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Spick and Clearspan!

In our first Repair & Maintenance blog we discussed the extensive checks we do for our range of temporary stables to ensure they are fit for purpose for our clients’ events.

Well it’s’ no surprise that our Clearspan PVC covers go through the same vigorous MOT checks and grading process throughout the winter months in our PVC workshop.

You wouldn’t believe the volume of Clearspan roof and wall covers we use on our trade stands, grandstands and our temporary stables. All which need a robust repair and maintenance programme to ensure that they are of good quality and in working condition. Our PVC workshop based in Cotgrave, Nottinghamshire houses a giant 7.4 metre Havencrown flat washer which washes and dries the covers for 8 hours a day 5 days a week using our own sustainably harvested rainwater. Starting with our Woodhouse trade stands there’s some 30,000 sq metres of PVC roof and walls to “Primp & Preen” to ensure our traders and exhibitors have the perfect space to display their products and services public. Add in our famous barn stables and we have another 12,675 square metres of white PVC roof covers and this doesn’t count the hectares of green PVC covering our traditional timber temporary stables. After their “Wash & Blow dry” the PVC covers are graded and checked for tears and pin holes (our guys have a keen eye at spotting these) which are fixed there and then using hot air welders or sewing machine. If any covers are beyond repair these are then sustainably recycled into smaller covers, gables and kit bags and new replacement covers are sourced for the coming season.

What does the most damage: the high wind which cause the tears, the repetitive installing and folding which cause the keder damage and slow permeation of water into the PVC layers,  the airborne grime and the dirt from the ground also contributes to the gradual deterioration. PVC covers when handled respectfully and cleaned regularly will have a life of 5 to 7 years across a range of uses; hospitality, trade stands, warehouses, temporary stables etc. This consistent attention to our PVC covers is essential to ensuring that they comply with all current MUTA safety recommendations and UK standards while looking smart and upholding the exacting Woodhouse reputation.

After the covers have been washed, dried and repaired they are then carefully stored away ready to cover our trade stands, grandstands and  temporary stables for the new season.

Click on the below image of our giant 7.4 Metre Havencrown flat washer to see it in action washing a PVC cover.

  • L H Woodhouse was a pleasure to work with and generally, I think your installation went really well.

    You managed to comply with all of our requirements and maintained the programme throughout. It was evident to us that you had not worked on a strict CDM site before but it did not take long for you to respond and work in a safe manner at the speed the programme required. Your product appeared well received and well-constructed and we wish you success in your future ventures. Thanks from all the team at ISG.

    London Olympics

    David Fisher, Venue Delivery Project Manager ISG Principal Contractor

  • I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you for everything you have done at Greenwich Park for London 2012.

    It has been a pleasure working with you and your team, and I would have no hesitation using Woodhouse again or recommending you to others. I think your stables are first class and you rightfully received great credit from athletes and grooms alike. Your approach throughout the design, installation, use and derig was great. Nothing was ever too much for you. Please pass on my thanks to the rest of your team.

    London Olympics

    Stephen Jepson, Greenwich Park Venue Project Manager

  • The temporary stable barns designed by Woodhouse for the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games were excellent and part of the success of the Games.

    The size of the stables, the width of the aisles and the quality of finish all contributed greatly to the horses’ comfort and safety.

    London Olympics

    Will Connell MBE, GBR Equestrian Team Leader

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