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Case Study: Geohex – providing a safe and non-intrusive solution to assist with pedestrian access across Australia’s beaches.

03 Jan 19

A major regional council on the east coast of Queensland sought a way to improve pedestrian access to its busy main beach. The beach enjoys high visitation by locals due to it being close to the regional city centre, but accessing the beach by foot has become difficult and a potential safety risk due to the soft nature of the existing sand access path.

The current pedestrian access to the beach is via a soft, gently sloping natural sand path that leads beachgoers from a grassed park area directly onto the beach. The council, which hosts a popular annual tourist event on the beach that typically attracts 3,000 visitors, was looking for a cost-effective, non-intrusive solution that would provide a solid structure base to walk on for safe, easy access to the beach area. Additionally, they were also looking to retain the natural appearance of the path while stabilising it so it could better support heavy foot traffic.

Geohex was used as a sub-base to stabilise the sand and provide a compact and sturdier pedestrian path capable of supporting heavy foot traffic. To prepare for the installation of the Geohex system, the sand on the existing path was firmly packed down using a small dozer.

A geofabric membrane was laid underneath the Geohex pavers to provide an effective solution that helps ensure that the Geohex system didn’t sink into the sand over time. The Geohex pavers were then laid by hand on top of the geofabric membrane, with sand from the beach used to fill and stabilise the system. The installation of 510m2 of the Geohex paving system was completed on time and exceeded the client’s expectations.

Geohex offers a unique, cost-effective and environmentally friendly solution to a common problem facing many popular Australian beaches. Concrete was not an option for the client due its cost and its lack of aesthetic appeal.
Installing Geohex to stabilise sand and improve beach access is a quick way to solve a growing problem without imposing on the natural aesthetics of the beach environment. The Geohex Erosion Control System is Australian-made, environmentally friendly and made from high impact resistant, 100% recycled co-polymer polypropylene.

With the Geohex system in place, pedestrian access to the beach is now easier, safer, and able to support expected heavy use.

To find out more about how Geohex can assist you with soil stabilisation contact us today.