Using precast concrete culverts has provided an ingenious solution for the provision of a wine cellar without the expense of drilling a basement into the bedrock, for a private house in the UK. Instead, the homeowners tunnelled into the adjacent hillside. Two precast 1,500 x 1,500 x 2,000mm box culverts, supplied by Milton Precast, were then craned onto prepared bases. The ends were blocked up, except for a doorway, then they were tanked. Modular reconstituted stone wine bins from France were fitted.
Block walls were built to the rear and sides of the culverts to support the weight of landscape terracing blocks, and backfilling was then carried out.
Each wine cellar will accommodate 600 bottles of wine.