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 Thames river wall. image credit Sue Barr.
Boardwalk next to new ditch and reedbeds.
Reedbeds screen a new section of boardwalk giving access to the nature reserve.
New pool and habitat bank using locally sourced 'Orsett Bed' sands.
Detail of access ramp to new teaching decks.
Detail of teaching deck used by visiting school groups.
Plan catalogue of boardwalks.
Construction drawings of teaching deck and habitat bank.