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Wooden Viewing Platforms for Nature Parks, Reserves, and Estates

We, at The Wild Deck Company, are specialists in constructing custom made wooden viewing platforms in any location and with a range of features. Our designs are made to be durable and are of the highest construction quality and, with every project made to order, are perfectly tailored for their environment. Whether it’s a raised platform over wetlands, a viewing platform in a nature park, or decking and wooden boardwalks for visitors, The Wild Deck Company are the wooden platform experts.


Design Possibilities are Endless


All of our designs are bespoke, with each construction being made to order, and we do all of our design and manufacturing in-house. As well as being able to accommodate any shape, terrain, or dimension your project might require, we can also incorporate interesting features and themed designs that are both informative and look great. To offer a little bit of creative inspiration, here are a few design features that we have already incorporated into our designs in the past.

Raised Viewing Platforms

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Built as part of a large project at Morden Hall Park, which also features an extensive boardwalk and a dipping platform, this raised viewing platforms looks out over the wetlands in which it lives. The elevated height offers a much better view than simply observing from ground height.

Read the full post about Morden Hall Park.

Wheelchair Accessible Platforms

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Accessibility is a very important issue to us. This elevated viewing platform at RSPB Radipole features a zig-zag ramp that grants sloped access to those in wheelchairs and to individuals who are not physically able to use steps. It also features a bench for comfort and a fence for safety.

Read more about accessible design features.

Fully Customisable Designs

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This viewing platform sits at the end of a boardwalk over water, is hexagonal with a unique surround, includes peep holes for children who are not tall enough to see over the barriers, and features interesting carvings to engage visitors. Any customisations that you can think of are possibilities.

Read more about customisation options.

As Simple (or Complex) As You Like

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Anchored on the shore, this square viewing platform is one of the simplest designs we have ever made. It allows visitors to access views over the water, yet the fence prevents them from falling in. This is a reminder that you don’t have to have a complex viewing platform if you don’t want it.

Any Size, Any Shape

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This curved viewing platform is much larger than typical viewing platforms and follows the shape of the shoreline. You can build any shape that you want for aesthetic purposes, but if it seems more natural, we can make something that moves in the way nature wants it to.

Boardwalk Integrated Platforms

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A viewing platform is a lovely way to take the time to enjoy nature, however there isn’t always a great view from the shore. This is why we integrate viewing platforms into our boardwalks, offering the best possible viewing experience, as well as a little exercise.


Accessible Design Features


Raised Wooden Platform With Access RampAt The Wild Deck Company we believe in making inclusive structures that can be used by everyone, irregardless of age, mobility, or the use of a wheelchair. Thus, even if you want a raised platform such as this, we can build a ramp rather than stairs to ensure inclusive access for everyone. Allowing less mobile visitors to climb to heights that they wouldn’t previously have been able to reach, offering them the same view that everyone else can get, is an empowering experience.

In addition to make viewing platforms accessible to everyone, it is vitally important to ensure that they are safe for all users. Where needed, we can include toe-boards, handrails, and fences to ensure that visitors don’t fall from any structure we have created.

We can include notice boards and information points, offering the opportunity to communicate important safety information and to pass on education – having the chance to learn about a specific site and its wildlife is an engaging experience that will ensure visitors spread positive stories and come back to visit again.


Customisation Options


Everything that we make at The Wild Deck Company is completely bespoke, meaning that it will be custom built to your requirements. Rather than getting a ‘boring viewing platform’, we like to make the experience as engaging as possible, incorporating design features that benefit visitors by offering increased aesthetics, comfort, or accessibility. Some common customisation options include, but are not limited to:

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The viewing platform at RSPB Radipole incorporates animal etchings and carvings of landmarks into its design while the wooden boardwalk at Thameside Nature Park includes animals footprints, representative of the local wildlife. These are small touches, but they are the things that visitors will often remember.

When you combine a viewing platform with a boardwalk network, you are essentially opening up a whole world of possibilities over what can be done. Morden Hall Park is one such example where we created an extensive boardwalk that linked two sides of a wetland and granted access to a dipping platform and a viewing platform. All of the following pictures are part of the Morden Hall Park boardwalk and platform network.

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See the full post about the Morden Hall Park boardwalk project.


Design and Construction


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We only use FSC certified timber when we make our viewing platforms and construct everything in-house with an experienced team. Our platforms are designed and made to be durable, and to withstand the test of time and the elements.

Fixed Price Quotes and an ‘All-In’ Service

We offer fixed price quotes for all work discussed and provide an itemised and detailed proposal as standard. To start though, tell us about your project and we’ll give you an estimated cost prior to a formal quote. There’s no need to hire separate contractors as we can cover every aspect for you – even landscaping, planning, and consents where necessary. For projects dependent on grant funding, we can provide our proposal for inclusion in your application.

We’re happy to discuss potential projects in advance to support this so talk to us today!


Tell Us About Your Project

Step 1

Contact us for an initial discussion about your ideas and requirements. We’ll talk you through some different options and if you like the sound of what we have to offer, we will arrange a good time to visit to discuss things further. We can also give you a cost estimate and answer any initial questions you might have.

Site Survey

Step 2

Our surveyor will visit your site free of charge and without obligation to discuss the project in more depth and take details such as dimensions, positioning, and requirements, as well as climatic and landscaping constraints – we have installed many structures in boggy wetlands, but we need to know what we are in for!

Proposal

Step 3

A full, written proposal including design specifications, plans, costs, and time-frames will be prepared. If required, we can provide multiple costed options to find the best solution for your needs. We work hard to find a solution that works for your budget and specification.


On Go-Ahead: The Full Service

The Wild Deck Company provides a fully comprehensive service which includes obtaining planning permissions and any other necessary consents, saving you valuable time. Our service doesn’t stop there though as we’ll be on hand to deal with anything you might need from start to finish and beyond. With decades of experience building bespoke timber structures, we’re professional, knowledgeable and flexible.

Aftercare and Maintenance

We believe that our customers are our customers for life. In addition to our support prior to construction we will also provide a comprehensive handover with advice on maintenance and upkeep of your new platform. Also, should you ever need to, we can return to make modifications, updates, or any other changes you might need.

Testament to this is our continued work for Essex Wildlife Trust at Abberton Reservoir – we started off by building a bird hide for them and they were so impressed with our work that they invited us back time and time again to build more on the site. We have now built five birds hides, a children’s visitor centre, an outdoor playground, and a sand martin bank for them.

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Designing Your Viewing Platform


If you are thinking about installing a viewing platform on your site, the very first step is to get in contact with us: give us a call or send us an email, we are happy to answer either. If you have any questions about our products, services, or would like to discuss a project, we’d love to hear from you.

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Take A Look At What Else We Make


We make pretty much anything out of timber and you can see a lot of these creations in our product portfolio. However, as you have an interest in viewing platforms, we’d like to draw your attention to two pages in particular:

  • The Boardwalks / Bridges Page – Used to link viewing platforms to other structures and allows wetland exploration. With a boardwalk network, anything is possible.
  • The Pond Dipping Platforms Page – Very similar to viewing platforms, but attractive to school groups as they permit water access and encourage children to become engaged in learning about nature.
Weaving Through the Trees (Wooden Boardwalk - Bespoke Walkways, Jettys, and Boardwalks for Wetland Areas by The Wild Deck Company)
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