What is a compliant bridge ?

It is desirable to practice defensive purchasing when sourcing a bridge.


In the event of an accident and a law suit the question will be asked “Is the bridge a Compliant Structure?” This begs the question about what is a Compliant Structure.


The answer is not simple.

The bridge should be designed by competent people (suitably qualified and experienced), it should be precisely made from the materials specified by The Designer and by competent trades people and it should be installed onto a suitable foundation by competent and experienced people.


In more detail the bridge should be designed to the relevant Euro Codes (which have replaced BS)


Manufacture should be carried out with in an appropriate Quality Assured system by people with relevant expertise.