London Gateway, Thurrock, Essex

Project: London Gateway, Thurrock, Essex

A new contract for nearly 350 Briton access covers has been secured by iron technology leader Saint-Gobain PAM UK, part of leading materials company Saint-Gobain, for a project at London Gateway.

When contractor Laing O’Rourke originally specified a clear opening 675mm x 675mm x 150mm access cover and frame for heavy loads for client DP World, Saint-Gobain PAM UK offered to develop its Briton range to satisfy F900 requirements – a standard which demands access covers and gratings must be able to withstand up to 90 tonnes of static load.


To ensure the new Briton met F900 load test requirements, the range underwent a series of tests and assessments at Saint-Gobain PAM UK’s foundry in Holwell, near Melton Mowbray.


John Slevin, regional sales manager – municipal castings of Saint-Gobain PAM UK, commented: “Having suggested our Briton double-triangular access solution for the project, it was essential to develop and test the product to and to ensure compliance to the requirements of BS EN124. Overseen by an inspector from the British Standards Institute, the access covers successfully satisfied the customer’s requirements for loadings of 90 tonnes.


“The range is ideal for areas subject to exceptionally heavy traffic, such as airports and docks. The product features frame lifting points for easy accessibility and safety, alongside being HA 104/2 compliant. Customers can be confident in the capabilities of our Briton range, which is Kitemarked to BS EN 124. Furthermore, customers can feel safe in the knowledge that the access covers are manufactured at our Holwell site in Leicestershire, removing any supply chain delays which can occur with imported products.”