We have just started work on our latest TC Homes Contracting development in Bomere Heath. This £1.5million contract involves one bungalow, six two bedroomed and six three bedroomed houses.

We have just built a ‘living’ retaining wall at the site using Flex MSE. This is a vegetated (living) retaining wall system that can be used as a direct replacement for gabion baskets, concrete blocks and bricks for a more environmentally friendly, longer lasting and less expensive alternative.

The system is a combination of a geotextile bag and an interlocking plate and the bag is filled with sand and compost to create a stabilised earth solution with a 120year design life. A few weeks after it’s been hydroseeded, it’ll essentially vanish into the landscape, creating a natural aesthetic. On the Bomere Heath development, we’ll be specifying a low/no maintenance grass seed, but almost anything can be planted on them, including wildflowers or even willow, depending on the client’s requirements.

Some of the benefits of this system include:

  • 120-year design life with a 75-year warranty
  • BREEAM compatible
  • BBA Certification Stage 3 Attained – final certification pending
  • Installed by hand in less than 2/3 of the time compared to traditional systems
  • Typically costs up to 60% compared to traditional systems
  • “Recommended for use on SSSIs” by the Environment Agency

Typical applications include:

  • Retaining walls
  • Riverbank/coastline erosion repairs
  • Landscaping features
  • Root ball stabilisation
  • Ditch lining & slope cladding
  • Culvert headwall repairs.