“Since Yanchep Aluminium Bridge requires no maintenance, a reliable cost analysis over the entire useful life is possible.”
The use of aluminium for this 143 m long and 2.50 m wide pedestrian bridge construction in Australia significantly reduces long term maintenance costs. Light weight and highly corrosion resistant, aluminium is also an ideal material for use in coastal and other corrosive locations, or difficult or environmentally senzitive sites where access requires a light weight solution.
European studies have proven that aluminium structures are price competitive when taking into account the savings in installation and maintenance – or whole of life cost – compared to traditional materials, which require ongoing maintenance.
Due to its light weight and proprietary components, installing this aluminium bridge is typically a very quick process, with associated benefits including reduced road or rail closure times, minimal disruption to the environment and the public and significantly reduced costs.
The demand for aluminium structures by Australian councils is increasing considerably and the partnership of the German company PML GmbH with the Australian Landmark bridge builder will result in a growing presence within the Australian market.
Landmark’s Managing Director, Rod King, noted that, “We have always known that a market exists for aluminium pedestrian bridges in situations where other materials are not the ideal, due to weight or corrosion concerns. Previously the high cost was most often an insurmountable hurdle, but I believe the unique PML design will successfully cater to this market where longer clear spans are required.”
Light weight and highly corrosion resistant, aluminium is an ideal material for use in coastal and other corrosive locations.