Mains Bridge II, Dumfries House, Scotland

Mains Bridge II, Dumfries House, Scotland

About Project

This green oak framed bridge crosses a tributary steam that feeds the river Lugar at Dumfries House in Ayrshire.

A Green Oak Framed Bridge

Mains Bridge II is clad in oak boarding from a tree felled on the estate. We brought in a mobile saw mill to convert the tree into usable timber for the project. We roofed the bridge in Western red cedar shingles, a durable and traditional roof covering. The oak and cedar will both weather down to a natural silver-grey colour. This allows this bridge to sit quietly in the woodland that surrounds it.

We constructed the oak frame off site, pegged the side walls and arched trusses together, then transported and lifted it into position with a crane. Prefabricating the structure results in a shorter on-site construction period, therefore causing minimal disruption to the estate and it’s visitors.

A Wedding Photographer’s Dream

The Dumfries House Estate is a fantastic place to get married, and we love seeing couple shots taken under the shelter of this oak framed bridge.

Dumfries House was famously saved by Prince Charles in 2007, and has since become a hub for learning. Jonny has worked on a number of landscape structures on the estate, including the Peach House, the Woodland Shelter, and several bridges. He also built the Farm Education Centre. where school children come to learn about farming.

March 23, 2018