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. 114_RSPB Purfleet Public Access +

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.

. project type_ landscape infrastructure
. client_ Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
. date_ 2007-2009
. value_ £350,000
. status_ completed

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image | wet woodland close to tankhill road _click on image for next in series

rspb purfleet wet woodland boardwalk in mist by peter beard landroom