Retaining Walls Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter Valley
Jason Reading Landscapes specialise in the construction of all types of retaining walls including brick, block, timber, sandstone, bush rock, quarry rock, concrete sleeper, gabion and more.
Jason Reading Landscapes specialise in medium to large retaining walls for residential and commercial projects. Difficult sites, tricky access and complex design requirements including engineering pose no problems.
With over 20 years in the landscaping industry in Newcastle and 90 years of combined years of experience, our aim is to give you total peace. Know you’re dealing with fully qualified, insured and award winning landscape contractors who have seen and one it all before.
We can even save you the time and hassle and organise the entire construction of your retaining wall from design, material selection, Council DA and Engineering (if required), site excavation, footings, installation through to planting or paving the finished area.
Jason Reading Landscapes have been building and replacing retaining walls in Newcastle, Maitland and the Hunter region for 20 years.
Recent Retaining Walls Projects
Purposes of a Retaining Wall
Retaining walls are a major component within a landscape or garden and can completely transform your outdoor environment, dramatically increasing the usable space.
A well built retaining wall can allow space for an extension or renovation, level off an area, create interesting tiers in your landscape or open up additional outdoor entertaining areas.
- Improve an areas drainage
- Create a flat, level area
- Make a sloped block useful by tiering sections
- Provide a low wall that can be used for seating
- Serves as a buffer zone between the main structures of a residential or commercial property with a natural slope
- Becomes a decoration and therefore adds appeal to a landscape, retaining walls come in different shapes, materials, colours and designs
- Prevent soil erosion
A challenge posed in installing a retaining wall is its ability to carry incredible loads, called lateral earth pressure, which is brought about not just by soil but by the water, also known as hydrostatic pressure.
Retaining walls shouldn’t just look attractive they also need to be structurally secure. Therefore, it is very important to speak to qualified structural landscapers that have the knowledge and experience to advise you on the best material to use for the purpose of your wall.
We can engineer a strong retaining wall with deep foundations which ties back into the hill to ensure it has a long and stable life.
Retaining Wall Materials:
200 Series Structural Block
This type of wall is a forever wall. It can hold massive loads, can be used as a part of building foundations and is ideal when a wall is necessary to retain high traffic areas such as drive ways.
These walls are very versatile and can be a plain grey block that can be rendered, painted or cladded. They can also be a split faced or decorative block.
A retaining wall built of pure brick is called a “cavity wall” where two standard brick walls, which are just a few inches from each other, have the same foundation. There is space between them for steel to run from the foundation to the upper part of the wall.
With its name derived from the Italian term for “cage”, this retaining wall uses an ancient way of building a wall where a cage, made of wire or wire mesh, is filled with rubble or rock. Recently, as a green alternative, gabion walls use crushed waste or recycled materials instead of rock filler.
Rock and Boulder
It follows an old way of building walls and reflects the art of “dry walling” where stones or boulders are laid to make sure that the core remains dry in any kind of weather. While this type of wall gives a dry stacked look, it actually gives block support structure.
This type of wall is constructed from large sandstone slabs or logs that are put in place with either an excavator or crane. These walls are very strong and robust, as well as being aesthetically pleasing.
Timber retaining walls are a cost-effective way of retaining. Timber walls should always be constructed from a minimum of H4 treated timber and will need careful consideration as to make sure you are using the correct post sizes and spacings during construction. This will ensure that the wall will continue to retain for a long period of time.
Stacker Block Retaining
This type of wall is both attractive and versatile. It can be constructed as either a non-structural or structural wall depending on the size and the requirements of your wall.