5/2018 – Reputable installer key to a good looking retaining wall!

At Terraforce, we cannot stress enough the importance of a correctly installed Terraforce retaining wall: an improperly built retaining wall may bulge, crack or lean, creating an eyesore and a headache for you.

Here is a list of approved contractors in (South Africa Only): Terraforce approved installers

That is why, for larger and more complex walls, we recommend using an experienced retaining wall installer, someone who is familiar with Terraforce blocks. Because no matter how great the design and planning, execution is just as important in producing a long lasting and attractive retaining wall.

After recently visiting Dubai and conducting a series of site visits, we can highly recommend Sinan Awad, Al Aamal Construction as recommended Terraforce installer. Below we showcase two recent projects by Al Aamal Construction that impressed us with their impeccable finishes.

Contact Sinan for Terraforce installations in the UAE +971 56 354 2831 or email [email protected]

Celebrating Corners, Blue Waters Island, Dubai


A perfect Terraforce corner!

These retaining walls, at the Blue Waters Island conference facility, were needed to solve differences in building levels and consist of a series of Terraforce L16 rock face block walls with several sharp corners.


Terraforce L16 rock face block walls with several sharp corners.

Terraforce L16 rock face block walls with several sharp corners.

Perfectly cut blocks to create right angle corners

Perfectly cut blocks to create right angle corners


Initially the client, Meraas, a Dubai-based holding company, was hesitant about how the blocks would work, but after seeing the first walls installed, became very happy with the versatility of the system, and how it solved many problems for them on site.

In total 5300 Terraforce L16 blocks, manufactured by Consent LLC, were installed

In total 5300 Terraforce L16 blocks, manufactured by Consent LLC, were installed

The blocks were installed using steel dowels embedded in the foundations, after which they were filled with concrete

Blocks were installed with steel dowels placed in the foundations, and concrete filled


Says Sinan Awad, Al Aamal: “the blocks were installed using steel dowels embedded in the foundations, after which they were filled with concrete. The cutting of the blocks to accommodate sharp and right-angle corners in the wall design was a challenge, but the result was amazing, and everybody loved it!”


Sinan and colleague on site at Blue Waters


In total 5300 Terraforce L16 blocks, manufactured by Consent LLC, were installed to date, with soft landscaping to be implemented at a later stage. The client has requested more Terraforce walls at other areas on site, based on the quality of the installation by Al Aamal Construction.

Client: Meraas

Engineer: LMS
Main Contractor: Multiplex
Sub-Contractor: Al Aamal Construction

Perfect Pedestrian Ramp, DSO Park


This building site, located at DSO (Dubai Silicon Oasis), Lake Park, needed a pedestrian ramp and vertical boundary wall


This building site, located at DSO (Dubai Silicon Oasis), Lake Park, needed a pedestrian ramp and vertical boundary wall to connect an upper parking level with a new community park venue, lower down. The resulting cut and fill slopes where retained using Terraforce L16 blocks, manufactured locally by Consent LLC.


Another beautifully installed corner by Al Aamal Construction

Another beautifully installed corner, Al Aamal Construction

Work completed January 2018 and in total 5000 L16 Terraforce blocks were used

Work completed January 2018 and in total 5000 L16 Terraforce blocks were used


The blocks were specified by Proscape, who had used the product at DSO previously. Says Awad: “We used precast foundations, 600 mm wide and 150 mm deep. For the vertical walls we placed steel rebar every 900 mm and concrete filled the blocks, as well as horizontal steel bars – by cutting grooves into the blocks – in the second last row for extra stability.

For the vertical walls we placed steel rebar every 900 mm and concrete filled the blocks, as well as horizontal steel bars

All vertical walls contain steel rebar, every 900 mm and concrete filled blocks, as well as horizontal steel bars at the top

A railing add a finishing touch to the ramp leading down to the play area

A white steel railing adds a finishing touch to the pedestrian ramp leading down to the community play area


The other walls were placed on a similar foundation, with geogrid every second layer and the first 4 block rows concrete filled. Work completed January 2018 and in total 5000 L16 Terraforce blocks were used.”

Client: DSO

Architect: Khatib and Alami
Main Contractor: Proscape
Sub-contractor: Al Aamal Construction LLC
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