About Retaining Walls
This is an educational website for retaining walls. The site has been built to support people looking to learn more about retaining walls who have a project and are not sure about the process for the design and construction of the wall.
I would recommend you download our Retaining Wall Design and Price Comparison Guide, as this will give you a good overview of the different types of retaining walls.
What wall type is the most economical to build? We have written an article on retaining wall price comparisons. The article details the types of retaining walls and gives you a price of each type for comparison.
Retaining Wall Design Process
We offer a design service to make sure your retaining wall work. We design to BS 8002 Retaining Wall Design. BS 5628 Masonry Design and BS 8110 Structural Concrete Design.
The process to design a retaining wall is as follows:
Work out the project scope – What is the wall being designed to do and what are the load cases.
Determine the soil conditions – We need to understand the material that is being retained and the material the structure is sitting on. If the wall is retaining existing soil we need to understand the soils characteristics. Is it a sandy type soil or a clay type soil? What is bearing capacity of the soil the wall is being founded on?
Check for sliding – We will design the wall and carry out a number of checks to ensure the wall works. The first check is to make sure the wall does not slide.
Check overturning – The second check is to make sure the wall does not overturn.
Check bearing capacity – We check the ground bearing capacity can take the loads from the structure.
Complete structural design – Once all the checks are made we then complete the structural design, including calculations and drawings for construction.