E Class Heavy Duty Hatch

Surespan type EHDC E Class Heavy Duty Floor Access Covers are designed to take loadings of up to 16 tonnes. Manufactured in cast aluminium alloy. The aluminium alloy hatches can can take loadings from 5 to 16 tonnes (FACTA class B to E) and are available in standard single, double and multi leaf sizes.

They are gas spring operated, making them easy to open, and come with a range of locking options, including Surespan’s unique locking box.

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  • Standard sizes
  • Rated up to FACTA Class E vehicle loading
  • Manufactured in cast aluminum alloy
  • Can take loadings from 5 to 19 tonnes
  • Rw25dB acoustic rated
  • Hold open stay – against accidental closure

Standard Sizes

E Class Heavy Duty Floor Access Covers can be used individually or as multiples. It is possible to open each lid individually.

Available in standard sizes only.

Recessed Floor Access Cover

Floor hatch grid

Standard Sizes

Structural Opening SizeWeight *
* Weight relates to facta class A only
600 x 60075kg
750 x 75090kg
900 x 60095kg
900 x 900105kg
1000 x 1000120kg
Double floor hatch

Standard Sizes

Structural Opening SizeWeight *
* Weight relates to facta class A only
600 x 1321150kg
750 x 1621180kg
900 x 1321190kg
900 x 1921210kg
1000 x 2121240kg
Triple floor hatch

Standard Sizes

Structural Opening SizeWeight *
* Weight relates to facta class A only
600 x 2042225kg
600 x 2492270kg
750 x 2492285kg
900 x 2942315kg
1000 x 3242360kg
2x2 floor access hatch grid

Standard Sizes

Structural Opening SizeWeight *
* Weight relates to facta class A only
1321 x 1321300kg
1621 x 1621360kg
1321 x 1921380kg
1921 x 1921420kg
2121 x 2121480kg


Surespan floor access covers can be manufactured using calcined bauxite, a special surfacing material which has been independently tested and proven to provide high friction contact. It has been specially developed to provide an aesthetically pleasing, high durable surface.



Surespan SAC access hatch is not watertight, although a self draining cover is available. Any water passing the seals will be dispersed via integral drainage channel, which is fitted with an optional internal or external ¾ inch flexible hose adaptor.


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Monday - Thursday 8:30 AM - 5:00PM
Friday 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Saturday - Sunday Closed
Control Options

Gas Spring Operation

Fitted as Standard
Concealed gas spring

Standard roof hatch comes complete with gas spring assisted opening to ensure minimum amount of effort to open the double skinned aluminium lid.

The lid will have the provision to lock in the open position with a safety hold open stay to prevent against accidental closure.

Electric Operation


Can be supplied with associated control panels & accessories.

Additional Electric Features

Electric control unit

Electrical Control Unit.

Push button for domestic use.

Key switch for domestic use.

Push button for industrial use.

Key switch for industrial use.

Hydraulic Operation

Fitted as Standard
Hydraulic operation

Hydraulic system comprises of operating cylinders with a hand pump. A typical access cover panel would take approximately 60 seconds to open from a closed position. Closing is achieved by releasing the hydraulic oil from the cylinder; the weight of the cover is sufficient to push the cylinder closed.

Additional Hydraulic Features

Electrical Control Panel.

Push Button

Pneumatic Operation

Pneumatic operation

Pneumatics provide a clean and efficient way of operating our hatches in environments where compressed air is freely available or is preferred to hydraulic cylinders or electrical actuators.

The system comprises of operating cylinders fed from a manual control manifold that can connect to a ring main pneumatic supply.

Additional Pneumatic Features

Electrical Control Panel.

Key Switch.

Locking Options


Standard cablock and Tee key.


Locking padlock box – additional security.


Electrical interlock – micro switch.


Shoot bolt lock – internal only.


Additional cam lock to ensure positive sealing.


Electrical locking box linked to a BMS system.


Concealed dead lock with cover plate.


Emergency panic release handle.

Retractable safety grid.

Retractable safety grid.

Retractable ladder extension.

Retractable ladder extension.

Retractable ladder extension.

Retractable ladder extension.

Retractable ladder extension.

Retractable ladder extension.

Retractable ladder extension.

Retractable ladder extension.

Standard ladder

Standard ladder.

Caged ladder

Standard ladder with cage.

Retractable ZIP ladder.

Retractable ZIP ladder.

Standard Ships Ladder

Standard ship ladder.

Optional Features
Fire rated

4 hours fire resistance.

Acoustic rating

Sound reduction of 45db Rw.

Powder coating

Underside powder coating (RAL colours).

Glass window

Glass viewing window.

Concealed gas spring

Concealed gas spring.

Stainless steel

Stainless steel access hatch.

FACTA Loading Classes
Class A

Class A

Internal and external areas which can only be used by pedestrians or cycles i.e. toilets, changing rooms, footways and cycle tracks.

Class AA

Class AA

Very light industrial areas, where small trolleys and private cars/vans can manouvre i.e. Domestic driveways, trolley parks, hospital wards.

Class AAA

Class AAA

Delivery/service areas, shopping malls, light industrial areas. Light industrial areas, where trolleys and light pallet trucks operate.

Class B

Class B

Pedestrian precincts, forecourts, commercial delivery/parking areas. Factories, industrial plants, where pick-up trucks and small pallet trucks operate.

Class C

Class C

Factories, industrial plants, special axle loads, kerb side drainage. Industrial areas where pallet and small fork-lift trucks operate.

Class D

Class D

Heavy duty plant areas carriageways and industrial service roads where fast moving HGVs reach speeds of 20mph max. Areas where medium duty fork-lift trucks operate.

Class E

Class E

Dockside and container storage areas where heavy transporters operate. Very heavy industrial areas where large heavy duty fork-lift trucks operate.

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