Wakehurst’s 90 Tonne Oak Boardwalk Is Nearing Completion

May 29, 2018
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The finished boardwalk will be more than 300 metres long

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This is how a finished section of boardwalk will look

It’s been a challenging and exciting project over the past few months, but the 90 tonne oak boardwalk we are building for Wakehurst – a Kew Royal Botanical Gardens property – is currently nearing completion. We posted some initial photos of earlier work on the project, but below are the latest updates.

Building The Boardwalk Framework

To make the wetlands accessible, we had to first install posts and joists to support the oak boardwalk. This included traversing waterways and muddy terrain, as you can see in the pictures.

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The boardwalk is sloped as well as curved

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We used metal supports over large gaps

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Every joist is well thought out to provide a safe platform

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The boardwalk has narrow, wide, and viewing area sections

Laying The Decking

Each piece of oak decking has two bauxite strips offering anti-slip properties to ensure safety for visitors. We also built hand rails of varying heights along different parts of the boardwalk.

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Each piece of oak decking is laid and fixed individually

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It has been a pleasure to see the boardwalk evolve in time

The Finished Boardwalk

The finished boardwalk will make the wetland accessible, offering the ability to explore the relaxing, natural environment of Wakehurst.

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A sample of the views from our new boardwalk

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This is how the finished boardwalk will look

You can see our other boardwalks here and find out about our oak sawmill services here. Please get in touch if you are looking to commission your own project. Here is some more information about Wakehurst – it’s a beautiful site with an incredible objective of protecting many of the world’s plants by preserving their seeds.