Retaining with gabions
A well-established art dating back thousands of years, the application of gabion structures is one of the most sustainable construction methodologies in practice to this day. By Alastair Currie
The flexibility of gabion designs makes this method of construction a highly versatile one for projects that can range from building and architecture to massive retaining wall structures.
“The process goes way beyond ‘throwing rocks in a box’,” says Louis Cheyne, managing director of Gabion Baskets and a recognised expert in the field. “In fact, it’s a highly skilled environmental engineering discipline, which has the advantage of using relatively simple fabrication and installation techniques – often combined with available in situ materials – to create highly sustainable solutions that promote the use of labour intensive opportunities, and in parallel, skills development training and SMME startups. Design and installation techniques remain the responsibility of registered civil engineering professionals.”
Gabion Baskets manufactures a wide range of gabion configurations, including river mattresses. The company also provides a design, construction and project management service, as well as certified training programmes that combine classroom and on-site practical instruction for aspiring contractors, including how to price contracts.