CTS Bridges Limited were appointed by Aberdeenshire Council to design, manufacture and install a replica of Ladies Bridge in a tidal location at Cruden Bay.
The original bridge was constructed in 1922 but had recently been closed following severe storm damage.
CTS carried out a photographic and dimensional survey of the existing bridge and its support trestles. A new structural design was prepared to current design codes whilst maintaining the principles of the original structure.
The new bridge adopts the distinctive diagonal paling for the parapets and the entire structure is manufactured using FSC Ekki hardwood, a naturally durable timber, well suited to the coastal environment.
The footbridge has FSC Ekki Hardwood Hi-Grip Excel deck boards with non-slip inserts to provide a safe, slip resistant surface on the bridge deck.
For the site phase CTS acted as sole contractor. The tidal location limited the works that could be undertaken each day. Early on in the design phase site dates and tide times were identified in order to determine the installation sequence and in-turn the level of pre-fabrication of each element to be undertaken at CTS’s factory. The result was an efficient execution on site with all superstructure works being completed in less than 2 weeks.