Reinforced infill walls

Published on 18 February 2008

Masonry or reinforced concrete retaining walls sometimes pose serious problems with respect to stability and consolidation when they are constructed on soft non-firm ground. In such cases they can be very difficult to construct, making this technique unsuitable.

Retaining wall

Since the 1960s, many innovations have been made. For the most part these involve earth infill fully reinforced with geotextile layers, weldmesh or ribbon cables etc., which allow them to resist the stresses from internal pulling forces.

The external surfaces can be dealt with in various ways to resist erosion and the effects of severe weather conditions: pre-fabricated elements in concrete, gabion retaining structures, woven geotextiles, riprap, interlinking metalwork, old tyres etc.
With these a more or less vertical incline can be obtained.