Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity which cares for over 17,000 stray and abandoned dogs each year. The charity’s latest facility at Parkway, Denton, Manchester, was opened in October 2014 and designed by Peter Napier and Co to be a place where families can visit, explore and have fun before, hopefully, adopting a new pet.
The new Dogs Trust Manchester Re-homing Centre includes kennels for 61 dogs with abundant space allocated for indoor and outdoor dog exercise areas. The Centre’s buildings are designed to provide visitor friendly facilities for training sessions and demonstrations on how to improve dog behaviour. Visitors will also be able to learn more about different breeds and their responsibilities as owners.
Of course, keeping the kennels and exercise areas clean, fresh and hygienic is a major consideration in the design of such a facility. Contractors McPhillips were keen to provide the best possible surface water drainage system, so asked Hauraton to supply their recommended channels for trial at the Trust’s Loughborough Centre. Hauraton specified FASERFIX® KS 100 channels fitted with FIBRETEC® moulded gratings. The test installation proved very successful and with everyone liking the product, the KS surface drainage system was chosen for the Manchester project.
FASERFIX® KS channels are made from Fibre Reinforced Concrete (FRC), and for this project, were specified with stainless steel pressings permanently moulded along their exposed top edges making the whole unit resistant to any cleaning fluids used.
The material, PA-GF is used to make the FIBRETEC® grating. This was developed by Hauraton some years ago and has proved itself in numerous demanding drainage applications. The fibre reinforced plastic moulding is corrosion resistant and offers high stability and huge strength for its weight. Indeed the Class C250 (BSEN 1433) 8mm slotted grating, can take the weight of a commercial vehicle if necessary. With emphases on detailed design, the grating is very appropriate for use in areas where a visually appealing and chemically resistant product is important.
Each channel assembly features the company’s patented SIDE-LOCK boltless fixing system which allows for quick fitting or removal of the gratings. For example, 10 metres of 0.5m long gratings can be fitted or removed in about 70 seconds – a big advantage if the channels need clearing.
Ian Burton the Hauraton project engineer commented:
“With 240 metres of FASERFIX® KS100 channelling supplied for this project, together with 23 matching trash boxes we were pleased the specification more than met the requirements of the Lead Designer, Contractor and Dogs Trust Manchester Re-homing Centre”.
For more details about the project please email; technical(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)hauraton.co.uk or phone 01582 501380.