Reinforced Masonry Retaining Wall

There are a number of methods to construct a reinforced masonry retaining Wall. The Stepoc method has been designed to be economical, fast to build and easy to design.

The Stepoc masonry retaining wall system are constructed using a formwork block that can be laid dry. The blocks are hollow and have been designed to take reinforcement bars and filled with concrete.

Stepoc is an ideal solution for retaining walls within buildings and locations where heavy plant cannot access. The method of construction is less expensive and much faster than traditional cast in-site construction.

Stepoc comes in three widths 200mm, 256mm and 325mm.

The blocks sizes for the 200mm and 256mm are 440mm long x 215mm high, and the 325mm block is 325 mm long x 215mm high.

The pour height so the dry laid blocks do not lose stability are:

  • 200 8 courses = 1.8m
  • 256 10 courses = 2.25m
  • 325 10 courses = 2.25m

There are a number of methods to construct a reinforced masonry retaining Wall. The Stepoc method has been designed to be economical, fast to build and easy to design.

We can design your retaining wall for you. Below we have put together a quick guide to show you some examples. Every wall has to be designed by a structural engineer as every project has different soil types.

Reinforced Masonry Retaining Wall
Reinforced Masonry Retaining Wall Guide

The design table above presents 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 the 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. 

When we design your wall, we will consider the ground conditions, the retained material, the load cases and design the wall using the most cost effective solution.

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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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