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Our guide to manholes covers 

Circular, square or rectangular, manhole covers are an important access point to sewers and utilities. Far from being a modern invention, manhole cover aficionados have traced the creation of this product back to 2,500 BC in southern Pakistan.

Today, manhole plates have to withstand huge volumes of traffic and pressure from heavy-goods vehicles, and only hit the headlines when something goes wrong. Every year, thousands of accidents cite manhole covers as the primary cause. Due to their location in the centre of roads and on pedestrian pathways, it's only a matter of time before an uneven edge, loose cover or absent plate results in a fall, trip or crash.

The cost to local councils, utility providers and private companies can run into tens of thousands of pounds per personal injury claim, in addition to other issues such as travel chaos and damage to vehicles.

Manhole covers that will stand the test of time

Some of the plates on our streets and roads have been in place for over 60 years, which is testament to their strength and durability. When it's time to replace existing access covers and frames you need to know the new product can outperform the replacement. With modern advances in materials, there is now an abundance of options available, such as ductile iron and plastic, to suit all purposes.

Whether you're looking to replace existing products or sourcing for a new development in a commercial or residential setting, being able to trust the durability and functionality is key.

Here at Rudridge, we stock a selection of accredited covers, castings and gully grates (all supplied with frames) to meet the toughest of tests and highest of standards.

As a leading supplier to the construction industry, we think it's our duty to research, locate and supply the right products for the job. This means establishing links with some of the world's foremost manufacturers, to bring their tried and tested solutions to market. When it comes to manhole covers, there's one name that stands out – Peter Savage.

See our selection of manhole covers from Peter Savage online

Award-winning Peter Savage Limited is a market-leader in the design, production and distribution of the UK's largest range of access covers and drainage channels.

Your choice will depend on usage and the wheel loads the plates need to withstand, which are graded in group numbers. Here is a small taster of our stock, but for the full range visit our product page:

For more details on how to measure for a new access cover and frame, including an installation tutorial visit Rudridge TV to see a demonstration with Tony Cottee and our Sales Director Paul Duke.

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FARNHAM: 01252 711911

GRAVESEND: 01474 331164

BRENTFORD: 0208 569 8888

HORSHAM: 01403 892800