Structural Elements

The modern footbridge is synonymous with sustainability in urban planning. Around the world, from London to Seoul, ambitious footbridge designs showcase the best of sustainable architecture. For those who prize creativity in their projects, Ductal® is an ideal tool: lightweight and slender for elegant designs, yet sustainable and durable so as not to compromise on practicality for beauty.



A footbridge’s simple function gets you from A to B, but there are many ways of doing so. If you are looking to design a footbridge that can mark a city, Ductal® offers the ability to create fine, intricate shapes, with all the ease of working with precast concrete. Our range of colors and finishes will ensure you get the look you desire.

The very high compressive strength of our UHPC combined with prestressed solutions allows longer spans without supports. From design to construction and beyond, the benefits are many: we can promise you a technologically advanced solution and the relative ease in design and construction that comes from working with pre-cast concrete forms. The proof? Our world-leading span over height ratio for concrete bridges achieved with the MuCEM footbridge in Marseille, France.


Key features of Ductal footbridges:

  • Lightness, sleekness, slenderness and elegance due to fine decks
  • Ultra-rapid construction through the assembly of precast elements
  • Increased longevity and reduced maintenance
  • A smooth surface finish and colors
  • Optimized costs

Architectonic structures

Ductal®’s strength and durability, combined with the controlled manufacturing environment of a precast plant, bring the sculpturesque forms of innovator's dreams to life with unique architectonic structural elements. If you are looking to bring something different to your project, and you value aesthetic ingenuity, Ductal® is just the right material.

The principle reason Ductal® is so durable against adverse conditions and aggressive chemical agents is that it has a remarkable impervious pore structure. Its cementitious matrix has this impermeable quality due to the denseness of its particle packing and the fact that what nanometer-sized pores do exist are unconnected. As a result, from columns and beams to roofs and canopies, there is no end to the possible structural applications of Ductal®.


Ductal architectonic structures’ key properties:

  • Compressive strength
  • Ductility
  • Freeze/thaw resistance
  • Design flexibility
  • Remarkable span to depth ratios
  • Thin lightweight structures
  • Strength to weight ratio
  • Speed of construction
  • Reduce or eliminate passive reinforcing
  • Increased usage life>
  • Improved seismic performance
  • Impact resistance
  • Abrasion resistance
  • Quality controlled dimensional tolerances
  • Lower permeability
  • Low chloride ion diffusion
  • Reduced maintenance
  • Waterproof
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Engineering Solutions

Ductal® is a fibrous UHPC solution that is right at home in the diverse environments of engineering projects where its unique mechanical properties and durability provide an optimized performance. Applications span the full gamut of engineering applications and are based on proprietary formulas developed and traded by LafargeHolcim for over 25 years.

Discover Ductal®

Ductal® is a fibrous, ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) for rainscreen cladding solutions and custom built applications like façades, roofs, sunshading or brise soleil.

Our Service & Solutions

Our team is made up of trained architects, engineers and contractors. As such, we speak your language and can respond to all of your questions. Discover our service and our wide range of solutions.