At Polydeck, we are regularly out and about supporting our clients with the refurbishment of a variety of different public areas.

In our latest case history, we explain how we helped Cheshire East Council in improving the appearance and safety of one of their most heavily used bridges, the Middlewood footbridge.

The rotting walkway had to be replaced

Middlewood Footbridge, and its iconic design, is a popular public right of way used by pedestrians and cyclists. It stretches over Silk Road in Macclesfield, a key route for most Macclesfield road users.

The footbridge had rotten timber decking and needed replacing. Cheshire East council, who manages and maintains the bridge, scheduled the essential maintenance (including other maintenance works in the surrounding area) to take place over the course of 6 weeks, all the while implementing road closures.

Cheshire East Council got in touch with Polydeck, the anti– slip flooring specialists, for a decking solution for the footbridge.

Polydeck supplied the perfect GRP upgrade

Polydeck proposed the use of its 45mm thick glass reinforced polyester (GRP) bridge decking planks.

The bridge decking planks are manufactured using non-rotting GRP and have an integral near-diamond-hard aggregate that provides a safe anti– slip walking surface.

260 decking planks were specified for the footbridge. Each decking plank is manufactured with a foam core infill which is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. 19,500 recycled plastic bottles were used to produce the decking planks. Manufactured to look just like timber but with none of the associated failures (such as rot, cracking and being slippery when wet) the decking planks will last in excess of 30 years and require little maintenance. Inevitably helping reduce future road closures and minimising disruption.

The bridge decking planks are supplied pre–drilled making them quicker and easier to install than timber. They’re also light– weight, making them easy to carry by hand to difficult locations.

Jon MacPhie, Bridge Engineer for Cheshire East Council was delighted with the results and commented:

“The bridge not only looks fantastic but we’re confident now about the safety the bridge promises for users”.