One of the cornerstones of the British Recycled Plastic range has always been our Hebden system of cellular paving grids, designed to create robust, yet permeable, hard-standing for car parks and access roads.

Starting back in 2008 with the Hebden 40 and continuing through to the current Hebden X-Grid, the grids provide a strong matrix that can carry any road-legal vehicle and can be finished off with either gravel or grass, rather than non-porous materials like asphalt or block paving.

If the increase in flooding over the last few years in Britain has taught us anything, it is that, as a country, we can no longer just tarmac over anywhere we like without considering what is going to actually happen to the rainwater that that falls. Particularly in urban areas, much of the drainage system in Britain dates back to Victorian times and just can’t cope with more impermeable surfaces forcing yet more water into the pipes every time it rains.

This permeability however isn’t the only thing that’s great about the Hebden X-Grids and other products like it. Not only is it far more aesthetically pleasing than swathes of dull grey tarmac, it often doesn’t need planning permission.

The car park below is at the Runcorn Hill Visitor Centre and has been installed by the Casey Group.

The permeable Hebden X-Grid cellular paving from British Recycled Plastic finished with grass at the Runcorn Visitor Centre

The permeable Hebden X-Grid cellular paving from British Recycled Plastic finished with grass at the Runcorn Visitor Centre

The permeable Hebden X-Grid cellular paving from British Recycled Plastic finished with gravel at the Runcorn Visitor Centre