Retaining Walls & Stone Work

concrete block retaining walls Dry stone walls, concrete walls, retaining walls of timber, brick, block or stone. All have their place in various landscapes.

The key to success when building a retaining wall is to allow the potential weight of water build up behind the wall to escape. You are simply replacing the mass that previously formed the toe of the bank, with an artificial restraint, of equal strength or mass, whether it be made of stone, timber, brick and/or concrete.

Any structure over 1.5m high will require design and consent, and so it should.

Retaining walls are designed for one thing only, but so often you see them leaning forward to greet you. This is due to poor design , usually under strength materials, often combined with poor, or no drainage.

Unfortunately they often add very little to the aesthetic value of the landscape and are often, butt ugly. They are expensive to build and if they are holding up your property, your money has disappeared into something unseen. It they are holding up the property above you, its even worse. Not only do you have to pay for it, you also have to look at it.

Some clever design will keep the structure to the minimum, and perhaps build in such a way, whether with materials or shape to reduce the overall impact. Planting to cover a structure like this is possibly the most effective way of dealing with this.

We offer a diverse service and specialise in design, hard and soft landscape construction.