The UK is forecast a cold and snowy winter, with temperatures expected to go as low as -18°c. To further improve snow clearing operations at Bristol Airport, SFS intec has specified its durable 316 grade, stainless steel fasteners and A+ Pink Strip sealant in the construction of a new salt store and snow base.
The new snow base has been designed and built to ease the hassle and long delays that the increasingly heavy snow fall may bring each year. It will accommodate a fleet of snow clearing vehicles and is situated near the runway for increased speed and efficiency.
Eddie Hampton, Associate at architects McAlister Armstrong & Partners, Belfast, said: “We attended a CPD seminar with SFS intec back in August 2011 and at that time, discussed with them the challenges and solutions that the snow base construction might bring. They were extremely thorough and highlighted the importance of specifying products suitable for this building environment.”
Traditional material grades of A2 stainless steel cannot support longer term warranties of 25 or 40 years, so SFS intec has changed its minimum standard grade of fasteners to 316. This reduces the risk of corrosion damage due to factors such as salt, for example, and keeps the associated costs down. The 316 grade fasteners installed on the snow base at Bristol Airport are therefore ideally suited to the conditions and will ensure high performance for years to come.
Paul Priestly, Technical Advisor at SFS intec, said: “As our winters continue to worsen and snowfall increases, the requirement for a dedicated clear-up strategy becomes much more vital, for airports especially. The snow clearing vehicles will ensure that downtime is reduced and snow is removed from the airfield more efficiently.
“And due to the high resistance of the products we have specified, we have been able to guarantee long term product performance, with a 25 year warrantee. This is imperative given that such harsh surroundings could quickly degrade substandard fasteners.”