Sturgess Field Footbridges

About the project

Danaher & Walsh was appointed by University of Derby to carry out footbridge construction and refurbishment works at their Sturgess Fields nature reserve. 

Key details

University of Derby
Project value
Feb - July 2022

Key aims and challenges

Open to the public, Sturgess Fields is crossed by Kedleston Brook, and supports an abundance of wildlife including woodpeckers, warblers, kingfishers, the endangered white-clawed Crayfish, slow worms and dragonflies and damselflies.

A network of paths across the site are well used for both leisure and amenity purposes.

This design and build contract concerned three separate bridges. Firstly, a brand new wooden footbridge was installed. Secondly, a replacement concrete deck was cast to repurpose an existing bridge, and steel parapets installed. Thirdly, another bridge received concrete repairs to extend its lifespan.

The project also comprised associated landscaping and footpath works, as well as all temporary works necessary to enable the swift progression of the works whilst protecting the ecologically sensitive environment.