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Embassy Gardens, London

d2 Dura Riser System for High Rise Buildings | Case Study

Project: Embassy Gardens, Nine Elms, London, SW8 5BL, United Kingdom

Contractor: Briggs & Forrester

Embassy Gardens is a 15-acre mixed-use development in Nine Elms, London. The development includes nine apartment buildings along with office, retail and community spaces. The project is a joint venture between EcoWorld and Ballymore, and the master plan was developed by Terry Farrell and Partners. Phase 1 is now complete, with Phases 2 and 3 under construction.

Building Services Company Briggs and Forrester were appointed as the M&E contractor and chose Dura Composites for the complex job of installing secondary supports to allow cut outs to be made to the various GRP grating riser platforms already in situ.

Prior to Dura Composites surveying the site and making their recommendations, no provision had been made for the service supports needed for mechanical and electrical services to pass through on various floor levels whilst still maintaining the integrity of the riser.

The Dura Composites Riser Installation Team carried out the required work quickly, proficiently and to a high standard and in accordance with all required Health & Safety criteria.

Health & Safety Accreditation

The Dura Composites Riser Installation team is committed to excellence in health and safety standards across all its working environments. We invest in specialist training for all our staff, and our GRP installation operatives are IPA qualified.

We are pleased to have gained a SMAS Worksafe certificate which means that we have met the SSIP core criteria recognised by the HSE and other SSIP accreditation schemes. All installation teams are supervised by an SSSTS trained supervisor, and all operatives carry CSCS cards, so you can be confident in choosing us. The company is also ISO 9001 certified – a quality management system that helps us continually monitor and manage quality in order to achieve, and benchmark, high performance and service.

Due to the nature and intricacy of the requirement to stabilise & re-enforce the platform steel in our services risers on all ten levels, we had to investigate the market to find an appropriate specialist that we could trust, to ensure the works were carried out correctly & properly.


The comprehensive & detailed proposal we received from Dura Composites which identified the weak points in the platform structure and how to overcome them was both commercially & structurally viable, leading Dura Composites to be our preferred bidder during the tender process.


Once the contract was awarded and the Scope of Works was finalised Dura Composite mobilised within days, kept us continuously informed of their progress, and also identified any Health & Safety risks during the installation. Once the works were completed, they also identified how the additional structural supports would be monitored and maintained.


In view of the proficiency of their installed works, Dura Composites are now a valued part of our Supply Chain and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them for Riser Installation works.


        Paul Petrilli, Quantity Surveyor at Briggs & Forrester Engineering Services Ltd

Dura Grating Riser Flooring

Dura Grating is a safe, anti-slip, easy to install and lightweight riser flooring solution. Compatible with our galvanised steel Dura Box our GRP Dura Grating is made from high-strength composite fibreglass and is both non-conductive and chemically resistant.

Available in standard mesh, mini mesh and covered grating versions, Dura Grating offers a safe and robust permanent or temporary protection solution for riser voids in construction.

Dura Boxes

Dura Composites offers a galvanised steel Dura Box shuttering system which is ideal for use in reinforced concrete frame construction to provide an opening for future pipes and services to be installed. The cast in Dura Box is a safer, leave-in-place alternative to post pour fixing and can be pre-fabricated to suit the individual measurements of each riser void.

Unlike timber shuttering, it never needs breaking out and results in less onerous management, with no daily riser inspection register needed. The surface can be fitted with covered, standard or mini mesh Dura Grating to mitigate the risk of falling personnel or debris.

Dura Composites’ Riser Services

  • Riser product supply and installation
  • Full design capabilities with PI insurance for design
  • Site inspections
  • Remedial works and service cut out
  • In-house structural engineer and CAD team
  • Consultation and project advice

    Benefits of Dura Riser Flooring:

  • Suited to All Building Types
  • Lightweight & Non-Conductive
  • Provides Immediate Protection
  • No Hot Works Permits Needed

Our High Rise Team

Our highly experienced team offer a tried and tested one-stop-shop for Riser safety – including design, supply & install. Get in touch on 01255 446830

Ron Gibson

Sales Manager

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Contracts Sales Manager

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Sales Key Account Manager

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Sales Key Account Manager