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Environment Agency Safe Access to Remote Work Sites – GRP Steps, Stairs and Fences

Safe access to remote location worksites & facilities. Using composite structures provides safe worker access to infrastructure in hard to reach places. From simple steps to pedestrian bridges. Evergrip design, build to required standards & install.


We have been contacted on numerous occasions about using glass fibre reinforced plastics (GRP) to build safe structures for maintenance crews on remote work sites, where access can be problematic. GRP lends itself very well to such scenarios as it is light in weight, extraordinarily strong and will not rust or rot when left in exposed locations. Here we highlight some common scenarios encountered by the Environment Agency where we have been able to help.


Environment Work Sites

Product Types

River & drain monitoring locations - Safe Access Steps, Staircases, Fences, Gates & Bridges

Quick construction & reduced costs – Light weight, highly durable GRP/FRP structures are factory built and disassembled ready to be transported & constructed on site, wherever they are needed.


Working at various sites around the country we have been approached to carry out surveys specific to everyday access issues encountered by field operatives, often in remote locations where reaching the site is not always straightforward.

In one scenario, crumbling concrete steps on a riverbank access route had become hazardous and were beyond use. We were asked by the client to offer an engineered design and build service to replace this with a fibreglass embankment staircase with guardrail. Access to this area also required a section of palisade security fence and lockable gate (also in built in GRP) installing alongside and down the bank from a main trunk road.

The existing concrete steps, handrail and fence were removed by the client prior to our arrival onsite. The client also completed their own survey to ascertain the presence of any buried services, prior to the commencement of works. Conveying heavy traditional building materials to this type of site would be problematic without the expensive and time-consuming provision of specialist lifting equipment, but fibreglass made this possible to move easily by hand. The total time for the installation was just four days, with three operatives.

Shorter length fixed access steps to equipment, storage facilities or on uneven ground are also widely used and provide a durable, long life alternative to wooden structures. Our products incorporate a high-quality, anti-slip coating on all step treads – vital for their safe use in all weather conditions. These small structures are bespoke made with ‘like for like’ dimensions as direct replacements and can be fitted by our own staff.

Beyond this we are also experienced at building small pedestrian footbridges, typically up to 8m in length. Again, these have proven themselves in service across ditches and becks, either as replacement for end of life steel structures or in the provision of new safe access routes

These works were completed by our in-house fabrications & installation teams working from our base in Selby, North Yorkshire. We offer a complete service to build the products, deliver them to site throughout the UK and assemble in-situ.

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27th March 2020

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Covid 19 - Confirmation Statement

We would like to reassure all customers and enquirers that we remain open for business, while carefully following Government guidelines issued here:

The majority of our administration staff are working remotely and we have rostered production staff to make numbers available to meet demand.

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