Gabions are wire mesh baskets formed by connecting individual panels of mesh with helical spirals on the vertical edge wires creating an open series of box compartments that fold in a concertina fashion to be flat packed. Lids and bases are sometimes supplied loose with helical spiral binders to connect the top and bottom of the open cells along one edge. Alternatively, they may be factory fitted where practical for transportation purposes.

General information

Gabions are engineered retaining structures designed as mass gravity walls to hold back earth or other solid materials without overturning, sliding or foundation failure. All designed, gabion walls should be checked by a suitably qualified structural engineer on site prior to construction.

The modular structure of these walls allows for variation in section to be accommodated as the height increases. The inherent strength of the units ensures structural and dimensional stability whilst a degree of flexibility accommodates ground movement and settlement where necessary.

Nominal sizes of standard gabions

Length (m) Width (m) Height (m)
1.0 1.0 0.5 ou 1.0
1.5 1.0 0.5 ou 1.0
2.0 1.0 0.5 ou 1.0
3.0 1.0 0.5 ou 1.0
4.0 1.0 0.5 ou 1.0
5.0 1.0 0.5 ou 1.0

*This table refers to the industry standard unit sizes; non-standard unit sizes are available in dimensions of multiples of the mesh opening.

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                                    3 mm / 4.50 mm Facing Zincalu Super
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