Criblock Retaining Walls

Criblock retaining walls are a gravity type retaining wall that uses cells created by timber, pre-cast concrete or plastic framing. The cells are filled with stone therefore they give the mass for structural stability. Criblock is not dependant on tie-back or geo grid systems for wall stability. As a result this greatly reduces earth works.

Criblock retaining walls allow water to escape from the retained material through the open grid pattern of the structure. This stops any build up of hydrostatic pressure building up behind the wall that can cause failure.

Criblock retaining walls cells can be constructed from a number of materials including:

  • Timber
  • Pre-cast Concrete

The selection of the material is dependent on the budget and design life span of the wall.

We can advise you on the best material and manufacture from your project brief.

Criblock retaining walls are an economical solution for many projects. However, we can give you a full analysis of the best type of retaining wall based on the specifics of your enquiry.

Timber Criblock Design Guide

Criblock Retaining Walls
Timber Criblock Design Guide

Concrete Criblock Design Guide

Concrete Criblock Retaining Wall
Concrete Criblock Design Guide

Timber Criblock Retaining Walls

Timber Criblock is a gravity retaining wall using timber cells to form the crib. The cells are filled with self draining stone as the mass for the wall. The system is made up of purpose designed interlocking timber sections, these can be constructed to make walls up to 10m high. The timber is sourced in the EU from protected sustainable forests.

All timber sections are pressure treated with tanalith that gives it a guaranteed life of 60 years.


Concrete Criblock Retaining Walls

Concrete criblock is a gravity retaining wall system using reinforced concrete cribs filled with free draining stone to give it mass.

Criblock gravity retaining walls deliver rapid construction of stable, attractive earth retention projects without the need for mortar or special fixings.

The system is available in a range of component sizes, to ensure cost effective solutions for a wide range of situations. Each range consists of only two basic components, a header unit and a stretcher unit, with header units available in a choice of length. This along with the fact that the system can be erected to form concave or convex radii as well as internal or external corners using standard components allows both design and specification procedures to be simplified. 


Compare Prices of Retaining Wall Types

Which retaining 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 wall and gives you a price of each type for comparison. 

Retaining Wall Design Service

The design of a retaining wall requires knowledge of the retaining material, the water table, the ground bearing capacity and any site constraints. The design requires a ground investigation and a structural engineer to ensure the design is fit for purpose.

We offer a full design service from carrying out the ground investigation to final working drawings.

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