What is a retaining wall, and why are they important?
Here in Christchurch we have a diverse array of topography, being the unique creatures us humans are means we like to build on the hills
Excavating on the hill is fine, but un-retained excavations and certain slopes can at times be potentially dangerous to people and structures above and below - This is where retaining walls come in.
Generally speaking, retaining walls should be accounted for in the design stage of a new build, however at times this can be unforeseen due to topography and site conditions.
90% of retaining walls in Christchurch will require engineering and consent, a good engineer will be able to do both the engineering calculations, designs and consent process and be comfortable choosing a suitable cost friendly design for the project, whether that be timber pole, crib, gabion, FlexMse vegetated, concrete block and many other retaining wall design options.
A good retaining wall contractor will be able to do the sort the engineering, excavations and retaining wall construction, have a good knowledge of hill work, know the local ground conditions they are working in & have a proven track record of work.
Posted: Saturday 23 July 2022