• Location
    Maketu, Bay of Plenty, NZ
  • Client
    Western Bay of Plenty District Council
  • Architect
  • Structural Engineer
  • Date
    September 2017

Working with nature.

Our challenge
A 39m long glulam timber bridge structure to complement the natural beauty of it's surroundings.

Our solution
The structure was fabricated in 3 pieces and assembled seamlessly onsite. By removing a causeway, 13 hectares of estuary was opened up. Another unique Edifice structure.

Products Used

Glulam beams


Treated pine timbers


Stainless plates and fixings


Timber piles

Pim de Monchy

Kaituna Catchments Manager

Western Bay of Plenty District Council

“Edifice provided an alternative methodology that improved the structure’s performance and saved Council money.”

“On behalf of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and the owners of Papahikahawai Island, I would like to thank you and your team for the outstanding bridge you have built for us. You took the design from AECOM, priced its construction competitively. Your tendered price was below the Engineer’s Estimate for the contract.

You and your team completed the build efficiently and effectively, including the engagement and management of sub-contractors, to the admiration of landowners and onlookers from the Maketū community. The bridge is now an asset to the local environment and blends in well with the natural estuarine surroundings.

The finished product has been praised by the AECOM engineer signing it off for the Western Bay of Plenty District Council’s Building Inspectorate, and by our in-house Engineering Manager.

Based on my experience I would recommend Edifice to anybody looking to build a quality pedestrian bridge in relatively remote or difficult and sensitive environments.

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