. marshland discovery
. rainham marsh
. rainham bridges
. the trackway
Initial work on a reserve-wide strategy was followed by design and installation of new wetland areas, boardwalks, bridges and furniture. Work to the boardwalks included installation of handrails to a design pattern developed in close consultation with the RSPB site project team which offers the necessary safety elements whilst responding sensitively to the landscape context.
Handrails are only provided in deep water situations. Where they are used, their discrete form allows users a strong awareness of flora and fauna in the wetland areas close to the trail.
The boardwalks are founded on treated softwood piles driven into the alluvium which makes up the typical ground condition of the site. The handrail uprights use the same generous timber sections as the main piles.
Horizontal spanning rails are made from galvanised steel topped with an oak capping. Bridge spans are formed from treated softwood with piled timber abutments.