Why BSEN124 Standard costs £40 million a year

Why the BS EN 124 Standard for Manhole Covers is costing the UK £40 million a year

“We’re pleased to see that the WRc report agrees with our own research regarding the inadequacies of BS EN 124 and highlights the Unite manhole cover as a product to reduce failures.

“In eight years of use the innovative design of the Unite manhole cover has demonstrated that it outlasts others, an important factor in making roads safer and cutting the number of costly manhole cover replacements.”
Simon Turner, Sales Director

Research by the Water Research Centre (WRc) found many manhole covers that comply with BS EN124, the European standard for manhole covers, are failing prematurely, costing the industry millions of pounds a year and potentially causing safety hazards.

The WRc has issued two reports on Street Ironworks – Effective Management: CP373 and CP373a and conclude that failure of BS EN 124 to address issues such as how flexing of manhole cover frames worsen the factors that contribute to the high premature failure rates of installations. Some of the manhole covers examined in the report failed in just three weeks.

In the reports WRc reviewed innovative products including the Wrekin Unite manhole cover and refers to the design features of Unite that can cut failure rates and reduce whole of life costs.

The Wrekin Products Unite manhole cover patented design features increase the stiffness of the frame, distribute load more effectively and resist lateral forces. This overcomes the inadequacies of the BS EN 124 requirements. Unite also improves the mortar bond to reduce problems highlighted in the report.

Unite is proven to reduce manhole cover maintenance costs and is chosen by Thames Water as the only product currently able to meet their exacting standards.