Client: Leicester City Council
Location: River Soar, Leicester
Services: Precast Installation
Project: Riverside Retaining Wall
Product: 1m High Modular Retaining Walls
Duration: 1 day
We were contacted by the highways division of Leicester City Council about an initial design they had for a riverside retaining wall on the River Soar, opposite the National Space Centre.
The proposal was to construct an earth retaining wall approximately 110m long by 1m high to replacing an existing brick wall that had failed using steels and timber sleepers.
The council project team were interested in our thoughts on the design and also if we could recommend a quicker and more cost-effective solution using precast concrete.
After looking at various options, the preferred product for constructing the new retaining wall was the precast modular retaining wall units from JP Concrete Products Ltd.
By using 6m long sections of precast units we were able to reduce the installation and construction time from a week, to just one day. The overall cost of the precast wall element was also cheaper than other precast options including blot down retaining walls and king post walls.
In total 125m of retaining wall was installed including special length elements to form curves in the wall and corner sections at the end of the walls. The units were laid onto a Type 1 foundation with 50mm sand blinding layer to provide a stable and level foundation for the precast wall units.