ECS Engineering Services Installs FRP Bridge in Two Days

September 24 2018

A recent audit identified the access bridge in Enfield as in need of repair or replacement, but the site itself is quite small and access to vehicles is restricted, which presented more of a challenge for the project.

As an appointed framework contractor for the Environment Agency, ECS Engineering Services can be called upon to carry out such work, as was the case at this site. The installation of an FRP bridge would offer excellent durability, negligible maintenance requirements and the installation could be done in just a few days. Having agreed the design of the bridge, including new handrailing and gates at each end, the project was carefully planned by Project Manager Stephen Rumsey.

The new bridge was manufactured by Fibercore Europe in a single-molded piece measuring 9 meters by 1.5 meters, with an integral, factory-applied, anti-slip surface bonded to the deck to ensure safe passage, even in the depths of winter. At the same time, the new handrailing was manufactured and galvanized ready for installation.

The new 9 meter-span bridge weighs only 1,000 kg and was easily positioned by the telehandler before being fixed into place. The lightweight construction also allowed the existing abutments to be used again, after validation by a structural engineer. Soon after installation, the new handrailing was fitted and the site was made secure.

The inherent strength of the new bridge is complemented by a minimal requirement for maintenance and an expected lifetime in excess of 100 years.

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