Tickhill and Slutwell footbridges

Having collaborated on previous projects, Doncaster Council Contracted Polydeck, the footbridge specialist, for help in replacing two very old and dilapidated rural footbridges. 

The brief

Both footbridges, located in Doncasters Tickhill were becoming unsafe to use due to rotting and a slippery surface. Slutwell stream footbridge in particular, which is often covered in water from the rising stream, was in urgent need of replacement. That made a glass reinforced polyester (GRP) bridge the perfect replacement.

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The challenge

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

Rotting wood

Due to the wet conditions of the footbridges, they were both prone to rot. GRP Solves this issue lasting over 75 years.

Matching rural aesthetics

Being in a rural environment, the bridges needed to blend in with the surroundings. Our GRP planks are designed to look like timber.

Slippery surfaces when water levels rise

Water on the bridge made the previous wood bridge unsafe. Our planks come with anti slip for safety.

Country side location

Our lightweight bridges are designed to arrive fully assembled or in components to build in rural areas.

The outcome

Designed to stand British Weather for over 75 years without rot, bowing, warping or cracking, it is a long term alternative to traditional timber footbridges. With lightweight components to install and low needed maintenance, it is the perfect bridge for remote countryside locations.

Advantages of GRP

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

  • 100+

    year lifespan

  • Non slip


  • Quick


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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