Great Martins Bridge, Berkshire

Great Martins Bridge, Berkshire

About Project

This oak bridge sits in the narrowing of a lake in the grounds of a house in Berkshire. The double curved design creates a natural pause at the centre of the bridge, from which the surrounding house and gardens can be viewed.

To achieve this curved form, Jonny used techniques often associated with boat-building,
and constructed the bridge using a combination of English oak, marine plywood and steel. This achieved the strength required for such a large span, whilst maintaining the desired aesthetic.

The handrail and balustrade curves are formed by laminating (layering and glueing) thinner pieces of oak together to create the required section in a curved form. This technique both increases strength and considerably reduces waste.

March 23, 2018