to an un-filled square metre before it collapses, which is 420 tonnes in this case.
The maximum axle weight of 30 tonnes is a more practical indicator, as this shows that our grids are suitable for any UK road-legal vehicle, assuming the sub-base has appropriately installed for the type of traffic expected.

No, it isn’t at all true. Moulds for these type of products are costly, so when manufacturers have stock of 50mm and 80mm products it is understandable that they will want to get rid of them, but we have been selling 40mm grids to people like England Highways, various Police forces, the Ministry of Defence, Transport for London and many others since 2008.

The grids arrive to you on a pallet and clicked together in nines to make a square metre, so once the base has been prepared, they can be laid by pretty much anyone at a rate of 100m2 per hour. It really is very swift.

93% of the grid is an open structure, meaning that the vast majority of rain that falls on them heads straight back to the water table, rather than being forced into an overburdened drainage system, as would be the case with tarmac.
Any method of “slowing the flow” of rain water reduces the risk and subsequent impact of flooding.

We used to supply them in green or white, but due to the very high costs involved and the fact that over 99% of orders were for black, these colours have now been discontinued. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.