Timber and steel structure work By Pauley Ltd Traditional Builders

Treetop Walkway – Salcey Forest, Northamptonshire

A 300 metre long ‘Treetop walkway’ structure built to take visitors of all ages and abilities from the forest floor to the upper canopy of the majestic oaks. The need to retain the canopy and preserve the significant environmental and conservation features meant that this design also had to take account of restricted crane access.

The chosen solution utilised tried and tested aerial mast technology for the spans, oak framing and towers up to a height of 6 metres and steel towers thereafter. Gradients on the walkway were limited to 1 in 12 to comply with prescribed accessibilty guidelines. And visitors are able to take in the view some 20 metres above the forest floor at the structure’s highest point.

Pauley Ltd were delighted to be the chosen as specialist contractors for this Salcey Forest Treetop project, which subsequently won the BCI Environmental Award in 2006, and below are some of the BCI judges comments:

“A delightful, usable folly and great eco-project – drawing crowds of enthusiastic visitors”

“It gives children and adults alike a completely new experience of trees and forest, and is an idea with huge potential for the future at other locations”

Similar project value range: £500,000+

To arrange a discussion about a project similar to the Salcey Forest Treetop walkway or other timber and steel structures please call Andrew Pauley on 01908 678 459