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Lias Line Cycling Greenway, Warwickshire

55mm Mini Mesh & 53mm Solid Top Dura Grating | Case Study

Project: Lias Line Cycling Greenway, Warwickshire

Client: Curral Lewis & Martin Construction Ltd (CLM)

As featured on BBC’s Countryfile, this project to improve cycling in the heart of Warwickshire benefited from the use of our innovative d2 grating products, which have helped to increase accessibility and safety on the historic route, whilst protecting rare wildlife.

The cycleway, known locally as the Lias Line, was selected for improvement following a review of the National Cycle Network, which found that much of the existing off-road sections were overgrown, had poor surfaces and featured gradients that don’t meet current standards.

Costing around £5.1m and funded by the Department for Transport, the project was coordinated by a leading cycling charity, who appointed building and civil engineering Currall Lewis & Martin Construction Ltd (CLM) to carry out the works. CLM have 150 years’ experience in the successful delivery of a variety of construction schemes, including cycleways and footbridges and proved to be the perfect delivery partner.

A new 61 metre raised boardwalk section was added in a segment of the route which features a former railway cutting which was deep, prone to heavy flooding and became impassable in poor weather. Our unique d2 solid top and mini mesh grating panels were chosen for the boardwalk surface due to their unrivalled strength to weight ratio, light transmittance, anti slip surface and class B fire rating.

The side section of the boardwalk utilised 53mm solid top grating which provides a solid surface suitable for all types of cycles, wheeled vehicles and footwear, whilst the main section is constructed from 55mm mini mesh grating. The small holes sizes provide a safe walking surface whilst allowing for drainage across the length of the boardwalk.

Proven to maintain 95% of its slip resistance after an incredible 1.1 million footfalls, the advanced gritted surface of both grating panel variants offers ultra-low slip potential in both wet and dry conditions, helping to ensure safety and accessibility for a wide range of pathway users.

Commenting on the project, Ian Dennis, our GRP Sales Key Account Manager said;

This scheme of works has not only improved connectivity, making it easier to walk, wheel and cycle in Warwickshire, but it’s also created a haven for wildlife. It enables both humans and wildlife to connect to the wider countryside and each other.

Helping protect our environment for future generations:

The presence of rare great crested newts in the area ensured the specific placement of the boardwalk through the cutting was carefully considered to ensure that these important creatures were protected.

The holes in the mini mesh d2 Dura Grating panels also allowed light transmittance to the area under the boardwalk which is a haven for other wildlife.

Thanks to its extensive product testing regime, Dura Composites was able to ensure that exactly the right products were selected to meet the required load and deflection criteria for the boardwalk and the anticipated footfall in the most cost-effective way.

The Dura Grating products offer extremely low life cycle costs due to their maintenance-free, corrosion-resistant and impact-resistant characteristics compared with traditional materials, and come with a reassuring 25-year warranty and a design life of up to 60-years, making them a truly sustainable choice.

Once these panels come to the end of their life in this application they can then be upcycled and repurposed in many other ways.

Discover the benefits of d2 Dura Grating

Dura Grating Standard Mesh
26mm, 38mm & 50mm

Dura Grating Mini Mesh
23mm, 35mm, 45mm & 55mm

Dura Grating Micro Mesh

Dura Grating Solid Top
29mm, 41mm & 53mm

Designed, developed and manufactured by Dura Composites, d2 Dura Grating offers outstanding safety, performance and durability and is more cost-effective than traditional GRP grating in almost every scenario. It can be applied in all industries where GRP mesh grating is used today and has an industry-leading Class Bfl-s1 fire rating as standard in accordance with BS EN 13501 (excludes 23mm). As with all our grating, it can be supplied with a range of stainless steel clips, clamps and hold down fixings to suit all install scenarios.

A comprehensive range of load testing data is also available within our searchable Online Product Selector database to help you make decisions based on real data to ensure maximum safety for your project.

Our Industrial Team

For your industrial and commercial projects, don’t hesitate to contact our GRP experts, who possess the knowledge and experience to deliver exceptional solutions tailored to your specific requirements. Get in touch on 01255 440290

Joe Hunt

Sales Manager

Ian Dennis

Sales Key Account Manager

Danielle Lewis

Sales Account Manager

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