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Wednesday 2nd of January 2013

  • Thorite works through the darkness to ensure shopping centre's safety

    Thorite works through the darkness to ensure shopping centre's safety

    Wednesday 2nd January 2013

    Winter weather used to cause major safety headaches at Harrogate's Victoria Shopping Centre. During really cold spells pipework, valves and cylinders located in the Centre's roof space, used to open windows in case of fire or other emergencies, became so cold that any moisture contained in the compressed air within the system would rapidly freeze. This in turn meant the air could not be "dumped" to activate the system.

    In addition, routine maintenance and repairs necessitated an engineer abseiling from the ceiling, over a heart-stopping drop to the escalators, to gain access to the various components.

    The system urgently needed upgrading and Thorite, the UK's biggest distributor of pneumatic products and process systems, provided the hardware and the expertise to ensure the Centre's safety, whatever the weather.

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