What is it?

Ecogrid for general/ fire access routes


The Problem:


Firefighting operations are often hindered by the lack or poor quality of access lanes and parking and turning areas. In addition to unprofessionally constructed ground reinforcement and poor material quality, “gravel grass” can be one of the main reasons for failing access lanes and surfaces. The reason for this is the development of organic material (Humus) Mud add­led tire treads and getting stuck in the mud can delay

Lifesaving access to the site an emergency situation. The quick extinguishing of ­re and other life saving measures can be compromised even with four wheel drive vehicles, and this not only with wet ground.


Additionally the use of parking and turning areas with soft sub bases is also problematic for rescue and firefighting vehicles. Modern extension ladder vehicles quickly detect sinking in soft ground and shut down automatically. The secure and stable positioning and extension of the ladder is thus impossible! Most

Fire and rescue vehicles are not fitted with suitable tyres and four-wheel drive. Not to mention:

Access to the emergency location does not necessarily mean secure parking!


The requirements:


Access roads, parking and turning surfaces have to meet the minimum standards of the Road Building Class VI (Guidelines for standardising vehicular tracked surfaces- RStO)- section from “Fire access surfaces” (TBB/ DIN 14090).


Minimum 3 m with straight entrances


Minimum 3.5 m with by entrances bordered with Structures, where both side >= 12m


Total allowed weight minimum 16t Load ability: min, 10t per axle i.e. vehicle min 7m x 12m *


Dimensions: including extensions (4m) in front and rear of turning areas.

Excavation is as little as 120mm for standard vehicle domestic applications meaning that there are a number of inherent advantages:

  • Less excavation therefore less waste to landfill and quicker preparation
  • Less requirement for hard-core
  • Swift installation of the entire base system at 100 metres per man per hour
  • No down time due to inclement weather as the base can be laid in the wet
  • No inconvenience to clients as the grids are immediately load bearing

Once the Ecogrid is laid, any shapes or angular cuts can be put in with a standard angle grinder, the grids will cut at walking pace.

Where can it be used?

The surfacing can be used for all areas that either require a load bearing, aesthetic and very permeable surface for loadings from a small child to articulated lorries turning in an external warehousing facility. Pathways, emergency access routes, domestic driveways, commercial car parks to name just a few applications.

The Benefits:


Ecogrid has been manufactured in Germany for over 20 years from 100% recycled content. Our ground reinforcement system includes a unique and proven safety locking element which has been proven millions of times. It is absolutely UV resistant, environmentally neutral, shatter poof, and long-life.

The intense stress and loading of Ecogrid by snow removal equipment is absolutely problem free, and even with aggressive salting no damage occurs. Simple and quick installation combined with ultra-high load ability and 20 year factory warranty ensures an outstanding value.


The Solution:



The Ecogrid system reinforces or “paves” the ground surface without sealing it. This means that even with high surface loads (800 t2 / m, depending on soil type) the rainwater/surface water can easily infiltrate the ground, usually without additional complex drainage elements. This also means in some cases (depending on government) there is no storm water tax per surface area. Because the Ecogrid system can be filled with different materials it allows total design freedom for landscaping. Ecogrid ensures safe access and parking/turning of emergency vehicles.

How to?

Once the surface has been excavated and  prepared, the grids are swiftly laid on the screed level, curves are formed with our unique curving piece. A retaining edge strip and secure anchor system is available to form a barrier, impeding the travelling of infill material away from the surface (only necessary if you want to’override’ the grid surface with stone.  It should be noted that the fill material should be sharp angular stone and range from 5-10mm. River bed or rounded stone can be used but this material doses not lock together as well as angular.


We offer a wide variety of aggregate options and blends thereof in all naturally shaded options.


We supply a firm clip and fix edging system that offers a guide to ensure continuous levels across surfaces as well as the ability to cut patterns and curves to surfaces.

We also have a unique curving piece to ensure continuous curving of grid based surfaces without the need for cutting. We have a variety of UV stable markers to delineate parking bays and new for 2015 will be a clip and fix LED lighting marker in four different colours.

Products Suitable for Access Routes

Light/Medium vehicle loading and domestic applications

With a medium profile and an incredible load bearing capacity of 500 tonnes per square meter when filled, EcoGrid EH40 is more than capable of withstanding the pressures of a domestic driveway.

For more information regarding EcoGrid EH40 click here

Heavy vehicle loading and commercial applications

With a loading capacity of up to 800 tonnes per square meter when filled, EcoGrid E50 is a heavy hitter that can handle industrial pressure. Whether you have a parking bay for cargo transport or an aircraft landing strip E50 is the grid for the job.

For more information regarding EcoGrid E50 click here

Heavy loading applications

With a loading capacity of 800 tonnes per square metre and a range of styling choices EcoGrid Bloxx suites any load bearing application

For more information regarding EcoGrid Bloxx click here

How to start planning a gravel driveway

Firstly we would recommend looking at the PDF resources below. These provide a comprehensive guide for the installation of EcoGrid and adding the gravel surface as well as giving real life examples of EcoGrid being used for this task.

Installation Instructions

EcoGrid fire access case study

EcoGrid Brochure

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