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Contractors World UK & Ireland Vol 6 No 1

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New bridges in just three weeks

could be a boon for

flood hit areas

I

n the wake of the recent flooding events, many

district and local authorities are faced with the chal-

lenge of replacing large numbers of damaged and

broken bridges as soon as possible.

Speed of repair and returning life to normal quickly

is vital in the aftermath of these challenging situations.

This is especially so for key transport routes across dam-

aged bridges that has left communities separated or key

transport arteries impassable, with inevitable knock on

effects to access and on-going commercial activity.

ECS Engineering Services has recently installed new

bridge technologies and designs that have proven to be

highly successful, both in the UK and across Europe.

The bridge designs use a material called InfraCore®

Inside, which utilises advanced FRP composites to pro-

vide the required strength and safety standards, but

equally important, the capability to manufacture and

install bridges quickly.

Clarke Williamson, Director of Contracts for ECS

commented:

“Utilising standard designs for the InfraCore

Inside bridges means that we have been able to

manufacture and supply complete bridges in as

little as three weeks for small standard units or

only 5 weeks for longer or heavy traffic designs.

“Given the current challenges that some

areas are facing, this could be vital in getting

these communities operating and back to normal

as quickly as possible.”

Bridge repair and replacement can be costly, com-

plicated and above all time consuming. They require

considerable engineering expertise, project management

skills and often innovative approaches to highly chal-

lenging circumstances, which were never envisaged

when the bridges were first built.

However, it also provides an opportunity to utilise

new innovations and technologies that may be better

suited to changing weather patterns.

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