Fibrelite Composite Covers Prove Ideal Solution for New Storm Water Tank in Wales - #coveringtheworld
19 May 2015, News release from Fibrelite
The Fibrelite design and technical team recently helped overcome a number of potential problems for a construction company installing a storm water attenuation tank to alleviate serious flooding on a housing development in Gwersyllt, North Wales.
On-site infrastructure changes included the building of a large underground tank to store rainwater during a deluge until slow-release back into the waste water network downstream was deemed safe.
Multiple Requirements including Non-Slip, Easy Access
David Holmes, Technical Director at Fibrelite, explained: "The tank comprised a 3mx13m chamber with a fixed structural beam running down the centre so covers were needed over a large area and had to be quickly removable by water board operatives for regular maintenance and emergency work."
"In addition, given the siting of the tank in a residential area, the covers had to be both secure and safe to walk across with a negligible environmental impact, especially as the area is also home to the great crested newt, a protected species.
The Composite Solution
Lightweight, bolt-down, medium-duty composite trench covers were quickly identified as a solution to the various difficulties. And the specialist anti-slip material incorporated into the manufacturing process as standard also proved beneficial, as it meant that this relatively large area of covers would be safe for residents to cross on a daily basis.
David Holmes added: "Covers were supplied in a modular arrangement to fit the challenging entrance specifications which allowed us to provide safe and easy access to the chamber via selected areas - a job that can be completed by just two workers using our specialist lifting handles; whereas a traditionally-made concrete or metal cover would have required dedicated lifting equipment."
Fit-and-Forget - The Maintenance-Free Solution
Fibrelite's composite covers are available in a wide range of sizes and load ratings. Designed to be a "fit-and-forget" product, they are maintenance-free, lightweight, durable and very strong as a matter of course. Naturally inert, they have no impact on the environment where they are installed.
Custom Sizes Available
Custom-made trench covering solutions are available on request which means that dimensions, internal stiffeners and fibre-architecture can be altered to optimize the performance of each panel based on project-specific design criteria.
Coloured Covers for Easy Identification
Fibrelite composite covers can also be moulded in virtually any colour or colour-combination and as the pigment is added into the resin during manufacture, there are no problems with the colour scratching or fading over time. This means that covers can incorporate logos and/or be colour-coded to match a facility's branding or even to identify the specific underground service that can be accessed via a particular cover.
Founded on a tradition of quality and innovation, Fibrelite has been at the forefront of composite technology since 1980. The first ever composite manhole cover was designed by Fibrelite for petrol stations, to eliminate health and safety issues associated with traditional metal covers. Today, Fibrelite is established as a leading world player in its specialist field, with a global reputation for high quality products, increasingly specified as an alternative to heavier metal and concrete options for both new construction and retrofit work across all major industries.
To find out more about how composite access covers can resolve specific onsite problems please visit: www.fibrelite.com/i-case-studies
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