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Light Duty

Floor access covers

light duty floor access cover
  • 5000 Series
  • Interior/exterior
  • Hard floor finishes
  • Pedestrian loading

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Medium Duty

Floor access covers

medium duty floor access cover
  • 7500 Series
  • Interior/exterior
  • Hard floor finishes
  • Up to 5 tonne loading

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Heavy Duty

Floor access covers

heavy duty floor access cover
  • 1050 Series
  • Interior/exterior
  • Hard floor finishes
  • Up to 6.5 tonne loading

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Small

Floor access covers

small floor access cover
  • 3500 Series
  • Interior/exterior
  • Hard floor finishes
  • Pedestrian loading

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Wood Floor

Floor access covers

wood floor access cover
  • 2500 Series
  • Interior/exterior
  • Timber floor finishes
  • Pedestrian loading

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Flexible Floor

Floor access covers

flexible floor access cover
  • Visedge Series
  • Interior/exterior
  • Flexible floor finishes
  • Pedestrian loading

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Tread plate

Floor access covers

tread plate floor access cover
  • Interior
  • Plant rooms/basements
  • Pedestrian loading

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Hinged

Floor access covers

hinged floor access cover
  • HSE Series
  • Interior/exterior
  • Hard floor finishes
  • Up to 5 tonne loading

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Accessories

Floor access covers

accessory for floor access cover
  • Access Cover skate
  • Lifting keys
  • Bolts

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Tiled Wall

Access covers

wall access cover suitable for tiled walls
  • Regular or occasional access
  • Concealed slide hinge
  • New build or Refurbs

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Metal Faced

Wall access covers

plastered wall access cover
  • for plastered walls
  • Single or double leaf
  • Fire rating available

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Metal Faced

Ceiling access covers

metal faced ceiling loft access hatch
  • Interior/exterior
  • Hard floor finishes
  • Pedestrian loading

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Manchester Cathedral

Howe Green's heavy-duty 7500 Series stainless steel access covers have been installed at Manchester Cathedral as part of extensive reordering works commissioned by the Dean and Chapter of Manchester Cathedral.

Architecturally, Manchester Cathedral is modern by Cathedral standards and was built up around the mediaeval Collegiate Church by the Victorians. In the late early and mid 19th Century, the original ledger stones were replaced with concrete and a network of copper pipe acting as an early form of in-floor heating. Heating the Cathedral from the floor was essentially the same method used over 150 years later but with only 60% of the heating pipe work working in recent years, a little intervention of the earthly kind was needed to make the facilities fit for the 21st century.
 
Specialist architects Lloyd Evans Prichard planned and implemented the project, overseeing a painstaking excavation process, the removal of the old antiquated heating system and subsequent installation of a new network of mechanical and electrical chambers across the entire body of the main Cathedral building, including its Nave, aisles and chapels. 
 
As a leading developer and manufacturer of floor, ceiling and wall access solutions, Howe Green's access covers were chosen to provide reliable yet virtually invisible access to these chambers, for best aesthetics and to ensure easy maintenance going forward. Over 70 of their 7500 Series stainless steel access covers were made, each to a bespoke size and specification to fit precisely with new Burlington Stone slabs being installed. Several multipart covers were needed too, the largest at 1747 x 853mm mirroring the dimension of Victorian voids underneath the stone floor. Multiple frame and cover sections ensured the frame weights met HSE manual handling requirements.
 
On a more unusual note, Howe Green also designed a special cover grating to allow air supply to the blower working the bellows of the Cathedral's remarkable organ; famously damaged in a series of bombing raids during the war but repaired, maintained and used to this day.
 
All the stainless steel access panels supplied were designed to withstand heavy foot traffic, without any detriment to strength or quality. Fitted quickly and unobtrusively into all types of hard floor finishes, the installation of the floor access panels allowed work on site to flow smoothly with the covers sitting 100% flush with the floor with no risk of slips or trips.

But in such a historic and prestigious building, the decision to use Howe Green access covers was not just about practicality; it was also essential that the access panels blended in seamlessly with the floor to achieve the required aesthetic.

 

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Manchester Cathedral Floor Access Covers from Howe Green

Manchester Cathedral Image Credit: Stuart Shepherd

 

“The appearance of a completely continuous floor was achieved, despite the huge network of mechanical and electrical chambers underneath it. With such a robust access solution in place, this landmark building will be easier to maintain going forward - and its many visitors will be much warmer!.”

Richard Centa, Director
Howe Green

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Medium duty floor access covers

medium duty floor access cover
  • Hard floor finishes
  • Up to 5 tonne loading
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Floor access cover skate

Suitable for use with all Howe Green floor access covers
Simple, convenient and extremely portable,the Howe Green access cover skate allows one person to move even the heaviest of covers on their own – safely, quickly and easily.

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