Making Waves at Rossall Coastal Defence Ecology Park

Three bridges with unique ‘wave’ style parapets were installed by CTS Bridges Ltd in the Mythic Coast inspired Ecology Park as part of the Rossall Coastal Protection Scheme.

Three bridges with unique ‘wave’ style parapets were provided by CTS Bridges Ltd for an ecology park forming part of the Rossall Coastal Protection Scheme.

Artist Stephen Broadbent was responsible for the design of the design of the ‘Mythic Coast’ inspired park and the wave effect bridge parapets were part of his concept for the scheme.

CTS Bridges’ Structural Engineers and in-house timber specialists worked closely with main contractor Balfour Beatty and Broadbent Studios to develop the concept into a buildable solution.

The final bridge designs use 12No unique spindles to create each ‘wave’ bay.  The spindles themselves are FSC Ekki – a sustainably sourced hardwood timber species that is both strong enough to permit the slender spindle sizes whilst maintaining structural adequacy and naturally very durable to suit the marine coastal environment.

The deck itself uses CTS Bridges Hi-Grip Excel FSC ekki deck boards spanning on to a galvanised steel frame.

All three bridges were fully assembled in CTS’ Yorkshire factory before being craned into position on site under the supervision of CTS’ own installation team in a 2-day visit. CTS’ joiners followed building complementary ekki parapet approaches to the bridges.

The three bridges were manufactured by CTS at their factory in Huddersfield prior to being delivered and installed on site in time for the opening of the Coastal Flood Defence scheme carried out by Balfour Beatty for Wyre Council in partnership with the Environment Agency.

CTS Bridges Ltd specialise in the design, manufacture and installation of footbridges in timber, steel or FRP.  For more information, quotations or advice contact [email protected]