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Manufacturer powers cabling solution on major London infrastructure project

Fabweld Steel Products, which is based in Telford, has secured orders totalling more than £346,000 for its bespoke cable brackets that will be used in a new network of underground cable tunnels in south London.

The six-year London Power Tunnels 2 project, which started this summer, involves the construction of 32.5 km of cable tunnels running between Wimbledon and Crayford that will allow for the replacement of existing electricity circuits.

The firm has supplied more than 1,500 cable brackets to infrastructure specialist J. Murphy and Sons for sub stations at Beddington and Rowdown. The project is part of a £750m investment by National Grid to upgrade and future proof the capital’s electricity supply.

FSP has already supplied duct cover systems and designed and manufactured stretcher access covers for the London Power Tunnels 1 project that saw a 32km electricity superhighway constructed deep beneath city streets.

Managing Director Richard Hilton said: “We are delighted to have a continuing role in this significant overhaul of London’s power supply. It shows that our investment in employee development, factory improvements and the retention of standards such as EN1090, 9001, 14001 and 18001 are now reaping rewards.

“Our in-house design capabilities, flexible manufacturing schedule and experience of supplying major infrastructure projects enables us to provide bespoke products and prompt service to schemes such as these.

“In the first phase of this project we were able to design and manufacture an entirely new product – the stretcher access cover – and we are anticipating further orders as the London Power Tunnels 2 project progresses.”

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FSP makes its mark at London station refurbishment

The £17.8m redevelopment of a London overground station used by more than a million people a year has become the latest in a long line of high profile city venues to use FSP drainage and access solutions.
FSP supplied 24 FAB PAVE™ sealed and lockable access covers to the Joseph Gallagher Group, a contractor working on the revamp of the White Hart Lane station in north London. 
The covers give access to below ground services such as drainage whilst blending the floor’s paving with the overall surface. They are typically used in areas that demand a high quality finish.  The station is just a short walk from the newly opened £850m Tottenham Hotspur football ground and event venue, where more than 80 stainless steel FAB PAVE access covers have been used.
The project is being delivered by Taylor Woodrow and led by Transport for London.  The redevelopment includes a new station building with ticket hall and entrance and step-free access from street to platform.
Managing Director Richard Hilton said: “It is great to see FAB PAVE being the access cover of choice for such a prestige project.  “They are the perfect solution in areas of high footfall like train stations and we have supplied numerous football grounds, sporting venues and retail areas with FAB PAVE access covers. London is littered with FSP products – if you look carefully around Trafalgar Square and Tower Bridge you’ll find them, as well as at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, West Ham’s ground, Wembley, Wimbledon and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford to name just a few!”


MONDAY, 15 JULY 2019
New Ajax safe access brochure

Ajax by Canal Engineering are pleased to announce the launch of their new safe access brochure; showcasing an extensive product range designed to support safer working environments. 

Safety in the workplace is of the upmost importance and the Ajax range works in compliance with Working at Height Regulations 2005 and Safety of Machinery BS EN ISO 14122-3:2016. 

The fail-safe protection systems have been designed, engineered, manufactured and installed by the experts at Canal Engineering. The Ajax barriers, gates, platforms, and step units are easy to operate, and the superior quality of the products ensures a long working life cycle. 

Their range of solutions are complemented by the ability to customise any of their standard products or to design performance specific solutions to suit non-standard operations.

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FSP's continuing commitment to quality gets rubber stamp

A drainage and access cover manufacturer has retained a trio of top standards that sets it apart as one of the leaders in its field.

Fabweld Steel Products (FSP), which designs and manufactures fabricated steel access covers and associated products at its Telford factory, passed its recertification audit for the international ISO 9001 for quality management, ISO 14001 for environmental management and OHSAS 18001 for health and safety with flying colours.

The firm has held the ISO 9001 accreditation since 1992 and the others since 2016. To gain reaccreditation, its policies and procedures were scrutinised during a three-day reassessment by an independent organisation last month.

Managing Director Richard Hilton said the global standards recognised the framework that FSP has in place to ensure it delivers excellence across those three areas. 

“In recent years, we have heavily invested into improving management systems, traceability and quality control, to ensure the best outcomes for both our customers and staff and that has been reflected in this reaccreditation.

“We received no minor or major non-conformances during the audit and this reflects our determination to delivering the highest possible quality at every turn.

“This independent verification from outside experts gives peace of mind to our clients, suppliers and contractors that we are market leaders not only in terms of our products but the service we offer.”

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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
First call off

First call off -

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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