A new 12 tonne bridge costing £180,000 has been lifted into place at Trent Meadows in Long Eaton, Derbyshire to make the Erewash countryside more accessible to all. The bridge has been funded through a partnership of Derbyshire County Council, CEMEX UK, the building materials provider, and the Environment Agency.
The 20 metre bridge forms the final link in the creation of a new circular extension to the long distance Trent Valley Greenway and will provide a direct riverside connection between the Trent Meadows recreational area of Long Eaton and Attenborough Nature Reserve. The bridge has been designed to allow not only walkers but horse riders, cyclists and those with mobility difficulties to access previously inaccessible areas of the countryside.
"We are delighted to be part of this important community project which will provide recreational opportunities for local residents and visitors to this area and places Attenborough Nature Reserve at the very heart of a series of fully accessible walks" said Andy Spencer, Sustainability Director, CEMEX UK.
The bridge which is over three metres wide and has 1.8 metre parapets was lifted into place by a 100 tonne crane, by Derbyshire contractors, Allroads
Notes to editors:
- The Attenborough Nature Reserve is a restored sand and gravel quarry providing a habitat for plant and animal species, and a location for outdoor leisure activities. The site is used for bird watching, angling, sailing, and walking, and covers 365 hectares. The Attenborough Lakes are recognised for their nature conservation and the eastern lake has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest
- In 2009 CEMEX completed a £1.2 million project in the area, with the construction of a new eastern bank and diversion to the River Erewash. The project aims to improve the flow and quality of the water which previously ran through the industrial areas of Nottingham and ended in the Eastern Lake of the Attenborough Nature Reserve. CEMEX owns operations on both sides of the river bank, which on the eastern side are, also next to the reserve.
- CEMEX is a global building materials company that provides high-quality products and reliable service to customers and communities in more than 50 countries throughout the world
- In the UK, as well as ready mixed concrete, cement and aggregates, CEMEX also produces asphalt, and has a significant share of the roof tile, rail sleepers, concrete-block paving, and concrete-block segments. CEMEX has a national supply network in the UK to ensure that quality building materials are available to customers locally. For more information, see www.CEMEX.co.uk or www.CEMEX.com