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BODPAVE™ 85 – Gravel-filled porous car parking (National Memorial Arboretum)

Image of Terram's product Bodpave 85 being used to create a gravel-filled porous car parking at the National Memorial Arboretum.



Gravel-filled porous car parking


Alrewas, Staffordshire


National Memorial Arboretum

Main Contractor

Stepnell Ltd

Sub-Contractor (Ground works)

Tim Bates Plant Hire of Burton on Trent


BodPave™ 85


BodPave™ 85

Application Function


Market Sector

Civil Engineering & Building (Car Park)

Product Solutions

The National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) is the UK’s centre for remembrance, recognising service and sacrifice from groups including the military, police and charities. The site, in Alrewas,  Staffordshire, welcomes around 300,000 visitors a year, including politicians and royalty. In 2015, work began on the NMA’s new £15.7 million Remembrance Centre to include a learning centre, exhibition spaces, café and retail area. As part of this, work was needed on the car parking bays in the main car park.

BodPave™ 85 porous plastic pavers – 3,000 sqm – were installed in the main car park, providing a cost-effective, sustainable, porous drainage system robust enough to support the weight of parked cars and stabilising the surface layer of architectural gravel.

Gary Dimmack, contracts manager for Tim Bates Plant Hire, said: “The BodPave™ 85 units are very robust, making the task of achieving good line and level very easy. They are extremely lightweight and easy to handle yet once installed they are very rigid particularly when filled with gravel.”

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