Paint system bridges the way towards lower carbon footprint

Using the system will significantly reduce the costs of bridge repair and refurbishment schemes, as well as contributing to a reduction in carbon emissions

 
The freshly painted Angmering bridleway bridge

Release date: 11 December 2020

A complete overhaul of Angmering bridleway bridge is nearing completion - including use of a paint system which should triple the refurbishment’s lifespan and so reduce the bridge’s carbon footprint. It will also contribute towards the county council’s aim of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

The council is believed to be the first local authority in the south of England to use fluoropolymer paint: it is anticipated to last in excess of 50 years, as opposed to the 12 to 15-year lifespan of previously-used paints.

Using the system will significantly reduce the costs of bridge repair and refurbishment schemes, as well as contributing to a reduction in carbon emissions.

Fluoropolymer fact file:

  • The paint system has been used in the testing climates of Japan, Abu Dhabi and Australia;
  • It is highly resistant to UV light from the sun - the primary cause of degradation in conventional paint systems;
  • The system will also provide significant protection to the steelwork from corrosion;
  • It will provide extensive durability and will maintain its colour over its lifetime, with little or no major maintenance.

In October, a crane was used to lift the corroded Angmering bridleway bridge from its position over the A280 into an adjacent car park so it could undergo the complete overhaul.

Over a 12-week-period, the 34 metre long bridge has had all paint and corrosion removed and then been repainted. 

The A280 is set to be closed overnight on the 16 /17 December so the bridge can be put back in place, subject to factors such as severe weather.

The bridge will be closed until 5pm on Friday 18 December so essential safety and quality checks can be carried out.

The total cost of the refurbishment project is £140,000.

The principal contractor for the project is Landbuild.

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