Natural Solutions in Central London

by Laura

CTS Bridges have recently completed schemes at Aberfeldy Village, Tower Hamlets and Kidbrook Village, Lewisham where ecological concerns have driven the landscaping. Timber was the natural choice of material for our footbridges and landscape structures to complement this philosophy and is also an optimum solution for shorter or multi span bridges as it is durable, low maintenance and economical.

Ekki Hardwood Bridges and Boardwalks at Aberfeldy Village, Tower Hamlets

1The new Aberfeldy Village in Tower Hamlets is a £250m redevelopment project which will be delivered in 6 phases incorporating different buildings with their own identity to link community and urban spaces.

The scheme incorporates a Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) of green landscaped buffer rainwater runoff from the new development. These systems mimic natural drainage solutions allowing water to be stored, drain slowly and allow sediments to settle out to ensure existing drainage systems are not overwhelmed by further developments.


Ekki hardwood bridges are low maintenance, durable and vandal resistant.

In this scheme feature swales were integrated within the hard landscaping and lined with gravels and vegetation

CTS were commissioned to provide a number of boardwalk and bridge structures to aesthetically enhance and create pedestrian routes across these areas.

 CTS supplied the bridges and boardwalks in Ekki hardwood timber with FSC accreditation.  The Ekki timber is classed as extremely durable and has a service life in excess of 30 years.  The deck boards on the bridges and boardwalks incorporate CTS’s Hi-Grip Excel non-slip inserts that provide a hard wearing slip resistant surface that retains the natural feature of the timber.  


Bridge has a Type A parapet with additional handrail and lighting


Hi-Grip Excel non-slip inserts were used on boardwalks and bridge decks.

Softwood Multi Span Bridge and Parapets at Kidbrook Village, Lewisham

5Having already supplied four footbridges on previous phases at Kidbrook Village, Lewisham, CTS Bridges were approached to design, manufacture and install this four span softwood bridge with matching off bridge parapet for the latest development for Berkeley Homes.


Matching off-bridge parapet was supplied and installed by CTS Bridges.

The bridge had an overall length of 22m but was manufactured as 4 No shorter spans with an additional 27 linear m of matching off bridge parapet all manufactured in pre-treated softwood with FSC accreditation.

CTS Bridges employ both skilled joiners and fabricators and can therefore provide an extensive range of bridges in a variety of materials including steel and FRP or using a combination of steel, timber or FRP materials.


Hi-Grip Excel non-slip inserts were used on the European Redwood bridge decks. 

Please contact us for more details on our design, build and installation service for bridges and structures on 01484 606416 or visit our website at or by email

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