Reinforced Block Retaining Walls
We specialise in the design and installation of reinforced block retaining walls. These are the most economical solution for many applications.
The wall construction is very fast when comparing with traditional construction. The wall is reinforced using bars that thread through the blocks into the foundation. The foundation and the wall act together as a cantilever giving the structure strength and the ability to restrain the retaining material.
For more guidance on retaining wall design, download our retaining wall design guide. This will give you all the information you need. We can also support you using our years of experience designing and constructing retaining walls.
The design table below shows an example of the wall heights. We can design walls for many civil engineering problems using reinforced block retaining walls.
Reinforced Block Retaining Wall Design Guide Table
The design table above presents for the reinforced block retaining walls are Indicative designs based upon a base material with allowable bearing pressure of >200kPa.
The retained material is assumed to be well graded, granular backfill with back of wall drainage or weep holes to relieve hydrostatic pressure.
All indicative information presented in this table is based upon assumed loading and ground conditions and may be subject to change following detailed, site specific design.
Reinforced Block Retaining Wall Selection
Depending on the height of the wall, the walls are built using either a RWS – R 600 or RWS – R 800 blocks.
RWS – R 600 Blocks are used for wall heights from 1.8m to 4.8m as you can see in the table above. The dimensions of this block are 600mm wide x 800mm high x 1800mm, 1500mm, 1200mm, 900mm and 800mm long. The walls are built to a modular of 600mm.
RWS – R 800 Blocks are used for wall heights from 5.6m to 6.4m as you can see in the table above. The dimensions of this block are 800mm wide x 800mm high x 1600mm, and 800mm long. The smaller lengths allow for bonding. The walls are built to a modular of 800mm.
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. Go to the Article.
Reinforced Block Retaining Wall Design Service
The design of a reinforced block retaining walls 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. Complete our contact form or call us on 07896 246 224 and we will support you and your project.
Other Retaining Wall Types
- Gravity Retaining Walls
- Inclined Gravity Retaining Walls
- Criblock Retaining Walls
- Gabion Basket Retaining Walls
- L Shape Precast Concrete Retaining Walls
- Reinforced Earth Retaining Walls
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We can give you a quotation for the supply and delivery of the blocks only. Alternatively, we can give you a proposal for design, supply and installation.
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