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Offshore Technician Training Facility, Grimsby

Bespoke Access Structure | Case Study

Project: Offshore Technician Training Facility, Grimsby

Client: Orsted in collaboration with ENGIE Fabricom

This two-level access structure with staircases, cladding, edge protection handrailing and anti-slip grating flooring was designed by Dura Composites in conjunction with our client ENGIE Fabricom UK, who provide engineering and construction services to sectors including renewables, oil and gas, power, chemical and energy from waste.

Designed to be used as an offshore wind technician training rig at Orsted’s facility in Lincolnshire, the project involved modifying 4 high cube shipping containers into an on-shore training facility to be used to simulate off-shore conditions for technicians and operational staff who need to work in confined spaces, operate safe systems of work, and deliver self-assisted rescues in hazardous environments.

With the ability to supply both composite timber cladding for the containers and all the required GRP elements for the project, Orsted chose to work with Dura Composites. Although steel had previously been considered, the rising cost of steel versus GRP and its tendency to corrode in coastal environments made composite materials a far more durable and cost-effective option.

As experts in composites and winners of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Innovation, Dura Composites was able to support with a clever design that included a GRP Dura Access Structure Staircase from ground level to access the intermediate platform and top platform, GRP Dura Grating flooring on the top two containers, and GRP Dura Handrailing for edge protection, including a bespoke safety gate at the top level.

Commenting on the successful project, a representative of Engie said:

We were impressed by Dura Composites’ ability to supply all the materials required for this project, including the cladding which has helped to make the training rig blend in attractively with the surroundings. With the cost of metals having risen so highly over the past 2 years, redesigning the structure in Dura’s unique d2 GRP product range enabled us to deliver a training module that met the client’s budgetary needs and yet is high quality, non-corrosive and durable.

The resulting access structure is safe, looks attractive and is non-conductive and non-corrosive. With a long design life and 25 year warranty, the GRP components are part of the latest d2 range from Dura Composites which offer safer, stronger, faster and proven properties.

Why Choose Dura Composites for your Fabrication?

Our fabrications are constructed from the latest GRP composite product design, technology and manufacturing techniques known as the d2 product range. Heavy duty, non-conductive, non-corrosive and chemically resistant access structures fabricated in the UK to provide a safe, cost-effective and durable alternative to steel.

We have supplied fabrications to a wide range of demanding environments including the UK defence sector, water industry, power generation industry, rail, electrical, manufacturing, and materials handling sectors.

Services available in-house include:

  • Finite element analysis
  • Engineering calculations
  • Design optimisation
  • Design troubleshooting
  • 2D and 3D designs
  • CNC cutting
  • Drilling
  • Off-site assembly

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Product Guide

d2 GRP Access Structures

Cost-effective, practical and safe Glass Reinforced Polymer (GRP) platforms, walkways, access structures & bespoke fabrications constructed from our market leading d2 E23 Grade Dura Profile and Dura Grating.


Discover the benefits of d2 Dura Grating

Dura Grating Standard Mesh
26mm, 38mm & 50mm

Dura Grating Mini Mesh
23mm, 35mm, 45mm & 55mm

Dura Grating Micro Mesh

Dura Grating Solid Top
29mm, 41mm & 53mm

Designed, developed and manufactured by Dura Composites, d2 Dura Grating offers outstanding safety, performance and durability and is more cost-effective than traditional GRP grating in almost every scenario. It can be applied in all industries where GRP mesh grating is used today and has an industry-leading Class Bfl-s1 fire rating as standard in accordance with BS EN 13501 (excludes 23mm). As with all our grating, it can be supplied with a range of stainless steel clips, clamps and hold down fixings to suit all install scenarios.

A comprehensive range of load testing data is also available within our searchable Online Product Selector database to help you make decisions based on real data to ensure maximum safety for your project.

Product Guide

d2 Dura Grating | GRP Heavy Duty Floor Grating

Designed, developed and manufactured by Dura Composites, unique d2 Dura Grating offers a 33% weight saving, Class B fire rating and Ball Fall test compliance.


Product Guide

Anti-Slip Flooring & Handrail Products for Industry

High-performance composite flooring and walkway solutions including trench covers, A2 fire-rated decking, access platforms and anti-slip floor sheets, plus GRP handrailing and profile sections


Class B Fire Rated Composite Cladding for your Project

If you have been inspired by this project and want to complete your own renovations or new builds, then get in touch with our experts or request a sample to see for yourself the quality of our WPC Cladding.

And remember the benefits of our Flush Cladding:

  • No need to paint, seal or treat the cladding
  • Simple installation using standard tools
  • Rot, splinter and warp resistant
  • Contemporary and traditional design options
  • A 15 year warranty and 25 year expected service life
  • UV Colour stability
  • Full range of trims and accessories
  • Available as FSC™ C108450 Certified

Take a look at Dura Cladding Flush

Product Guide

Dura Cladding Flush Resist | WPC Composite Cladding

Dura Cladding Flush Resist is a low maintenance, sustainable external cladding, made from high performance composite timber. Ideal for new builds and renovations. Fire rated to Class B in accordance with European and British fire safety standards (BS EN 13501-1:2018).


Contact our Specialist GRP team about our Composite Solutions

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