Driven by Innovation

As the tension mounts with the start of the qualifying for the F1 United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, we draw some parallels between F1 and Howe Green Access Covers.

circular floor access coverIt's not over until it's over

There is no doubt that the pressure is on this weekend for the F1 Mercedes AMG Petronas drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. With just four races of the 2016 season remaining Hamilton is trailing 33 points behind his German team mate in the F1 World Drivers Championship.

The big question is whether Hamilton is running out of time to claim his third World Championship title? There are still 100 points left on the table until the final chequered flag falls on the last race of 2016 in Abu Dhabi on 27th November. On paper it is still possible. Hamilton simply has to win all four races – no pressure Lewis! For Rosberg to win all he needs to do is finish second in three out of the four races and at least third in the other race.

In 2015 this was the place that Hamilton secured his third World Championship and proclaimed that it was greatest moment of his life. From a psychological perspective what happens in Texas could be make or break for both drivers.

A challenging environment

Opened in 2012 the Circuit of the Americas was intended to be challenging. The 3.4 mile circuit includes a dramatic rising blind apex at Turn One and cambered high-speed sections throughout the course. It is the first purpose built F1 facility in the US and was designed by Hermann Tilke in collaboration with American architects HKS.

The drivers know what to expect and, along with their cars, will be prepared to meet the challenge. Just like our access covers!

Howe Green floor access covers are designed to cope with the most challenging environments. Whether in a transportation hub such as the Oculus, which will see an estimated daily footfall of 250,000 commuters or an international airport, like Terminal 5 at Heathrow, which dealt with 33.1 million passengers in 2015 – Howe Green access covers meet and exceed the demands. With over 30 years of experience in manufacturing and supplying floor, wall and ceiling access for high profile projects across the world Howe Green has built a reputation for reliability.

A wide range of standard floor access hatches and doors and the capability to produce bespoke access cover solutions, ensures that whatever the access requirement Howe Green can help.

Function over form or form over function?

2017 will see the biggest changes in the aerodynamic regulations in F1 in nearly 20 years. There is a belief that the new regulations will result in the cars being quicker and more beautiful than they are currently. The new F1 season will see wider bodywork and front wings, wider and lower rear wings, and bigger front and rear tires. Over recent years "function over form" has been at the heart of F1. What the car looked like was secondary to how it performed. It looks as though the new regulations will inherently make the cars beautiful despite the F1 focus on function.

Howe Green access hatches – the perfect balance

According to American architect Louis Sullivan, in an article he wrote in 1896, form always follows function:-

"It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic, of all things physical and metaphysical, of all things human and all things superhuman, of all true manifestations of the head, of the heart, of the soul, that the life is recognizable in its expression, that form ever follows function. This is the law."

Form follows function remains one of the guiding principles of modern architecture. At Howe Green we understand the importance of functionality. Our access covers have to be fit for purpose. If they are being used in an environment that requires high levels of hygiene, such as a kitchen in a restaurant or in a hospital they need to be able to withstand dirt and moisture ingress – which we can offer with our double sealed edges. However we also appreciate in many situations there is a need for an access solution that is visually appealing. When it comes to aesthetics Howe Green access covers are in pole position.

"Howe Green's covers are excellent quality which makes a big difference on site. It's easy to set tiles into the cover inlay which helps save time and they integrate with the Terrazzo flooring very well. A minimal show edge allows us to achieve the best possible aesthetic on the service and provide a durable solution for accessing services underneath the floor".

Conor McCann, DMC Group

Innovation – the key to success

Innovation is a fundamental element of F1. According to a report by Formula Money a mid-ranking F1 team can expect to spend around £42 million (around $51 million) on research and development in a year. The goal for an F1 team is not profit – it is the pursuit of victory. New concepts and improvements to the performance of the car can help a team to achieve that end goal of winning the Constructors Championship. In F1 Championships are not won on tight budgets that is for sure!

Product development - a daily occurrence at Howe Green

Whilst we will not pretend to be spending anything like an F1 racing team on research and development, innovation does lie at the heart of our success. Howe Green was founded to satisfy a need in the building services market to access concealed under floor services in supermarkets.

In 2016 new product development process continues to be market led - driven by customer demand. Our customers know that we can help them to overcome whatever access challenge they are facing. Whether they need floor access doors in bespoke sizes or different shapes, multipart access covers or access hatches which have been reinforced - by combining our expertise with state of the art software and manufacturing equipment we can satisfy their requirements.

When it comes to finding a solution to accessing concealed services in floors, walls and ceilings Howe Green are definitely the partner to work with to put your project on the winner's podium!

Call 239-689-5334 to find out more.

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