Gabion baskets in place before being filled with stone. This structure was to
form the new spillway at the western end of the newly restored
|Gabion baskets consist of rectangular sided
wire mesh baskets. Built in a variety of sizes, the baskets are widely used in civil
engineering projects. They are positioned where they are needed before being
filled with a suitable building stone. They are frequently used in the construction
of motorway embankments, retaining walls and the reinforcement of waterways to help
prevent erosion. This stone used should be of high density, high durability and
preferably with flat sides reducing the gaps between each stone. A wire lid is
finally fixed into place. A number of filled baskets can be placed together rather
like bricks, making a strong and erosion-resistant structure.
One side of the gabion basket is being wired into place. The basket will
then be placed where it is needed and filled with stone.
|At the Woodland Education Centre, gabion
baskets have been used extensively in the construction of spillways,
retaining banks and footbridge foundations.
Sluice gate built at the eastern end of the southern Lake. Gabion baskets make
up the bulk of the structure. The base is a Reno Mattress, a long, flat type of