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Leisure Centre, Keighley, UK

Fibrelite provides non-corrosive, anti-slip access solution for Keighley leisure centre poolside

Project overview

Fibrelite was recently commissioned to replace a corroded metal access cover pool side at a local leisure centre in Keighley.


Poolside conditions are very demanding for traditional metal access covers due to the constant moisture in the air and exposure to chlorine which both cause corrosion. The cover must also be safe for the public to walk over in bare feet without slipping, or cutting themselves due to rust. The equipment underneath must be protected from water, and easily be accessed by one person.

Fibrelite cover chosen for poolside at local leisure centre (Image Credit Betty Longbottom)
Fibrelite’s fit and forget, fiber glass reinforced plastic (FRP) (GRP) composite cover fitted in Keighley leisure centre


Fibrelite’s standalone sealed manhole cover (FL96) proved a perfect solution for Keighley Leisure Centre. The cover has a watertight seal to protect the equipment underneath from water infiltration which it achieves without bolts, and is lightweight enough to be safely removed by one person with the FL7A lifting handle. Fibrelite’s composite covers have an inherent resistance to corrosion, so are ideal for use in highly corrosive environments like leisure centres This means that the cover will remain watertight and safe to walk over year on year. Independent wet and dry tests carried out by Devon CC Materials Laboratory showed that Fibrelite manhole and trench covers – even when wet – have anti-slip/skid properties far exceeding health and safety advisory limits, ensuring safety for those walking over it.

Fibrelite’s FL96 watertight manhole cover installed
Leisure centres are highly corrosive environments with moisture and chlorine, making composites an obvious choice

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