BILCO UK LTD

PAVILION 7, FORNHAM BUSINESS CENTRE
HALL FARM, FORNHAM ST MARTIN
BURY ST EDMUNDS
SUFFOLK IP31 1SL

Tel: 01284 701696
Fax: 01284 702531

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Suppliers of: access doors floor access doors roof access hatches roof access hatches roof fire vents roof smoke vents automatic roof smoke vents bs 7346 roof smoke vents bs 558 smoke vents en 12101

Bilco UK Ltd Supply a range of roof access hatches, smoke vents, floor doors, floor access covers, fall protection products and commercial escape & access ladders.

Based in Suffolk, Bilco can supply the construction trade with a range of standard roof hatches, smoke vents, and floor doors in various sizes and materials direct from stock, delivered by a nationwide pallet-line system or dedicated consignment. Bespoke items can also be undertaken with the assistance of our technical team.

NSHEV (Natural Smoke & Heat Exhaust Ventilators)

 

CE Marking: Bilco UK complies with all CE Marking legislation. See our website for our declaration of conformity.

Useful Resources:

  • Bilco Assist: Use Bilco assist to identify the essential design considerations required to ensure safe access points onto flat roof areas
  • BIM Models: Click Here
  • NBS Specifications: Click Here
  • CAD Drawings: Click Here
  • Installation Videos: Click Here
  • Find out more about the RIBA Accredited CPD: Safe Access All Areas Click Here
  • View the Howe Green entry on BPi: Click Here

Bilco supply the following ranges:

Roof Access Hatches:

Roof access hatches provide access to the roof areas for routine maintenance and inspection as well as for servicing of HVAC systems and other roof mounted equipment. They are ideally suited for use in office buildings, flats, factories, warehouses, retail stores, shopping complexes, hotels, manufacturing plants, hospitals, schools, auditoria and sports facilities where roof access is a requirement.

Natural Smoke & Heat Exhaust Ventilators (NSHEV) - CE Marking Compliant:

Natural smoke vents help vent smoke and gases from burning buildings primarily to provide clearer means of escape for individuals within the building. They also aid firefighting visibility when entering the building to fight the fire and reduce the lateral spread of the fire. Used widely in stairwells, corridors, smoke shafts and on roof areas of factories, warehouses, auditoria and retail facilities. CE Marked Compliant.

Bilco natural smoke and heat exhaust ventilators are manufactured to comply with all the latest regulations including the Construction Products Regulation 305/2011. All standard vents are supplied CE marked and with a Declaration of Conformity and are manufactured to meet the demands of Building Regulations, Approved Document B, BS9999 and EN12101-2.

Safety Products:

Bilco can also supply a range of Safety Products to offer fall protection and safety in accessing roof and floor areas. Bilco can also supply intruder protection systems to safeguard against trespass.

Ladders / Step Over Ladders / Roof Mounted Walkways:

Bilco supply a comprehensive range of ladder and walkways for roof access. These include Fixed Vertical Ladders (with or without Safety Cages & Guardrails), retractable ladders and loft ladders; as well as a reange of roof mounted walkways to provide safe access to rooftops.

Floor Access Doors and Howe Green Access Covers:

Our range of floor access solutions includes through-floor doors and the industry standard for accessing underfloor services - Howe Green floor access covers.

Further technical information is available to download from the BPi download Library

ACCESS COVERS Airports .
ACCESS COVERS Airtight .
ACCESS COVERS Aluminium .
ACCESS COVERS Aluminium Anodized Finish
ACCESS COVERS Aluminium Custom Finishes
ACCESS COVERS Aluminium Surface Mounted
ACCESS COVERS Aluminium Tread Plate
ACCESS COVERS BS EN 124 .
ACCESS COVERS BS EN 124 Class A15-F900 Loadings
ACCESS COVERS Cable Outlet .
ACCESS COVERS Cellar .
ACCESS COVERS Companionway .
ACCESS COVERS Composite .
ACCESS COVERS Composite Aluminium
ACCESS COVERS Concrete Floor Finishes .
ACCESS COVERS Double Leaf .
ACCESS COVERS Drainage Doors .
ACCESS COVERS External .
ACCESS COVERS Fall Protection Gratings .
ACCESS COVERS Fire Rated .
ACCESS COVERS Fire Rated BS 476:Part 22 1 Hour
ACCESS COVERS Fire Rated BS 476:Part 22 1.5 Hour
ACCESS COVERS Fire Rated BS 476:Part 22 2 Hour
ACCESS COVERS Fire Resistant .
ACCESS COVERS Flexible Floor Finishes .
ACCESS COVERS Flooring .
ACCESS COVERS Flooring Lightweight Composite
ACCESS COVERS Galvanised Steel .
ACCESS COVERS Galvanised Steel BS EN 124
ACCESS COVERS Galvanised Steel BS EN ISO 1461:1999
ACCESS COVERS Galvanised Steel Exterior
ACCESS COVERS Galvanised Steel Recessed
ACCESS COVERS Galvanised Steel Solid Top
ACCESS COVERS Grating Incorporated .
ACCESS COVERS Hard Floor Finishes / Infills .
ACCESS COVERS High Security .
ACCESS COVERS Hinged Lifting Assistance Mechanism Assisted Opening
ACCESS COVERS Insulated .
ACCESS COVERS Internal .
ACCESS COVERS Ladder Safety Posts .
ACCESS COVERS Lightweight Slim .
ACCESS COVERS Modular Systems .
ACCESS COVERS Multiple Unit .
ACCESS COVERS Natural Stone Floor Finishes .
ACCESS COVERS Pan Covers .See Also PAN COVERS:
ACCESS COVERS Purpose Made .
ACCESS COVERS Recessed .
ACCESS COVERS Recessed for Block Paviors
ACCESS COVERS Recessed for Floor Finishes
ACCESS COVERS Security Covers .
ACCESS COVERS Slip Resistant /Anti-Slip / Low Slip Surface .
ACCESS COVERS Stainless Steel .
ACCESS COVERS Steel .
ACCESS COVERS Tiled Walls .
ACCESS COVERS Tree Pit Covers .
ACCESS COVERS Unfilled .
ACCESS COVERS Vehicular .
ACCESS DOOR Grating Panels .
ACCESS DOORS . .
ACCESS DOORS Aluminium .
ACCESS DOORS Double Leaf .
ACCESS DOORS EN 124 .
ACCESS DOORS Extreme Loading .
ACCESS DOORS Fire Rated .
ACCESS DOORS Floodtight .
ACCESS DOORS Floor .
ACCESS DOORS Floor Fire Rated
ACCESS DOORS Floor Fire Rated ASTM E119
ACCESS DOORS Floor Fire Rated BS 476: 1 Hour - 3 Hour
ACCESS DOORS Floor Fire Rated NFPA 251
ACCESS DOORS Floor Fire Rated NFPA 80
ACCESS DOORS Floor Fire Rated Up To 3 Hours
ACCESS DOORS For Tiling .
ACCESS DOORS Lift Assisted .
ACCESS DOORS Lockable .
ACCESS DOORS Odour Control .
ACCESS DOORS Pit .
ACCESS DOORS Purpose Made .
ACCESS DOORS Recessed .
ACCESS DOORS Steel Galvanised Steel
ACCESS DOORS Steel Stainless Steel
ACCESS DOORS Walls .
ACCESS HATCHES See Also ACCESS COVERS: See Also ROOF ACCESS HATCHES:/LOFT ACCESS DOORS:
ACCESS LADDERS Aluminium BS 4211:2005 +A1 2008
ACCESS LADDERS Dropdown Means-of-Escape .
ACCESS LADDERS EN 14975 (DIN 4570) .
ACCESS LADDERS Flat Roof .
ACCESS LADDERS Retractable Concertina
ACCESS LADDERS Retractable Industrial Grade EN 14975
ACCESS LADDERS Roof Access .
ACCESS LADDERS Safety Cage and Guardrails Combined BS 4211:2005 +A1 2008
ACCESS LADDERS Safety Hoops Combined .
ACCESS LADDERS Safety Hoops Combined BS 4211:2005 +A1 2008
ACCESS LADDERS Safety Mounting Devices .
ACCESS LADDERS Security Gate Combined .
ACCESS LADDERS Sloped Ships Ladder Type .
ACCESS LADDERS Special Sizes .
ACCESS LADDERS Steel .
ACCESS LADDERS Steel BS 4211:2005 +A1 2008
ACCESS LADDERS Telescopic .
ACCESS PANELS Airtight .
ACCESS PANELS Aluminium .
ACCESS PANELS Antibacterial Antimicrobial .
ACCESS PANELS Fire Resistant .
ACCESS PANELS Fire Resistant BS 476:1987 Part 22
ACCESS PANELS Flexible Wall Tile Fitting / Tile Insert
ACCESS PANELS Floor .
ACCESS PANELS Invisible Closure Systems .
ACCESS PANELS Lockable .
ACCESS PANELS Metal Wall Tile Fitting / Tile Insert
ACCESS PANELS Plumbing .
ACCESS PANELS Purpose Made .
ACCESS PANELS Stainless Steel .
ACCESS PANELS Steel .
ACCESS SKYLIGHTS . .
ALARM SYSTEMS Fire Alarms .
BASEMENT DOORS Exterior Access Sloped Entrance Hatches .
BASEMENT DOORS Exterior Access Sloped Entrance Hatches Emergency Exit / Emergency Egress
BASEMENT DOORS Exterior Access Sloped Entrance Hatches HDPE Simulated Wood
BASEMENT DOORS Exterior Access Sloped Entrance Hatches Steel
BASEMENT DOORS Exterior Access Sloped Entrance Hatches Steel Sided
BASEMENT DOORS Exterior Access Sloped Entrance Hatches Wide Openings
BASEMENT ENTRANCES Exterior Basement Access Sloped Entrance Hatch / Stairwell Combined
BASEMENT LIGHTWELLS Emergency Exit Egress Window Wells
BASEMENT LIGHTWELLS HDPE .
BASEMENT LIGHTWELLS Modular Systems .
BASEMENT LIGHTWELLS Window Well Dome Covers .
CAR PARK Smoke Control Systems .
CAT LADDERS Handrail Combined .
CAT LADDERS Metal .
CAT LADDERS Safety Hoops Combined .
CAT LADDERS Steel .
CELLAR DOORS
CELLAR FLAPS .
COVERS EN 124 .
COVERS Fire Rated .
COVERS Insulated .
COVERS Lift out .
DOORS DOMESTIC Basement Cellar Access
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Anti-Slip Slip Resistant Safety Flooring Applications
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Linear .
DRINKING WATER TREATMENT Facilities Security Intrusion Detection Systems DHS Safety Act Anti-Terrorism Designation (USA)
DRINKING WATER TREATMENT Facilities Security Intrusion Detection Systems Security Services Approved (UK)
DRINKING WATER TREATMENT Facilities Security Intrusion Detection Systems Tampering Detection and Alarms
DRINKING WATER TREATMENT Facilities Security Intrusion Detection Systems Wireless Systems
DUCT COVERS Sealed Aluminium
DUCT COVERS Sealed EN 124
EXPLOSION VENTS Explosion Relief Fire Vents .
EXPLOSION VENTS Explosion Relief Smoke Vents .
FIRE ALARM SYSTEMS Commercial .
FIRE ALARM SYSTEMS Network Controlled .
FIRE ALARM SYSTEMS Wireless Radio Controlled
FIRE ESCAPES Dropdown Ladders .
FIRE ESCAPES Loft Ladders .
FIRE ESCAPES Telescopic Ladders .
FIRE VENTILATORS Roof .
FLOOR ACCESS COVERS See Also ACCESS COVERS: .
FLOOR ACCESS DOORS See Also ACCESS COVERS: .
FLOOR DRAIN Covers Stainless Steel .
FLOOR DRAIN GRATINGS .
FLOOR DRAIN GRATINGS Stainless Steel .
FLOOR DRAINS .
FLOOR DRAINS Linear Channel .
GRATING Access Hatches .
GUARD RAILS Roof Hatches .
GUARD RAILS Roof Hatches OSHA Fall Protection Standards (29 CFR 1910.23)
GUARD RAILS Rooftop Systems .
GUARD RAILS Smoke Vent Openings .
HATCHES Cellar See Also CELLAR DOORS:
HATCHES Emergency .
HATCHES Fire Escape .
HATCHES Glazed .
HATCHES Hatch Railing Systems .
HATCHES Roof .
LADDER Roof Hooks .
LADDER Safety Posts .
LADDERS Aluminium .
LADDERS Aluminium BS 4211:2005 +A1 2008
LADDERS Concertina .
LADDERS Fire Escape Ladders
LADDERS Industrial .
LADDERS Internal Roof Access .
LADDERS Ships Ladders Companionway Ladders BS 5395 Part 3
LOFT ACCESS DOORS Fire Rated BS 476:Part 22 1 Hour / 60 Minutes
LOFT ACCESS DOORS Loft Hatches .
LOFT ACCESS DOORS Loft Hatches Ladder Combined
LOFT ACCESS DOORS Loft Hatches Telescopic Ladder Fitting
LOFT LADDERS BS EN 14975 (DIN 4570) .
LOFT LADDERS Commercial Heavy Duty
LOFT LADDERS Electric .
LOFT LADDERS Fire Escape .
LOFT LADDERS Metal .
LOFT LADDERS Metal Collapsible Trellis Concertina Scissors Operation
LOFT LADDERS Retractable Folding Concertina
LOFT LADDERS Trap Door Combined .
METAL Plate Covers .
METAL Plate covers Aluminium
METAL Plate Covers EN 124
METAL Plate Covers Stainless Steel
METAL Plate Covers Steel
PAN COVERS Aluminium .
PAN COVERS EN 124 .
PAN COVERS Fire Rated 90 Minutes .
PAN COVERS Gas Strut Lift Assist .
PAN COVERS Heavy Duty Loading Applications .
PAN COVERS Hinged .
PAN COVERS Insulated .
PAN COVERS Shallow .
PAN COVERS Stainless Steel .
PAN COVERS Steel .
ROOF Fire Vents Automatic
ROOF Fire Vents Automatic Acoustical
ROOF Fire Vents Automatic Natural Daylight
ROOF Mechanical Vent Systems .
ROOF ACCESS HATCHES Airtight BS EN 12207:2000 .
ROOF ACCESS HATCHES Aluminium .
ROOF ACCESS HATCHES Controls .
ROOF ACCESS HATCHES Electric Operated .
ROOF ACCESS HATCHES Emergency Exit Panic Latch
ROOF ACCESS HATCHES Equipment Access .
ROOF ACCESS HATCHES Fire Rated .
ROOF ACCESS HATCHES Glazed .
ROOF ACCESS HATCHES High Security .
ROOF ACCESS HATCHES High Security Applications .
ROOF ACCESS HATCHES Hinged .
ROOF ACCESS HATCHES Insulated .
ROOF ACCESS HATCHES Ladder Access .
ROOF ACCESS HATCHES Ladder Access Flat Roofs
ROOF ACCESS HATCHES Louvred Curb .
ROOF ACCESS HATCHES Manual Handling Regs Requirements .
ROOF ACCESS HATCHES Plant Access .
ROOF ACCESS HATCHES Powered Access .
ROOF ACCESS HATCHES Purpose Made Bespoke and Custom Designs .
ROOF ACCESS HATCHES Refurbishment .
ROOF ACCESS HATCHES Safety Guardrails .
ROOF ACCESS HATCHES Security Access .
ROOF ACCESS HATCHES Security Burglar Resistant BS EN 1627
ROOF ACCESS HATCHES Service Stair Access .
ROOF ACCESS HATCHES Ship Stair Access .
ROOF ACCESS HATCHES Sit On Curb .
ROOF ACCESS HATCHES Translucent Dome .
ROOF ACCESS SYSTEMS Guardrails .
ROOF ACCESS SYSTEMS Ladder Incorporated .
ROOF ACCESS SYSTEMS Ship Stair Incorporated .
ROOF EDGE PROTECTION Roof Edge Protection Systems Roof Edge Protection Barriers
ROOF GUARDRAIL SYSTEMS Bespoke Purpose Made .
ROOF GUARDRAIL SYSTEMS BS 6399 Part 2 .
ROOF GUARDRAIL SYSTEMS BS EN 14122 .
ROOF GUARDRAIL SYSTEMS EN 13374 Class A .
ROOF GUARDRAIL SYSTEMS Self-Supporting Safety Railings .
ROOF GUARDRAIL SYSTEMS Temporary Portable Guardrails .
ROOF GUARDRAIL SYSTEMS Temporary Portable Guardrails Collapsible Guardrails
ROOF GUARDRAIL SYSTEMS Tubular .
ROOF GUARDRAIL SYSTEMS Tubular Aluminium .
ROOF GUARDRAIL SYSTEMS Tubular Counterbalance Handrails .
ROOF GUARDRAIL SYSTEMS Tubular Freestanding .
ROOF GUARDRAIL SYSTEMS Tubular Steel .
ROOF SAFETY BARRIERS Railings Barriers Fencing .See Also ROOF GUARDRAIL SYSTEMS:
ROOF SAFETY SYSTEMS Permanent Fixed
ROOF SAFETY SYSTEMS Permanent Ridge .
ROOF SAFETY SYSTEMS Valley Frames Portable Mobile Walking Frames
ROOF VENTILATORS . .
ROOF VENTILATORS Fire Control .
ROOF VENTILATORS Flat Roof .
ROOF VENTILATORS Fusible Link Control .
ROOF VENTILATORS Heat and Smoke Release Automatic .
ROOF VENTILATORS Remote Control .
ROOF VENTILATORS Smoke Release .
ROOF WALKWAYS Rooftop Walkway Systems .
ROOF WALKWAYS Rooftop Walkway Systems Aluminium
ROOF WALKWAYS Rooftop Walkway Systems BS 5395:Part 3
ROOF WALKWAYS Rooftop Walkway Systems Roof Mounted Step Over Systems
ROOF WALKWAYS Rooftop Walkway Systems Safety Walkways
ROOF WINDOWS Access .
ROOF WINDOWS Smoke Ventilation .
ROOF WINDOWS Smoke Ventilation Automatic AOVs .
ROOFLIGHTS Access Hatches .
ROOFLIGHTS Ventilation Fire Opening
ROOFLIGHTS Ventilation Smoke Ventilation
SAFETY ACCESS SYSTEMS .
SAFETY RAILS Rooftop .
SHOWER DRAINS Linear Shower Channels .
SKYLIGHTS Electrically Operated .
SMOKE CONTROL Actuators .
SMOKE CONTROL Control Panels Control Units
SMOKE CONTROL Fire Ventilation .
SMOKE CONTROL Firemans Override Switches .
SMOKE CONTROL Management Systems .
SMOKE CONTROL Sensors Smoke Detectors
SMOKE CONTROL Systems .
SMOKE CONTROL Systems Car Park .
SMOKE CONTROL Ventilation - See Also SMOKE VENTILATORS: .
SMOKE SHAFT Ventilation .
SMOKE VENTILATORS AOV Automatic Opening Vents .
SMOKE VENTILATORS Car Park .
SMOKE VENTILATORS Controls Control Equipment and Accessories .
SMOKE VENTILATORS Louvred .
SMOKE VENTILATORS Mechanical Mechanically Operated
SMOKE VENTILATORS Network Controlled Management Units .
SMOKE VENTILATORS NSHEVs (Natural Smoke and Heat Exhaust Vents) .
SMOKE VENTILATORS NSHEVs (Natural Smoke and Heat Exhaust Vents) Acoustic
SMOKE VENTILATORS NSHEVs (Natural Smoke and Heat Exhaust Vents) BS EN 12101-2
SMOKE VENTILATORS NSHEVs (Natural Smoke and Heat Exhaust Vents) CE Compliant / CE Accredited
SMOKE VENTILATORS NSHEVs (Natural Smoke and Heat Exhaust Vents) CE Marked / CE Marking Declaration of Conformity
SMOKE VENTILATORS NSHEVs (Natural Smoke and Heat Exhaust Vents) Construction Products Directive 89/106/EEC
SMOKE VENTILATORS NSHEVs (Natural Smoke and Heat Exhaust Vents) Double Leaf
SMOKE VENTILATORS NSHEVs (Natural Smoke and Heat Exhaust Vents) EU Regulation 305/2011
SMOKE VENTILATORS NSHEVs (Natural Smoke and Heat Exhaust Vents) Special Sizes
SMOKE VENTILATORS NSHEVs (Natural Smoke and Heat Exhaust Vents) Stairwell
SMOKE VENTILATORS Positive Pressure .
SMOKE VENTILATORS Purpose Built .
SMOKE VENTILATORS Refurbishment .
SMOKE VENTILATORS Roof .
SMOKE VENTS See Also SMOKE VENTILATORS: .
STEP OVER LADDERS Fixed Units .
VENTILATION Smoke Control .
VENTILATION SYSTEMS Smoke Control .
VENTILATORS Smoke Control .See Also SMOKE VENTILATORS:
WALKWAYS Flat Roof .
WALKWAYS Roof .
WINDOWS: MISCELLANEOUS Basement .
BIL-GUARD Rooftop Guardrail Systems
BILCLIP Flashing System
BILCO FIXED VERTICAL LADDERS Flat Roof Access Ladders
BILGUARD Rooftop Guardrail Systems
BL-Z Retractable Ladders
BL-ZBOX Retractable Ladders
BV-F90 Pan Covers
BV-THERMO Pan Covers
BVA MULTI Sealed Duct Covers
BVA-SLIM Access Panels
BVH-MAXI Deep Pan Covers
BWALK-A Roof Walkway Systems
CLASSIC SERIES Basement Access
CNIGUARD Water Treatment Facility Intrusion Detection
GOLDEN KEY Access Cover Lift-Off System
LADDERUP Ladder Safety Post
LUMIVENT Fire Vent
OS2 Electronic Operators for Smoke Control Systems
PERMENTRY Basement Access
POGO POLE Ladder Safety Post
REM SMOKE VENTS Automatic Smoke Vent
ROOFEP Roof Edge Protection Systems
SKY Automatic Smoke Vent
SKY-ACCESS Roof Access Hatches
THERMOLATCH II Hold/Release Mechanism
TNEMEC Coating
TYPE SM Basement Access
ULTRA SERIES Basement Access
VERSAMOUNT Roof Access Hatch

Bilco UK Key considerations when choosing ladders for safe rooftop access

July 2022

According to recent figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), falls from height accounted for 44% of all non-fatal injuries and 25% of all fatal injuries over the last five years. Here, Tom Brandon, Specification Sales Manager at Bilco UK, discusses why adopting a bespoke approach to roof access can ensure the highest level of safety, suitability and compliance.

When specifying a ladder to facilitate roof access, it’s important to ensure you’re choosing the correct system to meet your project’s specific requirements. This includes identifying the reason for access to the roof and the frequency of access required. It’s also crucial to determine whether tools and equipment will need to be transferred through the access hatch, or solely roofing professionals.

This will provide clarification on where the ladder will need to be mounted and whether any additional safety measures will be required to maintain individuals’ safety when using the ladder, such as the addition of a safety cage or guard rail.

Once you have established your reason for requiring safe access to the roof, you will then be able to make an informed choice regarding which roof access hatch and corresponding ladder system is best suited to meet the needs of your project.

The right ladder for the right application

If access to the roof is required on a regular basis for professionals who need to transfer tools and equipment, a Companionway Roof Access Hatch would be required in conjunction with a Companionway Ladder, which is a 75-degree incline ladder with handrails that makes it easier for the user to gain access to the roof. When larger tools and equipment are being used, a Fixed Staircase Roof Access Hatch, also known as a Service Stair Roof Access Hatch, would be specified. This is a larger elongated access hatch, which should be specified in conjunction with a permanent staircase to provide permanent access to a roof hatch of up to 2440mm or 3360mm in length as standard available sizes.

Other ladder types are available depending on the application and access required. Due to their small footprint, industrial vertical fixed ladders are always recommended for use in conjunction with smoke vents, as they ensure there is no hinderance to the flow of smoke through the vent to meet the minimum 1 metre squared free vent area required by the regulations.

Whereas, if the floor space must be kept clean and tidy at all times, for example, within buildings such as schools and hospitals a retractable ladder would be ideal where a larger roof access hatch of up to 1500mm is installed.

Special ladder applications

For commercial projects that require more complex specifications, contractors should collaborate with manufacturers to create bespoke ladder applications that safely and securely fulfil roof access requirements. Bilco UK’s in-house design and engineering teams work closely with roofing contractors to manufacture special ladder applications that are custom-made to meet the project’s specific requirements.

For example, if a ladder that has a reach over 10 metres is required to be installed onto the exterior of a building and will be used as a means of escape or for maintenance, contractors would need to consider a series of fixed vertical ladders that are split by railed platforms every six metres to ensure safety and compliance. The installation would also require the addition of a safety cage and handrails in order to maintain the safety of contractors when gaining roof access.

Maintaining floor space and ensuring walkways are kept clear is a common challenge when choosing ladders for roof access, which is why fixed vertical retractable ladders, where the lower section of the ladder can be retracted when not required is a popular and convenient choice. A detachable version is also available where the bottom section of the ladder can be removed completely and installed again when needed. Other alternatives that ensure ladder access security is maintained is the use of the hook on, hinged ladder gates or magnetic locking ladder gates.

Rooftop Access

When contractors need to travel across the roof for maintenance and access reasons, it can be a challenge to navigate the roof safely if there are potential trip hazards such as wires and ducting. Bilco UK manufactures a range of aluminium stepovers that can be seamlessly fitted over obstructions to provide a stable hand-railed platform that enables individuals to get from one area of the roof to another safely and quickly. As the stepovers feature weighted big foots it eliminates any requirement for roof penetration, therefore avoiding any risk of leaks or drafts. Stepovers can be installed with either companionway steps or fixed vertical steps, depending on the available space on the roof.

Whilst there are a range of ladder options available to roofing professionals to achieve safe and secure access to the roof area, it is crucial to work in conjunction with a manufacturer from the initial design stages to ensure the installation provides the highest standards of safety and compliance for the entire lifecycle of the building.

For further information on Bilco UK’s complete range of roof access solutions, visit www.bilcouk.co.uk or call 01284 701696.

For advice on how to specify the correct ladder, visit: www.bilcouk.co.uk/news/specifying-ladders

Bilco UK set to showcase innovative SKY Flatglass at RCI Show

June 2022

Bilco UK, one of the UK’s leading providers of roof access solutions, will be exhibiting on 29th and 30th September at the RCI Show at Stadium MK, Milton Keynes.

On Stand 13, Bilco UK will be displaying its innovative ‘three-in-one’ SKY Flatglass, which can be utilised as a smoke vent, roof access hatch and rooflight. The SKY Flatglass supports specifiers in achieving the highest standards in safety, efficiency and aesthetics for flat roof installations across a wide range of commercial and residential projects.

Visitors will be able to see first-hand the product’s high quality components, ease of use and aesthetics, with the Bilco UK team on hand to perform demonstrations and discuss upcoming projects with visitors.

The team will also be providing advice regarding the most successful roof hatch and ladder specifications and giving in-depth knowledge on Bilco UK’s entire range of products.

This includes Bilco UK’s range of Natural Smoke and Heat Exhaust Ventilators (NSHEV), which release smoke and hot flue gas in the event of a fire. Each of Bilco UK’s CE-marked smoke vents are manufactured to meet the requirements of the Building Regulations, Approved Document B, and tested to BS9999 and BS EN12101-2.

Attendees can also find out information regarding Bilco UK’s range of Roof Hatches, which provide safe, permanent and convenient access to roof areas as well as plant access, alongside its offering of high performance fixed, retractable and companionway ladders.

On Wednesday 29th September, Maria Carthy, Specification Sales Manager (Northern) for Bilco UK will be presenting an exclusive CPD session: “ACCESS ALL AREAS: Roof Access and Natural Smoke Ventilation for Flat Roofs” at 11am.

The session will provide attendees with exclusive information regarding roof access solutions, roof safety and natural smoke ventilation for flat roofs. The presentation will outline current practice regarding the supply of smoke ventilation and roof access, whilst discussing new design considerations and applications as a result of latest Building Regulations, with particular reference to the areas of fire, safety and security.

For those unable to attend the show, Bilco UK provides a comprehensive set of materials to aid the specification process. This information is available under our Resources Section and includes BIM models, written NBS specifications and an online guide for selecting the right roof access hatch or ladder.

Bilco UK is part of the Access 360 division of Tyman UK and Ireland, alongside Profab Access and Howe Green.

For further information on Bilco UK’s complete range of roof access solutions call 01284 701696.

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