The detailed design and fabrication of a Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) cyclist and pedestrian bridge across a busy road, link the two key Betteshanger Masterplan sites, the Country Park and the Business Park. The site’s former use as coal mine and future use as a centre for research and development make carbon fibre the ideal choice of material. The use of CFRP in certain industries such as automotive and aerospace has become more commonplace, providing increased strength with less material and weight. However there are few examples of the material used in bridge building especially when used in modular construction.
This innovative bridge is made up from off -site fabricated CFRP modules with robust on-site joints. This construction technique also allows quick site works avoiding excessive disruption to the road.