Ipswich-based Poundfield Products, manufacturer of pre-cast concrete retaining wall systems, has launched a freestanding version of its popular Taperbloc product, the Taperbloc XL.
The original Taperbloc was developed to meet demand for a lower specification and lower cost alternative to Poundfield’s successful Alfabloc system.
The standard hollow Taperbloc is typically used in applications requiring a permanent walling system for lightweight materials such as grain, silage and waste. Each section incorporates a unique ground fixing method which locks the sections together to create a strong and narrow continuous wall.
The company’s Taperbloc XL offers a similar, narrow retaining wall in a choice of 2.4m or 3m heights, but one that can easily be moved when required. This has been achieved by designing it to be freestanding, with the base of each section being solid concrete instead of hollow. This results in a much heavier product than the standard Taperbloc item.
A 2.4m high section of standard Taperbloc weighs 1.8 tonnes whereas a similar section of XL weighs 2.9 tonnes. To make the new version easy to move on-site, the base of each 1,220mm wide section incorporates a pair of cast-in situ pallet fork pockets. The freestanding wall system is easy to install and reconfigure. It can be loaded on both sides for maximum storage capacity, with steel corner sections providing a continuous and gap-free wall.