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Record breaking rock barrier takes shape in Scotland

Construction of Europe’s tallest rock fall barrier is nearing completion on the slopes above a private road in Glen Douglas, Argyll.

Bam Ritchies has worked with URS and main contractor Turner Estate Solutions on the project to install the 8m high structure that will help protect road users from large rockfalls.

Ritchies had previously carried out slope stabilisation work on other parts of the slope but the area now protected by the rock fall barrier was deemed too large to be stabilised using conventional techniques.

The 5,000kJ barrier uses 4800m2 of Geobrugg Tecco and 1200m2 Spider mesh fixed to piled and anchored foundations.

“I have worked numerous slope stabilisation, slope protection schemes and aerial rigging projects around the country but installing this monster is definitely one that has drawn together all the most challenging aspects of those previous works,” said Ricthies’ Angus MacGregor. “There has been an exceptional team effort bringing this record breaking catch fence together.”

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