Recognition for firm’s flood doors

A manufacturer’s composite flood defence doors have become the first in the UK to be awarded a British Standard kitemark.

The recognition for Watergate Flood Solutions’ product follows three years of research and development.

The kitemark means that the firm now has two accredited flood doors - which it believes will provide a big boost to flood protection across the UK.

Having also been awarded a kitemark for its PVCu flood doors, the production for the two products will be going to the parts of the UK affected by the 2015/2016 Storm Desmond.

Watergate MD, Paul Briggs, said the kitemark was a major boost for the company.

“After three years of intensive research and development, we are delighted to now have both a PVCu and composite door kitemarked to British Standard Institute (BSA) PAS1188-1-2014 – the only company in the UK to achieve this double success,” he said.

“British Standard Institute is the world leader in the testing of products and certification standards, and our products are the first of their type to have achieved this standard in the UK.

“In the near future we will also have our composite door tested to carry the Secure By Design logo, which is only issued to firms that have subjected their products to rigorous security testing.”

He added: “In effect, we now not only have a product that is BSI kitemarked for the prevention of flooding, but will also soon be certified as meeting the most rigorous standards of security.

“A combination of both these factors makes our doors unique to the market and provides a compelling case for specification by the insurance industry, building contractors and householders.“