How To Build A Concrete Sleeper Retaining Wall For Your Canberra Property.


Retaining walls are a great way to enhance the look and structural appearance of your property. And one of the most attractive and sound retaining walls is a concrete sleeper retaining wall.

Depending on what the wall is for you have a number of options available. If you’re building a wall for structural purposes like the foundation of your new home, often the appearance isn’t always a factor you just want a strong long-lasting structure. So, in that case, plain sleepers would be the go.

On the other hand, if you’re looking at a visual type wall there are many attractive patterns for you to choose from.

Retaining walls are something you can build yourself, depending on your experience of course and the size, or hire a professional like us to build it for you. Something we highly recommended especially if the wall is for structural purposes like a house or holding sections of land in place.

If your looking to build a concrete sleeper retaining walls for your Canberra home give us a call, we offer very competitive quotes but more importantly professional service and a quality long-lasting wall.

As your most likely aware retaining walls come in all sizes. Height and length are all factors which always come down to what you’re trying to achieve with the area you have.

You can build concrete retaining walls for a garden, for your boundary, especially the case if you have a sloping block, or even to level out your property to create some extra living space. And of course for the foundation of your home.

Concrete sleeper retaining walls, especially the visual appearing ones are a solid investment for you Canberra home, they stand out and make the area look very attractive. They are very strong and will last the test of time. So you can be assured your investment will go a long way.

When it comes to building a concrete retaining wall all the preparation is done in the foundation, just like most things in life. Without solid foundation your doomed, so you want to make sure you get it right and don’t cut corners as it will come back to haunt you in the near future. It’s another reason to hire an experienced retaining wall builder.

What’s There To Know About Concrete Sleeper Retaining Walls.


Like all retaining walls they are built to be strong and withstand the pressure that’s put on them. And that’s exactly what concrete sleeper retaining walls offer. They are very strong and constructed with reinforced steel for extra strength and durability.

Concrete sleepers are a good option for when you need a wall a high wall and on a larger scale. Take a look at any new housing estate and you’ll see they always use sleeper walls for the construction of new housing developments.

The Visual Appearance

The beauty of a concrete sleeper is now you have a lot of colours and patterns available, gone are the days of plain concrete. You can opt for a colour that will offset your garden or blend in if that’s the look your after.


The great thing is the pattern and the colours and mixed into the concrete and not applied to the surface, so there’s no chance of the colour of pattern fading in the future.

We are very good at matching the right colours and textures for the type of property or garden you have so if you need assistance we can definitely help you there, as there are a few to choose from.


The Benefits Of Concrete Sleeper Retaining Walls.


All types of retaining walls have their individual benefits but for the purpose of this article, we are going to look at the concrete type.


They are resistant to termites and other pain in the ass insects.
They are very strong
They won’t split or rot as a timber sleeper will.
They are very low in any maintenance unless you want to give them a wash.
They are pretty straightforward to construct. (Meaningless on labour costs)
They will last for many years.
They are a great option for boundaries.
They are great for subdividing sloping land.


This article is about building a concrete sleeper retaining wall. If you looking at building a retaining wall and would like to know the process keep reading as I’ll take you through the process.

Remember there are a few requirements that you need to follow. You cannot build a wall any higher than 600mm from ground level without approval from your local council.


If you did and anything happened you could be liable for the damages caused. Simply it’s not worth the risk. So if you have a small project in the garden and is not higher than that, your good to go.


Having said that if your looking for a quote please feel free to reach out, we’ll come to you and discuss your options and what’s the best angle to tackle.

How To Build A Concrete Sleeper Retaining Wall.


Ok, this is the fun part and we are going to take you through the process of building your own retaining wall.

Remember its all about the preparation and planning so make sure you have a plan of attack, you don’t want to mess up the measurements.


When preparing your base it’s vital that it’s level. You can start by creating a line with string to lie the surface and you can hold the string in place with pegs of some sort.

Now mark the areas for the holes, this will depend on the length of the actual sleepers so make sure you measure them, this way you’ll know where the holes need to be marked.

The concrete sleepers can come in different lengths so don’t make any assumptions.


Prepare The Base.

This is where machinery can be real handy if this is not an option for you then its manual labour, but if it’s a small wall this should be too bad. When excavating you’ll want to go around 600mm deep and around the 450mm round mark, you’ll want this for attaching the brackets. Make sure you leave enough room for backfilling the wall, around 200mm.


Dig And Secure The Posts.

Ok once you have the holes dug in the right place and the depth is sufficient, place the post into the hole making sure it’s nice and straight. Once all the posts are in and level, fill with concrete.


Install The Concrete Sleepers.

Once the concrete is dry and the posts are set in place, you will need to leave for a day or so for everything to be set in place. Then you can add the sleepers by simple slotting them in place.

Once you have the sleepers all in place you will need to leave the retaining wall for at least 4-6 days before you add the backfill. Remember you will need to add drainage in place for excess water. The last thing you want is for any water to put pressure on the wall. Drainage is vital for your wall to last the test of time.


I do not recommend missing this step. Retaining walls with no drainage is one of the most common causes of retaining wall failures.


Depending on what the area is for, a garden, or a levelled area, you can add the required backfill. And remember to add a soil plug. Regulations and planning are essential so make sure you check before you continue.

And there you have it, your own concrete sleeper retaining wall. Remember we are here to help if you feel this is out of your skill level. We offer very competitive and quality retaining walls for your Canberra property.