World’s longest FLATPACK bridge will be installed in one day and could stand for 300 years
Ever tried to take apart cheap furniture and move it from your old place into a new one?
Then you’ll know that flatpack goods generally have a lifespan that can be counted in years, rather than decades.
But the world’s longest ever flatpack bridge is set to last for much, much longer than the average Billy bookcase.
In fact, it is expected stand across a river in Waterlooville, near Portsmouth, for the next 300 years.
The bridge was designed at Queens University, Belfast, and can be installed in just one day.
It consists of 17 units made of pre-cast concrete which each weigh 16 tons. These will be craned into position and should stand for far longer than the usual bridge.
The “Flexiarch” bridge was patented in 2004. Since then, more than 50 have been installed around the UK.
Abhey Gupta, project manager at concrete company Macrete Ireland, will oversee the build.
He said: “This innovative system is exceptional as it is easily transported in flat pack form and then rapidly installed on site. It should have a lifetime of at least 300 years whereas conventional bridges seldom achieve their design life of 120 years.”