The anti-slip solution specialists at Polydeck recently supported North Hykeham Town Council, in improving the safety of one of their busy pedestrian footbridges.

A slippery footbridge was causing danger to pedestrians

North Hykeham Town Council decided to replace the pedestrian footbridge over the stream on the village green. The footbridge was a timber construction and was starting to show signs of rot and was slippery when wet.

In addition, the steep curved shape of the bridge was proving somewhat difficult for wheelchair users and families with pushchairs, so a new design was required.

Having seen a newly installed replacement footbridge, supplied by Polydeck for North Kesteven District Council, North Hykeham Town Council got in touch with Polydeck for a similar design.

Polydeck supplied an idea non-slip solution

Polydeck can help design, manufacture and install on request. In this case Polydeck suggested the use of their Glass Reinforced Polyester (GRP) anti- slip bridge kits.

Posts, rails and deck are manufactured using GRP meaning no rot and the surface is finished using silicon carbide grit which makes it extremely tough and durable. So strong in fact that Polydeck give them a 30-year guarantee!

Made to look just like timber but without any of the associated downfalls, such as rotting, bowing or suffering from water ingress, Polydeck’s bridge kits are lightweight and easy to install. Polydeck were able to produce a 7-metre-long x 2-metre-wide timber deck effect bridge that was installed in just one day.

The bridge was reopened to the public, as planned, just before the annual fete.

Sandra Green, Town Clerk for North Hykeham Town Council, was delighted with the bridge and commented…

“The new bridge, now having a flat surface, will allow better accessibility for users of wheelchairs, mobility scooters and pushchairs.  Also, now that the bridge is weather resistant, we needn’t worry about it being in use during wet weather, especially with the winter months quickly approaching.  We have received very positive feedback from our residents who feel the bridge is a vast improvement.”