RSPB Rainham Marshes: Boardwalks and Bridges, and the Marshland Discovery Zone

Architect:
Peter Beard_LANDROOM
Completed:
2008
Awards:
RIBA Award; Shortlisted for the Stephen Lawrence Prize 2011.
Categories:
Arts + Leisure, New Build, A Little Different, UK excluding London
Photography:
Peter Beard, John Rich

The project consists of a series of boardwalks, with their handrails, and a teaching node made from three re-configured shipping containers that sit on platforms in the water. Timber piles have been used throughout as they are less intrusive in the landscape and are much more sustainable than steel or concrete alternatives. The client has accepted that long term settlements may be larger as a result. Self composting toilets are used at the node.