Polydeck recently carried out a project for Leeds City Council, Bridges Section (Highway Design and Structures) to refurbish a busy footbridge in the city centre which was fitted with load-bearing timber panels and treads.

The council had been facing problems with the bridge for  a while. The timbers around the fixing holes were rotting and the panels were in constant need of replacement or repair. The footbridge was also beginning to look unsightly and the anti slip surface was beginning to wear away, making it a slip hazard for pedestrians.

Polydeck’s Solution

Following a meeting with Leeds City Council, Polydeck’s flooring experts recommended the use of their 30mm thick GRO load-bearing panels and treads .

The panels provided a direct replacement for the existing rotting timber panels and were comfortably able to cope with the council’s loading requirements of 5kN per square metre and a less than 1/200 deflection.

The panels are made from a non-rotting GRP which is guaranteed for 30 years and have an integral anti slip finish to provide a safe non-slip walking surface. In addition, the load-bearing treads incorporated a DDA compliant colour constant and high visibility nosing to ensure visually impaired members of the public could clearly see the edge of the step. The panels were fitted onto the steel cross members of the bridge, which had been refurbished by the Colas Group as part of the project. Find out more about stair nosings.

We are dedicated to causing as little disruption as possible when carrying out our work. The new bridge surface, was fitted at night to avoid affecting the passing traffic.