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A tried and tested access solution for hospitals across the world

  Subscribe to FREE newsletter  Jul 09, 2017

Hospitals are busy places, a hive of activity 24/7. With lots of people coming and going – patients, visitors, medical staff, and maintenance workers - it’s a high traffic, fast paced and challenging environment. Demanding not only for employees but also for the equipment, services and even the fabric of the building.

There is no margin for error in a hospital, whether human or mechanical. Any failure can have far reaching consequences which is why being able to access vital services such as underfloor heating/cooling, electrical cables, data and communications and drainage quickly and efficiently is imperative.

Howe Green access covers – just what the doctor ordered

With over three decades of experience in supplying access covers for use in highly trafficked public spaces Howe Green understand the priorities. Maintaining high levels of operational efficiency, hygiene and Health and Safety are top of the list when it comes to hospitals.

Operational efficiency

Ongoing maintenance of services to prevent unexpected and costly break downs is paramount within a hospital setting. The ability to access concealed services quickly, efficiently and with minimal disruption to the operation of the hospital is key. Howe Green’s floor access covers enable quick and easy access. Floor access covers can be removed in seconds using a set of lifting keys or the ingenious access cover skate


In a hospital environment a lack of hygiene can contribute towards infection and disease. Howe Green floor access covers can be supplied double sealed to prevent the ingress of dirt and water.

Health and Safety

Howe Green access covers are designed and manufactured using precision engineering to ensure that there is a seamless fit with the surrounding flooring. In addition to providing a pleasing aesthetic the risk of slips and trips is reduced as the access covers are virtually invisible within the floor. Security is a further consideration within such a busy public environment. Howe Green access covers are tamper resistant offering high levels of security.

Tried and tested

Howe Green floor access covers have been used in hospitals across the world including:

New Karolinska Solna Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden
A number of HSE75 Series Hinged Access Covers were supplied to this new build hospital through Howe Green’s Swedish distributor, Elkington AB. The state of the art hospital facility, which will be fully operational in 2018, will have cost around $1.9 billion.

The HSE75 gas assisted hinged covers provide access to the underground plant rooms and escape routes under the hospital. They have been infilled with both concrete and tiled flooring to provide a seamless, flush floor finish.

Lennox Addington County General Hospital, Napanee, Ontario, Canada
A 7500 Series Medium Duty Access Cover was supplied to Lennox Addington Hospital through Howe Green’s North American distributor, FF Systems Inc.

The access cover was required to provide safe and easy access to a shaft concealing mechanical and electrical services. Safety and security were the critical factors for this busy county hospital with its 24/7 Accident and Emergency unit.

Southmead Hospital, Bristol, England
Howe Green supplied over 100 of their Visedge Series Flexible Floor Access Covers and a number of 7500 Series Medium Duty Access Covers to this new build “super” hospital in Bristol. Costing around £430 million Southmead Hospital is an 800 bed facility with an Accident and Emergency department.

The Visedge covers were supplied double sealed to ensure the highest standards of hygiene and security. The 7500 Series Medium Duty Access Covers were installed in the ground floor of the hospital where a heavier loading to accommodate service vehicles and bulkier medical equipment was required. The covers provide access to underfloor drainage services.

Find out mre:

Visit the Howe Green US website
Call Howe Green’s distributor - FF Systems Inc in the US on 239 689 5334.

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