Oak framed bridges start as tiny acorns – here’s the story of one. We were challenged by the Scottish landscape with this project, working just shy of fast moving water and a 4 metre waterfall. The elements were also against us…
Stage 1: Oak grown in Shropshire
Working closely with leading British sawmill, Whitney Sawmills, means that we’re able to trace this oak framed bridge right back to where it started life. The timber for this project was selected by them as perfect beaming oak, from a woodland in Shropshire near the Welsh borders. It was then worked on in the Mill by one of their team of talented Sawyers before it reached us.
Stage 2: Concept and design
We’ve worked on several projects for this client and pleased with our work, they asked us to design, quote and build their new oak framed bridge. Here are some rough sketches of the three initial concepts.
Stage 3: Crafting in the workshop
The client settled on a Scottish flag design that was just perfect for it’s location. Our Structural Engineer advised on the timber sizes and after receiving the oak from Whitney Sawmills, we soon set up grafting and crafting in our workshop in Cumbria.
You might be interested to know that every one our projects – large or small, are built off-site. So all the timbers that make up this bridge were transported via three trailer loads to their new home in Scotland.
The advantage of off-site construction is that we aren’t affected by the weather – we can still work at speed inside the workshop, and the time spent onsite is efficient from day one.
Stage 4: Construction on site
He we are on site – building a bridge that we designed and crafted. We hope you agree that it’s an asset to the landscape, as well as taking our client from A to B over that fast flowing Scottish stream.
Stage 5: Scaffolding down, over we go.
Here’s the finished structure. What we’d say about it? We loved working on this and there’s something about bridges – they’re always different and often a challenge. Want to run a bridge or project idea past us? Jonny is on 07985 410 476.