Tukituki River Suspension Bridge

This suspension bridge crosses the Tukituki river on the Tukituki trail between Waipawa and Waipukurau in the picturesque Central Hawkes Bay. The CHB Rotary River Pathway Trust working with the local community and council were behind the development and funding of this $225000 project.

Wellington based contractors Abseil Access provided the technical expertise informing design and the manpower to build the 100 m long swing bridge structure. At 1.2 m wide with a 500 mm upward camber this was one of the longer swing bridges that Abseil Access have built.

ATS Timber have worked closely with an approved reseller to supply numerous Abseil Access jobs. Due to the remote locations of some of their bridge installations ATS Timber offer specified cut to length structural timber solutions and arrange deliveries to locations were often timber is either manhandled further up bush tracks or heli-lifted to the build site.

Martin Wilson, Director of Abseil Access offered the following : Thanks again for the supply of yet another batch of quality timber for the Tukituki suspension bridge build. Once again it was ideal that it arrived on site all cut to length and ready to install. We look forward to using your services on the next 9 bridge builds coming up next year.

ATS Timber recognise the key to supplying within spec and on time and enjoy the challenge of meeting this contractors’ requirements.

Pekatahi Bridge

A complete overhaul on the deck of the Pekatahi Bridge started with closure from February – June 2017. The existing road and rail shared deck was removed and replaced with a wider, solid timber structure. The bridge is heavily relied on by local community and heavy transport as the shortest access route through the Eastern Bay.

Trusted supply of our Weka SG8 and Weka No.1 Wet range was used for this complete project, incorporating 500+ m3 of custom sizes and cut-to-length requests. ATS Timber worked closely with BECA in preliminary designs before commencement. Once underway the project was closely monitored through the main contractor, Downer, along with one of our Approved Resellers from Tauranga, to bring this to completion.

Dave Burns, Project Manager worked with us throughout this project and after completion he made the following comments to ATS.

I worked with the ATS Timber during the construction of the Pekatahi Bridge near Whakatane. I found the team to be very knowledgeable, professional and able to help problem solve when issues arose during the project.

The majority of the timber supplied  was of custom sizes and lengths, which was supplied on time, but sometimes when requested by us not in the agreed delivery sequence.

We had great lines of communication which were open and honest, we knew how the supply was progressing and when we were to receive the materials on site.

The ATS timber team were solutions focused which helped us produce a quality product which was completed ahead of time.

On the opening day 16th June 2017, NZTA made the following release.

Bay of Plenty Highways Manager, Niclas Johansson, says the Transport Agency would like to thank the community for their patience while work continued on Pekatahi Bridge.

“We would like to say a big thank you to the community for sticking with us while this important decking project was completed. We are aware of some of the effects it had on peoples’ lives but we are now pleased to announce it is open.”

ATS Timber is very glad to achieve this outcome along with the other teams involved, with the new bridge giving better access to Taneatua and another project we were part of – the Tuhoe Building.

Temple View Legacy Park

ATS Timber worked in line with the main contractors for this project, Spartan Construction and Livingstone’s, and our local Approved Resellers to bring about this stunning result at Legacy Park.

This installation of custom designed boardwalks around the lake was superbly designed and immaculately completed. The trusted range of Weka SG8 Wet beams were designed throughout this boardwalk with all the major bearers and joists, finished off with a machine gauged decking.

Boardwalks were installed around the lakes edge, and through the remaining stand of native trees. Aged steel edging and signage was used throughout. A substantial play area set on the rise above the park is always humming with children during the day.

It is highly recommended on a visit to Hamilton to take the trip out to Tuhikaramea Rd and take some time to view and relax in this great park.

Eric Armishaw Reserve Walkway

Completion of Auckland’s $1.4 Billion Western Ring Route has been prioritised as a project of national significance. By connecting the south-western and north-western motorways the Waterview Connection creates a direct link between the Auckland CBD and the Airport. The project incorporates urban design initiatives that deliver new recreational facilities, upgraded parks and improved cycling and walking connections to the neighbouring communities of Avondale, Mt Albert and Point Chevalier.
The shared cycle and pedestrian boardwalk bridge featured here links to the path through the Waterview interchange and traverses the tidal zone heading north west into Eric Armishaw Reserve in Point Chevalier. This connection was built in mid-2016 .
ATS Timber supplied the timber required for this connection. This project involved preparation of custom profiled decking and handrails along with a range of SG8 verified structural timber solutions. All timber was treated H5 and supplied cut to length as per contractors requirements.

Kurow Bridge Replacements, Waitaki

Work on new bridges to replace the 132 year-old two single lane bridges (256m and 140m long) across the Waitaki River on SH82 at Kurow started in March 2013. The first of new bridges on the Kurow side of the river opened in April 2014 followed in early June, by the second new bridge on the Hakataramea side of the river. The entire project including the removal of the old bridges, is expected to be completed in late 2014.

These bridges will greatly improve route security along SH82 between Kurow and Waimate and protect a vital link between Kurow and the Hakataramea Valley, which has existed since the current bridges opened in 1881.

Trusted Weka SG8 and Weka No.1 products were supplied through one of our Approved Resellers in Oamaru and Timaru working with the main contractor Downer.

Not only does the replacement bridges enable local people to walk or cycle safely between the two communities but it also supports the tourism industry by providing a safe passagew

Clifden Suspension Bridge Restoration

The Clifden Suspension bridge spans 111.5 metres over the Waiau River, and is the longest suspension bridge in New Zealand.

Settlers depended on a ferry to get stock and supplies across this dangerous river. By the early 1890s the Government funded a punt attached to a wire rope until the bridge was built in 1898-99 taking ten months to complete. It was opened on 5 April 1899 by Sir Joseph Ward.

Southland County Engineer C H Howorth designed the bridge anchoring the cables into limestone deposits. The tapering towers are 7.5 metres high, the steel cables weigh 28 tonnes and the decking and beams are made from heart totara. The bridge is 3.5 metres wide, and acted as a single lane bridge for horse-drawn traffic although traction engines were soon towing lime and wool over it. Trucks and cars traversed it from the 1920s and it remained in use until 1978 when the current bridge was opened downstream.

This is a category 1 Historic Place – New Zealand Historic Places Trust.

Extensive repair work was undertaken and it was reopened in November 2013 after being closed in 2010 due to its deterioration. The work undertaken by Fulton Hogan and managed by OPUS International on behalf of NZHPT included replacement of bridge bearers, transoms and decking. Maintenance of the suspension ropes, and replacement of bolts and steel bridge bracing was also undertaken. The total cost of the project was $470,000 and was supported through donations from people throughout New Zealand.

ATS Timber was chosen as the preferred timber supplier to this iconic project in conjunction with one of our Approved Resellers in Invercargill and the contractor Fulton Hogan. We also collaborated with engineers to come up with a viable solution to the unique requirements. Trusted Weka SG8 H5 timber products were supplied to replace the deck timbers, transoms, stringers and handrails to bring the icon back to its former glory.

See more http://www.westernsouthland.co.nz/pages/viewentity.php?entity=379

http://www.ipenz.org.nz/heritage/itemdetail.cfm?itemid=2347

http://www.ipenz.org.nz/heritage/documents/Clifden%20Suspension%20Bridge%20report%20(560%20KB).pdf

http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/8056324/Work-starts-on-Clifden-bridge

Hyde Bridge Restoration

One of the oldest bridges in the wider Dunedin area, and the main link between Hyde and Macraes, the Hyde Bridge has undergone extensive repair work.

The $407,000 project, including the replacement of the bridge’s deck while the contractors are there was a 3 month project and undertaken by Alexandra based Breen Construction.

Our Timber Consultants worked closely with the civil engineer, Breen Construction and our local Approved Reseller to come up with a unique solution to a difficult project. Trusted Weka SG8 timber was used to baulks as the picture shows – laid on edge and bolted together, to achieve maximum strength and stiffness for this vehicle bridge.

The bridge over the Taieri River on the Hyde-Macraes Road was built in 1879. The bridge was constructed as the result of community agitation; the Taieri River could be dangerous in flood, and the upper Taieri area was isolated. The bridge provided safe crossing and a stable connection with the outside communities. The bridge is a testament to the design and work of the County Engineer Robert Browne. The bridge has an iron lattice truss for the main span and short timber arch trusses at either end. The piers and abutments are stone. It was adapted to the site by the addition of a 30 ft (9.1m) span at each end, to give a total length of 160ft (48.7m). The deck is 30 ft (9.1m) above water level, and it has a load limit of 609 tonnes. The bridge remains a notable landmark on the Strath Taieri.

See more http://www.heritage.org.nz/the-list/details/2251

Maungaturoto Wharf

ATS Timber worked in with our local Approved Reseller to be the key supplier of specialised H6 treated Weka SG8 timber for the new wharf in Maungaturoto, Northland. A range of mainly 50mm sizes of H6 was used in the construction and to help fund it the locals came up with an innovative idea where you sponsored a deck plank on the wharf.

As part of the rural communities 150th celebrations a project was initiated called ‘Beautify Maungaturoto. This involved a lot of projects and one of the key stones of this was the construction of a new wharf.

The first European settlers to Maungaturoto came from England, arriving in Auckland in 1863 and coming north via boat to Mangawhai, then via bullock cart to as far as Kaiwaka.

The construction of the wharf paved the way for a re-enactment of this historic landing as one of the main events in the sesquicentennial celebrations.

See video of this project http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EqvgpEbsCs 

See more images here

Hauraki Rail Trail Bridges

Congratualtions to Frame Group on successfully taking out the Sustainability Category of the NZ Timber Design Awards 2012. Trusted Weka SG8™ products were utilised in the innovative designs

The design and construction of 25 bridges ranging from 4m to 75m involving the use of ATS Timber Weka SG8™ Wet Radiata Pine timber has been selected as a finalist for the Sustainability Award in the NZ Wood Timber Design Awards 2012. The Hauraki Rail Trail is part of Nga Haerenga, the NZ Cycle Trail and was opened in May 2012.

A successful supply partnership with a local Approved Reseller who supplied the contractor saw ATS Timber products used extensively in the construction. Timber was chosen by Frame Group as an environmentally sustainable material and was a cost effective alternative to concrete and steel along with many other benefits that met the objectives of Nga Haerenga.

Radiata Pine timber was selected for construction of the many cycleway bridges because of the benefits over traditional steel or concrete options and the fit with the ecological and economic objectives of Nga Haerenga. Traditional bridge styling with modern connection detailing and prefabrication methods produced 25 attractive bridges ranging in length from 4m to 75m.

Short spans consist of pole beams, glue-laminated beams for longer spans, and timber suspension bridges provide the longest spans. Innovative barrier detailing facilitated prefabrication and efficiency of construction.

Radiata Pine timber was chosen because:

– Timber offers a lightweight option ideal for weak soils.
– Timber enabled construction in difficult locations without heavy craneage.
– Costs were significantly less than concrete, steel or hardwood options.
– Timber is aesthetically consistent with the railway theme, providing useful function and interesting form.
– The suspension, glue-laminated and pole bridges use common construction detailing, giving the structures a consistent appearance.
– The bridges were built with basic timber construction equipment and skills, hence small local contractors were involved in the construction.
– NZ-grown timber is an environmentally sustainable material, and its use supported the local industry.
– Timber bridges require minimal maintenance.

This project demonstrates the sustainability benefits and advantages arising from use of timber for recreational infrastructure, rather than more common steel or concrete options, and exemplifies the opportunities and sustainability benefits that arise from the considered use of NZ Radiata Pine. See more at NZ Wood

The Hauraki Rail Trail is the easiest riding Trail in New Zealand, with various stages allowing for comfortable 3 day Rail Trail cycle rides. The trail is in close proximity to Hamilton, Auckland and Tauranga and is accessible from Thames, Paeroa, Te Aroha, Waihi/Waikino. The temperate climate on the Coromandel Peninsula and the Hauraki Plains provides a great all-year round riding experience.

The 82km trail is the easiest cycle trail in New Zealand to ride with the longest tunnel 1.1Km and showcases some of the best scenery New Zealand has to offer, from the Pohutukawa trees on the Thames Coast, through lush green Waikato farm lands, to areas rich in pioneering history. A major highlight includes riding through the stunning Karangahake Gorge, one of the “14 wonders of New Zealand”. The trail follows the path of two historic railway lines, running from Thames to Paeroa and Waikino to Te Aroha, while a new path will link Waikino to Waihi.

See more about this amazing trail at http://www.haurakirailtrail.co.nz/

See project featured on Timber Design Mag website http://www.timberdesignmag.com/projects/pine-eco-bridges/

http://www.nzwood.co.nz/timber-design-awards/hauraki-rail-trail-bridges/

http://www.nzcycletrail.com/hauraki-rail-trail

http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/8769435/Hauraki-Rail-Trail-paved-with-tourism-gold

Waimakariri Foot Bridge

Crossing a small tributary to the mighty Waimakariri River, beside SH1, this arched footbridge used Weka SG8 products extensively in its construction.

Our Timber Consultants worked in closely with a Rangiora based Approved Reseller to provide a unique solution to meet the design and structural requirements.

Constructed by local contractors for the Waimakariri Council, it links two rest areas together on the side of the beautiful Waimakariri River in Canterbury.

A profiled handrail that was custom verified to Weka SG8 requirements, heavy section H5 timbers for abutments at each end, cut-to-length decking boards, handrail posts and balusters made up the supply of this project.