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Turning to timber New Eurocodes will encourage designers to take a fresh look at timber bridges. Christopher Mettem reports on the latest developments.

Timber bridges are experiencing something of a renaissance and a number of factors are combining to encourage further development - not only of footbridges but also large impressive structures. The key drivers are sustainability, aesthetic appeal, new materials and jointing techniques, advanced preservative treatments, prefabrication and the availability of good practice guidance to ensure durability and value for money.

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