The Principality Stadium

The original large timber walkway access around the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff started to show signs of deterioration in not only the overlay planks, but also the structural beams that the planks were attached to.

The brief

The original large timber walkway access around the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff started to show signs of deterioration in not only the overlay planks, but also the structural beams that the planks were attached to. As the planks were taken out, it was obvious that there was considerable deterioration to all elements.

With this in mind, the client wanted to ensure that any replacement product had longevity, incorporating built-in slip resistance and had the appearance of timber. In addition, the structural beams needed to have a similar longevity, no deterioration and be easily installed.

The finished scheme fits in perfectly with the surrounding environment and has the exact appearance of timber with a design life in excess of 60 years, without the obvious disadvantages of a high maintenance material.

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The challenge

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

Rotting wood

Due to the wet conditions of the footbridges, they were both prone to rot. GRP Solves this issue lasting over 30 years.

Matching rural aesthetics

Being in an iconic location, the boardwalk had to maintain the high level of aesthestics of the stadium while keeping with the original looks.

Slippery surfaces when wet

Water on the bridge can cause for unsafe surfaces. Our planks come with anti slip for safety to reduce this risk.

The outcome

Designed to stand British Weather for over 30 years without rot, bowing, warping or cracking, it is a long term alternative to traditional timber boardwalks. With lightweight components to install and low wear, it is the perfect boardwalk for busy, high traffic areas.

Advantages of GRP

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

  • 30+

    year lifespan

  • Non slip

    material

  • Quick

    installation

PLURA Polydeck have served us well. They continuously perform as promised and we’ll be looking at replacing some of our other bridges with them in the future.

Martin James
Bring Engineer, Doncaster Council

We are delighted with the transformation that Polydeck’s flooring has given the station. Not only does it look better but it performs as promised.

Mary Savory
Estates Manager, Avanti West Coast

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