Although the prime applications for Reinforced Earth structures in Africa are in Mining and Transport, it also finds substantial application in the commercial field. The Mall of the South contract illustrates such application.
The initial tender specified alternative solutions – Reinforced Earth walls and Tensatech Block retaining walls (TW1).
Instruction to proceed with the Reinforced Earth walls was given at the end of October 2012 and construction drawings were approved in early November 2012. The total area of the 13 walls was 3 600 m2, the maximum height including copings, 6.7 m. The client wanted the Mall to be opened in time for Christmas shopping in 2013.