No Gamble for The Hippodrome with Howe Green Access Covers

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There was no gambling with quality when expert fit-out specialists Beck Interiors opted for Howe Green access covers for the refurbishment of one of the West End’s most famous buildings, The Hippodrome.

Providing easy and reliable access to services such as HVAC, electrics and data was an inconspicuous but nonetheless vital part of the £40million project to transform this historic landmark into London’s newest international-style gaming centre.

A winning combination of Howe Green’s 3500, 5000 and 7500 Series access covers was selected for various size and load bearing requirements and to suit the different types of flooring within the building. These included screeded areas in basement and back of house with raised timber floors front of house and in gaming and entertainment zones. The project also called for more than 40 of Howe Green’s 5000 series access covers to be made to order with bespoke cable outlets to serve the sea of machines on The Hippodrome’s busy gaming floors.  Featuring double seals to meet the highest standards of hygiene and security, the access covers are corrosion and maintenance-free and designed to fit perfectly flush with their surround to avoid distortion and prevent any slips or trips.

Les Dedman, Projects Director at Beck Interiors commented, “We chose Howe Green’s access covers because of their quality and reliability and in the confidence that the product supplied was going to achieve all the varying requirements”.

The Hippodrome has been through many guises since it opened in 1900 with Charlie Chaplin performing on opening night. It now promises visitors modern day glamour and razzmatazz over 5 floors with bars, restaurant and shows as well as state-of the-art gaming. Howe Green’s quality access solutions will make for easy maintenance of the building, helping it meet the demands of the many thousands of visitors expected to walk through it’s doors each year.

Howe Green access covers keep The Tramshed on track

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Howe Green’s access covers were chosen for The Tramshed EC2, the latest Mark Hix venture, offering diners a simple but ultimately trendy steak and chicken experience in an impressive post-industrial space.

Interiors specialists, Tekne Shopfitting Limited carried out the refurbishment of the Grade II listed building, once home to electricity generators powering local trams at the turn-of-the-century. Designed by Waugh Thistleton Architects, the striking scheme respects the heritage of the towering building and introduces contemporary materials within an Edwardian glazed brick interior, which was painstakingly preserved. Tekne’s remit also included creating a glazed ceiling for additional soundproofing and a bespoke steel framework for the elevated Damien Hirst cow and cockerel in formaldehyde, which takes centre stage in the 180-cover restaurant.

Howe Green’s 5000 Series aluminium access covers provide a reliable route to the essential under-floor building services in the Tramshed’s smart public washrooms and busy kitchens. To ensure an excellent aesthetic finish, Tekne fitted four covers and inlaid each frame with a resin flooring to match the surrounding area. Double-sealed for use over foul drainage, with a third seal fitted to help prevent dirt ingress between the cover and frame, Howe Green’s access covers were the ideal solution in areas where easy maintenance is essential and optimum hygiene paramount. Made to order with no price premium to pay or additional lead times required, the covers are industry proven to withstand heavy foot traffic and sit flush with the surrounding floor, posing no trip hazard to staff or diners.

“We’ve used Howe Green’s access covers many times before,” said Tekne’s Project Manager John Chilvers “They are very good quality and made to order. With a 16-week window to deliver the Tramshed, we needed a supplier that could give us exactly what we needed, when we needed it and so their quick turnaround was a definite bonus”.


Howe Green Launches E-Commerce Website

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Howe Green, the leading UK developer and manufacturer of access cover solutions has announced the launch of its e-commerce site.

Builders, contractors and many other trades have used Howe Green’s premium quality access covers for over 25 years to provide a reliable route to essential services housed in floors, walls and ceilings.  From a tiled access hatch in a private bathroom to large multipart cover installations in some of the most prestigious buildings in the world, Howe Green products have been chosen for the firm’s unerring reputation for quality, service and care.

The new site – – features a select range of Howe Green’s most popular metal fabricated access covers, hatches and accessories in a range of standard sizes and the move comes in response to global growth in e-commerce and customer demand for maximum availability.

“ exists to provide even greater flexibility and service around the clock,” said Richard Centa, Sales and Marketing Director at Howe Green “Many of our customers, especially smaller contractors and tradesmen, work outside normal office hours and know exactly what they want. This site caters for their needs primarily as well as enabling us to broaden our customer base in trade and DIY sectors.  The online operation is backed by the same knowledgeable and experienced service team for technical support and of course our offline business continues as normal.”

Howe Green’s best selling lines, including access covers, hatches and accessories are available in standard sizes only on the new e-commerce site with same-day dispatch available in many cases. Visit