Tuffpave® is an approved thin surface course system (TSCS) produced in accordance with the Specification for Highway Works (SHW) 942. Tuffpave was developed for motorways and other major highways and can be laid by any licensed laying contractor.

Tuffpave uses high quality, high polished stone value (PSV) aggregates and our specially developed polymer modified bitumen (PMB). Tuffpave is tough on noise, skid resistance and wet weather spray with a texture that is retained throughout its service life. Tuffpave is also tough enough to stand up to heavy traffic yet provide an ultra-smooth ride. Tuffpave is laid by licensed contractors who have gone through an approval process with Heidelberg Materials. Tuffpave comes with a 5-year guarantee underwritten by the contractor.

Tuffpave can also be produced using Heidelberg Materials' era 140 warm mix asphalt process, meeting the requirements of current National Highways major network specifications.


Installation by licensed laying contractor in line with Heidelberg Materials own installation manual in accordance with SHW Clause 942.


  • 5-year performance guarantee
  • Excellent resistance to deformation
  •  Enhanced ride quality
  • Reduced noise
  • Excellent spray reduction
  • Reduced CO₂ when supplied as era 140
  • 100% recyclable

Available with the following options:


  • ​​​​​​​Highways/motorways
  • Major projects
  • Major local authority networks

Tuffpave technical data

Coarse aggregate
Layer thickness
Details of constituent quality and layer thickness shown below
Surface texture (on installation)
Road and laboratory test results
Los Angeles abrasion value30 max
Aggregate abrasion valueAs specified in SHW
Clause 942 (Appendix 7.1)
Flakiness index20 max (6mm 30max)
Nominal sizes6mm; 10mm; 14mm
BinderHigh performance Polymer
Modified Bitumen (PMB)
6mm nominal size20 – 30mm
10mm nominal size25 – 50mm
14mm nominal size35 – 50mm
10mm medium texture1.1 – 1.6 mm
14mm medium texture1.3 – 1.8 mm
 (All NH Clause 942 Level 3)
Torque bondTypical figures +800 KPa
Noise reductionNH Clause 942

Typical performance figures

Material propertyTest specificationTypical result
*Design void contentBS EN 12697-6≤ Vmax 5.0%
Water sensitivityBS EN 12697-12 Method A (ITSR) BS EN 12697-23≥ 80%
RTPD (wheel tracking)BS EN 12697-22 Procedure B WTS in Air≤ 1.0mm/103

*Where specified in appendix 7/1.

Various options are available within the Tuffgrip® and Tuffpave range.

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