Marbury Country Park footbridge

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 brief

The footbridge, located in Marbury Country Park, had recently been subject to fire damage and subsequently been closed to the public. They came to PLURA Polydeck for a GRP alternative that fit in with the country park aesthetic.

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The challenge

Plura helped resolve the following issues with the use of our GRP footbridges.

Fire resistant

To avoid previous issues repeating themselves, a more flame resistant bridge was required, GRP being the solution.

Matching rural aesthetics

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.

Rural install location

The bridges are supplied in component parts, pre-assembled at our factory in Bristol and then shipped to site for a quick and easy installation.

Environmentally friendly

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.

The outcome

PLURA Polydeck’s GRP composite bridges, which are manufactured right here in the UK, are an ideal solution to replace timber footbridges like Marbury’s.  Unlike timber, the GRP doesn’t rot, so the bridge has a lifespan in excess of 100+ years and requires minimal maintenance throughout its life. This was exactly what Cheshire West and Chester Council had in mind.

Advantages of GRP

GRP is a great replacement for timber bridges, with many benefits.

  • Non slip


  • Highly


  • Fire


I’d definitely use them again on other projects.

John Smith
Project Manager, Carver Engineering

Plura Polydeck have been extremely helpful and professional from start to finish on this project. The communication was spot on and the final product looks brilliant.

Mark Churchouse
Senior Quantity Surveyor, Taylor Wimpey Southern Counties

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