Introducing the Aquacast concrete flood defence systemPosted on: September 20th 2019 • Posted in: Company News, Events & Exhibitions
We’re delighted to introduce our new flood defence solutions range – Aquacast blocks
Having showcased the new product at The Flood Expo at the NEC in Birmingham, we’re delighted with the feedback and the interest we received in the blocks, and are excited to add them to our bespoke portfolio.
What is the Aquacast concrete flood defence system?
Aquacast blocks are a new, innovative interlocking retaining wall system for use in flood defence and riverbank reinforcement.
Ideal for sub toe fast response emergencies requiring strength and durability, the blocks are quick to install and can create a temporary or permanent structure.
Benefits of Aquacast blocks
- Simple and quick to install
- Can be used as a temporary or permanent structure
- Can be submerged in water
- Can go on any surface
- Ideal for rapid water and river bank reinforcement to combat floods and land slides
- Easily constructed into curves to accommodate bends in a river
- Designed with a rough outer facing to encourage grey to green growth
How to install Aquacast Blocks
By overlapping at half block lengths in alternate directions the reverse slots provide a rigid format with a uniformly pitched centrally located aperture. These cavities can be filled with various materials to form permanent or temporary constructions. Steel pilings can be used through the centre of each cast to add additional reinforcement and strength when required. The blocks can be used below the water level rising above water level as needed. Further blocks can be added to or taken away from the original structure at a later date if required.
Ideally the construction is back filled to ensure its integrity, or scalpings can be used to accommodate drainage making the blocks an excellent option for flood risk assessment and management.
It is advised that prior to the installation of a permanent structure or any structure above 1 metres tall a site survey and ground density analysis should be carried out by a structural engineer. It maybe required to apply a foundation material depending on the basic conditions of the ground and advice can be made on additional reinforcing material for the structure.
The wall system can be used with various water retaining membranes and materials to ensure water is retained. The system is flexible and can be used with a number of different jointing systems.
Find out more about precast concrete for flood defences
The Aquacast blocks have been tested at the Flood Chamber by Aquobex to the PASS standard which is sponsored by the Environment Agency.
If you require further advice for particular applications, depending on whether the installation is temporary or permanent, contact our bespoke team on 01449 723150 or fill in our contact form.