Eco-friendly bridge designed for Liesbeek River

Date:18 March 2020 Author: Leila Stein Tags:,

A new bridge, made of invasive species wood, will soon be installed over the Liebseek River in Cape Town.

Designed by acclaimed British designer, Paul Cocksedge, the bridge uses wood from the invasive Eucalyptus tree. It’s design also minimises negative impacts on the surrounding environment.

Developed in partnership with WSP and building company X-Lam, the idea to build the bridge originated at the Design Indaba in February 2020.

The trees wood is turned into Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), providing a sustainable alternative to concrete, masonry and steel. This also reduces the water and energy used during the manufacturing process.

Each piece of timber is glued in longitudinal layers creating a strong and stable structural material suitable for use as a bridge and other structures as well.

“It has been incredibly exciting working with the team at Design Indaba and with the design community in South Africa, which has been the first for myself and my team. This bridge is a relatively simple visual gesture, but it addresses important issues around our environment, and how we can innovate with CLT to create new structures,” says Cocksedge.

The staggering design of wooden beams and the bridge seems to blend into nature, making the man-made structure less intrusive.

The design of the bridge also features seating areas along the length that are built into the structure at convenient and comfortable distances.

Images/Renderings: Paul Cocksedge

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