An aerial view of a narrow suspension bridge with metal supports crossing a calm river. The surrounding landscape is lush with verdant trees and undergrowth, reflecting the serene atmosphere of the rural setting.

Bridge Design, Engineering & Construction

The Abseil Access Specialist Bridge Division is proud to say that since 2006, over 75 of our bridge designs have been selected and constructed across New Zealand and the Pacific islands. No matter how remote the location or how challenging the design, our passionate team have consistently delivered innovative, high-quality, and fully engineered solutions, which have seen Abseil Access become recognised as a market leader in pedestrian and cycle trail suspension bridge and swing bridge design, engineering, and construction.

Some of our clients have included the Department of Conservation (DOC), Waka Kotahi NZTA, Kiwirail, Greater Wellington, Hawkes Bay Regional Council, Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary, Buller District Council, Western Bay of Plenty DC, Tauranga City Council, Southern Land Consultancy, Greytown Trails Trust, Queenstown Trails Trust, Downer and Westland District Councils.

Bridge Design and Engineering.
Our design, engineering and construction services include:
  • Comprehensive Site Survey
  • Bridge Design
  • Bridge Concept Select
  • Design Compliance Studies
  • Engineering Calculations
  • Geological Engineering
  • CPENG Design Certification
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control
  • Local Consent & Approval

Bridge Design & Concept Selection

Our team work closely with each client to understand their needs and produce the perfect solution. Our design team make all of our bridge models in Solidworks 3D and with CPENG sign-off. Our standardised designs for conventional bridge design jobs can be modified to any width up to 2.5m and any load up to 4kPa ‘unlimited pedestrian’. The AA team also can complete resource and building consents if requested.

We pride ourselves in producing bridges that are economical to build, fit for purpose, and aesthetically pleasing. We use stainless steel cables and fasteners to meet 50-100 years of life. We can also incorporate sustainably resourced, native timbers for decorative handrails and carved infill panels.

With over 75 bridge builds to date, take a look at our wide range of building projects.

A newly constructed wooden suspension bridge over a river, with sturdy yellow wooden towers and metal cables. The bridge, connecting two banks covered with grass and trees, features a pedestrian pathway made of wooden planks. A turn sign near the bridge suggests a nearby road intersection.
Our design and concept selection services include:
  • Site Survey & Inspection
  • Design Discussions and Consultancy
  • Bridge Conceptual Design
  • 3D Modelling
  • Design Compliance
  • Resource and Building Consents
  • Initial Materials Selection
  • Class 2 and Class 3 Estimation

Bridge Engineering

Bridge engineering is an engineering discipline branching from civil engineering that involves planning, designing, constructing, operating, and maintaining bridges to ensure safe and effective transportation of vehicles, people, and goods.

Abseil Access has completed the end-to-end process of design, engineering, local approvals, and construction of swing bridge and suspension bridges across some of the most stunning parts of New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

Bridge engineering using latest software.
Our engineering capabilities include:
  • Site Survey and Set Out Planning
  • Design of Excavations, Piling, and Foundations
  • Plan Drill and Blast Requirements
  • Review of Drill and Grouting Requirements
  • Sequencing of Tower Build
  • Engineering Review of Rigging and Material Selection
  • Lifting and Rigging Engineering
  • Geological Engineering
  • Design Engineering Calculations

Bridge Consents & Approvals

Once the Abseil Access team have worked closely with the client to finalise the bridge design, engineering drawings, materials, and costings to a class-1 estimate, we can offer a comprehensive service to navigate and attain the necessary approvals to enable the bridge construction to commence.

Bridge consent and approvals.
Our consent and approval services include:
  • Develop Site Plans Showing Locality of the Structure
  • Geological and Hydrology Assessments
  • Design Certification by CPENG/Registered Architect (PS1, PS2)
  • Designed to Standards and Still Maintain Client Expectations
  • Procurement of Resource and Building Consents
  • Proposed Construction Monitoring of the Construction by Engineer/CPENG
  • Independent QA/QC Systems During Construction
  • Site Safety Management Plans
  • Site Monitoring by Engineer/CPENG of the Construction Work.
  • Issuing of PS4 at Completion