Design Services


To allow the most efficient use of space within an existing clay storage building at their Southam site, Cemex required a mass concrete dividing wall to be incorporated into the refurbishment of the building.

The design was complicated by the fact that the wall was to be triangular in elevation with a maximum retained height of 11 m. Discovery CE carried out a site investigation to derive geotechnical design parameters for the wall and carried out detailed geotechnical design of the wall. Additionally Discovery CE designed Gabions retaining up to 3 m at the ends of the building.

Gabion Design


For this congested site in Bristol, Discovery CE provided a complete pile design service including the design of bearing piles to carry the multi-storey building loads, the design of a sheet piled quay wall and the design of an anchor system.

The bearing piles terminated in the underlying Mercia Mudstone while the sheet pile retaining wall could achieve only a small penetration into this deposit.

To provide sufficient resistance to overturning an anchor system was required which could not extend outside the confines of the very small site. Due to this restriction the anchors themselves were tied to additional anchor piles at the opposite edge of the site.