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River And Road Embankment Stabilisation

River and Road Embankment Works

The process of undertaking works and stabilisation on river and road embankments presents a unique range of challenges and demands specific, expert approaches.

When riverbanks or roadside embankments begin to deteriorate, with telltale signs of erosion becoming evident, immediate action is required. The issue at hand goes beyond simple cosmetic concerns, it’s a matter of safety and environmental protection. Eroding embankments can lead to substantial issues, not only compromising the structural integrity of adjoining roads and rivers but also negatively impacting the surrounding landscape.

When it comes to direct stabilisation, there are a number of different structures that can be built to secure the embankments. Retaining walls, for instance, can be constructed to hold back soil and prevent slippage. Drop structures can be installed to control water descent and reduce its erosive power. Sabo dams, another effective tool, can be built to catch debris and sediment, thereby mitigating further erosion. This is where bog mats come into their own, but providing a stable platform to work from.

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Ground Protection Bog Mats for River and Road Embankment Works


Naturally ground protection is of paramount importance for river and road embankment works, both during the works themselves and in the long term. Any ground churn or displacement of the soil will further increase the erosion that is already taking place, and the ground also needs to be protected from contamination in order to avoid upsetting the balance of any delicate ecosystems in the river or surrounding landscape.

One of the challenges presented by works to river and road embankments is gaining access and carrying out works on ground that is already eroding and damaged without making things worse. In addition, a foundation for stabilisation works is often needed in stable earth and sometimes wooden piles are used underneath the foundation to avoid scouring, which requires supporting the heavy machinery required to do this work.

Bog mats can help provide a solution to these problems. As well as protecting the ground underneath, they provide a stable base for any vehicles or machinery to work from. Bog mats create a strong and solid surface on even the most uneven and difficult ground conditions, including slippery, muddy or waterlogged ground. Ekki mats (timber mats made from an African tropical hardwood species) can also be used to create a platform underwater in rivers, as their high density allows them to sink and stay at the bottom of the river and their durability means that they will be extremely long lasting even in the wettest conditions.

Bog mats are also useful for creating temporary access roads or pathways to and from the embankment works, allowing workers, vehicles and machinery to traverse difficult ground conditions without harming the surrounding landscape.


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Birketts bog mats are long lasting, durable and great value for money.

At Birketts we supply both European hardwood and tropical hardwood bog mats. Not only are these environmentally friendly, but they are also durable too meaning they are suitable for lots of different uses. We sell cost effective, high quality bog mats.

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Benefits of Bog Mats For Embankment works


There are several benefits of using bog mats for river and road embankment works and stabilisation:

  • They provide safe access to as well as a stable base at the site of the works, while simultaneously protecting the underlying ground.
  • They are durable and long lasting even in the most adverse and wet conditions.
  • They are easy to transport to the works and just as easy to set up, often using the same lifting machinery that is already being used in the works.

Birketts bog mats for river and road embankment works

Birketts supply only the highest quality bog mats, including European hardwood as well as the very durable tropical hardwoods that are so suited to difficult conditions such as those encountered in these types of works. And as well as limiting the impact to the environment by offering ground protection, our hardwood timber mats are from sustainable sources, so you can be assured that they are environmentally friendly. Why not give us a call today to find out how our bog mats can be used on your next project?

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