Lightweight Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Bridge Installers: APB Group Ltd


APB Group Ltd are experienced lightweight fibre reinforced polymer bridge installers and specialist civil engineering, geotechnical and construction service providers.

With a multi-skilled management team including quantity surveyors, health and safety specialists and project managers, and a highly skilled workforce of experienced civil engineers, we have a proven track record across the railway, highways, waterways and heritage works sectors. We also have a wealth of experience in the installation of lightweight bridge structures, fibre reinforced polymer bridges, and FRP structures on infrastructure projects.

Incorporated in 1986 and with over 30 years’ experience, at APB Group Ltd we pride ourselves on our first-class reputation we have amongst our clients for our ability to own all our projects; consistently delivering specialist civil engineering projects on time and within budget.

Trusted Rail, Highways and Waterways Civil Engineers

We work with a range of private and public sector clients including Network Rail, Balfour Beatty Rail, bam nuttall, GallifordTry, the Canal & River Trust, English Heritage, Lancashire County Council, Farrans, J. Murphy & Sons Ltd, and Story Contracting as a trusted and reliable service provider.

In recent years we have worked on many specialist infrastructure projects including the replacement of a dilapidated railway bridge on a major freight and passenger line in Ludlow, the installation of composite bridge deck panels on a viaduct in Gloucestershire, and the construction of a major new railway platform at Warrington West for Balfour Beatty Rail in 2019.

FRP Bridge Installers – Fibre Reinforced Polymer Bridges

As clients look to deliver more cost effective and sustainable solutions for the repair or replacement of dilapidated steel structures, the installation of lightweight composite bridge structures on major pedestrian, highway and railway infrastructure projects has become more widespread.

Manufactured offsite from lightweight polymers and reinforced with glass fibres, FRP bridges are strong, lightweight, and can be made from multiple sections. This unique technology means FRP bridges are easier to handle and install by the engineers working on site. Fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) structures are also an attractive alternative to traditional steel solutions as they require virtually no maintenance.

Lightweight Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Footbridge
Design and build of lightweight fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) footbridges in Ormskirk, Lancashire

Fibre reinforced polymer bridges can be manufactured for a range of applications and to most specifications. APB Group Ltd work with international suppliers and design teams to ensure the best possible results from this modern method of construction.

Due to its versatility FRP (or GRP as it can also be known) can also be used for a range of applications such as the replacement of traditional cast iron canal bridges, lightweight bridge deck panels, and in environments where moisture and deterioration of traditional steel structures is an issue.

Canal bridge restoration using FRP panels and arched FRP deck supports
Canal bridge repaired using arched FRP bridge deck panels and replica FRP fascia panels

APB Group Ltd are experienced FRP bridge installers, if you have any questions about the benefits of fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) bridges or have a project on which you think we could help, then please feel free to call us on 01538 755377.

Railway Infrastructure Specialists

APB Group Ltd hold a Network Rail Principal Contractors License which means they can undertake work on the railway network both directly for Network Rail and for regional framework contractors.

With our own team of experienced personal track safety (PTS) trained staff and the capabilities to offer a wide range of geotechnical site investigation and civil engineering works, we can apply ourselves to most environments across the railway network.

Recent projects we have undertaken include structural repair works to Peover Viaduct in Cheshire, an historic railway viaduct originally constructed in c.1842, through to a multimillion-pound transport hub and railway platform construction project at Warrington West, also in Cheshire.

Warrington West Rail Platform Construction
Construction of Warrington West Rail Platform, Cheshire

APB Group Ltd have also been selected to work on several railway network improvement schemes where access roads and the construction of large areas of hard standing have been required to provide much needed railway depots and maintenance hubs.

Other projects we have worked on have included delivering solutions for the improvements to drainage on the rail network, repairs to culverts, railway bridge replacement and strengthening, as well as brickwork and stonework repairs to railway tunnels.

Our experience across the rail network has also seen us undertaken work to embankments, including stabilisation, tree and vegetation clearance and construction of retaining walls and structures.

Highways Infrastructure Specialists

APB Group Ltd also have NRSWA streetworks trained staff who can undertake and manage projects across the highways network on highways maintenance and improvement schemes.

We have worked on many highways’ projects from laying services and drainage in carriageways, to major refurbishment of viaducts and installing a new lightweight FRP extension to the existing footway at Bromley Heath Viaduct in Gloucestershire.

Installation of FRP bridge deck panels on Bromley Heath Viaduct
Installation of FRP bridge deck panels on Bromley Heath Viaduct

Work carried out within the highways sector has included maintenance to embankments and cuttings, construction of retaining walls and slope stabilization, installation of lightweight pedestrian walkways and cycleways, drainage maintenance, bridge repair and reconstruction, and general brickwork and stonework repairs.

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APB Group Ltd - Railways, Highways, Waterways, Heritage Engineering Specialists