Dubai Hills Estate is a unique blend of elegantly planned neighbourhoods crafted around a magnificent 18-hole championship golf course, by Emaar Properties and Meraas Holding. Located next to the Al Barsha South community and two major road networks of Dubai, Al Khail Road and Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, the estate is easily accessible and located in the centre of the city.
The project consists of various communities with different property configurations such as villas, townhouses, apartments and residential plots. The area is also set to boast three schools, three hotels, two hospitals, a 54km bicycle route, two metro lines and its own mega mall, Dubai Hills Mall.
During the planning stages of the estate, it became evident that all the different levels created throughout the expansive site would leave many cut-and-fill slopes vulnerable to erosion, especially the spaces dedicated to outdoor activities and entertainment.
Consequently, Terraforce L16 retaining wall blocks, manufactured under licence in the United Arab Emirates by Consent LLC for the past 14 years, were specified as a hardscape measure. The aim is to provide effective and attractive erosion control in the third zone of residential communities Sidra and Maple, which were specifically designed for higher-density villas and townhouses.
Sinan Awad, spokesperson at Al Aamal Construction, a Terraforce-recommended installer, says once the first walls were complete, the consultant and client were extremely impressed with the results. He says more orders came in for Terraforce walls in the rest of the estate, requesting their services specifically.
“They were especially impressed with the aesthetic finish and ease and speed of installation. Most of the walls range between 1 to 1,5 metres, with some reaching up to 3 metres. Installation therefore proved straightforward, as wall designs throughout fell into a basic gravity-retaining category,” says Awad.
The result exemplifies a first-rate example of low, understated earth-retaining measures that allow for generous soft scaping, as is evident by the abundant grasses, creepers and shrubs that are planted in and along the rows of blocks.
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