GABIONS, CLADDING, and PITCHING
Ideal for bank stabilisation, erosion control, gabion retaining walls, gabion sea walls, gabion embankments, gabion canals, gabion weirs, cosmetic applications and more.
Contours Landscapes designed and installed this architectural gabion 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 we used to contain the rock.
First and foremost a functional gabion, Contours Landscapes designed this structure to be heavy (aesthetically and physically). Its sheer weight has the purpose of fighting massive lateral forces.
About Contours GABION design & construction
Contours Landscapes has mastered the art of gabion design and construction. The initial capital outlay for the gabion wall might be higher than a conventional brick wall. However, in the long term, you will save significantly on reduced maintenance costs while keeping a timeless and elegant natural look.
Advantages of gabion walls:
Little to no maintenance
You can plant it 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
Landscapers use Gabions in internal and external architecture and civil engineering applications. Gabion walls are dry-packed stone walls. In contrast to hand-dressing large, heavy stones to painstakingly build watertight structures, we pack the rocks into mesh baskets. We neatly pack and contain rocks together within wire mesh Gabion Baskets. Several baskets stacked together form a Gabion Wall. These dry-packed rocks create a slightly looser and lighter feel. In addition, it has a softer and more natural effect on a landscape. Moreover, water can pass through freely because we pack the stones into gabion baskets.
Mesh Types for Gabion Baskets
Gabion Baskets are available in various styles. We use a galvanised hexagonal mesh of 2,7mm gauge wire (PVC coated or uncoated). In addition, we also use a square weldmesh of 3,15mm gauge wire. The square weldmesh varies 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. In conclusion, Gabion 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)
Rock types for Gabion Baskets
The most popular gabion materials are dressed grey hornfels stone, dark grey granite, warm-toned Table Mountain sandstone or round river boulders. Of course, our gabions aren’t limited only to stone. Certainly, we can use almost any material to create a distinctive visual effect. For example, 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 dumping the excavated rock, we decided to incorporate the rock into the landscape design. As a result, we left a smaller carbon footprint. Over time the wire would rust and complement the rusty rock colours.
Mitchells Plain Hospital
This gabions structure has a predominantly functional purpose. The designers thought it best not to have an architectural appearance for the design. Hence it has a rather rough appearance.
Our happy clients
“The beds look great and all areas look very clean with zero papers and rubbish laying around, thank you for the excellent service you and the team are providing.”
Nic Matthee, Deputy Estate Manager
“I just wanted to take an opportunity to let you know that I am grateful for your service, kindness and for going beyond the call of duty many times when I called on you. I appreciate all of it. Your partnership has made my experience with managing Kenilworth Centre a pleasure and has kept the centre a phenomenal success!”
Lynn Oliver, Centre Manager at Kenilworth Shopping Centre
“I started off knowing what I envisaged the end product to be, a fynbos wonderland on the mountainside. But, I did not know how to go about what would be a daunting project in anybody’s language. Firstly, Contours Landscapes cleared the long-neglected site. Subsequently, they developed a plan, tweaked it, and came up with a planting plan. Moreover, the plan included appropriate plants (and some personal favourites). They re-sculpted the site, using rock on-site to create hand-packed stone Gabion retaining walls. It is an impressive achievement that sets the tone for the whole garden. Contours Landscapes completed the work, long-distance, with courtesy, efficiency and understanding.”
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