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Coastal Pathway - Christchurch


Christchurch City Council



Products Used

DuraForce Heavy Weight Geotextile


Mackenzie Watt

Technical Sales

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Coastal Pathway is a joint project between Christchurch City Council and Christchurch Coastal Pathway Group. It will run from Ferrymead Bridge to Scarborough Beach when completed – a total of 6.5km, with a 4m wide shared pathway.


A heavyweight geotextile was required to protect the seawall and backfill from erosion caused by the tidal waves. DuraForce 1200c and TerraTex 900H were selected for this project. Due to a lot of heavy wash from the waves and the placement of very large rock it is critical to overlap the geotextile so it does not separate and allow for the fines to wash out of the gaps.


The project was carried out by Fulton Hogan, with all the bulk earthwork and placement of rocks completed by Protranz. The excavation of the rock revetment area goes underneath by 2m, and then up the bank.

The DuraForce heavyweight geotextile used provided the following benefits to the project:

Project Video

Products used in this Project


DuraForce® AS Geotextile

DuraForce AS series geotextiles are manufactured and tested to exact quality standards and rated according to the NZTA F/7 specification for geotextiles.


TerraTex® K Geotextile

TerraTex is a range of geotextiles are manufactured using today’s most advanced technology and are specially designed for the harsh conditions found in coastal and shoreline areas.