Ideal for bank stabilisation, erosion control, retaining walls, sea walls, embankments, canals, weirs, cosmetic applications and more.

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House Davisson

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.

Howick Close

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.

House Poole

First and foremost a functional gabion, this structure was designed to be heavy (aesthetically and physically). Its sheer weight has the purpose of fighting massive lateral forces.

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:

Creatively adaptable

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.

Mesh Types

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.

Sqaure Mesh

Weld Mesh 50mm Galvanised

Black Mesh

Hex Mesh 80mm Galvanised Nylon Coated (black)

Brown Mesh

Hex Mesh 80mm Galvanised PVC Coated (Brown)

Grey Mesh

Hex Mesh 80m Galvanised PVC (Grey)

Rock types

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.

Llundudno Granite

Llundudno Granite

Hornfels pale

Hornfels (pale)

Hornfels dark

Hornfels (dark)

Sandstone River Rock

Sandstone River Rock

Sandstone Boulders Dressed

Sandstone Boulders (dressed)

Table Mountain Sandstone Cladding

Table Mountain Sandstone Cladding

Malmesbury Shale Cladding

Malmesbury Shale Cladding

Slate Cladding

Slate Cladding

Featured projects

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.

House Marcus

House marcus

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

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.”

Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana

“We are really happy with the service we received from the Contours Landscapes team. It’s made such a difference to our home.”

Louise Fabris

“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.”

Trevor Joseph

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