UK manufacturer Howe Green has supplied its high quality 5000 and 7500 Series stainless steel access covers for The Wintergarden, Bluewater’s newly re-designed food village. Having undergone a multi-million pound redevelopment, The Wintergarden re-opened to shoppers this month with a new 3,900 sq ft restaurant served by seven big brand food concessions and providing the centre with 50 per cent more covers.
The Howe Green access panels give The Wintergarden an easy and reliable method of accessing the essential building services that supply the new contemporary dining spaces and food preparation areas. Specialist flooring contractor DMC Group carried out the 4,000m2 tiling programme and fitted 20 Howe Green covers using a combination of light duty 5000 Series and heavier duty 7500 Series stainless steel access covers in single and multipart configurations.
For an excellent aesthetic finish, they inlaid the access cover frames with Travertine and Limestone tiles to match the surrounding flooring. Designed to sit perfectly flush, the covers pose no trip hazard and are industry proven to withstand heavy foot traffic. 7500 Series covers can also accommodate a load bearing of up to 5 tonne pneumatic tyre wheel loads, ideal where cars and light delivery vehicles need passage. They are resistant to rust and corrosion and double sealed to prevent water ingress and dirt trapping and provide a more hygienic solution with the added peace of mind of trouble-free maintenance and a cleaner floor.
A hinged HSE 75 access cover with gas springs and internal and external release latches was also installed above a machine room in one of the main approaches to the concessions. The HSE 75 stainless steel cover was the perfect solution in an area where a heavier loading combined with the need for regular access was required and health and safety was paramount.
“Working with Howe Green is always a good experience and The Wintergarden looks excellent” said David McCartney of The DMC Group “The covers are all made to order so there’s never any issues. We know that when we place the order they’re going to fit and that we can take delivery within days. Installation on site is easier too because the covers are such good quality”.