The XPAVE recessed access cover system has been designed to provide quick and safe access to underground chambers and ducts where aesthetics are required to be maintained in a deeper block-paved surface. The XPAVE cover has a deeper recess to accommodate thicker paving units. Access cover components are laser-cut and assembled on a mechanised production line, to ensure precise tolerances and a high-quality finish. The neat plain-edge detail of the cover and frame achieves a discreet and unobtrusive installation within a paved surface. XPAVE provides a simple, aesthetic and cost-effective option for use on a wide range of projects.

Load Class

XPAVE covers are available to suit the load classifications A15 kN to C250 kN (XPAVE 95) and D400 kN (XPAVE 150). Please refer to the loading information within the Technical Section and brochure.

XPAVE has been load tested in accordance with the European Standard EN 124 by recognised institutions. Testing is undertaken with a concrete infill. Load test certificates are available on request.

In order to meet loading requirements, XPAVE covers should be filled with a minimum 50mm layer of C45/55 grade concrete.  Refer to installation details in the Technical Section. The infill material should be no greater than 50mm and paving blocks should be bedded on wet concrete immediately after this has been poured within the recessed cover.


XPAVE covers are generally selected for external applications, but can also be used internally (stainless steel or aluminium units are usually selected for internal use; for improved aesthetics).

XPAVE covers are specifically designed for paving units (greater than 20mm deep). Paving units may have to be trimmed to fit within the frame depth of standard units. XPAVE covers can be custom-made to accommodate deeper paving units; however it may be more cost-effective to use a standard cover wherever possible

A wide range of deeper paving units can be used, including paving slabs (concrete, granite, other), stone sets, marble flooring tiles etc. For thinner and more flexible floor surface materials please also consider the SEFAC range of access covers (concrete infill, tiles, resin etc).

XPAVE can be used in any aesthetic external location where the cover is required to blend with a decorative hard-surface material.

Please refer to Projects for further information.


XPAVE is available in the following materials:

Galvanised steel (EN ISO 1461) – Please specify GS

Aluminium grade AIMg3 – Please specify AL

Stainless steel grades AISI 304, 316 and 316L – Please specify either SS304, SS316 or SS316L

If the environment in which covers are to be installed is corrosive please refer to Elkington GmbH with details of the aggressive chemicals apparent.

Standard System Features

XPAVE is manufactured from 3mm gauge high-quality steel (XPAVE 95 covers for A15 – C250 loading) and 6mm gauge high quality steel (XPAVE 150 covers for D400 loading), with the specification S235 JRG2 in accordance with EN 10025 (available with Certificate 2.2 according to EN 10204). In order to comply with the European Standard EN 124, steel gauges used for cover and frame manufacture should be greater than 2.75mm gauge.

Access cover components are laser-cut and/or cold-formed to precise tolerances. Covers and associated frames are then jig-welded to ensure a precise fit.

The covers are tapered in design to achieve quick, simple and practical removal from the frame.

Cover base plates are supplied as standard (integral in the cover design) and can be stiffened with steel ribs to provide added rigidity; to meet specified load classes.

Fabricated steel units are hot-dipped galvanised in accordance with EN ISO 1461.

XPAVE frames and covers have a plain-edge detail for improved aesthetics. The frame and cover assembly is unobtrusive when installed in a block paved surface. The use of 3mm (XPAVE 95: A15 – C250) and 6mm (XPAVE 150: D400) gauge steel provides added strength and rigidity to the edge.

All XPAVE covers have a single neoprene seal. Please refer to our Technical Information for more details regarding water-tightness.

XPAVE standard covers are not supplied with locking bolts.

All XPAVE covers are supplied with T-Bar Lifting Keys and detailed Installation Instructions. Refer to Technical Information.

Additional Features

XPAVE covers can be custom-made to accommodate deeper paving units.

Named service plaques (eg utilities, local authority name etc) can be included to the cover design.

Plated locking screws can be incorporated on request.

Design and location of Lifting Blocks can be altered according to specification.

Frame levelling bolts can be incorporated for adjustment during installation.

Units are available with the option of additional concrete keys welded to the frame.

Other special features can be considered.

For any special features to be added to XPAVE covers, please refer directly to Elkington GmbH.

XPAVE Access Cover Sizes & Configurations

Download the Product Technical Brochure for additional information.

Duct & Multi-Span Cover Options

XPAVE can be manufactured as a ‘Duct (Trench) Cover’ or ‘Multi-Span Cover’; please refer to the Duct & Multi-Span section.