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Concrete Block Retaining Wall

Retaining walls are made in vertical or near-vertical shapes, which help them to prevent collapsing, slipping, or erosion, by keeping the material at one side.

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Concrete Retaining Walls

Concrete Retaining Walls In Essex & London

Retaining walls are made in vertical or near-vertical shapes, which help them to prevent collapsing, slipping, or erosion, by keeping the material at one side. It is the best way to provide support where the angle of soil is exceeded or may collapse more naturally. The most important principle on which these walls works is the ability to withstand the pressure that is exerted by any restrained material, which is mostly the soil.  It is very important to recognize and counteract the tendency of the retained material for the proper design consideration and installation of Retained Walls. The proper drainage system is essential behind the retaining wall. The purpose of this drainage system is to the pressure on the designed wall value and reduce hydrostatic pressure. The retaining walls have a crucial role in keeping soil in place. Another one is the more aesthetic reason which is to add an appealing effect to a certain place or yard. The other most critical distinction is which walls are engineered retaining walls and which are non-engineered. These things may seem simple, but retaining walls have to stand against any damage caused by the interference of gravity or any other reason as well.


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Prime Piling has built up to become one of the best Mini Piled Underpinning service providers.

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SFA piling is an ideal solution for building with limited access.

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SCD (Steel Cased Driven) Piling is a bottom-driven piling using a vibrating mole or a drop hammer piling rig

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Paul Hastwell
The prime piling team were excellent - leveraging their expertise to manage the complexities of the site and working round the the poor foundations of the existing building. Great level of service, soup to nuts - fundamental activities (e.g. shuttering) were included and not an added extra as some other people had quoted. highly recommended!
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Anne-Sophie Gossan
We used Prime Piling for our extension. We have found them extremely reliable, thorough and professional. They came when they said they would come, finished when they said they would finish and did the work to a high standard which was approved by the building controller.
Prime Piling were great on the job that grew more and more difficult by the day at no fault of their own. Jamie and his team were responsive and kept me up to date throughout the project even offering me help and advice. Would definitely use them again and recommend them to others.
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Alex Gibbard
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David Lewis
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Concrete Retaining Walls

Retaining Wall Facades

The material with which the retaining walls are built tends to play a crucial role. Some of the materials are discussed below in the list to make your choice and understanding about the retaining walls easier.

Walls of Concrete Retaining Blocks

These walls are generally made up of concrete and are known for speed assembly along with the provision of strength and durability. These blocks can be stacked up very neatly with having edges that are interlocked. The size is consistent and even, which provide them with a professional look and are well-built when engineered. You can get any shape, texture, and colour to complement any aesthetic design or look you want for your retaining wall by using Concrete Block Retaining Walls. These blocks can be an excellent choice to create a retaining wall. We at prime piling can help you in building the best, durable, and strong structure at affordable concrete retaining wall cost.


If you want a cosy, rustic appearance for your retaining wall then you can go for bricks as a material used for building your retaining wall with a few installation options. The most common and known method for it is that first the core is made of concrete masonry unit blocks and then this core is surrounded by bricks veneer. This can vary in thickness. It is the positive feature of bricks too that they come in a wide range of colours and styles. It is easier to change it into different appearances without any difficulty. Our professionally skilled workers can help you build the best if you want the exceptionally high standard results at the end without any extra effort as we plan everything from start to end and give you the final finishing in its best shape.

Natural Stone

It can be the best option if you want a unique, different, and appealing look for your retaining wall. This look will vary on the type of stone, you will choose for the building and installation purpose. If you want an elegant and refined look, limestone and sandstone can be a perfect choice, but if you are the one who likes a more casual appearance then you should definitely choose river rock. Because of the need for tight-fitting, it is hard to install natural stone and will take more time than building a concrete retaining wall, or brick retaining wall. To create a durable connection between the natural stones it is essential to secure them with mortar. These types of walls and provide a very earthy feel and makes it more a part of the environment rather than a separate piece standing at a certain place.

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Wood & Timber

To get a more rustic, affordable, natural retaining wall you can also choose the option of making it with wood and timber. It is not as durable as the masonry walls its life span can be less than those, but if you want a cost-effective solution, you can go for it. These timbers normally come in eight-foot-long pieces and spikes and screws are used to keep them at a place. A proper and appropriate treatment rating of at least UC4 is essential if you want to install it as a Concrete Block Retaining Wall. In addition to it, the cut ends will also need a seal.

All these are some of the options that you can choose to make your retaining wall, Our company can help you in making the right choice after looking at the whole surrounding and the conditions where you want this wall for the professional retaining walls, you can trust the services of Prime Piling and also can trust our years of experience.


Frequently Asked Questions

Piling is the process of inserting structural piles into the ground that will become the base of the building. Piles are required where soil and earth are performing poorly and are used to spread the load of a building and firm the ground. They are a cost-effective approach to combating corrosion and are proven to significantly improve the life expectancy of a structure

The size of the trench depends on the size of the ground beam to be installed. For our typical ground beams to an extension an excavation of 600mm deep and 450mm wide is sufficient. Please ring for advice.

There are a number of reasons it may be: A site investigation has highlighted that the ground is unsuitable and un-useable to a depth of more than 2 metres. Removal costs for the excavation of traditional deep trench foundations are too expensive. Foundation trenches are not stable and health and safety, therefore, becomes an issue. There is a high-water table. Where there are soils such as clay that are likely to swell or shrink excessively depending on the amount of water content.

The job of the pile is to distribute the weight of the structure evenly. They are placed into the ground using a pile driver. Holding the piles perfectly vertical, this machine hammers each structure into the ground and also acts as a crane.

For a typical house extension, the work can take around 2-3 days, depending on the depth driven and services requested. For more complex projects, contact us for a more specific time frame.

Mini piling in Essex and Colchester is a type of specialist piling that incorporates a specific arrangement and number of driven pile and screw pile varieties. It allows for the expansion or extension of a building, while also safeguarding against ground heave and subsidence. Crucially, mini piling is often a cheaper, faster option than traditional deep trench foundations.

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