Bradbury’s breakthrough in flood-defence doors
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 21 Jul 2017
AFTER more than two years of trials, the Scunthorpe-based Bradbury Group has made a breakthrough in the production of flood-defence doors.
The configurations made at the company’s factory on the Queensway Industrial Estate are said to be a first for the UK security industry.
The range of doors was developed following a request from Northern Powergrid and have been fully accredited and tested.
Now, delighted Bradbury bosses are forecasting sales in the first year will hit the £750,000 mark.
Lead engineer Brian Sillence said a number of door designs had been trialled during the two-year development.
Mr Sillence said a small test tank had been built on site to test the flood resilience of different configurations and seals.
The doors were successfully tested at various depths in 33 inches of water over an eight-day programme.
They were also put through multiple wave tests and simulated break-in attempts using saws, drills, an axe and a sledgehammer.
The new range can also include an optional integral escape hatch, which is independently locked, allowing access and egress during a flood scenario.
The Bradbury boffins are continuing to develop the range to meet new and changing customer requirements.