Project Description

Overview

Based on the south west coast, the landscape of Plymouth, Devon is largely affected by the sea and inland waterways that line its borders and divide its suburbs. In the tidal area of St Budeaux, a 16-metre bridge that formed part of a public bridle path had decayed due to the saltwater erosion. Our task was to design a replacement using hard-wearing recycled plastic.

 

Challenge

Our design had to meet current legislation and provide a life expectancy in excess of 40 years. To preserve the look and feel of the existing bridge, we used plastic moulds that mimicked the grained effect of timber. Not only does recycled plastic material offer significant savings over timber or steel, it is maintenance free, lasts longer and is an environmentally friendly alternative that can be recycled again at the end of its life.

 

Results

As well as designing the new bridge, we supplied all the associated fixings and fittings, including the bespoke galvanised stanion base plates. The bridge was delivered in a kit form with clear installation instructions.

Within days of the removing the eroded timber bridge, the recycled plastic bridge was installed and the bridal path reopened.

 

Quick facts

Client: KM Courtier

Value of works: £6,500.00

Project type: Bridges & Structures

Scale: 16 metres span