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 Access - Operations Re-Opening From 4 May
During the past week, the Government has modified its workplace guidance for employers and employees. This has resulted in some construction sites reopening as Contractors have developed safe ways of working, by incorporating the latest set of guidelines. We are therefore beginning to see demand return to areas of our business.
In order to meet customer orders, we are re-starting manufacturing and despatches from our Howe Green manufacturing site in Ware from 04 May 2020.
This marks the start of a carefully controlled phased return to work for our Howe Green operations, to address increased customer demand in specific construction market sectors, especially Commercial. We will continue to monitor Government advice and react accordingly, if there are further changes to the guidelines.
We are implementing all necessary safety measures to ensure we operate within Government guidelines and maintaining two metres of separation between employees. This has introduced some changes to the way we operate, and we are constantly reviewing alternative processes and PPE to ensure that our employees remain safe. The measures we had adopted prior to lockdown, covering cleaning, personal hygiene practices and temperature screening, will form part of the new ways of working. Employees that are deemed to be ‘at risk’ will continue to be protected.
We continue to have a team of staff working from home, to take calls, provide quotations, technical support or answer any other questions you may have.
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Howe Green - Shouting From the Tree Tops: The Benefits of Tree Pits
Howe Green - Shouting From the Tree Tops: The Benefits of Tree Pits
The specification of trees within an urban area can provide many benefits, including improving inhabitants’ mental and physical wellbeing, to filtering urban pollutants and aiding the offset of carbon emissions.
However, the planting of trees within landscaped or paved exterior public spaces can also present a range of potential complications that must be considered at the very initial design stages. Here Chris George, Business Development Manager at Howe Green, explores the wide ranging benefits tree pits and tree grilles offer and the key elements specifiers should consider.
Whilst the planting of trees in urban location can contribute to the reduction of the city or town’s carbon footprint, it is essential any trees or saplings are planted within the provision of a healthy and secure environment.
This will ensure the successful nurture and facilitation of the trees’ long term growth, with adequate root management, access to water and the condition of the soil all essential elements that must be considered.
External tree pits and tree grilles present a popular choice as they can successfully alleviate the potentially negative effects an urban environment can have on a living organism, whilst simultaneously providing inconspicuous access to electrics, valves, pumps and water features.
Tree pits and tree grilles also prevent any potential damage to the urban environment as the tree roots are securely managed within the tree root ball. This eliminates the opportunity for the roots to spread up and across the landscape, where they could cause damage to the flooring and present a dangerous trip hazard.
When specifying tree pit covers for upcoming landscaping projects, professionals should consider solutions manufactured of stainless steel as they provide long term resistance to rust and corrosion. The addition of a top edge seal also prevents dirt, grout or grinding waste ingress for increased longevity and resilience. This style of tree pit also aims to eliminate the requirement for slither cuts of stone, which often leads to recurrent and often costly breakages.
However, the structural integrity and design of a stainless steel tree pit shouldn’t hinder safe access to the tree root ball. Here, specifiers should consider solutions that utilise lifting keys, facilitating easy ongoing maintenance of the tree root ball without any additional budget, time or resources.
As each urban landscaping project is different from the next, so too must be the approach to the tree pits or tree grilles installed. Custom made specifications will best meet the specific requirements of each individual project, rather than a standard ‘off the shelf’ offering. A bespoke offering will also ensure the type of stone used and the modules or pattern formations featured within the hard landscaping are seamlessly integrated into the covers, providing the highest quality finish available.
The orientation of the tree pits, whether single, multiple or in a duct formation, should be adapted to meet the bespoke requirements of the project, providing a desired visual style without impacting on the long term growth and success of the trees.
Tree grilles also offer the opportunity for the installation of electrical elements such as up lighters, creating an enhanced visual effect. If using tree grilles, stone thickness must also be considered, whilst load bearing for both grilles and pits must be addressed at the specification stage. For example, will the solutions be installed in a high footfall pedestrian area, or will there be vehicles regularly travelling through? This is essential to ensuring the solution is fit for purpose throughout the duration of its lifetime.
By working closely with a manufacturer from the very initial specification stages, landscaping professionals can not only achieve the successful implementation of trees into hard landscaped areas, but ensure their long term growth and maintenance whilst achieving the desired visual aesthetic.