Stonbury are immensely proud to be supporting our clients across the UK at such a crucial time and have been designated as 'key workers' by DEFRA and the UK water utility companies. Our teams are working tirelessly to help secure and maintain drinking water supplies, ensuring clean and safe drinking water is provided without interruption to critical services such as our hospitals as well as the general public. Now more than ever, the safety and wellbeing of our staff is of the utmost importance and we have adapted our safe working practices to ensure social distancing precautions are in place and that the correct hygiene practices are being followed. Safety is our priority, and we endeavour to make sure everyone at Stonbury goes home safe to their family.

Staircase Schemes

To address the issue of safe access across several sites for a framework client, we recently completed a scheme to install new access staircases and handrails to tanks, where any existing staircases were not meeting client standards, or none were present.

The scheme mainly involved the installation of concrete staircases, across 13 service reservoir sites over a 4-month period. The staircases were designed to the clients’ standard specification and the existing grounds prepared, ready for the new staircases. Any existing access ways in place were broken out and removed prior to works.

Shuttering and reinforcement were then set up to form the new steps before the concrete was cast to the shuttering, forming in-situ steps. Once cured, these were stripped and anti-slip nosings added to each step face. Handrails manufactured by design were then installed, improving the safety for all who require site access. Handrailing was also installed on other similar schemes to valve house roofs and raised or exposed edges of tanks etc.

In addition to the staircase scheme, galvanised gantry’s around any exposed access covers were also installed. These were most often located on tanks with access covers and typically located near corners with grassy banks or other obstructions, meaning confined space entry equipment could not be set-up safely. The new galvanised gantries, staircases and handrails now allow safe access into the designated tanks for all future inspection and works.