PLURA Polydeck were approached by North Somerset Council to assist with the redevelopment of an old, timber bridge in a slightly tricky position as it was on a cliff-face. The old bridge had failed and, being on a popular dog walking route, became a safety concern so had to be closed for repairs. Furthermore, the old Victorian abutments were beginning to crumble so had to be repaired along with the new bridge being fitted. With the assitance of our partners, Crestmoor Construction, POLYbridge™ was the perfect option.
Lovers Walk is situated on the scenic King Charles III coastal path. A 23 mile long path in South Gloucestershire, this particular section of the pathway was a highly frequented route for dog walkers, offering breathtaking views of the coastline. Due to an ageing timber bridge that had deteriorated to the point of failure, the pathway had to be closed to ensure the safety of the public. In addition to this, the original Victorian abutments were also showing signs of crumbling so had to be repaired in conjunction with the replacement of the bridge.
Crestmoor Construction was entrusted with the task of revitalising this important segment of the coastal pathway. The project presented unique challenges, as it required scaffolding and abseiling equipment to repair the crumbling abutments and to install the new bridge.
The primary goal of the project was to work with Natural England, who was funding the project, and North Somerset Council to replace the failed timber bridge with a more durable and sustainable alternative. Natural England's key requirements were longevity in construction materials as well as a “timber look”. The new bridge had to withstand the coastal elements while maintaining a natural appearance to blend seamlessly with the surroundings.
Similarly, North Somerset Council, the local authority overseeing the project, specified POLYdeck due to its eco-friendly attributes. It aids them in meeting their 2030 carbon footprint targets. POLYbridge is made from recycled materials, containing 2200 500ml plastic bottles, further contributing to sustainability efforts.
POLYdeck by design has a life of over 80 years, which was a key factor in meeting the project's longevity requirements. The material's resistance to corrosion and decay made it the perfect choice for the harsh coastal environment.
The replacement of the timber bridge on the coastal pathway with a POLYdeck bridge not only ensures the safety and enjoyment of the scenic route for dog walkers but also aligns with environmental and sustainability goals. Crestmoor Construction's innovative approach to repairing the historical abutments and implementing a modern, eco-friendly bridge material has revitalised this coastal gem for generations to come.
GRP is a great replacement for timber bridges, with many benefits.