Hanson Formpave has supplied over 2,000m2 of its leading permeable paving SUDS system, Aquaflow for the construction of the new Stoke City FC training ground car park.
Headed by main contractors Kier Northern and consulting engineers, Halcrow, the car park forms part of a new £5M development to provide improved training facilities for The Potters.
Situated on low-lying land, the site is in a flood-risk area and so the installation of permeable paving was a condition of the stringent planning consent. The training ground car park installation fully utilises the technology associated with a tanked SUDS system, ideal for flood-risk areas, as the water is cleaned to a pH neutral standard, attenuated and then released back into the water course or sewerage system, up to five hours after the peak of the down pour or storm.
The Aquaflow paving system uses its slotted and tapered sides to allow water to drain down into its sub-base; all of the run-off water then passes through a barrier layer, the InbitexTM geotextile layer. Here the water is cleaned, through microbial action and filtration, to a pH neutral standard before going into a voided stone sub base where it is either held and released in a controlled manner or harvested and pumped out for potable re-use e.g. flushing a toilet, watering.
Steve Spikes, development director for Hanson Formpave said: “Aquaflow has proven itself time and time again and it is this reputation that has rewarded us with the opportunity to work with Halcrow once again. With Stoke City FC being both a long established and well-known football club it has also enabled us to prove the power and solution capabilities of our permeable paving SUDS system outside of the construction sector.”
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