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Timber bridge construction

From A to B via timber

Timber bridges are our great passion. Timber was used for the first bridges in history – the tree trunk over the stream. Today, modern timber materials can be used to traverse huge span widths, and in the combination with steel and concrete, it is possible to realise efficient wide-span constructions. In this respect, the structures range from classic bridges for pedestrians and cycle paths, to architecturally sophisticated constructions in the urban realm, through to heavy load bridges for cars and trucks.

In addition to its high performance capability, its cost-efficiency and the variety of designs it offers, the sustainability of the material of timber also makes it a favourable material for use in bridges. Timber is also the only conventional material to save CO2. The use of timber as a construction material therefore actively contributes to protecting the climate. The production of the material also has a considerably more favourable energy balance than other materials.

Structures that have already been built at home and abroad not only prove this potential but also show the particular aesthetic. Timber bridges usually slot into a natural setting well and are considered to be environmentally compatible.

The timber bridge is set to further develop its competitiveness in the future with new innovations. The long service lives of the constructions sets the standard – with the consistent structural protection of the timber, permanent constructions can be realised without the use of timber preserving chemicals.

Our goal is to design timber bridges which are at least on an equal footing with constructions made from concrete, steel or aluminium in terms of durability. In this respect, the basic principle is that of structural timber protection – this means consistently avoiding the use of timber preserving chemicals and replacing them with well-placed casings and casing elements. We generally plan a supporting timber structure so that it is not exposed directly to weathering.

As a construction material, timber also stands out with its particular aesthetics which are almost impossible to achieve with any other material. Over the years, the natural processes of weathering due to the sunlight and rain give every timber bridge its own special character. People generally have fewer prejudices about timber as a material than they do about steel or concrete. This can be of decisive importance with infrastructure projects and when new projects are presented to local residents and users. Depending on the location of the bridge, it is possible to realise traditional or modern architectural designs with the material of timber.

The advantages of timber bridge construction

  • Combination of function and design/aesthetic
  • Sustainability
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Structural instead of chemical protection of the timber
  • Simplified transport due to lower tare weight
  • Short assembly periods due to high rates of prefabrication in the factory

With our knowledge and experience we aim to create enthusiasm for the material of timber and are pleased to be available to support you with bridge building projects as a professional partner in every planning stage. Our services range from the design, to the construction planning and realisation, to the professional testing of timber bridges.