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BILCO Makes Its Mark On New Iconic London Landmark

Health, safety and access issues have been important considerations during the design and construction of one of Europe’s tallest buildings – Heron Tower at 110 Bishopsgate in the heart of London – undertaken by Skanska on behalf of Heron International.

Roof hatch, smoke vent and access equipment supplier Bilco UK ( has played its part in providing essential materials and ensuring the construction work remained on course for completion.

Heron Tower is a state-of-the-art glass and stainless steel clad 46-storey office tower standing over 230 metres in height and is currently the city’s tallest building.

Bilco delivered various orders and equipment to CMF Ltd of Feltham, Middlesex, which was responsible for architectural metalwork at Heron Tower. The products supplied included four roof access hatches and two smoke vents. One of the hatches was given ‘express treatment’ to meet construction deadlines.

“We managed to build and deliver a D-50T double-leaf hatch within four weeks after receiving the order for the extra hatch that was required for this project,” said James Fisher, Bilco UK/Europe general manager.

Their efforts were appreciated by CMF. Commercial manager Paul Wassell said: “Bilco pulled out all the stops so we received the extra hatch in time. They turned it round in under five weeks instead of the usual eight. Not only did they do everything that was expected of them, they went a good deal further. That is really adding value.”

The D-50T hatches will provide access to the roof areas for cleaning and maintenance activities. The hatches have overlapping covers and a spring operated system which provides easy-to-operate access at all times. The hatch’s heavy gauge construction and positive latching mechanism ensure it is secure while closed and equally that the covers remain in a locked and stable open position while access is gained to and from the roofing area.

Two single leaf natural smoke vents were also supplied with associated equipment including control panels and smoke detectors. In the event of a fire the REM vents automatically open to 140 degrees to rapidly disperse heat, smoke and noxious gases.

Bilco manufactures and distributes a range of access doors and hatches, smoke vents and other safety-related products to meet specific customer requirements for construction and engineering industries across the world.

The company has established a reputation among architects, building engineers, specifiers and the construction trades for product and service excellence for providing the right access solution.

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