Lechlade Bridge & Pontoon


Lechlade, Gloucestershire

Spring 2015

Lechlade Bridge & Pontoon

This 22m bespoke bridge and pontoon was constructed using green oak and was designed to span a fishing lake.

This project was designed and constructed by Aquascience for a private client in 2015. The objective was to replace an existing ‘floating bridge’ in order to make the site accessible to disabled anglers. The designs compiled by Aquascience led to a bid for funding and contributions were made by the EA and Natwest Bank. The fishery has been awarded for its services to provide access for all.

Aquascience designed the bridge, pontoon and surrounding access areas to ensure that surfaces and gradients were wheel-chair friendly and that the engineering components were fit for purpose. Consideration was also given to site aesthetics; the bridge was designed to blend with the picturesque environment.

The bridge length was over 20m supported by 150mm green oak piles. The driving of these piles required the use of a bespoke floating excavator with a pile driving head. Site and lake access challenges were overcome by utilising a range of equipment and undertaking thorough risk assessments.

Our specialist construction team were accommodated close to the site for the duration of the project to minimise the project duration and construction costs. Although based in Hampshire Aquascience staff regularly travel to undertake projects where we believe our experience and skills provide a competitive service.

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