Abergavenny Gets a Grip with coverTEC®

Abergavenny Gets a Grip with coverTEC® from Instarmac Group

By: Instarmac Group  09/11/2012
Keywords: innovative products, Highway Maintenance, Ironwork Reinstatement

Monmouthshire County Council has recently installed an Ultracrete coverTEC® B125 composite cover and frame in a busy footpath in Abergavenny town centre in Wales.  

Abergavenny is a picturesque market town situated in Monmouthshire, just 20 miles from the English border.  It is promoted as the ‘Gateway to Wales’ and enjoys an enviable position bathing in the beauty of the Brecon Beacons national park. Its market is well known as one of the major markets in Wales and visitors come from far and wide to enjoy it.  

Monmouthshire Council had been receiving complaints from pedestrians who had been slipping over on a particular manhole cover situated in one of the main thoroughfares into the town. The metal cover had become worn and polished and was posing a serious health and safety issue.  

Ultracrete recommended the installation of their coverTEC® class B125 pedestrian access cover to resolve the issue. The cover offers a superior solution for use in footpaths and cycle lanes, or where occasional vehicular access is required. It is made from a glass resin instead of conventional metal and wear is negated by the combination of the materials and design. The cover is extremely durable, lightweight and inert so it will not corrode. It is not electrically conductive, protecting pedestrians from the possibility of accidental electrical shock and has low thermal conductivity. It is manufactured with an anti-slip/skid surface that is equivalent in value (PSVR 60>) to a high quality road surface and maintains its non slip properties even when wet.  

The frame and cover were bedded and pointed using Ultracrete’s M90 all purpose fast set mortar. Ultracrete M90 is supplied pre-blended in 25kg bags or plastic containers and requires only the addition of water. The product can be used from 10mm-75mm in one pass, with greater depths possible using the layer-upon-layer method. Ultracrete M90 achieves exceptional bond strength without the use of a primer and a compressive strength of 21N/mm² within 2 hours and can be open to traffic thereafter. The product can be bulked out with the addition of up to 30% hard stone clean aggregate.  

Ultracrete’s coverTEC® composite frames and covers are being adopted by companies who have increasing litigation concerns and a responsible attitude towards public or employee health and safety. Equally, companies require better performance from their manhole covers at significantly reduced cost of ownership e.g. whole life cost.  

For further information on Ultracrete coverTEC® Composite Covers please call 01827 871871 or email: [email protected]  

Ultracrete is a brand of the Instarmac Group plc

Keywords: Highway Maintenance, innovative products, Ironwork Reinstatement

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