Fern Bower Timber Stairs

Project details

  • Location: Leura, NSW
  • Client: National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS)
  • Project Challenge: Design the replacement of historic timber stairs whilst maintaining heritage features in a remote environment.

The timber stairs that our client had identified to be replaced due to their poor condition were originally constructed approximately 90 years ago and had considerable historic and cultural heritage values. Ascent’s brief was to design a replacement stairway primarily out of timber in a style that was sympathetic to the original stairway but complied with the current, relevant Standards and design guidelines. As usual with NPWS projects there was no vehicular access to the site meaning that detailed design needed to be correct to allow offsite fabrication of steel brackets without potentially expensive and time consuming double handling. Ascent worked closely with NPWS field staff to ensure our design was practical to construct and would meet the other requirements. As always, the NPWS field team took great care in their craft, working the stone, timber and steel – the finished stairway is a work of art.



Provided exactly what we needed for our slab design. Good value for money.

Tom Urie