Bridges & External Structures
Oak is a naturally robust and hard-wearing material, formally classified by TRADA (Timber Research and Development Association) as durable, and is readily available in a wide range of section sizes and lengths.
For this reason it has been the preferred material for building external structures for many hundreds of years and we continue to champion its use. When called for, we have undertaken projects which combine Oak with yet more durable species of timber, such as FSC Teak or Greenheart, which is used extensively in the marine industry for more demanding situations, such as shoreline groynes and piers.
We seek to bring an informed and intelligent approach to using timber in the external environment. These structures require careful design and detailing to maximising longevity, ensure good drainage and avoid water traps, and be easily maintained. Ventilation, contact with the ground and proximity to areas where splashing occurs, are all areas to be considered carefully.
The Chinese bridge at Croome Court was an exciting opportunity for us to replicate a historic structure originally designed by William Halfpenny and set within a Grade I listed Capability Brown landscape. The National Trust secured the funding to replace the bridge in 2016 and we were commissioned to design and install the new bridge, as much as possible replicating the original from Halfpenny’s drawings. The Camelia Walk at Worth Park is another example of reinstating a historic structure to its former glory, one which we are pleased to say has been a great success.
"Everyone is very impressed with the finished result and I thought I would just take the opportunity of belatedly giving my thanks to you and your team for a job very well done. I have submitted the bridge for a Civic Society award for next year and have every expectation of its success."P White, Northholt & Greenford Countryside Park Manager
"We wanted to write to you to express our profound gratitude for the excellent work you have done on our building scheme. It cannot have been easy to pick up the project from another architect when there were still a number of issues unresolved, but you have done so brilliantly and remained calm throughout, even at fraught times. We really do appreciate that you have gone the extra mile for us. We have all enjoyed working with you and have been so impressed with the quality of your work."Alastair, The Early Years Project
"Just to say that it looks fabulous, and all who survey it are wonder-struck. Best wishes and many thanks to you all."Simon, National Trust
"Thanks for the excellent job which has just been completed on the Oak Frame extension to the above property. Not only is the quality of the work faultless, it is a true work of art, which will bring endless enjoyment to me and my wife. The end result has surpassed our wildest expectations."Ray Nicolaides
"I wanted to drop you a quick note to show my appreciation for your guys efforts today; they were a pleasure to have around the house and worked hard to get the frame up today."Paul, Contracts Manager