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Retaining wall with a wide variety of basket facing solutions

Fortrac Gabion is a system consisting of a reinforced earth body and a facing of steel grid elements (so-called stone baskets or dump baskets). The earth body is reinforced by laying Fortrac geogrids and earth in layers. The facing is made of corrosion-protected steel grid elements. It is then individually filled with natural stones. Depending on the challenge, the backfilled steel grid components can actively contribute to the overall statics, e.g. as a heavyweight wall or bridge abutment or passively be attached or suspended from the reinforced earth body with an optical and protective function. With our system solutions you can realise inclinations up to 90° and very high retaining walls. The fast earth body construction as well as prefabricated, easy to fill and possibly prefilled gabion elements lead to very economical construction processes. With regard to noise protection, it has been proven that a corresponding system configuration can achieve the highly absorptive noise protection category A 3 according to German standards.



System benefits

  • Wide ranging design options
  • Rapid installation and easy repair                                               
  • Fire, vandal and UV-resistant
  • Insensitive to differential settlement
  • Low maintenance, with minimum costs for care and general upkeep
  • Can be designed to meet German noise control category A 3

Our system models

Tie rod system

  • Double-skin retaining structure with corrosion protected steel
  • Particularly suitable for settlement-prone subsoils
  • Staggered erection of earthworks and facing possible
  • Repair of individual facing sections possible (e.g. after impact)

Half gabio facing

  • System with structural facing units
  • Steel mesh with spacers and buckles
  • Custom-fabricated to fit slope inclinations

Full gabion facing

  • Structural and non-structural facing units possible
  • Gabions can be factory-assembled and prefilled
  • Very short construction times in case of pre-assembled delivery to site
  • Easily replaceable facings (e.g. after impact)

Component kit
Everything for your Gabion system model


  • Interaction flexible Fortrac geogrid
  • Erosion and wash-out protection
  • Tie rod system components (corrosion protected)
  • Half and full gabion units (corrosion protected)
  • Compression and frost-resistant stone filling
  • Sound-absorbing mat (for noise control)

Application Examples

Wide range of applications

Fortrac Gabion

Motorway widening within existing footprint

Netherlands | Natural sloping motorway embankment rebuilt as steep slope with Fortrac Gabion tie rod system

Fortrac Gabion

Noise barrier for residential estate

Germany | full gabion wall facing track and natural slope facing new housing

Fortrac Gabion

Modern wildlife bridge over A2 motorway

Netherlands | Curved approach ramp topped by modern architectural feature

Fortrac Gabion

Uncovering of River Schondelle

Germany | Sub-project of River Emscher ecological improvement scheme

Fortrac Gabion

Double bridge abutment for A74 motorway

Netherlands | Major project, incl. two motorway bridges directly adjacent to each other

Fortrac Gabion

Approach ramp for new bypass motorway

Romania | 200 m long and 11 m tall approach ramp with tie rod system

Fortrac Gabion

A3 motorway widening, Frankfurt–Würzburg

Germany | Embankment widening for new six lane motorway sections

Fortrac Gabion

Highly absorbent noise barrier

Germany | Absorption category A 3 (sound absorption DLa ≥ 8 – 11 dB)

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