The International Press and Broadcast Centre, used for the 2012 Olympics, has been transformed into the commercial redevelopment Here East – the digital quarter for East London with 1.2 million square feet for business, media, tech, education and data.
Howe Green floor access covers were specified by architect Hawkins\Brown for one of the office spaces within BT Sport. Howe Green supplied 12 medium-duty 7500 Series stainless steel access covers for the project.
The covers specified for Here East were to be installed into a raised floor system. They were ordered with stainless steel Z-profiles to provide support to the access cover within the raised floor. The covers were installed in corridors throughout the building to provide safe and easy access to access junctions in the drainage systems. The 7500 Series was specified to match the existing raised floor system appearance. The access covers were initially covered with plywood and were then infilled with a vinyl flooring finish.
The 7500 medium-duty stainless steel access covers provide safe and easy access to the drainage services located below the flooring. Supplied with a double seal, they address the need for a secure solution in an office setting with relatively high pedestrian footfall. The vinyl infill offers a seamless floor finish which reduces the slip or trip hazard.
Raised floor access covers
Fitting access covers into a raised floor is no longer an unusual scenario. Historically, a raised floor system provided access to a wide variety of mechanical and electrical services, data and connectivity cabling, and underfloor air distribution concealed within the void created between the raised floor and the floor slab. This made it ideal for use in renovating existing buildings or retrofitting spaces for different uses.
In a traditional raised floor environment, such as a data centre, where functionality featured ahead of aesthetics, heavy-duty removable floor panels could be removed with a tile lifter to allow access to underfloor services.