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.
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 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.
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.”
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Architect: Khatib and Alami
Main Contractor: Proscape
Sub-contractor: Al Aamal Construction LLC
Consulting Engineer: Knutton Consulting