Bespoke made GRP composite steeple copings (commonly referred to as ‘copers’) are suitable for rail, road and pedestrian bridge projects. They are designed to meet the recent revised minimum parapet height standards, while enhancing safety and security.
The advantages found in exploiting the properties of glass fibre reinforced plastic (GFRP / GRP) are now apparent to engineers in the refurbishment of existing structures. Nowhere more so than on the UK railway infrastructure. Low maintenance, light weight, durability and ease of installation are all desirable characteristics and using GRP as a building material also makes for a highly cost-efficient choice.
Standards – Road over-bridges require a minimum parapet height of 1500mm, increasing to 1800mm over railway tracks and overhead line equipment (OHLE) installations.
To bring this road-over-rail bridge back in-line with current specifications, an agreement was reached between Network Rail and Stockton Borough Council to remove an original parapet brick wall and rebuild it using reconstituted stone blocks and composite coping in the form of a GRP parapet.
Situated on the B1274 Junction Road, Stockton-on Tees, the newly constructed parapet wall was then topped and extended using bespoke manufactured GRP steeple coping by Evergrip Limited. The GRP parapet wall coping was installed along the full length of the bridge to increase the minimum parapet height which now prevents climbing and improves safety.
The appointed contractor was Construction Marine Ltd and the works were undertaken during night shifts with minimal disruption to what is normally a busy road.
27th March 2020
We would like to reassure all customers and enquirers that we remain open for business, while carefully following Government guidelines issued here:
The majority of our administration staff are working remotely and we have rostered production staff to make numbers available to meet demand.
We are able to provide the full range of our standard products from stock to serve any ongoing requirements you may have and will be pleased to receive any invitations to quote for future projects.
At the present time, in accordance with social distancing regulations we will not be conducting face to face meetings with business partners until further notice. However it may be possible to arrange video link meetings if required, please contact us for further information.
Collections of orders from our workshops are possible, by prior arrangement only please and visitors are reminded to observe the standard 2m distancing rules, for the safety of all.
Our transport partners are all providing us with a normal service.
We will update this statement if required and following any further guidance issued by the UK Government.
We wish you well.