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Fibrelite provided a bespoke composite trench covering arrangement for this manufacturing and research facility


FIBRELITE PROVIDED A BESPOKE COMPOSITE TRENCH COVERING ARRANGEMENT FOR THIS MANUFACTURING AND RESEARCH FACILITY

Fibrelite were contacted in the early part of 2020 by a third-party construction company. They had been requested to source a GRP covering arrangement for their client’s service duct trenches at a major UK based manufacturing and research facility.

Problem 

Operational difficulties posed by the previously existing concrete cover slabs led to an essential replacement programme being mandated. The end user had recently moved into the facility and established that an alternative covering solution would be needed to optimise future operations due to specialist personnel and machinery being required for removal and replacement of concrete slabs and other issues including:

  • Previously existing D400 concrete covers were extremely heavy and cracked in some areas (as pictured stacked, awaiting disposal)

  • Central and offset service access ports required in order to allow easy access to services without the need to completely remove covers

A smooth finish was also required (no tread pattern).