The Menai Bridge spans the sea between Anglesey and mainland Wales - a monument to strength and endurance. It can be reached several ways from the Anglesey side, but until recently one of them was in sharp contrast to the might of the historic suspension bridge.
For several years the woodland access point was defined by a rustic stairway, not just in the shadow of the bridge, but a shadow of its former self.
Heavy use by locals and tourists had taken a structural toll, while the sea air corroded metal fixtures. All of these challenges amounted to one big problem for the client, Anglesey Council. The bridge was too far gone to repair, so a replacement was needed.
The natural choice, timber, was good, but on this occasion not good enough. Anglesey Council's in-house architects called for something altogether more rugged - that could withstand harsh elements and heavy use but lose none of its visual appeal or rustic charm. They found what they needed in Plaswood.
Plaswood looks and feels like wood but is made in the UK from 100% recycled plastic. It is strong, durable, waterproof and maintenance free. Being 100% recyclable, Plaswood also supports the circular economy.
Demand for Plaswood is increasing. Unlike many plastic wood products, Plaswood is not a wood composite and dates back to the 1980s.
Today it is manufactured by RPC bpi recycled products, Europe’s largest recycler of plastic, at a dedicated factory in Dumfries, Scotland. The company can recycle over 100,000 tonnes of waste a year, mainly from plastic used to bale straw on farms. The finished product is used for construction materials, street furniture, outdoor play equipment and stairways.