Of the many benefits, excellent drainage potential is obvious, as is the ability to shape landforms without the worry of being constrained by stiff clays or unmovable rock outcrops. However, from an engineering design perspective, ground stability, particularly if the sand is clean and spherical, is a factor to be considered.
Sir Nick Faldo and his architects including EIGCA Member Gareth Williams found themselves confronted by this exciting challenge on a beautiful sandy site owned by Pakistan’s Defence Housing Association (DHA) near Multan. The Faldo Design team decided that a desert links style golf course would be appropriate for the site conditions, including the use of steep banks and bold bunker faces to break up the flatness of the site and create the character they were looking for. A stability issue emerged and EcoBunker Ltd were contacted.
EcoBunker Ltd had independently developed an advanced retaining system, combining the synthetic revetting fascia with a cement modified backfill. The system, which is the strongest currently available, had already proved itself on similar ground conditions at Rancho San Lucas (Mexico), Butch Harmon’s Floridian GC and EcoBunker Ltd completely replaced a more primitive, hurricane damaged artificial bunker walling system at Tiburon Golf Club in Florida.
Construction work by Desert Group started in January 2020 following on site construction training by EcoBunker’s Llewellyn Matthews, and is now progressing apace. Set to be one of EcoBunker’s biggest projects to date, it features the world’s largest wall of its type: Over 100 metres long and up to 3 metres in height. Richard Allen of EcoBunker Ltd said; ‘I got to know Gareth Williams through the EIGCA events and this project is a very good example of how the Partnership Programme helps to build effective design teams with a wide range of contrasting and complimentary skills. We are delighted to be part of it.’
For more information on EcoBunker Ltd visit: www.ecobunker.co.uk
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