Contractors World UK & Ireland Vol 4 No 2 - page 24

Page 24
Contractors World - UK & Ireland Vol 4 No 2
Recycled plastic
used to construct
durable
footbridges
O
ver the years footbridges over
streams and rivers have evolved
from wooden construction to
concrete and steel to provide a longer
lifespan. However, concrete can be ugly
in some surroundings and a coated steel
contact surface will succumb to corrosion
fairly quickly and needs to be maintained
regularly in order to ensure continued safe
service.
Recently a more lightweight, mainte-
nance-free and sustainable footbridge con-
struction method in the form of recycled
plastic for the touch surfaces and struc-
tural steel for the load bearing sections,
has been specified by the UK Environment
Agency (EA). The bridges themselves are
being designed, fabricated and installed by
ECS Engineering Services.
One very recent example has been
installed near
Rickmansworth
in Hertfordshire,
where a wooden
footbridge
that
required
regular
maintenance in order
to keep it in suitable
order for use by the
general public has been
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