Re-surfaced Tarmac Pathways at Wiveliscombe Primary School

ABACUS CONSTRUCTION is a school builder that will be able to turn your school construction, school classrooms refurbishment, school fencing, school repair, or school building project into a reality.

exor awards

With imagination and an eye for detail in school construction, ABACUS CONSTRUCTION will deliver on quality and price. We are independently exor accredited in school construction and hold the exor gold award for our high standards of quality and service.

For example, we can provide a whole range of landscaping services, including tarmac and block paved paths and walkways, turfed or artificial grass areas, willow structures and flower beds.

Here are some recent photos of a project we completed where we re-surfaced Tarmac pathways at Wiveliscombe (Somerset) Primary School.

To find out more about our school building services, visit our Building In Schools website.

New Tarmac pathways around nursing home in Taunton, Somerset

From pathways and driveways to full roadways, Abacus Constructions can provide Tarmac (asphalt) for all types of projects. We can also add drop kerbs, drainage channels, and provide white lining to mark parking spaces.

In the photos below you can see the new Tarmac pathways we laid around a Taunton nursing home.

To see more examples of Tarmac projects, please visit our Groundworks and Paving websites.

Sub-Base Preparation Work for Self-Draining Block Pavers

We recently posted about sub-base preparation work, and here we have another example. This time we were preparing a surface for self-draining block pavers at a new car park at Bulford, Wellington Somerset.

The photos below show the different stages of the preparation.

For more information about our paving and landscaping services, please visit our Paving, Patios and Driveways and Landscaping websites.

Sub-Base Preparation (Type 3 Stone) for South Cerney Stone at Crosskeys, Taunton

A good sub-base is extremely important before applying the surface layer. The photos below show us preparing a sub-base, using type 3 stone, at Crosskeys, Taunton. The stone is raked out and then compacted to form a solid, level base. This driveway will then layed with South Cerney stone for a great finish.

For more information about our paving and landscaping services, please visit our Paving, Patios and Driveways and Landscaping websites.

Bee Swarm in Flat-Roofed Building to be Removed and Re-homed (Video).

With a full range of beekeeping and bee removal equipment, Abacus Beekeeper Bee Removal provides the safe, live and environmentally friendly, removal and rehoming of honeybee swarms and colonies, from man-made or natural locations. Based in Wellington Somerset, we cover the whole of the south-west of England

We always try to relocate honeybees and prevent them from returning, without causing any harm to the colony.

In the video below, Kevin Wendt explains the discovery of a swarm of bees in the ceiling of an old night-watchman’s office and how they will be carefully removed and re-homed in a hive.

To find out more about our harmless bee removal service, please visit our Beekeeper Bee Removal website.

Sunken Area With Oak Sleeper Raised Beds and Artificial Grass At Lyngford Park School, Taunton

Abacus Construction can provide a whole range of school landscaping services, including tarmac and block paved paths and walkways, turfed or artificial grass areas, willow structures and flower beds.

Here is a photo of a recent project we completed which included oak sleeper raised beds and artificial grass.

For more information about schools landscaping, please visit our Building In Schools website.

Topsoil Enhancement & Screening

At Abacus Sand & Stone we supply decorative aggregates, decorative gravel, blue slate chippings, pea shingle, pea gravel, sharp sand, scalpings, building sand and other building supplies, garden pebbles and other decorative stones, plus many more types of bulding materials and garden aggregates including high quality topsoil.

Here are two videos, one showing our topsoil and topsoil enhancer, and another showing the screening process which breaks down the larger clods of soil, and removes stones, roots and other unwanted matter.

To find out more and order aggregates, sabd, and topsoil, please visit the Sand & Stone Taunton website.

3 Sized Tumbled Edge Block Paving At The Rear Of St. George’s Church, Taunton

Abacus Construction can produce paved drives and pathways using a variety of materials and styles, from herringbone block paving, tumbled edge paving, granite sets, and many more.

Here is a recent example of 3 sized tumbled edge block paving that we laid at the rear of St. George’s Church, Taunton.

To see more examples of paving, please visit our Paving, Patios and Driveways website.

Installation and Extension of Dropped Kerbs

Abacus Construction are able to installl and extend dropped kerbs to allow vehicular access to property. We’ve recently published a leaflet which we’ve added to our relevant websites and have also published it here for infromation.


A vehicle dropped kerb – also called a dropped crossing – is a section of pavement or verge built to allow access to a property.

There are 3 main kerbs as follows:

  1. Full Kerb – see photo below, this is the normal kerb along the side of the road that means you need to step down (or up) when crossing the road
  • Drop Kerb – also known as a Flat Kerb (see drawing below), as its name suggests this is a kerb that is flat to the surface of the road & allows easier crossing for vehicles.
  • Splay Kerb – also known as a Taper Kerb (see drawing below), these go either side of the drop kerb

What is needed before a Dropped Kerb can be installed or extended?

A Section 184 Licence is required to install or extend a dropped kerb to a property. 

This licence is issued by the Highways department of the local council.  Applications typically take about a month to process and involve notifying those that have services (eg power, communications etc) that could be in the area (these are called Statutory Undertakings).   

Abacus are happy to quote to manage this process for you, make the application and approach Statutory Undertakings, submit the various notices etc.

In order to submit the application the following key pieces of information are required:

  • The number of drop kerbs (or flat kerbs) & splays (or tapered kerbs).  There are limits on the number of drop kerbs you can have, this is normally 4 drops & 2 splays as per the diagram below.

Layout of a typical single vehicle access crossing

  • Site Plan – this can be a photograph, of the front of the property, marked on this photos (ideally in red) the proposed position of the dropped kerb
  • Neighbouring property – there are regulations concerning the number of drop kerbs between properties.  This is so that pedestrians are not constantly going up and down along a piece of pavement, which could be difficult for those with pushchairs or wheelchairs.  If there are less than 3 full drop kerbs between neighbouring properties then the kerb between may have to also be dropped to form a continuous line of dropped kerbs.
  • Junction close by?  Again there is a requirement that the access must be more than 10M from a junction (15M on major road & busy junctions)
  • Street Furniture/drains etc – these may have to be moved or changed to allow access
  • Traffic Management – depending on the road situation it may be necessary for more formal traffic management to be used (eg traffic lights) or in some cases a road closure.  If a road closure is necessary a Section 50 licence will need to be obtained (this can take several months and needs to be in place before the Section 184 can be applied for – there are additional costs associated with this).

What do you need to do?

In order for Abacus to provide you with a quote for a drop kerb please supply the following photograph (these will be used in the event that the work is awarded to Abacus & you require us to apply for the Section 184 licence for you):

  1. Standing across the road directly in front of the property– if you can indicate on the pavement where you would like the drop kerb to be situated (place something on the pavement, eg pair of cones, bag etc each side).  Place the objects either end of where you would like the splay to start and finish – see drawing below of where to mark
  • Photo(s) of the  boundary of property on both sides,  showing clearly the existing kerbs, so that we can see how many full kerbs there are between the properties – this example we can clearly see the neighbour on the left but it’s not so clear how the property joins on the right hand side (the other side of the garage)

This following photo shows the number of kerbs between neighbours.

  1. If there is any street furniture/drains/trees on the pavement etc please ensure they are shown in the photos

Artificial Grass Is A Great Solution When The Real Thing Is Impractical

Artificial grass may sometimes seem like an unnatural way to landscape an area, but in some situations, it’s the best alternative. School play areas are one example. Where constant use would turn real grass into mud and require expensive upkeep, artificial grass is hard-wearing and requires little or no maintenance.

Plus, artificial grass has improved over the years to the point where it is only possible to tell it from the real thing at close inspection.

Abacus Construction can provide and install artificial grass for your school, garden or commercial land.

To prove how realistic artificial grass can be, here are some photos. *

Photo courtesy of Trulawn
Photo courtesy of Trulawn

Visit our Building In Schools, Groundworks, and Landscaping websites to see examples of projects where Acacus Construction has provided and installed artificial grass.