Timber Footbridge for London Olympic Mountain Bike Park

Timber Footbridge for London Olympic Mountain Bike Park

Timber Footbridge for London Olympic Mountain Bike Park

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Why Choose Timber to Build Bridges?

Timber is a construction material which has truly stood the test of time, with many timber bridges in China dating back over 10,000 years. It is incredibly versatile, with different species bringing different characteristics to the table, and can be made to suit your exact needs. For bridges, there are plenty of long-lasting hardwoods which would be perfect for the job.

Oak, Ekki, Opepe, Chestnut and other timber species are durable, lasting for decades when properly maintained. They are resistant to rot, fungal and insect damage, either naturally or when treated. Some species of timber are stronger than steel on a weight basis too, and can withstand a lot of wear and tear whilst also sequestering carbon from the atmosphere.

Beautiful Timber For Beautiful Bridges

Aside from being strong and hardy, timber is also beautiful. Compared to metal or plastic, timber has a natural visual appeal, making it a much better option for outdoor spaces. Blending seamlessly with the surroundings, it adds to the landscape rather than looking clearly out of place. With a softer texture and a range of natural colours, it is the ideal option for more beautiful bridges.

EcoChoice’s Olympic Footbridge

EcoChoice were contacted by Bam Nuttal, on behalf of the Olympic Delivery Authority, to deliver a three-part bridge. The bridge was made up of 48 metres of high-quality, sustainable timber. Our German partners S&L used the latest in MMC, fabricating the bridge off-site allowing for efficient quality control and fast delivery.

The bridge has a 2.97 metre wide deck designed for the mountain bike circuit at the Olympic Park. The bridge is made of Spruce Glulam, clad in Accoya, with FSC-certified Ekki decking. The final result is a gorgeous, contemporary bridge which fits with the surroundings and meets specifications.

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