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Accoya® wood bridge brings Bergen Op Zoom waterline to life

29 Aug 18

Three bridges have been created to form part of the fortress, with one made entirely from Accoya® wood.

The oldest fortification in the city of Bergen op Zoom has undertaken major renovation works. Three bridges have been created to form part of the fortress, with one made entirely from Accoya® wood. The Waterschans area, part of the West Brabant Waterline, consists of a canal, a dyke that is lowered by 3 meters and a walking and cycling path around the site.

The Accoya® wood bridge, created by RO&AD Architects, spans over 20 meters, constructed from four large laminated Accoya® beams, screwed together in a U-shape, and fixed on poles with concrete beams. Accoya® wood was ideal for this project because of its proven ability to perform in challenging climates whilst being in close proximity to the water line. With a 50 year above ground and 25 year in ground/freshwater guarantee, Accoya® provided peace of mind that it is a material that can withstand the test of time.

RO&AD Architects, who have designed and created multiple Accoya® wood projects on the Brabant Water Line, including the Mozesbrug and Ravelijnbrug commented, “We always choose Accoya® because we are big fans of the wood and its performance. For us, Accoya® meets a number of key requirements. For example, the raw material for the wood is fast-growing softwood that comes from sustainably managed forests. The consistent specification of Accoya® wood unites the projects on the Brabant Water Line and makes it a kind of family.”

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