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Magee College, Londonderry

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Provided a quick solution in a small time frame.
1 of 3 | Provided a quick solution in a small time frame.
Aesthetically desired look with Vertica walling
2 of 3 | Aesthetically desired look with Vertica walling
Clients happy with results.
3 of 3 | Clients happy with results.

Utlising the products available, we offered a fast and effective solution to the client's needs, with no impact on aesthetics.

Key facts

Architect: Samual Stevenson and Sons Ltd
Sub contractor: Joe Kerlan Site Services
Sector: Education
Client: University of Ulster, Northern Ireland
Contractor: McLaughlin & Harvey
  • Solution provider for unique issue
  • Fast construction
  • Minimal impact on site

Brief

The Magee campus is a thriving centre of the University of Ulster with rapidly growing student numbers. There was a need to optimise the use of available space during development on the steeply sloping Strand Road site.

Because the layout of the proposed new building, incorporating curves into the retaining wall, Vertica was identified as an ideal solution. However, there was also a need to consider additional factors such as a steep crest slope above the proposed wall, carrying a road which would have to remain open during the works and there were also many existing mature trees on the crest slope which needed to  be preserved.

Solution

In this project, it was decided to build the wall using the Anchorplex system (a mass gravity structure using no-fines concrete as a backfill material). By doing this, the cut slope could be quickly covered and stabilised. Additionally, because the overall depth of cut could be kept to a minimum, the roots of existing trees and shrubs were relatively undisturbed and could all be retained.

Pedestrian fencing was required at the crest of the slope. Plastic ‘void-forming’ pipes were installed vertically behind the wall face and were concreted into position. Fence posts were grouted into these pipes. The near vertical, 7 degree face provided by the Vertica system maximised land gain behind, and minimised land loss in front of the wall and the ‘dry-build’ nature of the Vertica system along with its unique system of locator lugs on the top of each block enabled it to be built quickly and accurately.

Testimonies
"One of the main concerns was that the retaining wall would be supporting a busy access road through the university campus. Closing the road was not an option so the solution had to be flexible and fast to construct. Anchor gave us the ideal solution."

- Liam Clarke, Contracts manager, McLaughlin & Harvey

"We were familiar with the Vertica system but realised that for a lot of reasons, this site could be challenging. This solution gave us a great looking wall which could be built quickly and efficiently and we are delighted with the result”

- Steven Wright, architect’s representative

Customer testimonials

One of the main concerns was that the retaining wall would be supporting a busy access road through the university campus. Closing the road was not an option so the solution had to be flexible and fast to construct. Anchor gave us the ideal solution
Liam Clarke, Contracts manager
McLaughlin & Harvey
We were familiar with the Vertica system but realised that for a lot of reasons, this site could be challenging. This solution gave us a great looking wall which could be built quickly and efficiently and we are delighted with the result
Steven Wright, architect’s representative
Samual Stevenson and Sons Ltd

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