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Aveley marsh_

Wooden boardwalk passing through an area of wet woodland in early morning mist
Wet woodland and access boardwalk.
project_type . access, landscape conservation . client . RSPB . date . 2007_09 . value . £350,000 . status . complete

Initial work on a reserve-wide strategy was followed by design and installation of new wetland areas, boardwalks, bridges and furniture. Work to the boardwalks has included the installation of handrails to a design pattern developed in close consultation with the RSPB site project team which offers the necessary safety elements whilst responding sensitively to the landscape context. The boardwalks are founded on treated softwood piles driven into the alluvium which makes up the typical ground condition of the site.

The handrail uprights use the same generous timber sections as the main piles with horizontal spanning rails made from galvanised steel topped with an oak capping. Bridge spans are formed from treated softwood with piled timber abutments. Handrails are only provided in deep water situations. Where they are used, their discrete form allows users a strong awareness of flora and fauna in the wetland areas close to the trail.

South trail boardwalk, close to the Thames river wall, seen under an open sky, typical of the marsh landscape
South trail boardwalk close to Thames river wall. image credit Sue Barr.
 
Boardwalk next to a newly created ditch and reedbed area, running parallel to the Thames wall.
Boardwalk next to new ditch and reedbeds.
 
Reedbeds in the foreground screen a new section of boardwalk giving access to the nature reserve.
Reedbeds screen a new section of boardwalk giving access to the nature reserve.
 
New pool and habitat bank following completion. The new bank is formed from locally sourced 'Orsett Bed' sands.
New pool and habitat bank using locally sourced 'Orsett Bed' sands.
 
Detail of wheelchair access ramp to new teaching decks, grasses grow between the concrete planks.
Detail of access ramp to new teaching decks.
 
Detail of one of the new teaching decks, used by visiting school groups for 'pond-dipping'.
Detail of teaching deck used by visiting school groups.
 
Plan of four individual boardwalks set out as a catalogue, comparing scale and plan-forms.
Plan catalogue of boardwalks.
 
Original construction drawings of habitat bank and teaching decks, plan and sections.
Construction drawings of teaching deck and habitat bank.
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  The Inner Thames Marshes
. aveley marsh
. marshland discovery zone
. rainham marsh
. rainham bridges
. the trackway
. south thames marshes
. belvedere and crossness
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  Greenspace Strategies
. wildspace masterplan
. east london green grid
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  London Riverside
. dagenham dock
. beam reach
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  Public Realm
. royal docks
all images and text, except where otherwise credited
© Peter Beard_LANDROOM 2020
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