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Crediton Road, Okehampton

Developer Barratt Homes is developing this site of over 220 homes. Situated in the picturesque town of Okehampton on the northern edge of Dartmoor National Park. Retain completed one retaining wall in December 2023 and is on site in June 2024 to build a second wall with further walls to follow.

Location

Okehampton

Developer

Barratt Homes

Product

Modular Block

Identifying Retaining Wall Needs

Barratt Homes initially intended to use brick retaining walls. A shortage of available bricklayers necessitated a search for an alternative retaining wall solution. Our contracts manager, Matthew Ross met the technical team from Barratts on site and successfully persuaded the team that a modular block wall was ideal for the location.    

The best system for the location: Modular Block suited the particular ground conditions

Aesthetics: Heather block was picked to suit the semi-rural location

Cost: Significant savings were obtained with the added advantage that bricklayers were freed up to build houses.

How Retain Contributed

Ruddlesden Geotechnical had prepared reports in 2015 and 2021. Peat was identified at several locations. Retain prepared a full design appraisal and then liaised with Barratts’ technical team and Ruddlesden Geotechnical to properly prepare the foundations for the wall. The compacted stone layers were tested by Ruddlesden before the wall was constructed. 

Retain’s solution provided significant savings in time and money. The savings were so beneficial that a partially completed brick wall was finished with our modular block. Barratt’s were also able to free bricklayers from the previously proposed walls to concentrate on building houses. 

Throughout our involvement, design and layout changes were quickly accommodated.

Our:

  • 30 Years Experience: Meant that the presence of peat could be handled to the satisfaction of all parties.
  • Full Cycle Involvement: Ensured that design and layout changes were quickly accommodated. 
  • Professionally Indemnified Design: Aligned in with the geotechnical analysis and Barratt’s technical team
  • Accurate Estimating: Allowed Barratt Homes to have Cost Certainty and identify the cost savings compared to the original design
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Crediton Road Retaining Wall - Retain Solutions - retaining wall systems - retaining wall specialists
Crediton Road Retaining Wall - Retain Solutions - retaining wall systems - retaining wall specialists

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