SureCell®, the easy sub-base option from SureSet

Category: Product Information and Technical, Sureset Blog

Posted 3rd June 2016 by Jim Newton


Looking for an easy to install sub-base?

Also known as ground reinforcement, SureCell® is our own cellular grid structure sub-base made from 100% recycled plastic.

Features of SureCell:

  • Easy and quick to install – a 50m² driveway can be laid in one day
  • Available as ‘supply and lay’ or ‘supply only’ in a TradePack® to install yourself
  • Can be reused
  • Can be used with resin bound paving, loose stone and grass
  • Low/no-dig option – full depth is only 82mm
  • Can be laid directly onto levelled sub-grade (i.e. soil/stone)
  • Fully permeable and compliant with SuDS
  • Can be made stronger by doubling the depth of SureCell
  • Super-strong and high load bearing (full technical and environmental information can be found at the end of this Blog)
  • Covered by our 18 year guarantee
  • Provides natural filtration: as surface or rain water seeps through the sub-base a natural filtration takes place – reducing or removing impurities and pollutants caused by oils and metals.  


Just three layers to a fully permeable surface solution…

From the top down there are three layers to a fully permeable surface – each one an integral part of the reinforcement and filtration system:

First (top) layer
10mm SureSet (SuDS mix) installed @ 30mm depth.

Second layer
SureCell infilled with gravel – suitable for pedestrian and vehicular traffic. For heavy use another layer of SureCell is added.

Third layer
After the removal of vegetation and debris to create a level and compacted sub-grade, a geo-textile membrane layer is laid to prevent the upward migration of fine soil particles.

Alternative top layers: SureCell can also be infilled with plants and/or grass – providing protection for vegetation, natural drainage and softening the look of a space – or crushed rock or gravel – providing a strong base suitable for pedestrian and light vehicular traffic.

Edging options:

  • Aluminium
  • Timber
  • Brick
  • For a natural look the SureSet layer can be rounded off (recommended for pathways only).

Environmental benefits of SureCell:

Made from 100% recycled material (HDPE), grid structures create a fully permeable reinforced stable base, without the need for a cementitious or bitumen based products. HDPE is inert and stable, with an expected lifespan of over 50 years.

CIRIA, the leading body in SuDS research, states that a permeable surface can remove 60-95% of suspended solids and 70-90% of hydrocarbons.

With a grid structure being built-up rather than excavated down, the no dig situation eliminates potential damage to trees and plants.

No digging and reducing the amount and type of infill a grid structure requires, reduces the need for heavy machinery. This has a knock on effect on pollution and the carbon footprint and minimizes on-site disruption from dust, erosion and runoff.

The long-term design life of grid structures mean that maintenance, associated environmental and long-term environmental costs are significantly reduced.  

Technical information:

  • A SureSet aggregate size of 10mm requires a standard depth of 30mm
  • SureCell 52mm depth fully connected cellular reinforcement structure infilled with well compacted 4/10mm crushed aggregate to BS EN 12620
  • For heavier applications two layers of 52mm SureCell can be installed.

Watch our SureCell installation video.

For more information please visit our website, call 01985 841180 or email us

Please note SureSet offices will be closed over the Bank Holiday Weekend, which also means there will be no deliveries within this time. Dismiss