Newport City Footbridge

About This Project

Job: Maintenance – Pressure Washer Cleaning Newport City Footbridge
Client: Newport City Council
Dates: April 2018

Following a successful tender process, iBEX began works in early April to pressure wash the Newport City Footbridge. This iconic structure was opened in 2006 and spans 145m over the River Usk. Over the past 12 years, the exposure to river mud and weather conditions had dulled the once white bridge.

iBEX was tasked with cleaning the 75m tall structure using rope access techniques utilising pressure washers. The footbridge plays a valuable part in the life of the city, it was therefore imperative we worked as quickly and effectively as possible to enable the bridge to re-open as soon as possible.

iBEX carried out:

  • Establishment of secured bridge closure and compound set up
  • Initial climb to reach the top of the 75m bridge structure using aid climbing techniques and to set up ropes
  • All painted structural steel on the bridge deck and at height was pressure washed using 4 diesel powered high pressure washers with over 350m of high pressure hose
  • Painting works to refurbish the bridge plinths, requiring abrasive blasting to SA 2.5 and coating of base plinths

The project was completed in a tight 2 week programme at the client’s request, allowing the bridge to be re-opened ready for the Newport Marathon.