Ipswich engineering firm launches prop tool which ‘could revolutionise building trade’

Uni-Prop's Acrow Plus adjustable support in action on a building site Picture: UNI-PROP

Uni-Prop's Acrow Plus adjustable support in action on a building site Picture: UNI-PROP - Credit: Archant

A Suffolk engineering firm has launched a new building support tool which it hopes will revolutionise the construction industry.

The Uni-Prop Acrow Plus Picture: UNI-PROP

The Uni-Prop Acrow Plus Picture: UNI-PROP - Credit: Archant

Ipswich-based Uni-Prop International Ltd spent three years developing an adjustable support which can be adapted to deliver hydraulic power.

The firm’s new Uni-Prop Acrow Plus device, which is the first upgrade on steel temporary building supports in more than 80 years, has been described by a building professional as “a truly great British invention”.

The patented design can be used as a traditional adjustable support or with controlled power of up to two tonnes following simple installation of a detachable hydraulic assembly, which is supplied as a sealed unit in a bespoke case.

The hydraulic element sets it apart from existing devices used on building sites all over the world, the firm said.

Uni-Prop marketing director Christian Nichols Picture: UNI-PROP

Uni-Prop marketing director Christian Nichols Picture: UNI-PROP - Credit: Archant

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“The Uni-Prop Acrow Plus has been in development for three years and our resulting solution is a global first in terms of hydraulic assisted temporary support,” said marketing director Christian Nichols.

“The predecessor, (aka Acrow), is not fit for the purpose of the application of controlled power – something the Acrow Plus does with complete ease and due deference to the all important Health & Safety considerations.”

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The product has already gained attention in the construction industry.

“Uni-Prop’s Acrow Plus doesn’t sound like playing a supporting role to me; it looks destined for centre stage and we wish the company well in their march to market,” said Tony Burrows, operations director at Ipswich building firm Landex.

“The Acrow Plus is a fantastic new solution and a ‘must-have’ for general builders. A truly great British innovation.”

Woodbridge-based builder Marty Sheldrake of Debenside Building Co, who has worked with the product having worked said it took the stress out of general building. “Once builders have used it once, they will reach for it time and time again,” he said.

The firm is giving builders in the east region the first opportunity to acquire the tool. It will be inviting them to take advantage of special local business discounts and free delivery, and is also working with a number of independent hire centres throughout the area.

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