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Below is a Supply and Install cost comparison exercise to compare to price difference between masonry blocks and concrete sleepers.

For this exercise our retaining wall is 1 metre in height and 10 metres in length the prices stated are retail prices including GST.

MATERIALSQUANTITYPRICETOTAL
AB Aussie:
Blocks115$14.50$1667.50
Caps34$5.50$187.00
Install labour10m2$188.00$1880.00
Aggregate5.5ton$55.00/ton$302.50
Ag drain10m$3.85/m$38.50
Base material1.5ton$55/ton$82.50
Misc materials1$80.00$80.00
TOTAL$4238.00
=$423.80/m2
Concrete sleepers (Industrial 200 x 200 x 80)
Sleepers25$40.20$1005.00
Steel (150UB)12m$32.00/m$384.00
Concrete3m3$220.00/m3$660.00
Install labour10m2$188.00/m2$1880.00
Aggregate4ton$55.00/ton$220.00
Ag drain10m$3.85/m$38.50
Misc materials1$100.00$100.00
TOTAL$4287.50
=$428.75/m2
‘PATTERNED’=$446.75/m2

Advantages for using masonry retaining wall blocks over concrete sleepers.

  • Looks better, more colours and styles.
  • Simpler to use, easier to lift, no machinery required.
  • Can create curved walls
  • Easier to construct steps with a wider variety of  shapes/styles.
  • Dry stack, mortar less, core filled.
  • Self-draining.
  • No need to bore holes.
  • Masonry blocks are the cheaper option.