Some jobs are more challenging than others…as was this job we are completing in Bardon.
The old timber retaining wall at the rear of the property had failed. Access was from council land behind the property. The pathway was approx. 80m to get to the site with some spots so steep you couldn’t walk over them let alone drive a machine in. We spent a day constructing a safe pathway into the site so that we could get the appropriate machinery in to carry out the works, especially since rock was prevalent. There was no other way.
Additionally, the clients pool was situated only 800mm away from the retaining wall. This raised concern being mindful that by removing the old wall we could destabilise and damage the pool. An engineer was engaged to design a retaining wall to address the pool as well as the process of building the retaining wall to reduce the risk of any damage to the pool. Shorter spans, heavier and longer posts were specified as well as using No Fines concrete to backfill the wall increasing stability and allowing water to dissipate similar to the normal gravel we would usually use. The only thing is that No fines can’t be pumped so needed to be driven in 80m by machine, a bucket at a time. This all adds time and cost which was unavoidable.
Not all jobs are straightforward. This one in particular took a lot of time to plan before we even turned soil. We worked with our clients to overcome their concerns, assist with certification and carry out the works professionally and safely to the engineers brief.
The pool fence is to be attached and the yard topsoiled to complete. A great outcome was achieved!