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

Los Angeles abrasion value 30 max
Aggregate abrasion value As specified in SHW
Clause 942 (Appendix 7.1)
Flakiness index 20 max (6mm 30max)
Nominal sizes 6mm; 10mm; 14mm
Binder High performance Polymer
Modified Bitumen (PMB)
Layer thickness
Details of constituent quality and layer thickness shown below
6mm nominal size 20 – 30mm
10mm nominal size 25 – 50mm
14mm nominal size 35 – 50mm
Surface texture (on installation)
10mm medium texture 1.1 – 1.6 mm
14mm medium texture 1.3 – 1.8 mm
  (All NH Clause 942 Level 3)
Road and laboratory test results
Torque bond Typical figures +800 KPa
Noise reduction NH Clause 942

Typical performance figures

Material property Test specification Typical result
*Design void content BS EN 12697-6 ≤ Vmax 5.0%
Water sensitivity BS 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.

Please see asphalt product matrix for further information or contact technical:


London Gateway

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