My Wrekin
Brierley Hill access covers

Accelerating town centre regeneration in Dudley

  • Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

  • Brierley Hill

  • 190 Steel Access Covers

Town centre developments can often start with challenging or unclear specifications, and this was no different in Dudley. Knowing that there is always a solution waiting to be discovered, our bespoke steel team has helped Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council settle on the specification to meet its needs. 190 steel access covers later, we have made our mark on the future of Brierley Hill High Street in Dudley.

The West Midlands town has undertaken a multi-million-pound regeneration process, which includes improved amenities, transport links and access. Aiming to become a better place to live, work and shop, the busy town centre road is central to the new image of Dudley.

After making the project contractor aware of our steel manufacturing capabilities, we embarked on a mission to help the regeneration project progress as quickly as possible. Our market knowledge, collaboration skills and solution-focused mentality helped us to find a specification that met the clients' requirements and budget following a revision process.

The first enquiry we received listed the sizes required, but no defined specification. From here, we provided three possible types of product so that the customers' options and understanding of what we can offer remained open.

After discussion with the customer and some back and forth on intricacies like the slow-moving wheel load and Openreach-approved identification badging, the final drawings were submitted and approved on the same day.

Designed and supplied within the desired timeframe of four months, our bespoke steel team contributed 190 access covers and frames with:

  • Galvanised mild steel
  • Recessed block paving infill
  • Openreach approved design or bespoke sizes to suit the chambers in-situ
Paul Shaw, Director of Fabricated Steel

Our attention to detail and willingness to make the changes needed to meet the client’s needs is where we triumphed on this project. It was an important opportunity for my team with nearly 200 covers required, but I had every confidence that our top-quality products and service would shine throughout the tender process

Paul Shaw

Director of Fabricated Steel

“Town centre developments like the ongoing regeneration of Dudley are complex undertakings, with specifications that require detailed review. Our support in helping clients and contractors reach a point where vital products can be designed and purchased is often only a small part of a wider development, but the feedback we receive and relationships we have are evidence of the assurance we offer within a project team.”

Related Case Studies

Related case study

Lord's Cricket Ground

Wrekin Products were approached by consultant Buro Happold to discuss the redevelopment of the Compton and Edrich Stands at Lords Cricket Ground, St John Wood, London.  The redevelopment proposed, required two bespoke covers that could interact with pre-existing valves and hydrants below. Both covers would need to satisfy Thames Water and Fire Brigade specifications.
Lords Cricket Ground
Lords Cricket Ground
Read more
Related case study

Bespoke access covers for the River of Light

Specialist steel access covers required as part of the artistic transformation of a city centre street in St Helier, Jersey have been designed and manufactured by civil engineering specialist Wrekin Products.  One of the highlights of the regeneration project is the Pitt Street art installation, ‘The River of Light’, funded by the Channel Islands Co-operative Society.
Channel Islands Co-operative Society
Channel Islands Co-operative Society
Read more