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- Derbyshire County Council
- Pedestrian Footbridge
- The Torrs Millennium Walkway is a spectacular bridge which nestles in a dramatic gorge above the River Goyt in the High Peak area of Derbyshire
- Designed and built at a cost of approximately £500,000 by Derbyshire County Council’s Highway Structures engineers, it spans an otherwise inaccessible cliff face and retaining wall overlooking Torr Vale Mill, a Grade II listed building built in the 1780’s.
- The bridge rises from the riverbed on circular steel columns and part is cantilevered off the railway retaining wall. It provides the final link in the 225-mile (362 km) Midshires Way and was opened in 2000.
- Originally built from steel with timber panels providing the walking surface, regular inspections by council engineers identified that the timber panels were deteriorating significantly. After a number of individual panel replacements, it was decided that the best long-term solution was to completely replace the rotting timber decking with Glass Reinforced Polyester (GRP) panels.
- Polydeck Limited proposed the use its 30mm thick foam core structural GRP panels to be mechanically fixed to the steel substructure. The panels are designed to take a loading of 5kN per square metre uniform distributed load with a less than 1/200 deflection.
- Following removal of the original decking and remedial work to the steel structure, the Polydeck anti slip panels were fitted. Following installation, the bridge was given a thorough cleaning.
- The panels had to be supplied in a specific grey colour to comply with the original planning conditions imposed when the walkway was built.