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Civil Sector Case studies

Meads’ Reach Bridge, Bristol

The Challenge

This RIBA award-winning bridge forms part of the Sustrans National Cycle Network and was designed for both cycle and foot traffic. Around five years after installation, the bridge was the site of numerous accidents involving cyclists slipping on the stainless steel surface of the bridge and sustaining injuries– to the extent that the bridge was monikered the ‘Cheesegrater Bridge’. We were called upon to provide an anti-slip solution, providing safety for all users and to put an end to the injuries, which had also attracted negative press.

The Solution

Having installed many anti-slip surfaces from walkways to outdoor pools, stairwells to workshop floors, we saw immediately that our spray-applied Prokol polyurea system would fix the problem. We dismantled the bridge in 20% sections, taking the stainless steel panels back to our workshop and sand-blasting for light abrasion. The panels were then coated by 

hand with an adhesion–promoter and primer. Completing the process, each panel was sprayed with Prokol pure polyurea, building up layers to ensure waterproofing, resilience and a secure anti-slip finish. Finally, the panels were re-installed ready for public use.

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Lewisham Park Towers Bridge Deck

The challenge:

The bridge deck at this social housing development was leaking, causing damage to subterranean parking below. When no warranties were available on other products, the client turned to eco sw to supply a quality, hard-wearing solution and a long warranty on the work.

The solution:

The existing tarmac was planed and shot-blasted to create an adherent surface. The substrate was then primed and covered with a 3mm Prokol Pure Polyurea coating. Finally, an aggregate-based wearing course was applied for outstanding resilience. The client can be confident that this high quality solution will require no attention or maintenance costs for many years to come.


Runcorn Power Station

The challenge:

Runcorn Power Station was completed as a new-build in 2013, with Prokol Pure Polyurea specified as the hardest-wearing protective solution to a number of areas on the site. As approved Prokol applicators, eco sw was chosen to spray-coat stairways, the Control Room floor, roofs and a demarcation walkway.

The solution:

The concrete substrate of the stairways and flooring were prepared, primed and spray-coated with Prokol Pure Polyurea, to provide an enduring, anti-slip and chemical-resistant solution to this industrial plant. Delivering a seamless coating, Pure Polyurea provides an ideal waterproof membrane for the power station’s flat roofs, which feature multiple penetrations, M&E plants and cable trays. The precision application meant that these obstacles were sealed effectively.



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