The new Brunel building at Southmead Hospital in Bristol faces heavy foot traffic from millions of visitors, patients and staff each year.
A heavy-duty and tamper-resistant solution was required to provide access to underfloor drainage and services.
Howe Green Visedge range of floor access covers provided a cost-effective and low maintenance solution for main contractor Carillion and AC Flooring.
Howe Green's Visedge Covers are easy to install and unobtrusive in design. They are also double-sealed to meet the highest standards of hygiene and security. The range was developed for use with flexible sheet flooring systems and its excellent resistance in highly trafficked areas has been proven around the world. Unlike similar products, the Visedge Series also allows sheet flooring, including PVC or linoleum, to be locked into the cover and frame by hot welding to a PVC section sealed to the surface. This creates a permanent joint and eliminates water ingress and peeling which can cause a health and safety hazard.
Howe Green 7500 Series stainless steel access covers were also supplied for the Southmead project. These were installed in ground floor areas of the hospital, where a heavier loading for service vehicles and bulky medical equipment was required. 7500 Series panels have a standard depth of 75mm with a minimal show-edge for a seamless look. They are suitable for internal and external paved areas and fire rated options are available to BS476: Part 20: 1987.
With Howe Green's robust and maintenance-free access covers installed throughout the building, underfloor drainage services are safely concealed and gaining access for routine or emergency maintenance will be reliably straightforward for the lifetime of the building.