1/2019 – Perfect Pedestrian Ramp, Silicon Oasis, Dubai!

Retaining walls can do so much more than just stop soil erosion and flooding issues. Along with other hardscaping and landscaping, retaining walls can transform your grounds by providing depth and verticality to your landscape, providing raised platforms for gardens, terraced views of your property, and beautiful concrete block textures.

Cut and fill slopes where retained using Terraforce L16 blocks, manufactured in the UAE by Consent LLC.

Cut and fill slopes where retained using Terraforce L16 blocks, manufactured in the UAE by Consent LLC.

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.

The completed walls with gorgeous curves, textures and fencing

The completed walls with gorgeous curves, textures and fencing

The blocks were specified by Proscape, who had used the product at DSO previously. Says Awad, Al Aamal Construction, who installed the blocks: “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.

Vertical boundary wall to connect an upper parking level with a new community park venue

Vertical boundary wall to connect an upper parking level with a new community park venue

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.”

The pedestrian ramp down to the play area

The pedestrian ramp down to the play area

Resources


  1. Find your closest supplier: https://www.terraforce.com/suppliers-installers/
  2. Wall design help: https://www.terraforce.com/terrasafe-design-services/
  3. Free Technical Downloads: https://www.terraforce.com/downloads/
  4. A guide to better design options for Terraforce: 7/2017
  5. Recommended Contractors, SA: Terraforce recommended installers

Client: DSO


Architect: Khatib and Alami


Main Contractor: Proscape


Sub-contractor: Al Aamal Construction LLC


Consulting Engineer: Knutton Consulting
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