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Creating better structures

Composite fibre is becoming the product of choice for clients looking for an alternative to traditional timber structures. It is low maintenance and light, yet extremely strong and can be pre-assembled on site or freighted in complete. Replas is very experienced in creating structures using composite fibre and offers a complete service from design to installation.

Enduroplank™ comes out on top

Nambucca Shire Council, in NSW, required a strong, durable pedestrian deck to be installed next to an existing road bridge. An existing timber and bitumen surface had deteriorated due to floods that had gone over the bridge seven times in five years. The surface was refurbished by laying an Enduroplank™ floating deck over the top. This provided the perfect solution and will easily cope with any future flood waters.

    

Can we build it?

An 8m bridge at Wallaman Falls National Park, Mount Fox, in Queensland was built by a contractor in Townsville using Enduroplank decking. It was then disassembled and taken up to Wallaman Falls where it was easily re-assembled by National Parks rangers. The recycled-plastic Enduroplank decking was also used to create a ramp to the toilet block.

          

A bridge over Tribulation waters

A 7 metre bridge made from composite fibre and recycled-plastic decking spans a gully in the rainforest of Cape Tribulation, Queensland. This timber free structure is perfect in this harsh environment as it is resistant to moisture, microorganisms and termites.

 

Launceston leads the way

Launceston City Council are the first in Tasmania to install a bridge made from Enduroplank™ and composite fibre. This wood free structure is not only sustainable, but offers superior strength and durability when compared with traditional materials.

       

Launceston City Council bridges the gap

Due to the fact that Enduroplank™ is extremely low maintenance, Launceston City Council, in Tasmania, chose the recycled-plastic decking to complete a new bridge in Youngtown.

Wagners CFT and sub-contractor BridgePro assembled and installed the bridge which features a composite fibre sub-surface. Installation was hassle free and the bridge will now provide a long-lasting and maintenance-free structure.

        

 

New trails link community to recycling solution

Pittwater and Warringah Councils in NSW have worked together to link new and existing trails to circumnavigate the foreshores of the Narrabeen Lagoon. This multi-use trail project features a new pedestrian/cyclist bridge which has been constructed using durable recycled-plastic Enduroplank™ decking. The decking not only provides a long lasting solution for the bridge, but has also contributed to a reduction in the amount of plastic going to landfill.

Looking to the future

The Mackay Regional Council in Queensland recently commissioned Replas to supply two new composite fibre and Enduroplank™ structures, in order to replace timber bridges that were severely damaged.

These structures were chosen for their ease of installation and long life expectancy – which is up to 75 years on the composite fibre bridge sub-structure.

Bicycle Victoria recommends Enduroplank™

Next month, a new Enduroplank™ pedestrian and bicycle bridge will open, spanning Merri Creek in Northcote, Victoria. The decision to use recycled plastic was supported by Bicycle Victoria, who stated in their discussion paper Pavement Surface Materials for Bicycle Boardwalks that ‘recycled plastic planking with a grooved profile is preferable to untreated timber, particularly with respect to skid resistance’.

In maintaining a high standard of safety for cyclists, Replas installers Ken and Matt Snow will offset adjacent planks, in order to further reduce the possibility of narrow tyres getting caught in the longitudinal grooves.

Historic village gets a facelift

When it came to updating Wellington Street in Tasmania’s historic Richmond, the team at Clarence City Council decided to replace rapidly deteriorating timber products with more economic and environmentally‐friendly alternatives.

They chose Enduroplank™ to create a sturdy footbridge that will not crack, rot or splinter, and Replas bollards to promote a green approach to road safety.

Because recycled‐plastic products will last up to three times longer than timber, they are more cost effective in the long run. Furthermore, the slip resistance of the Enduroplanking™ allows pedestrians to walk along Wellington Street safely.