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Steelway Brickhouse have recently secured a large order to supply a prestigious contract

Steelway Brickhouse have recently secured a large order to supply a prestigious contract with 58 number Defender Torsion Spring Access Covers and frames complete with safety grids.

Using the companies state of the art in house 3D parametric design software we were very quickly into production and laser cutting on our 2 lasers made short work of the steel elements. Using our 2 number CNC presses we were able to convert the flat patterns into the familiar “U” shaped frame channel and the fabrication could commence within 48 hours of the order being received.

Our design and manufacturing philosophy is based upon Kaizen principles providing us with greater manufacturing tolerances. Kaizen principles allows us to manufacture the frames and covers separately from each other, unlike in days gone by when they were match marked and the covers were tried in the frame prior to sending to the galvanisers. Kaizen principles has provided much more consistent products, repeatability of manufacture and shortened lead times.


Managing such an order does have its challenges especially with tight lead times and regular customer orders which still need to be fulfilled. We currently produce on average around 210 torsion sprung access covers in a month and ensuring that the components are available does require meticulous planning especially when a 1 off order for 58 comes along.

We feel very privileged to undertake such a contract but are very confident that we can meet the demands of a very busy marketplace.

Defender Torsion Spring Access Covers

The Steelway Defender range of access covers and frames are designed for use on applications where there will be frequent opening but slow moving vehicular traffic. The heavy gauge torsion springs on this range allow easy opening by one person. The covers incorporate a deep channel frame which is sealed by EPDM or Nitrile and can be drained into the chamber or by weep pipes externally. Its frame design offers excellent stability under load and can be supplied to a FACTA D loading. Size doesn’t pose any restrictions, our Defender range has been used on chambers that are 5m wide by 50m long.


3D BIM models for Aspen Stainless Steel

Canel Engineering are excited to announce that the range of Aspen Stainless steel solutions will soon be available on the National BIM library

This is an exciting opportunity for Aspen to deliver visibility, efficiency and collaboration with our clients. BIM offers the opportunity to reduce costs and improve delivery of projects by allowing a virtual model to be created before construction begins. As a project develops the areas of a building can change, so does the design, allowing for all changes to be transparent to all parties. Aspen Stainless provides customers with many product engineering solutions to meet the increasingly stringent demands for hygienic plant equipment, taking advantage of our wealth of knowledge in stainless steel fabrication. Mick Childs, Aspen Sales Manager commented “Aspen aims to deliver our clients the very latest in design technology, giving them the opportunity to see how their design looks as the project progresses and also means changes can be made at an earlier stage to ensure we make the best of the process.”

The Aspen range of solutions includes drainage parts, wall kerbing and skirting, wall cladding, bollards, bump rails, entrance and building protection. We’ll keep you posted once the BIM models go live, in the meantime you can view our product portfolio on the RIBA product selector.

If you have any questions regarding BIM models or any other enquiry please email


Friends take on endurance challenge for hospice in memory of FSP Shropshire businessman

Credit - Lisa O'Brien | Telford | News | Published: Jan 14, 2020
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A sport-mad Shropshire businessman who died last year is to be honoured and remembered this month when two of his close friends take on one of the UK’s most gruelling endurance challenges. Norman Carter, who was a business development manager at Telford firm Fabweld Steel Products and former army fitness instructor, died at The Severn Hospice in August last year.  This month would have marked his 70th birthday.

To honour and celebrate the occasion, two of his close friends and former army colleagues Charles Wilkinson and Richard Salmon, both aged 66, have signed up to complete the formidable Fan Dance – not just once, but twice – in an effort to raise vital funds for the hospice. 

Now 50-years-old, the Fan Dance is an exercise used to determine whether UK soldiers have the mental and physical determination required to join the Special Forces. It involves trekking 24km across rough terrain whilst carrying a rucksack weighing 35lbs. On Saturday, Mr Wilkinson and Mr Salmon will undertake the extraordinary challenge across the Brecon Beacons. The following day, they will then attempt to repeat the same event to complete what has become known as the Fan Dance – Gemini Edition.  

FSP managing director Richard Hilton added: “This is a particularly gruelling challenge to embark on but a tremendous way to remember Norman. "We wish Charles and Richard the very best of luck and we hope as many people as possible will get behind them to raise funds for Severn Hospice. “We are so lucky here in Shropshire to have such a remarkable facility on our doorstep. "It does an amazing job supporting people and their families.”

The team at FSP are also planning to take part in various other events throughout the year to celebrate Mr Carter’s remarkable life, the sports he loved and to encourage others to step out of their comfort zone. James Benting, special projects manager at FSP, is planning to climb the Matterhorn while FSP product developer Nick Ralph will be attempting the London to Paris bike ride.

Mr Carter’s son Wayne, who is also operations director at FSP is planning a solo kayak expedition from his birth place in Tywyn to his home town in Clynnog-Fawr on the north coast of Wales.

Mr Carter’s grandson Tristan will round of the challenges by competing in his first boxing match.

Anyone wishing to sponsor Mr Wilkinson and Mr Salmon to help raise funds for Severn Hospice can visit


Update regarding the progress of BS7903

The B505/4/2 working group for the revision of BS7903 met on the 12th November to collate and review public comments received relating to the draft document. Once the document changes are approved by the committee the Standard will proceed for finalising and publication.
This is currently estimated to be around February 2020.

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The project saw the installation of a 350kVa generator and steel mast supporting a 26m high exhaust flue, which serve as emergency back-up for the university. The design called for 150mm ducting for cables to run beneath a new tarmac surface, with three deep brickwork access chambers.
These chambers each needed bespoke 1m x 1.5m access covers. London Surfacing Ltd, the main contractors, asked several suppliers including Clark-Drain to quote for the supply contract. Working from supplied specifications, Clark-Drain’s Specials Department created a proposal, with designs for the three covers.
London Surfacing’s Chris Stylianou says: “We were aware of Clark-Drain’s especially wide product portfolio and manufacturing capability, so we asked them what they could do for us. They won the contract not only on their ability to meet our specifications and quality standards, but also because they scored well on affordability.”
The covers were designed and fabricated in-house at Clark-Drain’s UK manufacturing facility. They were supplied to London Surfacing through George Lines, the Slough-based civils and landscape merchants.
Each of the chambers is located in an area with different maximum loads, so each cover was made to reflect this. In a pedestrian area, the cover is made to FACTA Class AAA standards. The other two meet Class B and D standards to cope with slow moving vehicular traffic. All three covers include sealing gaskets and locking systems to prevent unauthorised entry.
Chris Stylianou says: “The covers needed to be bigger than standard manhole covers so it called for tailor-made products. At Clark-Drain’s suggestion we opted for covers consisting of four parts in order to make removal easier when access to a chamber is required.”
The chequer plate covers were galvanised by Clark-Drain to BS EN ISO 1461, the key standard for galvanised coatings on iron and steel components. Application of this standard should ensure a 25-30 years lifespan with regular maintenance.

Bespoke manufacture – unique covers CAD designed to the customer’s specifications for size, ergonomics, strength and durability.
FACTA standards – each cover was made to a different FACTA load bearing standard appropriate for the different locations.
Handling – a four-part design enables workers to remove the covers more easily than a traditional one-part manhole cover would facilitate
Long life – hot dip galvanising to BS EN ISO 1461 will ensure 25+ years of life.


From apprentice to graduate, FSP celebrates success

A design engineer at a firm of Shropshire manufacturers has graduated with a first class honours degree, six years after joining as an apprentice.

Daniel Brown, who works for Fabweld Steel Products in Madeley, Telford, has been made a Bachelor of Design after completing his course at the University of Wolverhampton. Dan joined FSP in 2013 and began studying for his degree in September 2015 on day release. His role involves working with customers to provide bespoke solutions for their drainage and access cover needs.

FSP has a proven track record in supporting staff development - its Operations Director Wayne Carter also began his career on the shop floor as an apprentice. The firm is a previous winner of the Excellence in Learning and Skills title from the Shropshire Star Excellence in Business awards.

Managing Director Richard Hilton said: “We are all delighted with Dan’s achievement. He has worked hard to balance the demands of studying with his day-to-day role. “Bringing on home-grown talent like Dan enables us to develop a strong and sustainable workforce that will support the on-going development of our business.”

Dan has used his career experience to act as a STEM ambassador to motivate and encourage other young people into engineering, said: “I am very grateful to FSP for offering me the chance to progress in my career and providing the framework for me to gain this professional qualification. “I am looking forward to putting my degree to good use for the benefit of our customers.”


Technical update for BS7903

For the last year, BSI’s Technical Committee B/505 (Wastewater Engineering) has been working on a complete revision of the British Standard BS 7903:1997. This Standard is a guide to the selection and installation of manhole and gully tops within the highway and has historically been used as a supporting specification to BS EN 124:2015 (Gully tops and manhole tops for vehicular and pedestrian areas).

The update of BS EN 124 in 2015 and the numerous product, technical and specification improvements and changes which have taken place since the last update of the BS 7903 Standard in 1997, meant that a completely revised approach was required to produce an updated Standard for today’s specifiers and end users.

The updated BS 7903:2020 will deliver this and will align directly with BS EN 124:2015 clauses, providing clear and concise guidance based upon a robust technical background of known failure mechanisms and industry challenges affecting suitable product selection and fitting/installation.

BS 7903 is currently at Draft for Public Comment stage which will run until the 31st October 2019.

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