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Nicer day at the office

CONTRACTS

WORKERS ARE getting a better view from a new office block in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire thanks to Maccaferri's Green Terramesh.

The steeply sloping site was formed by cutting into a hill parallel to the main A40 Oxford Road, which runs through the centre of the town.

Main contractor Dove Brothers (part of the Laing O'Rourke Group), working for developer Salmon Harvester Properties, built a new engineered landscape to accommodate new 4,000m 2offices with parking for 190 cars.

Access was severely limited so consultant Powell Tolner and Associates specified a contiguous concrete piled retaining wall and ground anchors to secure the road immediately above the site.

However this was unattractive, so Dove Brothers, Maccaferri and GLD Landscape Architects came up with the Terramesh solution to cover the wall and provide a better view.

Green Terramesh is formed from a single sheet of hexagonal, double twist woven steel mesh.

The facing section of each is supported by horizontal returns at top and bottom which meet to form a wedge shape within the slope.

Triangular support brackets provide added rigidity and make the system easy to install, even on very steep slopes, Maccaferri said.

Behind the front face, an inbuilt layer of biodegradable coir geotextile retains topsoil in which an irrigation system was installed. The slope was then planted with shade-loving plants.

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