With pristine waterways and serene wetlands, the bridges and boardwalks play an important role in the estate’s path network.
The challenge is that the site is dominated by bedrock and large boulders, we had to find the most suitable place to put the bridges and ensure that our foundations were sound.
We worked closely with Spiire landscape architects to understand their design intent and proposed options and solutions from our ‘tried and tested’ range of products. Fleetwood’s ‘off-the-shelf’ products are ideal for our partners who want a tried and tested solution that has already been developed through our Design Engineering Hub. These proprietary solutions are a faster-track to a great outcome.
The boardwalk system used on the project was our Waterside™ product which we then customised to meet Spiire’s design intent. All our ‘Off the shelf’ products can be customised by our inhouse Design-Led Engineers and Structural Specialists, giving you a faster, more cost-effective route to a tried and tested solution. We carefully selected materials to ensure that required maintenance is kept to a minimum and deterioration due to erosion is delayed.
During this phase, engineering calculations and member sizes were finalised and made ready for construction.
Concrete pier footings formed the foundations for the three Balmoral™ Pedestrian bridges. These were set out and constructed first while the bridge modules were manufactured off-site in our extensive facilities. Once complete, these were then transported to the site and lifted into place. To complete the project, Australian durability class 1 Tallowood handrails, stainless wire balustrading and Modwood® decking were installed.
Once everything was finished, we had created strong bridges with large spans that blended in very nicely to the landscape. All in all, a great visual outcome.
Composite timber decking was used, to minimise maintenance. Although not as inherently beautiful as timber, there is no shrinkage, splitting, cupping or warping, in cold or hot, wet or dry. Something that the Council, who was going to be maintaining this space, loved!
Although the spans were such that a deep beam was needed structurally, we approached the design, with the Landscape Architect, in such a way that the bridges would fit as seamlessly as possible into the landscape. So that when you are walking around the zone, or looking onto it, the bridges do not stand out, or command the view.
Seeing the large, high profile projects that Fleetwood has completed instils confidence. They delivered on every promise they made, well above what we were expecting.Joel Watson Landscape Architect, Spiire