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FSP provided the solution for large landscaping project.

Fabweld Steel Products has provided the solution for the prestige finish required on one of Europe’s largest landscaping projects.  Telford based Fabweld Steel Products (FSP) supplied SOLO SLIDE™ recessed access covers, part of its FAB PAVE™ range, for the £7m revamp of Birmingham’s Centenary Square.

The covers, which give access to vital below ground services such as drainage while blending the floor’s paving with the overall surface, have been installed as part of the redevelopment of the 16,000 sqm of public space. A unique feature of the SOLO SLIDE is an ergonomically designed key that allows for single person operation.  The scheme at Centenary Square, adjacent to the city’s library and International Convention Centre, is one of the largest granite paving schemes being carried out in Europe.

FSP supplied the covers to Fitzgerald Civil Engineering Contractors, which is delivering the scheme for Birmingham City Council in partnership with Bouygues UK. It has also supplied recessed access covers for an artesian well and recessed covers for lighting columns.

FSP also recently designed and manufactured bespoke stainless steel edged recessed access covers for George Lines (Merchants) Ltd for installation at the Royal Horticultural Society headquarters in Wisley, Surrey, which is laying the infrastructure for a new centre for horticultural science and learning.

FSP Managing Director Richard Hilton said: “Our FAB PAVE range is ideal for all paved environments particularly where a high quality aesthetically pleasing finish is vital.

“Typical applications are retail parks and public areas of high prestige such as Centenary Square and RHS Wisley. The range comes in standard sizes and depths but because of our in-house design capability, we can manufacture non-standard sizes and depths rapidly and at little extra cost.

“Our access covers are the go-to choice for companies across the globe that are looking for a stylish and cost effective solution for their drainage access.”

FAB PAVE access covers can be found in high profile locations across the UK including Trafalgar Square and Tower Bridge as well as the new £850m Tottenham Hotspur development in north London and numerous other sporting grounds such as Liverpool’s Anfield, Manchester United’s Old Trafford ground and Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium.  They have also been used worldwide in the refurbishment of Eleftheria Square in Nicosia, Cyprus and the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès Cannes in France where the world famous film festival takes place.


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FRIDAY, 31 MAY 2019
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6nr - 750 X 750 X 100mm deep D400 ductile iron manhole covers and frames.

C/w “drop in” safety grill – supplied by R&B UK JT Limited.

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British Steel announcement

It’s been announced that British Steel is in compulsory liquidation after failing to secure emergency government funding. British Steel’s main site in Scunthorpe will continue to trade in the interim period with the liquidator overseeing operations whilst other options for saving the business are explored.

Reuters reported that EU steel company shares are currently trading at their lowest in nearly three years, driven down by weak demand, high raw materials costs and cheap imports that can no longer reach the United States due to trade tariffs. Turning a profit in steel is particularly difficult in Britain, where steelmakers pay some of the highest green taxes and energy costs in the world, as well as facing high labour costs and business rates.

 FACTA will be monitoring events closely to ensure that our member’s fabricated products continue to be manufactured to the highest standards within our industry.

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BSI Kitemark continues for FSP

Fabweld Steel Products has retained its top-level industry accreditation for one of its most innovative products.  FSP has secured the prestigious British Standards Institution Kitemark for its SOLO SLIDE for a further three years until 2022.

The SOLO SLIDE, part of FSP’s FAB PAVE™ range, is a recessed cover and frame that features a unique lifting mechanism. It is designed to be filled with material to blend in with the surrounding area and has been used in locations that demand a high quality finish including Tower Bridge and Trafalgar Square. SOLO SLIDE is manufactured in high grade mild steel to ensure stability under load and longevity, with tapered covers and a flush soffit to ensure the cover can be removed easily from the frame.

The range is made to order and configurable, up to spans of 1000mm c/o and a maximum cover width of 400mm, with infinite lengths for duct runs. SOLO SLIDE comes in standard sizes and depths but FSP’s in-house design team can create non-standard sizes and depths that can be manufactured rapidly at little extra cost.

SOLO SLIDE also has BS EN 124 certification to meet European standards to A15 and B125 loads.

An A15 rating certifies it is capable of withstanding a 1.5 tonne test load, so it is suitable for use in areas where only pedestrians have access.

B125 relates to access covers and gratings capable of withstanding a 12.5 tonne test load, making SOLO SLIDE suitable for use in car parks and pedestrian areas where only occasional vehicular access is likely.

Fabweld Managing Director Richard Hilton said: “The retention of the BSI Kitemark is testament to our team’s dedication in maintaining quality for our customers.

“The Kitemark is an instantly recognisable symbol that tells people, at a glance, that this is something that reaches the highest possible quality and safety standards in its field. It is especially gratifying as the SOLOSLIDE was a product that came from our own research and development.”

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R&B supply Bellway Homes

R & B recently supplied two Head Wall sets to a Bellway homes site near Stafford.

Each set comprised of Safety railing c/w access gate, access ladder and hinged headwall grille.



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Canal Architectural showroom launches at the Business Design Centre in London

Canal is pleased to announce the launch of their new London showroom at the Business Design Centre. The showroom is designed to provide architects, designers, contractors, homeowners and end users with an innovative and inspirational space to view products and discuss projects.

The Business Design Centre showroom displays a range of bespoke staircases, balustrades, handrails and bespoke metalwork. View the latest Canal Architectural range, strongly influenced by modern stylish and functional finishes in line with the latest industry technical standards. Find inspiration in the bronze finished balustrades to the unique spiral and contemporary glass staircases featured in the showroom.

Canal is a truly bespoke architectural metalwork brand with a reputation for design and innovation. In an ever evolving marketplace where the demands of the industry continue to grow, Canal is perfectly placed to meet those demands, thanks to a combination of high standards and over 90 years of manufacturing excellence. Following substantial investment in manufacturing technology to product development, we ensure our customers receive the highest possible levels of quality and service from manufacture through to project installation.

The Business Design Centre is one of London’s most popular conference and exhibition venues. The centre provides a convenient solution for everything from banquets to conferences and exhibitions. Located in the heart of Islington, 10 minutes from Kings Cross Street and only a short walk from Angel tube station. The innovative venue is host to over 300 events and 500,000 visitors per year.   

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EJ and ICCWales

EJ are doing a large fabricated steel project for the ICCW, consisting of 640m continuous duct covers, which are soon to be installed at the new ICCWales, a stunning venue specifically designed for world class conventions.
The large slate and glass building will cater for over 5,000 delegates, offers 2,000 on site car parking spaces, and has bridges straight into fresh air and woodland.

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