GABIONS, CLADDING and PITCHING
Ideal for bank stabilisation, erosion control, retaining walls, sea walls, embankments, canals, weirs, cosmetic applications and more.
This architectural gabion installation was designed and installed by Contours Landscapes to complement the architectural style of the surroundings and the landscape into which it is seated. Whilst containing or holding back soil, this installation had to be sympathetic to suit its surroundings.
Grey is a fantastic dark neutral colour backdrop for plants. The blue/grey crock colour adds depth to the landscape and compliments the blue/grey colour of the galvanised weld mesh baskets that were used to contain the rock.
About Contours GABIONS
Contours Landscapes has mastered the art of gabion design and construction, and although the initial capital outlay for the wall might be higher than a conventional brick wall, in the long term you will save greatly on reduced maintenance costs while keeping a timeless and elegant natural look.
Advantages of gabion walls:
Little to no maintenance
Can be planted up to soften the edges
Great way to recycle excavated rock from the site
Many different stone and mesh types are available
Natural materials have a softer and more natural effect in a landscape
Makes a natural habitat for small insects, animals and birds
Used in internal and external architecture as well as civil engineering applications, gabions are dry-packed stone walls contained neatly within wire mesh baskets. Rather than having to hand-dress large, heavy stones to painstakingly build watertight structures, packing rock into mesh baskets creates a slightly looser and lighter feel that has a softer and more natural effect in a landscape, allowing water to pass through freely.
Baskets are available in various styles – we use either a galvanised hexagonal mesh of 2,7mm gauge wire (PVC coated or uncoated); or a square weld mesh of 3,15mm gauge wire, varying in aperture (100x50mm / 50x50mm / 50x25mm / 25x25mm) with a uniform tensile strength of 400-550Mpa.
Electrically welded joints have an average shear strength equal to 80% of the tensile strength of the wire. Baskets are available in a range of sizes and shapes, dependent on the needs of the structure.
Weld Mesh 50mm Galvanised
Hex Mesh 80mm Galvanised Nylon Coated (black)
Hex Mesh 80mm Galvanised PVC Coated (Brown)
Hex Mesh 80m Galvanised PVC (Grey)
The most popular materials are dressed grey hornfels stone, dark grey granite, warm-toned Table Mountain sandstone or round river boulders, but our gabions aren’t limited only to stone, in fact almost any material can be used to create a distinctive visual effect – from builders’ rubble, scrap metal, logs, glass or recycled plastic bottles.
Sandstone River Rock
Sandstone Boulders (dressed)
Table Mountain Sandstone Cladding
Malmesbury Shale Cladding
We work with corporate, commercial, municipal and government developments and sports facilities clients. We also work closely alongside landscape architects, commercial and housing estate developers.
Rather than dump rock that had been excavated, it was decided to incorporate the rock into the landscape design to leave a smaller carbon footprint. Over time the wire would rust and complement the rusty rock colours.
Mitchells Plain Hospital
This gabions structure had a predominantly functional purpose. The designers thought it best not to have it appear to be architectural. Hence it has a rather rough appearance.
Our happy clients
“With project like this, there is always unexpected surprises. The team on site dealt with those so well that I am astounded at how efficiently it has all been done. It got to a stage where every day was a pleasant surprise at the end of a hectic day as we watched it all unfold. This garden makes my heart sing. Walking through it at the end of each day is bound to be a very welcome experience. I am in awe of all your expertise.”
“We are really happy with the service we received from the Contours Landscapes team. It’s made such a difference to our home.”
“I started off knowing what I envisaged the end product to be – a fynbos wonderland on the mountainside – but did not know how to go about what would be a daunting project in anybody’s language. Contours Landscapes cleared the long-neglected site, developed a plan that was tweaked, and came up with a planting plan, including appropriate plants (and some personal favourites). The site was re-sculpted, using rock on-site, to create hand-packed stone retaining walls. An impressive achievement, that sets the tone for the whole garden. The work was completed long-distance, with courtesy, efficiency and understanding.”
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