Timbmet bridges the Scarborough gap

Thanks to timber from timber supplier Timbmet, the 414ft long Scarborough Bridge has been repaired and renovated.

Timbmet bridges the Scarborough gap

Originally opened in 1827, the historic spa bridge required extensive renovation work to the decking and walkways supports. The original construction of the bridge involved the edge timbers being spliced to the main support beams, but over time, these began to sag, with heavy corrosion affecting the safety and strength of the connections holding the timber in place.

Timbmet sourced specialist Ekki timber, a dark heartwood which grows on the West coast of Africa and which is renowned for its strength, durability and resistance to decay.

The manufacturing team then accurately machined the beams allowing the connections to fit precisely. Now the beams span the entire width of the deck, without affecting the trademark wrought iron arches supporting the bridge.

The contractor was Wilf Noble Civil Engineering of Whitby.

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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