This painted softwood bridge connects Dumfries House Lodge with the estate’s extensive gardens.
Modern Timber Construction
Mains Bridge I is an example of modern timber and steel construction. It has hidden steel plates that support joints in the timber and allow a greater span to be achieved.
A Dramatic Frame
The combination of the semi-circular structure and supporting spokes provide a dramatic frame for the burn beneath. The pink tones in the painted softwood bridge echo the red ashlar stone walls of neighbouring buildings and the red blazed paths that characterise the estate.
Creating level access throughout the gardens at Dumfries House has been a really important part of the estate’s work to make it a inclusive destination. We installed a grooved oak decking with an anti-slip surface, level with the connecting paths, creating step-free access across the bridge.
Maintenance of a Painted Structure
Although a lot of our work is with oak, we do use softwood as well. Although it is best to leave oak to weather down to a natural silver-grey, softwood usually requires painting in order to add another level of protection. Choosing the right paint is crucial, as is adhering to the manufacturer’s guidance in terms of re-painting. We would usually recommend budgeting for annual maintenance and redecoration every three years, although this does depend on the location. There are some softwoods that can be left to weather naturally; larch and Douglas fir. Have a look at at our Scottish larch timber framed shed.
Dumfries House was famously saved by Prince Charles in 2007, and has since become a hub for learning. Jonny has worked on several landscape structures on the estate, including the Peach House, the Woodland Shelter, and two more bridges. He also built the Farm Education Centre. where school children come to learn about farming.