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Building a driveway on retaining wall platform

We are looking to build a driveway on our new property. The front garden is around 1.5 meters lower than the street level and sloped down steeply down to about 2.5-3 meters.

Neighbouring houses have installed driveways by either 1) adding horizontal beams that attach to the wall of their property and building a platform on top or 2) building a raised platform of three retaining walls up to street level. I don't have a clue where to start really and have been researching for weeks now without a clear answer.

Do we need to contact an architect to design the solution first or can we approach builders/landscapers directly? Obviously if an architect has to draw up a design it will probably double the cost. What type of builder/landscaper would we need to contact for advice?

Unfortunately the neighbours moved in after the driveways where built so they where not able to help point us in the right direction.

I appreciate anyone being able to point me in the right direction.

1 Answer from a MyBuilder Driveway Paver

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A raised platform is possible; we regularly build integral garages with the vehicles supported on a concrete beam and block floor with a void underneath. These floors are specified by the manufacturer, and supported on masonry. Floorspan UK are a company we commonly use, so you could look to contact them to specify your exact requirements.


Answered 16th Aug 2017

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