New pathway supported on larch columns.
The Rainham Trackway provides significant improvements to a strategically important pedestrian and cycle route, linking Rainham village to the Thames. It forms a new threshold landmark appropriate to the scale and significance of the landscapes of Rainham marsh.
The first one hundred and twenty metres of the route is elevated from the ground on a series of raking timber columns. The path continues down to marsh level along the top of an earth bank, created with material from the newly excavated wetlands.
project type: access infrastructure |
client: London Borough of Havering |
date: 2007-2012 |
value: £1,800,000 |
The new path ramps from the Eurostar bridge down to marsh level.
The raised part of the trackway connects to a new earth ramp.
Commuters use the Trackway for access to Rainham Station.
View towards Rainham marsh from the top of the trackway.
Pin-jointing of larch columns to deck steelwork.
Marsh level view with the Eurostar bridge behind.
Column cluster with steel mesh guarding at deck level.
image credit: Storm Photography | The Trackway, with Rainham marshes and the Thames.
below: Trackway plan.
Columns are engineered from timber; larch, sourced from eastern Germany. The columns support a composite deck made from steel and pre‑cast concrete with an in‑situ concrete structural topping. Structural engineering design was by Jane Wernick Associates.
The main contractor was Volker Fitzpatrick, with steelwork by SH Structures and timber engineering by Peter Bertsche.
below: Site assembly of timber columns | pin joints with spherical bearings are used at base and head of each column.
Site progress visit by the Mayor and 'Transport for London' staff, prior to removal of temporary deck supports.