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How to build a reinforced concrete block retaining wall

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How to build a reinforced concrete block retaining wall

Watch the video below to learn how to build a reinforced concrete block retaining wall. It will explain the design principles and will go through the process step by step.

This type of retaining wall is very easy to build and is economical compared to many other construction methods.

It uses less blocks than gravity block retaining walls.

You can compare the various cost for different types of retaining wall by reading our retaining wall design and price guide. Click here to download a copy.

The design process

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 sandy-type soil or clay-type soil? What is the 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 making sure the correct amount of reinforcement and concrete is specified.

Retaining wall engineering service

We can offer the following services:

  • Ground investigation
  • Retaining wall design including calculations
  • Development of working drawings and reinforcement schedules

Every project is different so we can only provide prices from a detailed conversation with you. Good ground conditions data is critical for the correct design of a retaining wall.

We can offer the following services:

  • 2D and 3D drawings of the walls
  • Wall design including calculations
  • Development of working drawings and reinforcement schedules.

Every project is different so we can only provide prices from a detailed conversation with you. Book a call today.

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