Cheshire West and Chester Council recently contacted the anti– slip flooring specialist Polydeck for a solution to replace a rotting timber footbridge in Marbury Country Park, Cheshire. The footbridge was fire damaged and had subsequently been closed to the public.

How Polydeck helped Cheshire West and Chester Council

Polydeck recommended installing a new GRP composite bridge.

Polydeck’s GRP composite bridges, which are manufactured right here in the UK, are an ideal solution to replace timber footbridges.  Unlike timber, the GRP doesn’t rot, so the bridge has a lifespan in excess of 30years and requires minimal maintenance throughout its life.

The bridges are supplied in component parts which include the sub frame, posts, rails, decking planks and all appropriate fixings.   All components are pre-assembled at our factory in Bristol and then shipped to site for a quick and easy installation.

The bridges come in a range of colours and finishes.  In this instance, the council chose a bridge in a dark brown colour with timber deck effect finish to blend in with the rural environment.

The decking planks which are manufactured using a foam core infill which is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles were supplied with a castellated timber deck effect surface finish with an integral near-diamond-hard aggregate which provided a safe anti slip surface to walk on.

Each bridge will take a loading of 2.5kN per SqM with a less than 1/200 deflection – the usual criteria for pedestrian R.o.W footbridges.

The eight-metre-long bridge at Marbury contained 40 planks, 16 GRP posts and 24 rails and utilised a total of 1,430 recycled 500ml plastic bottles.  Not only a great bridge but one which is environmentally friendly too!

Cheshire West and Chester Council commented;

“Polydeck’s composite bridge kits are just what we were looking for. We wanted a material that fitted in well with the rural surroundings but also something that didn’t need much future maintenance”.