Iron technology solutions provider Saint-Gobain PAM UK has joined forces with Burdens Ltd to win a major contract for its ductile iron access covers and gratings from main contractor VolkerFitzpatrick for the £62.5 million East Kent Access Route project.
More than 1.200 Aquamax gratings have been ordered, based on their high absorption capacities, allowing them to quickly and safely drain roads submitted to increasingly frequent heavy rain; and their enhanced durability, with a design specifically aimed to considerably increase maintenance intervals. Aquamax also incorporates special, heavy duty features which enable it to cope with stringent traffic conditions with zero minimal noise: large-surface seatings, Saint-Gobain PAM UK
’s acclaimed Load Transfer System which reduces the risk of cracking and premature failure, and an automatic spring bar locking system to deter theft and so minimise future replacement costs.
The contract was won against fierce competition from overseas products
, with the final selection based on the whole life cost reduction opportunities offered by Aquamax.
Burdens’ commitment to the Aquamax range and their capacity to offer to the customer a complete range of materials backed by unrivalled service was also a key factor in the contract win.
The contract involves the construction of 8km of dual carriageway as well as a jacked box structure required to construct 105 metres of dual carriageway underneath the existing Ramsgate to Canterbury railway line.
VolkerFitzpatrick and HOCHTIEF will be working alongside Kent Highway Services and its agent Jacobs.