HOWE GREEN ACCESS COVERS
Suppliers of: Access Covers, wall access covers, floor access covers, access hatches, wall access hatches, floor access panels, wall access panels, floor covers, ceiling access panels, ceiling access hatches, gypsum access covers.
Since 1983, Howe Green has been a market leader in the manufacture of purpose-made high performance floor access covers, access hatches and edge trims. With a manufacturing facility in Ware, Hertfordshire, Howe Green supply products across the UK and export across the world.
Howe Green’s floor access covers provide safe, easy access to building services concealed under flooring.
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Howe Green Access Covers supply the following systems:
Howe Green floor access covers and hatches provide safe and easy access to building services concealed under flooring.
Our range of floor access covers includes products suitable for all types of hard flooring finishes. Products are suitable for interior and exterior use and any type of application including, domestic, commercial, retail, healthcare, education and industrial projects.
- Small Access Covers and Duct Access Covers
- Light, medium and heavy Duty Access Covers
- Access Covers for wood floors
- Access Covers for flexible floors
- Hinged Access Covers
- Tread Plate Access covers
The Howe Green range of wall access panels are designed for use in tiled or plastered walls to provide access to concealed services. Products to suit regular or infrequent access - standard or bespoke sizes are available.
- Wall access panels, covers & hatches for tiled walls .
- Metal faced access panels, covers & hatches for Plastered walls.
- Gypsum faced access panels, covers & hatches for plasterboard walls.
The Howe Green range of Linear Drainage provides the perfect solution for changing rooms, shower areas, spas, commercial kitchens, laboratories, veterinary surgeries and other areas that require wash-down or water drainage. The Linear Drainage is manufactured from Stainless Steel offering a high-quality finish. It is discreet, easy to clean and hygienic.
The HG100 Channel Drain and HG200 Slot Drain are made to measure systems, manufactured in the UK to your exact layout requirements with no cost or time constraint.
Howe Green Tree Grilles are used in interior and exterior public spaces where living trees have been specified as an enhancement to a landscaped or paved area, such as a shopping centre or airport concourse. The Tree Grille provides access to the root ball and facilitates any ongoing maintenance of the trees that will be required.
The special purpose access cover Tree Grilles can be produced in unique sizes and shapes, accurately and cost-effectively.
Further information is available on the Howe Green website along with technical information and assistance.
Howe Green Makes it's Mark At The Roman Baths
As one of the UK’s most visited heritage attractions, situated at the very heart of the City of Bath World Heritage site, the Roman Baths houses one of the greatest religious spas of the ancient world.
Its principle feature, the Sacred Spring, facilitates the rise of over one million litres of water each day at a temperature of 46°C. Excess water escapes through the spring overflow to the Roman Drain, before finally reaching the River Avon, 400 metres away.
As part of a significant redevelopment project to upgrade the visitor experience by displaying the Roman Drain and its impressive historical engineering, Howe Green’s innovative brushed stainless steel Floor Access Panels were specified to ensure the long term efficiency and effectiveness of the attraction.
Due to the Roman Drain being located below floor level, combined with the water’s high temperature and mineral content, the very nature of the development, which was managed by Scena Projects, presented a range of diverse challenges that required the highest quality building components to successfully overcome.
Manufactured to bespoke specifications in sizes of 5m x 0.5m, the two durable Howe Green Floor Access Panels were installed in parallel with robust sheets of glass, which act as both a walkway and viewpoint for visitors.
The bespoke Floor Access Panels allow steam to continuously escape from the drain, providing sufficient ventilation that eliminates the potential for the glass to become obscured by a build-up of condensation and mineral deposits.
The high quality panels also provide secure and safe access to underground services, with the stainless steel construction resilient enough to withstand heavy footfall, yet light weight to support easy lifting and handling.
Paul Norman of Scena Projects said: “Howe Green produced exactly what we asked for – the stainless steel Floor Access Panels have a high quality finish and are ideal for an application of this nature.”
The streamlined construction of the access panels also ensured flush installation in conjunction with the glass and surrounding hard flooring, ensuring compliance with all relevant health and safety regulations.
Chris George, Business Development Manager at Howe Green, said: “The unique nature of this project required bespoke solutions that could facilitate the demanding requirements of such a unique Heritage Site. We are extremely proud to be part of such an iconic project, which is testament to the wide reaching capabilities of our robust manufacturing offering.”
As a member of the official Made in Britain organisation, Howe Green manufactures its extensive portfolio of floor access solutions at its UK headquarters in Hertfordshire to exact client and project specifications, meeting the functional and aesthetic requirements of any environment.
For further information on Howe Green’s high quality range of floor access solutions, visit www.howegreen.com or call 01920 463230.
Howe Green - The successful specification of flexible floor access covers
For demanding public sector environments that experience significant levels of pedestrian footfall, the correct specification of permanent floor access solutions is vital to not only providing secure and maintenance-free access to underground services, but also ensuring the highest levels of hygiene and safety at all times.
Here Chris George, Business Development Manager at Howe Green, explores the latest floor access solutions available to specifiers and architects to meet a diverse criteria of requirements.
For professionals working on renovation or new build projects within the education, healthcare and high-end hospitality sectors, there are a breadth of varying specifications that must be addressed at the design stages to ensure the long term suitability and compliance of the building components installed.
With regard to floor access covers in particular, durability and functionality are two of the first areas that must be considered. This includes assessing whether the materials used to construct the access cover can withstand the high frequency of pedestrian footfall and the subsequent weight loading requirement for the chosen environment.
Lightweight aluminium floor access covers offer both resilience and ease of use, whilst also being resistant to corrosion, a key requirement for the healthcare and education sectors due to the high level of cleaning and sanitisation required.
Compatibility with a wide range of flooring materials is also an important part of this stage of the specification process. Here professionals should look to specify solutions that are suitable for installation with all types of flexible floor finishes, including vinyl, linoleum, rubber and carpet.
The prevention of dirt and water ingress should also be considered to maintain the highest levels of hygiene. Here it’s recommended to explore access covers that have been specifically designed to bond and weld the sheet flooring to create an impermeable, flat and permanent joint.
John MooresOnce the above criteria have been met, specifiers should then address the initial installation process, ease of use and ongoing maintenance of the floor access covers.
Due to their light weight, aluminium covers can be extremely versatile as they support quick and easy installation, which also delivering an accurate and unobtrusive finish that doesn’t require continuous upkeep.
The process of gaining access to underground services can also be streamlined through the use of lifting keys, which safely and securely raise the access cover to minimise any on-site disruption and also ensure compliance with all relevant health and safety guidance.
Finally, working with a manufacturer that supports bespoke specifications will also ensure each specific requirement is successfully met. This includes cover sizes, configuration of ducts and branches, along with various weight loadings.
Howe Green’s unique Visedge® Series is regularly specified for high profile healthcare developments including Queens Hospital, Romford, and Southmead Hospital, Bristol, whilst also being the access solution of choice for leading educational institutions including The University of Surrey and John Moores University, Liverpool.
The resilient floor access covers are the ideal choice for challenging healthcare, hospitality and educational environments due to the innovative double top edge seal construction, which provides the highest standards in hygiene and safety.
The VisedgeⓇ Series is manufactured to BS EN ISO 9001:2015 at Howe Green’s headquarters in Hertfordshire using CAD and C.N.C machinery.
For further information on the Visedge Series and Howe Green’s complete range of floor access solutions, visit www.howegreen.com or call 01920 463230.