Midlands based Construction Company expands use of FP McCann ‘L’ Wall System with timber clad finish

For Barratt Homes

6th July 2020
Midlands based Friel Construction continues to utilise FP McCann’s popular precast concrete L Walls on housing developments recognising the benefits the walling system can offer particularly in earth retention works. A more recent addition to the units is the contractor led application of timber cladding, adding an aesthetic look to an otherwise plain concrete face.
  • Status Completed
  • Location Cannock Chase, South Staffordshire
  • Division Walling
  • Main Contractor Friel Construction
  • Market Sector Housing

On the edge of the popular Cannock Chase, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty in South Staffordshire, Barratt Homes are building a new development of 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom properties. With many changes in land elevation on the ‘Deer’s Rise’ site, there is a large requirement for earth retaining walls.

Friel Construction the main civil engineer and ground worker on site has once again adopted the FP McCann L Wall earth retention system. To date some 130 linear metres of walling has been installed comprising 1.0m, 1.5m and 2.0m high units. Laid and dowelled into a concrete foundation pad, each run of walling acts as a soil retention barrier and once fixed into position earth is backed up against the L Walls as part of the raised ground levelling work for each individual building plot and garden.

The addition of timber cladding to the concrete L Wall units provides a more aesthetically pleasing finish and the simple method of attaching timber battens and feather lap boards, means that coverage is a quick and easy process. The timber cladding is easy to maintain and the precast reinforced L Walls are a long-lasting no maintenance backing wall.

Speed of construction is a major benefit of the L Wall system. The traditional method of shuttering and pouring concrete to form earth retention barriers is a lengthy process with variable finishes to the surface. The off-site wet casting of the reinforced concrete L Walls ensures a consistent factory finish.  The wall units are secured to the concrete base by means of resin and steel dowel rods.

Commenting on the earth retention L Wall in place and the addition of the timber cladding, Dave Andrews, contracts manager for Friel Construction says, “The precast concrete units are a simple, durable and cost efficient means of creating an earth retaining wall, allowing us to work confidently with elevation changes on site. In the case of the ‘Deer’s Rise’ scheme, we have also successfully clad the exposed element of the wall with timber feather lap fencing, another benefit of the uniform factory finish”.

The precast concrete L Wall units are available in heights from 1.0 metre to 6.0 metres and are manufactured at FP McCann’s Lydney and Grantham depots.

For sales enquiries contact Katie McGorty on 07976921585 or kmcgorty@fpmccann.co.uk.

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