Earlier this year one of the UK’s largest construction companies were looking for a solution for something a little different and approached Fibex with their somewhat unusual request…
They needed someone to help design and supply a shelf which would be used for woodland animals to safely cross busy roads! The Mammal Shelf as it was called, would go under existing bridges and would need to be strong enough to take the weight of some larger animals including badgers.
Never one to shy away from a challenge and working on something so bespoke Fibex’s innovative team worked closely with the customers designers to create a viable and cost effective solution. GRP Flat Plate was proposed for the surface of the shelf as it has high strength to weight ratio, is antislip which was an important factor for animal paws to grip on to, and it is also very low maintenance once it has been installed. GRP is not affected by weather conditions so once in situ it could be left without need to revisit the sites. GRP Angle was used to fix the plates to the underside of the bridges and calculations based on the products strength were carried out to ensure the safety of the design.
For ease of assembly on site the materials were delivered by Fibex pre cut and ready to be bolted together.
Fibex and the customer were really happy with the final result and we hope so too were the animals!