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What is a retaining wall?

A retaining wall is a structure that retains soil. There are many ways that a retaining wall can be constructed and designed. Learn more

Different types of retaining walls

There are many retaining wall solution for different applications and budgets. Explore the different types. Learn more

Cost of retaining walls

Once you select a retaining wall type the next question is how much does it cost to build. Download our retaining wall guide that includes construction budgets for each type. You can compare solutions costs. Learn more

Retaining wall design

Our designing service allows you the freedom to utilise our experience and knowledge to select the best retaining wall solution for your project. Learn more
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Retaining wall types

Garden walls

Garden
retaining wall

A garden retaining wall is a retaining wall designed for gardens and housing projects, they are normally constructed from masonry, for example, bricks, stone or artificial stone.
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King Post retaining wall

King post
retaining wall

King post retaining walls use steel H posts with timber or concrete panels. King post walls use the least amount of excavation than any other retaining wall type.
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Precast L Shape Walls

L shape
retaining wall

Precast concrete L shape retaining wall are fast to build. There are two types for retaining walls, bolt down and cast in. They need a structural foundation to be designed.
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Inclined Retaining Wall

Inclined
retaining wall

Inclined interlocking concrete block retaining walls are one of the most economical retaining wall types. The vertical option use more blocks than the inclined option.
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Reinforced masonry
retaining wall

Reinforced masonry or hollow block retaining walls are L shaped in form. The cavity of the blocks are filled with concrete connecting the wall to the foundation with steel reinforcement.
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Reinforced Concrete Block Wall

Reinforced block
retaining wall

The reinforced interlocking block retaining wall is L shaped in form. It uses less blocks than a gravity block retaining wall. The wall is connected to the raft using steel…
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Gabion Basket Garden Wall

Gabion basket
retaining wall

Gabion basket retaining wall are very common and are ideal for locations where access is restricted. The design is based on the mass of the stone filled wire baskets using…
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Gravity Masonry

Gravity masonry
retaining wall

Brick retaining wall are very common in housing projects. They can be attractive and easy to build for garden walls. The design is based on the mass of the wall.
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Criblock Wall

Criblock
retaining wall

Criblock retaining wall is created by filling timber or concrete crib frames with stone. The dimensions are similar to a gabion basket retaining wall as the design principles are the…
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Concrete Block Flood Defence Wall

Flood defence
retaining wall

There are a few options to build flood defence walls. They can be built using interlocking blocks or hollow concrete blocks. The concrete cavity stops the passage of water from…
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Design process

Step 1 - Decide on the type of retaining wall

One of the hardest things to do is to select the right retaining wall type.

Each retaining wall type has pros and cons.

Our support can help you select the right one for your requirements and budget.

Step 2 - Design the retaining wall

Our structural engineer is a specialist retaining wall expert. We can turn around retaining wall designs in a matter of days.

You will receive a full retaining wall report, a complete set of calculations, and a sketch showing you the design, including the material specifications.

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Step 3 - Use our supply chain to get the best build price

We have a comprehensive supply chain for the supply only or supply and installation of your retaining wall once it has been designed.

We can prepare material schedules and bills of quantities to give you a budget to work from.

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We have answered some of the common questions we receive from customers relating to retaining wall types, costs, designs, excavation, supply and more.

What is a retaining wall?

A retaining wall is a wall that retains soil, whereas a dam retains water.

There are many ways that a retaining wall can be constructed and designed. The four primary forms of design are:

  • Cantilever
  • Gravity
  • Soil Reinforcement
  • Anchored

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What is the cost of a retaining wall?

This is a tricky question as each retaining wall type has a differently cost.

The best way to look at the costs of retaining walls is to compare the price differences of the various types. Download our retaining wall price guide for more information.

Prices will vary on the scale of your project; the more significant the project, the better the economies of scale.

The project’s location is important as concrete and stone prices vary in different parts of the country.

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How do you build a retaining wall?

There are a few different types of retaining walls that you can build, and each type is constructed differently.

The key to building your retaining wall is to follow this simple process:

Step 1: Decide the type of retaining wall you want to build. The considerations are cost, look and the simplicity of construction based on your site conditions.

Step 2: Obtain the ground conditions and have your retaining wall designed by a structural engineer. Retaining walls fail because they have not been designed correctly. There are British standards for retaining wall design available.

Step 3: Create a schedule of materials and a bill of quantities and develop a budget.

Step 4: Get competitive prices for building the retaining wall, using reliable and trustworthy suppliers and contractors.

Step 5: Prepare a start date and build the project.

We can support you throughout the process and carry out steps 2,3 and 4 for you.

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What is the most economical retaining wall type?

The most competitively priced retaining wall types are inclined concrete block retaining walls and king post retaining walls.

King post retaining walls are very economical because they need the least amount of excavation and fill to build.

What type of retaining needs the least excavation?

King post retaining walls are very economical because they need the least amount of excavation and fill to build.

What types of retaining walls are there?

There are many types of retaining walls. The main categories can be split into two design types; cantilever and gravity.

Cantilever

There are three main types of cantilever retaining walls. They are:

  • King Post
  • Sheet Pile
  • Secant Walls
  • Precast concrete L shaped
  • Hollow block L Shaped

Gravity

There are four main types of gravity retaining walls. They are:

  • Gabion basket
  • Criblock
  • Concrete block
  • Masonry

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What type of retaining wall is the easiest to build?

The easiest type of retaining wall to build depends on who you are.

Suppose you are a homeowner and you want to build a garden retaining wall.

In that case, Gabion basket, masonry and hollow block retaining walls are the easiest as the materials can be brought to the garden in wheelbarrows, and the walls can be built by hand.

If you are a contractor, speed may be the key driver, in which case a king post or precast concrete Lshape may be the easiest and quickest retaining wall to build.

If the retaining wall is higher than 6m, then criblock and soil-reinforced retaining walls may be required.

How do you design a retaining wall?

Retaining walls are designed to BS 8002:1994

BS 8002 is a code of practice for earth retaining structures used by structural engineers. The code of practice is the design and construction of structures to retain soils and materials with similar engineering properties, at slopes steeper than those which they would naturally assume.

The code of practice provides guidance for a designer who should be conversant with theoretical and applied soil mechanics with experience in structural design and construction.

Specialist advice should be sought with regard to the design and construction of larger structures and for those where the movement of the retained soils requires close control.

The code is divided into four sections.

Section 1 explains the terms used in the document and summarises the factors influencing the choice of a retaining wall.

Section 2 describes the site and geotechnical data that is required together with material properties. It gives guidance on the determination of the values of representative soil strength necessary for design purposes.

Section 3 identifies the design philosophy and the design methods for earth retaining structures, including the determination of earth pressures and the analysis of overall stable equilibrium. It defines design soil strength and considers the loads on retaining walls and the forces available to attain equilibrium with tolerable displacements. Guidance is given on methods of simple, practical design and on the influence of ground conditions.

Section 4 considers in detail various individual types of structure and application of earth pressure theory, together with matters of construction and maintenance.

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Who can design a retaining wall?

Retaining walls are designed by structural engineers.

The designs conform to British standards.

The key information as structural engineers needs to design a retaining wall is:

  • Length and height of the wall(s)
  • Soil Investigation report
  • Drawing plans or photos
  • Specific loads on the top of the wall
  • Clarity on what the higher ground will be used for
  • The postcode of the project

 

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What is the cost of a retaining wall design?

The cost of a retaining wall design depends on how many designs are required. For some projects, only one design is required, and others have multiple design requirements.

As a guide, a single design with all the information at hand is between £750 and£1,000 and then between £300 to £500 for each additional design after the first one. Tell us about your project and we can firm up a fee for you.

The cost includes:

  • Analysis and understanding of the requirement
  • Preparing a detailed report
  • A full set of calculations for each design requirement
  • Section through a sketch of the retaining wall
  • Material specifications

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