Case Studies

Ports & Airports

Regional Airport, Bedfordshire, UK

Fibrelite were singled out as an ideal supplier for this retrofit project due to the bespoke GRP access covers they can offer as well as their industry leading strength to weight ratio.

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Container Port Northern Ireland UK

Fibrelite’s custom lightweight F900 (90-tonne load rated) GRP trench covers were specified for this Northern Irish container port over new cable anchor pits for the gantry cranes.

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Airport Maintenance Facility, UK

Fibrelite were contacted to provide a bespoke GRP composite trench covering arrangement to fit precast concrete service trenches at a UK airport maintenance facility.

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Simple and safe removal using the Fibrelite lifting handles

Felixstowe Shipping Port, UK

Fibrelite was tasked with providing a retrofit 90 tonne load rated lightweight cover that could withstand the rigours and working environment of an extremely busy commercial port.

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Major Northern Airport, UK

Fibrelite GRP composite covers have been specified for a second installation in this development: a retrofit replacement for previous installed concrete recess covers over sewage systems.

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Gas Petrol Stations & Forecourts

Shell Retail Fuelling, Eastfield, UK

Our UK site team discovered that two of the tanks had double manways that were too close together to install traditional tank sumps and required a bespoke solution work for a successful install.

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OPW continue to supply major oil company with filling station equipment

Major Oil Company, Belgium

A major international oil company with large Benelux presence approached OPW looking for a reliable long-lasting containment system for a new build filling station.

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Fibrelite tank sumps bonded to existing tanks using bespoke bonding system

Shell, North Hampshire, UK

OPW’s UK engineering team created a bespoke chemical bonding system to attach GRP Fibrelite tank sumps to the existing upstands, eliminating the need for expensive adaptor plates.

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Fibrelite’s below ground remote fill systems with factory fitted/tested dual contained and conductive KPS pipework

BP, UK

BP required a below ground remote fill with opposing pipe exit positions to ensure consistent fill layouts for tanker deliveries and to reduce installation time and costs.

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Leading Middle East Oil Company

OPW is proud to show how their products provided a leading Middle East oil company with a long-term solution for their Qatar expansion programme through their in-country distributor.

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Power Generation

Substation Rebuild USA

Fibrelite’s HS-20 load rated composite trench covers have been selected by one of the nation’s largest metropolitan electrical utilities for a high-profile rebuild of a 345 kV bulk power substation.

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Utility Provider USA

Fibrelite and Trenwa have a strategic partnership, offering joint products incorporating Fibrelite’s composite covers installed on Trenwa’s precast trenches.

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Cadent Gas, Warrington, UK

Fibrelite was approached by Cadent Gas to provide a long-lasting trench cover solution, which would alleviate some onsite issues associated with previously installed concrete covers.

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Precast Concrete Trench Systems

Substation Rebuild USA

Fibrelite’s HS-20 load rated composite trench covers have been selected by one of the nation’s largest metropolitan electrical utilities for a high-profile rebuild of a 345 kV bulk power substation.

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Utility Provider USA

Fibrelite and Trenwa have a strategic partnership, offering joint products incorporating Fibrelite’s composite covers installed on Trenwa’s precast trenches.

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Airport Maintenance Facility, UK

Fibrelite were contacted to provide a bespoke GRP composite trench covering arrangement to fit precast concrete service trenches at a UK airport maintenance facility.

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Hilton Bodill Construction specified Fibrelite covers and KPS piping for Nottingham City Hospital refurbishment

Nottingham City Hospital, UK

Hilton Bodill Construction contacted Fibrelite on behalf of Nottingham City Hospital, who required a lightweight and strong modular covering system for their newly re-routed service trench.

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Data Centers Centres

Fibrelite trench covers protect fiber fibre optic cabling at emergency vehicle access point (image used for illustration purposes as actual data center centre cannot be shown)

Data Centre, Hong Kong

One of the largest data centres in Hong Kong S.A.R of China, came to Fibrelite looking for a retrofit replacement for their failing concrete trench covers. A safe reliable replacement was required.

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Stadiums & Leisure

Bespoke Fibrelite GRP trench covers installed over electrical cabling trenches

Premier Multi-Event Stadium, UK

This was one of Fibrelite’s most complex projects yet. Hundreds of metres of custom trench access covers were custom engineered, and replaced failing covers around this prestigious stadium.

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Like all Fibrelite covers, these are FRP GRP composite, lightweight, corrosion-free and allow safe removal by hand

La Liga Stadium, Central Spain

Bespoke Fibrelite GRP trench covers were specified by a new La Liga stadium in central Spain to provide easy access to utilities (electric and water) in and around the stadium.

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London Theatre, UK

The architects (Foster Wilson Architects LLP) were tasked with providing a discreet and practical method of housing multicore cables that ran from the stage to the control desk during performances.

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Hassle free and quick cover frame installation.

Leisure Centre, Sydney, Australia

Auburn City Council’s leisure centre renovation, required for access to the air conditioning system and balance tanks for the water set under around the perimeter of the pools.

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A retrofit solution was needed to replace the damaged existing trench covers

Multi-Event Stadium, London, UK

The client needed a lightweight and durable solution to replace the damaged trench covers. A solution that incurred minimal upheaval to the functionality of the site was also required.

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Military & Defence

Health & Social Care

Hospital, Yorkshire, UK

The previously installed concrete trench access covers over an oxygen pipework trench at this hospital were causing a number of issues due to both their weight and deterioration.

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Hilton Bodill Construction specified Fibrelite covers and KPS piping for Nottingham City Hospital refurbishment

Nottingham City Hospital, UK

Hilton Bodill Construction contacted Fibrelite on behalf of Nottingham City Hospital, who required a lightweight and strong modular covering system for their newly re-routed service trench.

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Safe and easy removal: FM45 removed using FL7s

Hospital, UK

Fibrelite’s lightweight anti-slip composite FM45 trench panels have recently been specified to replace over 33 metres of crumbling, hard to remove concrete panels.

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Radio Frequency

Water Company, Connecticut, USA

With an effort to automate their water meter collection services, Fibrelite were contacted about the possibility of installing automatic water meter readers in or beneath a composite cover.

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Manufacturing Facilities & Food Processing

The Fibrelite yellow C250 (25 ton) tonne) load rated standard duty trench access covers

Aerospace Facility, UK

Fibrelite supply bespoke trench covers over concrete trenches that house essential pipework and service supplies. Our covers are designed for these types of complicated applications.

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Newly installed Fibrelite flat sealed FL140 composite covers

Educational Facility Grease Pits, UK

The previous covers claimed to be odour tight but weren’t, resulting in the constant emission of a terrible odour. The heavy galvanised covers were also extremely difficult to remove.

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Airport Maintenance Facility, UK

Fibrelite were contacted to provide a bespoke GRP composite trench covering arrangement to fit precast concrete service trenches at a UK airport maintenance facility.

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Fibrelite’s trench access covers will not deform under heavy loads

Support Facility, Bahrain

The previously installed steel covers had permanently deformed under heavy operational loads and sat in an uneven recess, resulting in the covers being unstable.

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Rail, Trams & Underground

Fibrelite covers feature an anti-slip surface

Newcastle Train Station, UK

These bespoke covers have recently been installed over access hatches in the platform of a major UK rail station to give quick and easy access to services below platform level.

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Road & Roadside

Water & Water Treatment

Water Facility, Northumberland, UK

Fibrelite were contacted by a third-party company whose client had tasked them with obtaining a lightweight upgrade for their traditional heavy concrete infill trench covers.

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Custom Fibrelite covers retrofit into existing frames, including an inspection port exactly over the slider

Innsbrucker Kommunale, Austria

Fibrelite provided a lightweight replacement for previously installed heavy (15cm thick) concrete/steel infill covers at an intersection in the centre of Innsbruck, Austria.

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The Fibrelite D400 load rated covers can be easily removed and replaced using the FL7 lifting handles

JOD Engineering, Bolton, UK

JOD Engineering Services LTD were looking for a lightweight covering to replace their existing heavy covers, they supply fresh water to millions of homes across the North West of England.

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The two systems were adapted for Fibrelite trench covers for access from above

Waste Water Plant, Antarctic

Fibrelite supply trench covers for specialist waste water treatment system. Designed and manufactured for use in the Antarctic required lightweight covers for easy access.

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Easy and safe manual handling with Fibrelite lifting handle

Sewage Treatment Plant, UK

Fibrelite has recently developed a range of composite access covers to replace traditional heavy concrete infill covers. The range includes D400, E600 and F900 load ratings.

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“Cassette” of bespoke covers over culvert

Culvert Access Solution, UK

A UK construction company required a covering solution for a newly constructed culvert. Due to the shape it required a “cassette” of bespoke covers and additional support beams.

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Previous installed access covers required a crane to remove and replace

Water Facility, Devon, UK

Fibrelite were invited to conduct a site survey, as the client desired a simple replacement for their previously installed heavy cast iron recess (access) covers with concrete infill.

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Water Company, Connecticut, USA

With an effort to automate their water meter collection services, Fibrelite were contacted about the possibility of installing automatic water meter readers in or beneath a composite cover.

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Public Areas

RJ Utilities Ltd, Wrenthorpe, UK

Fibrelite was approached by RJ Utilities Ltd to provide a safe, long-term replacement for old, failing concrete trench covers which covered essential underground utilities.

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Lightweight GRP composite trench covers

Berjaya Times Square, Malaysia

The brief was to offer a retrofit covering solution that provided safe and easy access to the underground water valve that required regular access for maintenance.

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Fibrelite covers allow quick safe manual removal

Vancouver City Hall, Canada

Vancouver City Hall required a safe replacement for previously installed concrete trench access covers located on a walkway outside of the hall, over a generator.

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Hilton Bodill Construction specified Fibrelite covers and KPS piping for Nottingham City Hospital refurbishment

Nottingham City Hospital, UK

Hilton Bodill Construction contacted Fibrelite on behalf of Nottingham City Hospital, who required a lightweight and strong modular covering system for their newly re-routed service trench.

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Safe and easy removal: FM45 removed using FL7s

Hospital, UK

Fibrelite’s lightweight anti-slip composite FM45 trench panels have recently been specified to replace over 33 metres of crumbling, hard to remove concrete panels.

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Steam Vaults

Indiana University, Bloomington

Indiana University approached Fibrelite looking for steam rated manhole covers for new vaults and in replacement of existing covers on the Bloomington campus.

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Shopping Centers Centres & Retail Parks

Trinity Shopping Centre, Leeds, UK

The consulting engineers specified Fibrelite for this project for ease of access to cable ducts that run all over the site. The panels are non-slip for a safe working environment in a busy centre.

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One of the 8 trench panel installations in the busy city-centre market

Leeds Market, UK

A series of 8 trenches were previously covered by traditional concrete panels but with constant heavy foot traffic the covers had crumbled and created trip hazards.

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