In August this year, Unite™ Evolution was named on the New Civil Engineer Awards Companies of the Year shortlist in the “Impact in Roads” category. Unite™ was nominated not just for the strength of the product but for how it has performed on a number of significant projects.
Unite™ has been highly successful for over a decade. It’s found all over the UK, including the difficult conditions of central London. It has been the manhole cover of choice for Thames Water since 2004 – including bespoke covers commemorating the Fatberg in 2018 and the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Abbey Road record in 2019.
As well as being eye-catching enough to engage the public in the importance of excellent ironwork design, Unite™ exceeds BS EN 124:2015 and HA104/09 requirements to give the longest life, and therefore lowest life cost, of any D400 access cover on the market.
Key to Unite’s longevity is minimising seat wear between covers/gratings and frames. By successfully challenging manufacturing conventions, the range has the stiffest cover/grating structure in its class and on top of this, seating which is less vulnerable to any movement caused by cover/grating flexing. The structure is patent protected.
As well as detailing the product innovation and listing a number of successful projects, the NCE judging panel asked for testimonials and customer quotes attesting to the quality of the product:
“Dudley Council, like many authorities, invests heavily in maintaining our highway network. Over recent years, we have seen an increase in the failure of both manhole covers and the variety of bedding and packing systems used. When investing many millions of pounds in surfacing the highway network, it would be foolish not to seek out and use the best products we can find to prolong the life of this highway. In the Wrekin Unite™ manhole and the UniPak™ bedding and packing system, we have found a product that our contractor can easily adapt to and offers the results we desire for our investment.”
Simon Hunt, DMBC Section Engineer
Our 80-strong team’s mission is to take industry and client issues and tackle them innovatively, producing products that solve problems, improve standards and lead the industry in product life. The winners of the NCE Awards will be announced in February 2012.
Find out more and view the complete shortlist here.