CORK-BASED foundation contractor Cain White Engineering is carrying out significant reinforced soil work for the Blackpool bypass in Eire.
Massive recent European investment in the republic has seen a boom in the roads building programme and with it, the potential for increased use of reinforced soil techniques.
Since the technique was first used in the 1980s, it has made little impact. One reason for this, Cain White Engineering believes, is the lack of competition.
Cain White Engineering expanded activity to include reinforced soil techniques and last year completed two structures for the Cork Corporation on the Blackpool bypass. As a result, the firm was awarded much larger adjacent work including construction of 2,500m 2of reinforced retaining walls, almost 500m long and 6.5m high to support the new road.