Flying the Kite(mark)

The first company to have all its ductile manhole covers and gully grates Kitemarked by the British Standards Institute to the new BS EN 124-2:2015 is flying high. Wrekin’s speed and success in securing third party certification confirms its position as the industry leader.

“It’s a real testament to Wrekin’s technical team to achieve the Kitemark for BS EN 124-2:2015 so quickly. Highway professionals will need to update their specifications and Wrekin has the product range to help them do so, quickly and easily.”
– Barry Turner, Technical Manager, Wrekin Products
It is now apparent that the new BS EN 124-2:2015 standard for manhole covers and gullies will not incorporate CE marking for the foreseeable future. Following the strong advice of the CEN Technical Committee responsible for EN124 (TC 165) that products to the new 2015 standard be assessed by an independent certification body, Wrekin has led the field by being the first company in the world to achieve the BSI Kitemark for the new standard.

The 2015 version of the standard is a substantial revision to the original 1994 one, adding additional tests covering child safety and stability in the carriageway and is split into one general and five material specific parts.

Wrekin has long been a technical leader in the field of highway ironwork and was heavily involved in helping to define BS EN 124-2:2015 – Barry Turner, Wrekin’s Technical Manager, was part of the British Standards Institute’s B/505/04 committee that helped frame the new standard.

In its forward, the new BS EN124: 2015 states that it shall be given the status of a national standard, and conflicting national standards shall be withdrawn at the latest by March 2017. In addition the national forward states that it supersedes BS EN 124:1994 which is withdrawn. Specifiers and users will want to use ironwork that meets the new standard and have a third party conformity mark. Wrekin is the only manufacturer that has BSI third party certification for the new standard, reflected in the awarding of the respected Kitemark.

BSI will present Wrekin with the Kitemark certificate in the Wrekin Pavilion at Seeing is Believing 2016 as the climax to the BSI Highway Awards. The celebrations start from 3pm with drinks and networking, where guests can find out more about the new standard and the importance of the Kitemark as well as seeing examples of Wrekin’s compliant ironwork as part of its ART exhibition of Highway covers and gullies.

BSI is pleased to confirm Wrekin Products as the first company to achieve the coveted BSI Kitemark to BS EN 124-2:2015, the standard for gully tops and manhole tops for vehicular and pedestrian use. Through initial type testing and assessment of their production processes, Wrekin have demonstrated their commitment to the consistent manufacture of products which comply to BS BS EN 124-2:2015. Unique to BSI, the BSI Kitemark is recognised globally as an independent mark of quality, safety and trust.

Grahame WackettConstruction Products Group Manager, BSI Group