SPS Technology was privileged to help with Weston-super-Mare’s iconic Grand Pier renovation after it was gutted by fire in 2008. The pier renovation rebuilt over the existing 105 year old structure in 2009.  

As part of the Grand Pier’s renovation, our structural composite Sandwich Plate System (SPS) was selected as the structural boardwalk floor because it :

  • kept within a restricted maximum weight,
  • provided a 100% load-bearing capacity platform, allowing follow-on work to commence more quickly,
  • delivered long-term durability with minimal maintenance. 

The risk of weather delays to the floor installation was eliminated and allowances could be made for the second highest tidal flow in the world. 

“SPS floor panels were key to meeting the challenges of rebuilding on an old and damaged structure with limitations on weight, restricted access and a demanding schedule.  [SPS Technology] has gone the extra mile in supporting us from design to installation to ensure the success of the project.”

Andy McGoldrick, Project Director, John Sisk & Sons Ltd.

SPS Technology has undertaken many unusual challenges, like this pier renovation.  An alternative to reinforced concrete and stiffened steel, Sandwich Plate System does not crack, spall, rupture or separate and can absorb high energy events, making it useful for threat protection applications as well.

In addition to its energy absorption capacity, SPS is also a sustainable product that can be reused or recycled.

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