A series of bespoke manhole covers have been fabricated by Clark-Drain Limited to facilitate the installation of hard landscaping around a recently completed pool and fountains at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The 50 metre long elliptical pool within the central courtyard to the world famous museum has been designed by Kim Wilkie Associates while Szerelmey, a firm of specialist stonemasons was Clark-Drain's immediate client.

The manufacturer's contract encompassed the design and manufacture of single, double and four piece bespoke access covers, all fabricated in stainless steel and featuring 80 mm deep recesses to receive stone inlays. Due to the urgency of the project, Clark-Drain was required to complete its design work, gain approval from the project team and deliver the covers within just four weeks, ready for an opening attended by members of the Royal family.

The Contracts Manager for Szerelmey Ltd, Mr Bob Davis, recounts: “We required a series of access covers, able to take sections of natural York Stone and Chinese Red Sandstone. These were to cover items such as drainage, M&E pipework, filters and valve gear.

“Clark-Drain was selected to supply all of the special covers after we went out to tender on the basis of best design and best price. Everyone involved with the project is highly delighted with the way it has all turned out.” The covers were specified to be able to accommodate 10 tonne concentrated loads in anticipation of them being traversed by heavy maintenance or access equipment.

Manhole cover manufacturer Clark-Drain are able to provide virtually any size of access cover as a special – the manufacturer's products finding applications in such locations as factories, commercial developments and around public buildings. This bespoke service complements Clark- Drain's widely specified standard range of manhole covers, channel drains, high security covers and other products.

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