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Howe Green Access Covers specified by Tier 1 contractor Laing O’Rourke for Canary Wharf, Custom House and Tottenham Court Road Stations on Europe’s largest construction project – Crossrail.


Howe Green has supplied over 400 Access Covers to Tier 1 contractors working on Europe’s largest construction project – Crossrail. The new Elizabeth Line will comprise 118 kilometres of track running through London and the South East, and is set to reduce average journey times significantly. The Elizabeth Line will open in December 2018 when services commence through central London. Tier 1 contractor Laing O’ Rourke has specified Howe Green Access Covers for Canary Wharf, Custom House and Tottenham Court Road Stations.

2017 was a busy year for Howe Green Ltd, the UK’s leading manufacturer of fabricated metal floor, wall and ceiling Access Covers. 

Howe Green’s Access Covers have been specified and installed in a diverse range of projects, from Scottish castles to Swedish museums. The strongest demand has, however, been generated by the infrastructure sector.

Tottenham Court Road Station

More than 60 of Howe Green’s 7500 Series multipart Stainless Steel Floor Access Covers were supplied for Tottenham Court Road station as part of the Crossrail development. When completed, Tottenham Court Road will be one of London’s busiest stations with over 200,000 passengers a day. All components of the building envelope, in such a highly trafficked and challenging environment, need to be robust and easy to maintain.

Precision made to order

The large 4-part units were precision-made to order to ensure that they would be a perfect fit. Installed by specialist stone contractor Vetter UK, the covers have been infilled with granite to match the surrounding area. Supplied with Barrel Lifting Points, with just the securing bolt and barrel edge visible, the covers fit flush with the flooring to reduce the risk of slip and trip hazards.

7500 Series Floor Access Covers

The 7500 Series can be supplied as a single cover, in duct runs or as a multipart. Standard sizes are available from stock or can be custom-made to order if a specific size or loading is necessary. There is the option to have up to a 3 hour fire rating to BS 476: Part 20 1987 on Stainless Steel single covers or 2 hours on duct and multipart covers if required. The covers can also be supplied double-sealed to meet the highest standards of hygiene and security.

The 7500 Series can withstand up to a 5 tonne pneumatic wheel loading and is resistant to rust and corrosion.

If you have a requirement for a safe solution for accessing concealed services in a demanding environment please call 01920 463230.

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