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Fibrelite Composite Covers Prove Ideal Solution for New Storm Water Tank in Wales

Posted: Thursday 7th May 2015

The Fibrelite design and technical team recently helped overcome a number of potential problems for a construction company installing a storm water attenuation tank to alleviate serious flooding on a housing development in Gwersyllt, North Wales.

On-site infrastructure changes included the building of a large underground tank to store rainwater during a deluge until slow-release back into the waste water network downstream was deemed safe.

Multiple Requirements including Non-Slip, Easy Access

David Holmes, Technical Director at Fibrelite, explained: “The tank comprised a 3mx13m chamber with a fixed structural beam running down the centre so covers were needed over a large area and had to be quickly removable by water board operatives for regular maintenance and emergency work.”

“In addition, given the siting of the tank in a residential area, the covers had to be both secure and safe to walk across with a negligible environmental impact, especially as the area is also home to the great crested newt, a protected species.

The Composite Solution

Lightweight, bolt-down, medium-duty composite trench covers were quickly identified as a solution to the various difficulties. And the specialist anti-slip material incorporated into the manufacturing process as standard also proved beneficial, as it meant that this relatively large area of covers would be safe for residents to cross on a daily basis.

David Holmes added: “Covers were supplied in a modular arrangement to fit the challenging entrance specifications which allowed us to provide safe and easy access to the chamber via selected areas - a job that can be completed by just two workers using our specialist lifting handles; whereas a traditionally-made concrete or metal cover would have required dedicated lifting equipment.”

Fit-and-Forget – The Maintenance-Free Solution

Fibrelite’s composite covers are available in a wide range of sizes and load ratings. Designed to be a “fit-and-forget” product, they are maintenance-free, lightweight, durable and very strong as a matter of course. Naturally inert, they have no impact on the environment where they are installed.

Custom Sizes Available

Custom-made trench covering solutions are available on request which means that dimensions, internal stiffeners and fibre-architecture can be altered to optimize the performance of each panel based on project-specific design criteria.




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