The construction and rail industry has a reputation for being slow to adapt to new technologies. The AVA footbridge challenges this perception by utilising manufacturing technology not previously used in the sector. State of the art modelling software and production equipment have been used to create a bridge that is manufactured in a similar way to a car on a production line with the aim of reducing cost, carbon and programme.
Network Rail recognised that meeting the targets set out in the UK Governments Construction Strategy 2025 would require a change that could only be achieved by innovating. The brief was to combine a collaborative design process with high tech manufacturing and precision engineering to create an adaptable footbridge that meets Network Rail’s Access For All requirements.
Walker Construction are a proud SME based in Kent, working on a monumental project which could disrupt both the fabrication and manufacturing markets in different ways. The AVA Footbridge project is more than a project, it’s a market disrupter with our environment and social value front and centre.
Three Winning Facts:
- A revolutionary innovation delivered solely by SME’s.
- The AVA Footbridge project is more than a project, it’s a market disrupter with our environment and social value front and centre.
- This innovation project provides a solution that has a 120-year design life.