Caro FDS Collaborate with Local Architect to Subtly Protect Family Home from Damaging Floods

Caro Flood Defence Systems once again demonstrated their flexibility and years of expertise by providing “bespoke” flood solutions for a high end single family dwelling on the banks of a river in Buckinghamshire.As part of the planning consent, and to generally safeguard the property, Caro Flood Defence Systems were commissioned to provide flood barriers to five openings ranging from just under one metre wide up to four-and-a-half metres wide. 
Caro, one of the UK’s leading Flood Defence manufacturers, collaborated with a local Architectural Practice to ensure that the design was as unobtrusive as possible so as not to diminish from the grandeur of this stunning property.  As part of this process, the ground inserts for the Caro Waterwall were adapted to suit limited floor depths, whilst the floor and surrounds were designed in such a way, that all components could be hidden from view when the flood defences are not required. 

For more information on our Flood Defence Barriers, WaterWall or WaterDoor systems and services, please contact our sales team on 01763 244 446 or email Alternatively you can visit the CARO Group website at here.


New Brochure for 2018 from Caro Flood Defence Systems

The UK's leading Flood Defence manufacturer launches their new brochure for 2018. Offering affordable, easy to install barrier systems for Residential Properties, Industrial and Commercial Sites; Caro Flood Defence Systems is your solution to flooding.

Please request the new brochure by clicking here.

Alternatively, you can view the brochure online and download it here.

Why choose Caro Flood Defence Systems:
  • Over 15 years manufacturing experience
  • Bespoke solutions
  • Quality Assurance to ISO 9001:2008
  • Robust and lightweight Aluminium design
  • Available in four heights: 300mm, 600mm, 900mm & 1200mm
  • Available for fitting within the reveal or on to the face of the opening
  • 300mm high panels with handles
  • Erected in minutes and stored away when not required
  • One T-bar Allen Key to suit all fixings
  • Available with optional extras such as powder coating to make components less obtrusive plus covers for rails for a neater finish
  • Manufactured by CARO in the United Kingdom

Contact our sales team on 01763 244446 or at Alternatively you can visit the the Caro Flood Defence website, for more information on the WaterWall and WaterDoor barriers.

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Make your flood equipment less obtrusive with Aluminium Post Covers

Aluminium Post Covers, manufactured by Caro Flood Defence Systems, are the perfect optional extra to aid the appearance and safe-keeping of your WaterWall and WaterDoor.

Available to suit reveal and face fix wall rails at all height options (300mm, 600mm, 900mm and 1200mm), the post covers are:
  • Manufactured using Certified material from an ISO9001 registered source
  • Produced from U-channel purchased in 5 metre lengths, fabricated and welded in-house by Caro FDS to suit rail height
  • Powder coating option to RAL colour of your choosing, thereby matching their surroundings and making them less obtrusive when the equipment is not in use
  • Hole pre-drilled and relevant fixings provided to firmly secure post cover to rail
Starting at £89.00 plus VAT per set, Caro’s Aluminium Post Covers have proved a hit on a number of flood protection schemes nationwide.
Should post covers not be for you, Caro have the facility to powder coat its reveal and face fix wall rails (at time of manufacture) and also the Aluminium panels if required.

Removable flood protection     Removable flood protection

For more information on Caro Flood Defence Barriers and services, please contact our sales team on 01763 244 446 or email Alternatively you can visit the CARO Group website here.


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50mm Mini Two Way outlet launch

Caroflow are pleased to announce the imminent launch of their latest product, theRoof drainage outlets  “50mm mini two way outlet.”

Used in conjunction with the Caroflow ABS threaded adaptor the mini two-way drains either horizontal or vertically. This versatile addition to our range is neat, unobtrusive and the perfect design for the smaller balcony.

Manufactured in LM6 cast aluminium, the outlet is the latest addition to a hugely successful line of UK made drainage and floor outlets by Caroflow.

For more information on our Roof or Floor Drainage products, please contact our sales team on 01763 244 446
or email Alternatively you can visit the CARO Group website here

Roof drainage outlets                        Roof drainage outlets

Author: Danny Ashley

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World leading flood defence system, caught on film!

Caro Flood Defence Systems manufacture one of the world's leading flood defence systems, The Waterwall and Waterdoor. See our NEW video below with more detail on the superior products.

• Mountable & demountable flood protection
• Produced to order from Caro's UK Manufacturing Plant
• Extremely quick & very easy to install
• From Flood Warning to erection in a matter of minutes
• Aluminium & Steel manufacture - last a life time & more
• Suitable for residential and commercial protection

With over 15 years manufacturing experience, Caro Flood Defence Systems can offer bespoke solutions for almost any scenario giving a proven and successful system, with Quality Assurance to ISO 9001:2008.

Removable flood protection    Removable flood protection    Removable flood protection

For more information on our Flood Defence Barriers and services, please contact our sales team on 01763 244 446 or email Alternatively you can visit the CARO Group website here

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Why Caro Supports remain a go to product for paved areas

For over 30 years, the Caro Support system has remained one of the most economical and simple ways of laying paving on roof or terraced areas.
British-designed, manufactured and supplied worldwide since 1985, the Caro Support raises paving 15mm above the supporting surface and its 

Paving supportsintegral spacers ensure a constant 5mm gap between each slab.  This allows surface water to drain away immediately, leaving an “ever dry” paved area.

Should you need to increase the height of your paving, the Caro Support can also be “stacked” up to a maximum of 8 supports high (120mm) with its fully interlockable design.
For fine adjustment, the 2mm Levelling Shim is also available.  The Shim acts as a “packer” when there are tolerances in the slab or deck.

The Caro Support is sold in boxes of 140 and the Levelling Shim is sold in boxes of 100.

For more information on our Paving and Decking Support systems, please contact our sales team on 01763 244 446 or email Alternatively you can visit the CARO Group website here.

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Sand cast stools are high success for artist Sam Lloyd

Having one of the most diverse and best equipped sand foundries in the UK made Maybrey Reliance an obvious choice for up and coming artist Sam Lloyd. Include his graduation from Kingston University, an institute with close ties to the Kent based foundry, and you have the perfect circumstances for creating a unique, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing stool worthy of Heal’s Discovers.

Sand Casting, UK foundrySam Lloyd graduated from Kingston in 2013 with a BA Hons in Product & Furniture Design and an ever growing list of awards. As part of Lloyd’s final major project, he was encouraged to break free of the studio environment and explore different manufacturing techniques. Maybrey Reliance work closely with the University to provide both design assistance and product manufacturing, enabling Lloyd to experiment with available techniques at the foundry and create the stool for Heal’s Discovers. The form of the stool top is the result of his experimentations with sheet materials and this successful design provided the best seat. Easy to assemble, the stools have a trio of fumed oak and oak legs that screw effortlessly into the seat; these are then supported by an aluminium brace also produced at Maybrey’s.
The aluminium seat and brace were manufactured using the sand casting process ‘to create a strong three dimensional stool top that can be cast in one piece' Lloyd explained. One mould produces one casting. Each half
of the mould (cope and drag) is packed with sand by hand and then left to harden.  Once both parts have hardened, the mould is put together and weights are added to the top to stop it exploding when the metal is poured.  Once the metal has set, it is then a case of breaking the casting from the mould and submerging the metal in water to strengthen it. The marks and imperfections that would normally render a casting useless are celebrated in Lloyds stools, as they cannot be replicated and make each individual stool top unique.
 Sand Casting, UK foundry
Shortlisted for the 100% Design Award @ New Designers 2013, the stool was quickly picked up by Heal’s Discovers and the two heights available have been a huge success, with only two items left in stock. Maybrey Reliance is proud of its design and innovation heritage and continues to both initiate and facilitate unique and ambitious projects. Working closely with University students and other artists encourages design ambition and creative exploration.


Sand Casting, UK foundry

                                       Sand Casting, UK foundry

For more information on our Die and Sand Casting services, please contact Maybrey Reliance 0208 311 7333 or email
lternatively, you can visit the Maybrey Reliance website here.

Author: Jennifer Grundy

Versatile paving & decking supports make light work of difficult locations

Levelling a sloping terrace with paving or decking can often present difficulties with regards to the quantity of pedestals required at varying heights.  However, along with a comprehensive range of adjustable bases and support plates, Carosystems Limited provide extension pieces to further enhance the Caro Pedestal’s flexibility.
Decking supports
Available in 20mm (F20), 35mm (F35) and 100mm (AF100), the pedestal extension pieces allow you to continue
to utilise the same adjustable base over a large paved or decked area/balcony. The other benefit of the pedestal extension piece is that you can use them in multiples to further adjust the height variance.
In the decking area shown (Image 1), the PV5/9 (Adjustable base to suit heights: 52-84mm) has been utilised
with one and then two F35s (along with a CP support plate for decking) to offer significant adjustment over the entire area.  The F35 increases the height of the PV5/9 by 35mm, meaning that the height variance will now be
87-119mm.  Stacking a second F35 on top will increase the height by another 35mm (122-154mm) and so on.  
The F20 works on the same principle, but offers an increase of 20mm instead of the 35mm.

(Image 1 -  PV5/9+F35)

The AF100 increases the adjustable base height by 100mm.  However, whilst the F20 and F35 are fitted between the adjustable base and relevant support plate, the AF100 is screwed in place between the two parts of the adjustable base (the bottom platform and the threaded piece).  Again, you can use these in multiples by simply screwing them together.  The exploded diagram below (Image 2) shows the component possibilities and where they go within each pedestal.

 Decking supports
(Image 2 - PV9/13+AF100+H2S+F35+CP)

The breadth of the Carosystems range means great versatility for customers with both straight-forward and unusual locations to pave or deck. Manufacturing and supplying since 1985, Carosystems have expert knowledge and experience; making them the market leaders for paving and decking support requirements.
For more information on our Paving and Decking Support systems, please contact our sales team on 01763 244 446 or email Alternatively you can visit the CARO Group website.

Author: Lee Rusbridge


Caro Adjustable Pedestals work wonders in East London

The Caro Pedestal by Carosystems Limited was once again seen as “just the job” for a reputable Kent-based Building Contractor contributing to the transformation of a historic seven-acre site in East London.

The project, secured via a leading National Builders Merchant, has seen 4,000no PV5/9 (52-84mm) and C3/4T support plates for paving supplied in March 2017 alone.  When complete, this development will provide more than 1,000 homes together with views (from the upper floors) of Canary Wharf and the River Thames.

Manufacturing and supplying since 1985, Carosystems are the market leaders for your paving and decking support requirements.
To find out more information about our adjustable pedestal product range click here or alternatively call our Sales Team on 01763 244446.

Author: Lee Rusbridge

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Maybrey Reliance; Quality Manufacturing in the UK

From the year it was established in 1927, to today’s modern era, Maybrey-Reliance Foundry has stood the test of time and continued to be at the forefront of manufacturing. Tracing the company history back to 1839 when George England founded the Hatcham Iron Works and started George England & Company, reveals a beginning rich in product innovation and ground-breaking design, with the patent and
production of revolutionary locomotives for railways across the UK, Europe and India.Vintage Bugatti engine

By the 1860s, the company had become the General Engineering & Boiler Company before
manufacturing was taken over by Reliance Foundry in 1975 at its new factory in Greenwich. Eventually purchased by and merged with the Hills Diecasting Company of Sydenham; in 2002 Maybrey Precision Castings of Lower Sydenham was also purchased and Maybrey-Reliance, now one of the best equipped and experienced foundries in the country, was formed.
Offering Die Casting and Sand Casting, the Kent based Foundry now has a range of services to offer new and existing clients across a broad spectrum of industries.
Quality Manufacturing in the UK’ details examples of these services and what’s available in-house: Tool and Pattern making, Gravity Die Casting, Shot Blasting, Sand Casting, Surface Finishing and Light Engineering to name a few. Utilising these services has meant Maybrey Reliance has been able to
produce submarine torpedo tubes, aircraft parts, modern sculptures and just as the George England
and Company did over 150 years ago, Maybrey-Reliance are still producing specialist locomotive
parts for steam engines.
Throughout its history, Maybrey has pioneered the development and production of items in a range of industries, with innovation pivotal to its success. In-house experience and investment in modern technologies means Maybrey-Reliance can offer a service that is second to none. Specialist engineers can also advise customers about casting designs and therefore reduce costs from the onset. Capable of supplying first prototype to production components, Maybrey-Reliance has the experience, skills and technology to make concept a reality.

Gold anodised Kaymet Pressed Trays

Cast hand rails

Flood barrier handles

Click on the Manufacturing brochure below to see full details of the services Maybrey Reliance offer.


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