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Providing a green, yet cost-effective soil reinforcement solution in Telford


A long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing retaining wall has completed a housing development on Holyhead Road.

To lay an access road to their new residential site in Telford, Green Homes Ltd, a housing developer from Shropshire, required a green, yet cost-effective retaining wall to raise site levels. Their solution was a reinforced soil slope constructed from Maccaferri Green Terramesh and ParaDrain.

Green Homes Ltd acquired Holyhead Road, Telford, to develop eleven new homes and parking spaces. When it came to build the site’s access road, they decided to replace an existing slope on the land, which was heavily vegetated and adjoined a local bowling club. This slope was to be replaced with a three-metre high reinforced retaining wall, which needed to be aesthetically pleasing, due to planning permission objectives. Standard retaining wall solutions were ruled out, including masonry and reinforced concrete, due to tight budget constraints. As such, an innovative and long-lasting and cost-effective solution was required.

We proposed a Green Terramesh and ParaDrain reinforced soil slope system – meeting budget requirements and offering the appealing look Green Homes needed. The solution was a 70-degree-steep slope along a length of 70 metres on the northern boundary of the site. The addition of high-quality, seeded top soil placed behind the face of the Green Terramesh aided rapid vegetation growth and gave the slope a naturally green appearance, helping to meet the aesthetic requirements of the development.

Soil reinforcement was supplemented with ParaDrain, which enabled the use of site-won Class 2C (stony cohesive) marginal fill, which would otherwise have been discarded. This was a sustainable approach to providing the backfill for the wall.

To find out more about our innovative solution for building a retaining wall on Holyhead Road, download the full case history.

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