London’s Tower Bridge and Trafalgar Square have been fitted with new chameleon-like manhole covers which can be operated by a single worker.
The tourist hotspots are using new recessed manhole cover and frame systems fabricated by drainage access specialist Fabweld Steel Products.
The Solo Slide system features recessed cover and frame fabricated from high grade 6mm mild steel which can blend in with the surrounding area.
The cover has been designed to be filled with a solid material such as brick paviours, flagstones or asphalt, which means the cover blends in with the area in which it’s fitted.
“Because the covers are interchangeable, there’s no need to replace the whole unit if an area is being re-surfaced,” said Fabweld Steel Products managing director Richard Hilton.
The system also has an ergonomically designed key which allows for single person operation.
“The functional design of the key ensures an upright posture for the operator,” said Hilton.
“Traditional designs are thinner grades of steel, some even have plastic frames. When both the public and private sector want to reduce costs, customers want a cover which has a longer life because of the material thickness.”