Vertech Limited and Dawyck Estates Ltd are delighted to announce the construction of the UK’s first HGV road bridge made from recycled plastic.
This landmark bridge built over the river Tweed, at Easter Dawyck in Peeblesshire, is the first recycled thermoplastic road bridge to be built outside the United States. It has been designed to carry heavy goods vehicles of up to 44 tonnes. Its individual spans, at over 9m, are the longest ever constructed from recycled plastic. Being manufactured from plastic it will not rot or rust, it does not require painting, treating or regular maintenance. It has made very effective use of over 50 tonnes of waste plastic, e.g. from kerbside collection of household bottles and plastic waste from end of life vehicle recycling, which might otherwise have been sent to landfill. The bridge is also 100% recyclable.
This remarkable project, conceived by Vertech Ltd and supported by the Welsh Assembly Government, has been made possible through a highly effective collaboration with its forward looking partners from Dawyck Estates, specialist bridge designer Cass Hayward LLP, Cardiff University’s School of Engineering, Rutgers University’s AMIPP Department, Polywood Inc and Axion International Inc.
The Bridge was constructed ahead of time by an outstanding team from Glendinning Groundworks Ltd, a local Peeblesshire contractor, and 10 Field Squadron (Air Support), Royal Engineers. The latter as part of a valuable training exercise on private land.
The bridge crossing was closed for just 2 weeks, with the new deck construction taking a mere 4 days to complete despite challenging weather conditions.