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  • Writer's pictureFrank Leigh

Screw Piles: The Unsung Heroes of Footbridges and Country Adventures

In the heart of the British countryside, where winding footpaths and bridleways invite adventurers to explore the natural beauty, there's a silent revolution happening beneath our feet – the installation of screw piles for footbridges. ABC Anchors, the trailblazers in innovative foundation solutions, have been working with KingsPlay Farming to enhance their country walks and bridleways. The latest marvel, the Bridge Foundation System, is set to change the game for footbridges, offering safety, durability, and a touch of magic to our countryside escapades.


Imagine strolling through the picturesque landscapes, the rustle of leaves underfoot, and the soothing babble of a nearby stream. As you approach a charming footbridge, you may not notice the unsung hero beneath it – the 60R anchor system by ABC Anchors. This revolutionary system has breathed new life into the countryside by replacing tired and unsafe bridges with full-access wonders, ensuring that our walks are not just scenic but also secure.


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The need for this innovation became evident after recent storms and a surge in foot traffic left many footpaths in disrepair. ABC Anchors stepped up to the challenge, clearing overgrown ditches and leveling banks to prepare the ground for their magical solution. Enter the mini digger, the trusty companion for groundworks, pile installation, and the grand lifting of the bridge into place.

So, why are screw piles the superheroes of bridge foundations, especially in the context of countryside walks?

1. Speedy Installation: Screw piles boast a remarkably fast installation process, achievable with a small excavator or hand-held equipment. Picture this – the installation is typically completed within a single day, minimising disruption to the tranquil surroundings.

2. Lightweight Wonder: Everything, from the equipment to the screw piles and the bridge itself, can be transported to the site in one trailer load. It's like a portable bridge-in-a-box, ready to unfold and connect communities with nature seamlessly.

3. Century-Long Durability: These screw piles come with a design life of over 100 years, promising to stand the test of time and support multiple structures. It's an investment in the future of our countryside, ensuring generations to come can enjoy the same scenic paths.

4. Instant Gratification: No more waiting around for things to set! The screw pile system eliminates drying and curing times, allowing instant loading once installed. Walkers can traverse the bridge immediately, connecting with nature without delay.

5. Bank-Friendly Piles: Unlike traditional foundations, screw piles don't add weight to the ditch bank; instead, they retain it. With variable lengths available, these piles provide tailored support to the load and stabilise the banks as needed.

6. No Mess, No Fuss: Say goodbye to soil disposal and large excavations. Screw piles are a clean and efficient solution, preserving the natural beauty of the surroundings without disrupting the ecosystem.

7. Root-Friendly Elevation: Elevating the bridge prevents root interference, preserving the delicate balance of the surrounding flora. It's a thoughtful touch that ensures the ecosystem flourishes undisturbed.

8. Adaptable and Reusable: Screw piles can be removed and reused if pathways change, offering flexibility for future developments. They're not just a one-time solution but a sustainable choice for evolving landscapes.

9. Versatility for Events: Temporary structures for events or access? No problem! Screw piles can be used for such purposes, providing a versatile solution for a variety of occasions.

ABC Anchors doesn't stop at offering a revolutionary bridge foundation system. Their in-house design and manufacturing facilities in Wiltshire allow them to create bespoke projects across the UK. It's not just about building bridges; it's about crafting unique experiences for communities to enjoy.

For those inspired to take the plunge into the world of screw piles and bridge foundations, ABC Anchors provides a comprehensive package. From installation equipment to training, they offer a self-build option, empowering customers to become architects of their countryside adventures.

So, whether you're a nature enthusiast, a walker seeking new horizons, or a community looking to connect over picturesque footpaths, ABC Anchors' Bridge Foundation System is the key to unlocking a world of safe, sustainable, and enchanting country walks. For more information on this innovative system or any screw piling projects, reach out to ABC Anchors. They're not just building bridges; they're building connections to the wonders of the countryside.



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