In recent years, gabions have been used extensively as cladding to buildings, concrete retaining walls and multistorey car parks.
The principle of gabion cladding is to provide a façade or rain screen, normally 300mm deep, secured back to the main structure or as a freestanding trapezoidal wall abutting the structure.
They should be of the welded type, preferably based on the Gabion 27 System and manufacured in heavier wire diameters to minimise deformation on the face of the structure.
Detailing around openings etc is important and advice should be sought on the best methods from Enviromesh.
Care should be taken in siting of openings so that they tie in with a multiple of the mesh size both in the horizontal and vertical dimensions.
Selection of the right type and colour of stone or rockfill is important as this can have a significant visual impact on the overall structure.