Why EXTREN and SAFPLANK are Superior to Steel

In the year 2015, Pipex px® supplied and completed two FRP bridges in Scotland. One of the bridges, located in the Craigendunton Reservoir, covers about 24 acres and provides drinking water and supports a recreational trout fishery. The other bridge, located in the Loch Craig Reservoir, covers 65 acres.

Prior to Refurbishment

Prior to Refurbishment

Both footbridges serve as very important points for valve access to each individual reservoir. Throughout the years, the challenging environment of Scotland brought unnecessary aesthetic and safety concerns to each of the steel footbridges which were in place.

A Structural Alternative to Steel for Constructing FRP Bridges

The water and sewage provider required a cost effective and durable structural alternative to steel. Pipex px® and an engineering firm worked side by side to plan, fabricate, and set up two matching bridges constructed totally with FRP profiles.

Upon its completion, the Craigendunton Reservoir Footbridge measured 45' long x 4' wide x 5' high. The Loch Craig Reservoir Bridge was a bit shorter, measuring 40' long x 4' wide x 5' high.  Pipex px® assemble the bridges at its Glasgow facility for quality assurance and then disassembled them for delivery.



Pipex px® EXTREN and SAFPLANK for Bridges

Both bridges were constructed to make sure that there will be no corrosion and that there is structural durability using EXTREN® structural tubes, angles, and plates. SAFPLANK® fiberglass planking with an epoxy, anti-skid surface was utilized as a long-lasting pedestrian flooring solution. With the strong engineering services of Pipex px®, the design life expectancy of both bridges is estimated to be more than 60 years.


This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by Strongwell Corporation.

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