Telford firm presses on with prestige project in Cyprus

An artist's impression of Eleftheria Square where the FSP access covers are being used. (Credit: Xaha Hadid Architects)

Telford based Fabweld Steel Products (FSP), has completed the third phase of a  €135,000 programme in a multi-million pound re-development in the heart of the Cypriot capital, Nicosia.

Fabweld has supplied its FAB PAVE access covers in the refurbishment of Eleftheria Square in central Nicosia in a project designed by the award winning architect, the late Zaha Hadid, which has been described as “dramatic and historically significant”.

FAB PAVE allows access to vital services below ground while blending the floor’s paving with the overall surface. The project in Nicosia included a bespoke specification to protect the covers from corrosion, thus guaranteeing a 50 year life span to the work.

Richard Hilton, the managing director of FSP, said:”Eleftheria Square is a stunning space demanding top quality specification to marry the practical with the historical aspect of the setting. The flexibility of Fab Pave access covers meant we could work closely with the contractor to deliver their specific finish. To have seen the covers in situ on such a prestigious project was an honour and it is great to know that this piece of Shropshire manufacturing has played a role in the refurbishment of the city centre.”

Because of jobs like the one in Nicosia, FSP now has an increased overseas order book which accountants for 10% of its annual turnover.

Hilton continued:”When we first began in business, we did very little overseas trade. As our reputation for being able to provide bespoke solutions on a fast turn around has developed, so has the global demand for our products , particularly as trade boundaries have changed over the years with the growth of the internet and on line services.”

“We expect export to play a larger part in our business in the future and will continue to invest in research and development to ensure we can capitalise on this.”