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Sliding Roof Access - Ferrari World
Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi needed a unique solution to allow for maintenance of rollercoaster carts. Due to restricted space, a sliding hatch was proposed to allow easy craning in and out. Surespan manufactured and supplied a SLHE Aluminium, thermally broken, single leaf, electrically operated...
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HIACE Single Leaf Hatch
Surespan HIACE external single leaf access hatch to fit structural opening 1200 x 3400 was manufactured and supplied to a residential home in Solihull. This hatch was installed for access to an under ground level gym. Rated at pedestrian loading, operated by two 24v DC Actuators. The pan type...
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Walk on Glass Access Hatch
Surespan manufactured this HIACE/GWO aluminium, single leaf, flush floor access hatch for a company in London to fit structural opening 2600 x 650mm, recessed with TripleLite ‘Walk-on-glass’ infill. The lid is operated by two 24v DC actuators. The TripleLite 34mm thick glass to suit pedestria...
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FGL Glazed Rooflight
Surespan manufactured a FGL non-opening Glazed Rooflight for a residential house in London to fit structural opening 1465 x 4200 which was divided into four panes. The 28.4mm sealed glazed unit will comprise Pilkington Insulight™ Therm comprising 6mm Optifloat™ Clear ‘T’ (toughened), 16mm Arg...
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SAC Flush Floor Access Cover - Doha
Surespan manufactured this SAC Aluminium, single leaf, flush floor access cover to fit structural opening 1000 x 1000mm. The access cover comes complete with gas spring assisted, Aluminium chequer plate lid which locks in the open position with a safety hold open stay to prevent against accide...
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HLAC Access Hatch - Crawley
Surespan manufactured a single leaf HLAC recessed access hatch to Queens Square in Crawley, part of a £3.2 million project. The 80mm access hatch to fit a structural opening of 1000 x 3500 is operated by hydraulic cylinders and a hand pump. The Operation will be by an electrically driven sin...
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Boxed Glazed Sliding Rooflights - London
Bespoke boxed glazed sliding rooflights with a glazed vertical upstand manufactured for a block of luxury offices and apartments in Putney Bridge Road, London. The sliding lid was operated electrically via concealed 24v DC actuators and a push button switch. The 35.5mm sealed double glazed u...
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Thermally broken Sliding Hatch
The new thermally broken sliding roof hatch opens horizontally on fixed or telescopic rails. The hatch features the following key points: Thermally Broken Lid & Upstand Fixed or Telescopic Rails ‘Lift-Off’ Unseated Opening, ensures the hatch is sealed and secure when closed. Self Sealing Doub...
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Bespoke combined Roof Access and AOV
London Architectural Glazing worked on a project which had a requirement for a huge 4700 x 1300 Smoke vent with access however due to EN12101-2 testing, Surespan only have CE Certifiction up to 1800 x 3000mm. Therefore we came to a solution which involved combining a large 3628 x 1300 electric...
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Roof Access Hatches - Singapore
Surespan supplied a series of 900 x 900 roof access hatches to the new Data center in Singapore. In interest of security, the hatches were supplied with an internal cablock which can only be opened from the inside and safety hold open stay to prevent accidental closure. The data center was bud...
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Access Covers - Dublin
Surespan supplied a number of SAC flush floor access covers and HIAC recessed floor covers for the Liffey Service Tunnel project in Dublin, Ireland. The €6.5 million project consists of a 260m long, 3m external diameter tunnel traversing under the river Liffey near Ringsend in Dublin. All the ...
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Glazed Roof Hatch - San Francisco
Surespan manufactured and supplied a double glazed access hatch for use on a private residential apartment in downtown San Francisco. The 915 (36”) x 4115 (162”) hatch was electrically operated for easy operation and allowed easy access to the roof deck for Al Fresco dining in the Californian ...
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Glazed AOV Smoke Vent - London
140° degree opening glazed smoke ventilation up to 3m x 1.2m. Here installed and commissioned in a newly upgraded prestigious London address. CE Marked and Certified to EN 12101-2. The AOV features concealed actuators along with a double glazed top. 1.5 W/m²K Double Glazed Lid Custom made to a...
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Electrically Sliding Biomass Access - Scotland
Supplied to a Biomass fuel plant in Coatbridge, Scotland. This 3500 (137?) x 4000 (157?) biomass sliding cover features fixed external rails and electric operation. A further two sliding covers were supplied sized 2500 x 4000 and 1500 x 4000mm
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Roof Access & Escape Hatches - Abu Dhabi Airport
Abu Dhabi Airport Company signed a contract for the construction of infrastructure integral to the Abu Dhabi International Airport expansion. The project was set to be delivered across multiple work fronts including airside and landside airport operational areas. Surespan were asked to suppl...
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Fire Rated Floor Access Covers - Hong Kong
Surespan were approached to develop and supply a series of 4 hour fire rated flush floor access covers for the Midfield Concourse expansion project at Hong Kong International Airport. The HK$10 Billion dollar project was completed in 2015 following extensive design and planning processes utili...
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Biomass Access Cover - National Justice Centre
Surespan custom designed a hatch to provide access to a Biomass storage plant at the new Criminal Justice Centre, Northampton. The double leaf hatch – measuring 2750mm x 2900mm – is electrically operated by a key switch and has synchronised leaf operation with a safety grid. Rated to FACTA Cl...
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Biomass Access Cover - Lithuania
Surespan recently travelled to Lithuania to manufacture and supply a floor hatch to enable Finnish energy company Fortum to access their biomass pit at their new energy plant. The 5000 x 5000 mm hydraulically operated, double leaf hatch was designed to be easily operated by an electrically dri...
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Floor Access Hatch - Heathrow Airport
Surespan has manufactured and supplied a large access hatch in the engine house of Heathrow Airport’s new terminal five. The three leaf hatch – which measures 6 x 3 metres – can take up to 5kN/m² loading. It has an electric actuator opening which can be activated remotely and is fire rated fo...
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Glazed Basement Access - Chicago
Ast+Dagdelen Architects approached Surespan to manufacture a glazed walk on basement skylight for use at ground level to bring light and a means of delivery access for materials and goods to their model workshop which is situated beneath their architectural practice. The single leaf 500 (19.5...
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Glazed Sliding Roof Hatch - London
Surespan manufactured a double glazed sliding access hatch for use on a private residential apartment in London. The 2640 (103?) x 2020mm (79?) hatch was electrically operated via a key switch for easy operation and allowed access to the roof providing views across the London skyline. The sli...
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Fire Escape Hatches - Portugal
Surespan manufactured and supplied a series of fire escape hatches at Portugal’s €950 million underground Metro in Porto. The huge double leaf hatches automatically open if the fire alarm system is activated to allow passengers safe exit to ground level. In addition they can be manually opene...
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Bespoke Glazed Access - London
Surespan are increasingly being asked to provide specialist glazed access and ventilation solutions. One such instance was a recent project at Stratton House in London. Surespan designed and manufactured a “bird wing” style, double leaf glazed ventilator with concealed operating gear from bel...
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Boxed Glazed Roof Access - Circle Bath
Surespan was selected by internationally renowned architects Foster + Partners to design and manufacture two roof hatches for Circle Hospital Bath – the new centre of clinical excellence due to open late 2009. The huge single leaf glazed roof hatches are electrically operated by push button ...
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London Tunnel Access Hatches
Surespan designed and installed four revolutionary new hatches inside the Fore Street tunnel on the A406 North Circular road in Edmonton, London. The hatches are the first of its kind in the UK and have been specifically designed for Transport for London to not only withstand the weight of ma...
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Tallest Building in the World - Access Hatch
Burj Khalifa set a new global record at 818 meters high, being named the tallest building in the world. The spire was erected in the third week of December 2008, since then a beacon has been installed on the top, usually the topping out of a tower. Surespan was proud to be involved in such an...
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Bespoke Glazed Roof Access
The McLaren Technology Centre hosts a variety of diverse environments including; manufacturing facilities, a futuristic wind tunnel, restaurant, pool, gymnasium, museum, visitor centre, and exhibition and conference areas. Surespan was chosen to design and engineer the making of a 70m diamete...
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Antarctica access hatches
Surespan has been chosen to design and manufacture all the access hatches for the new £22 million British Antarctic Survey research station, Halley VI, in Antarctica, where scientists will be based to carry out research on the ozone layer. The 28 single and double leaf hatches and 9 wall acce...
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Glazed Rooflights in Putney
The Brief Our client, architect Scott Brownrigg, wanted glazed roof lights for properties within The Glasshouse, an exclusive new housing development in Putney, London to provide natural daylight and allow residents safe and easy access onto their roof terraces. The Solution Surespan worked...
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Bespoke Double Leaf Hatch
Surespan has supplied 140 degree opening hatch doors for the Kielder Observatory, the UK’s latest astronomical facility in the north of England. Charles Barclay Architects commissioned Surespan to design and build two sets of hatch doors for the roof and the front of the Observatory’s two rot...
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Heavy duty access covers
The UK’s leading access hatch manufacturer Surespan has launched a new range of heavy duty access covers which are designed to take loading up to 16 tonnes. The aluminium alloy hatches can take loadings ranging from 5 to 19 tonnes (FACTA class B to E) and are available in standard single and d...
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Double Leaf Roof Hatch - National Oilwell Varco
Staff at National Oilwell Varco were unable to build tall manifold assemblies due to the restricted height of their factory. The only solution was for Surespan to open up the roof on a temporary basis. Surespan manufactured a 4000 x 4300mm double leaf roof hatch which enabled an external cran...
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New AOV for Smoke and Fire Safety
Surespan 140° thermally broken aluminium smoke ventilator and roof hatch designed to EN12101-2. The AOV also offers push button comfort ventilation in one package! This one stop solution for smoke vent requirements to meet building control can achieve 1m² airflow and is available in standard s...
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Huge electrically operated sliding glazed roof hatches for Great Portland Street, London
A first for Surespan, these huge electrically operated sliding glazed roof hatches also provide free airflow of 7m² for smoke ventilation! These bespoke designs were part of a redevelopment on Great Portland Street in London. The covers were 4610 x 1955mm and featured an electrically driven o...
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Surespan head 'Downtown' For Msheireb Downtown Doha Project
Downtown Doha is a multimillion pound scheme to regenerate the Downtown Doha district. Surespan supplied a wide number of electrically operated glazed roof hatches along with solid top roof access hatches. Sizes included a 3310 x 1120, 4320 x 1110, 3245 x 760, 1098 x 4330mm and the biggest siz...
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Floor Access Doors for Yale University Flush Heavy Duty Cover
Surespan provided a steel SAC Flush Cover to measure 2743 (9'-0") x 4572mm (15'-0"). The cover was reinforced to support a live slow moving wheel load of 16 Tonnes. They were operated via a hydraulic cylinder and an electrically driven power pack. The cover was finished in SureGrip Non-Slip ...
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Bespoke Glazed Sliding Smoke Ventilators
AOV Glazed Sliding Smoke Vents These huge electrically operated sliding glazed roof hatches also provide free airflow of 7m² for smoke ventilation! These bespoke designs were part of a redevelopment on Great Portland Street in London. The covers were 4610 x 1955mm and featured an electricall...
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The key to Success Circular Rooflights
Surespan supplied a number of circular dome rooflights with triple layers to The Key, situated in the new Science Central development at Newcastle University. These large 1500 (49”) and 2000 (79”) diameter polycarbonate domes feature triple layers providing a U-value of 1.8 W/m²K. The rooflig...
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Sliding Opening Biomass Fuel Cover
Sliding hatch for Biomass fuel pit access. Ideal for keeping biomass fuel pits covered while allowing easy drop off of wood chips. Our sliding roof hatches were supplied to Coatbridge in Scotland. This 3500 (137") x 4000 (157") biomass sliding cover features fixed external rails and electric ...
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Accessing the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi
Surespan manufactured and supplied over 86 HIAC access covers, hydraulic HIAC, stainless steel internal HIAC covers and stainless steel roof hatches for the Abu Dhabi Presidential Palace. The 1800x1800 HIAC hydraulic recessed covers were rated at FACTA Class 'B' Vehicle loading and were hand p...