Two Hauraton surface drainage systems installed at Maltby Academy School, Rotherham

The Maltby Academy School to the East of Rotherham, just off the A631, was established in the 1930s with additional building added in the 1960s and at the start of this century. The school has expanded and now offers up to 1200 student places with an age range of between 11 and 19 years.

Early in 2012 it was decided refurbish the older building and build a new open plan business / enterprise centre and sport science block. In addition, the old gymnasium was to be converted into a performing and creative arts facility.

The £10.9 million contract for the re-development of Maltby Academy was awarded to BAM Construction of Leeds, in June 2012. The site was fully operational by September 2013, the start of the academic year, with full completion shortly afterwards. Architects for the new buildings were Bond Bryan, Sheffield office.

With the site being quite flat, and the old and new buildings’ surrounded by paved and asphalted surfaces, it was essential rainwater is drained effectively. Two Hauraton systems were chosen to drain surface water: RECYFIX® PRO and RECYFIX® SLOTTED channels.

A Hauraton RECYFIX® PRO 100 channel system, fitted with FIBRETEC® C250, HEELSAFE 9mm slot gratings, was used to drain the asphalted yards and car park.

Since its launched in February 2010, the RECYFIX PRO surface water drainage channel, featuring the innovative FIBRETEC® grating, has been specified and successfully installed in numerous United Kingdom drainage projects, including rail station platforms, public squares, shopping malls, sports-fields, tartan running tracks and many other commercial and private applications.

The material PA-GF, used to make the FIBRETEC® grating, was especially developed by Hauraton; the tough, UV resistant, fibre reinforced moulding offers high stability and huge strength for its weight. Complying with loading category Class C250 (BSEN 1433) the grating can easily take the weight of commercial delivery vehicles. The design is a real innovation as its non-corrosive material provides a visually appealing surface finish that retains its black colour.

The FIBRETEC® C250 HEELSAFE grating was specifically designed by Hauraton R & D engineers to enhance the flow of water into the channel. The slots are super smooth, elliptical openings with the moulded bars having slightly raised triangular bosses along their outside edges. As well as providing an elegant appearance, the feature ensures surface water is directed into the slots. This configuration also helps eliminate any cross-flow over the grating.

Aesthetic demands meant the surface water drainage for the paved walkways had to be as unobtrusive as possible yet fully meet the drainage requirement; this was achieved by installing Hauraton RECYFIX® STANDARD SLOTTED CHANNELS fitted with symmetrical galvanised steel covers. Once installed this system provides an unobtrusive, narrow line of slots in the paved surfaces.

The RECYFIX® channel component is made from 100 per cent recycled PE-PP. The six sizes offered are 160mm wide and range in height from 75mm to 201mm with the FIBRETEC® grating factory fitted on all models. As the largest unit is only 4.6kg, RECYFIX PRO channelling is easily handle and quickly installed on site.

Colin Taff, Hauraton‘s Project Engineer comments;

“Being particularly suitable for school yards and play grounds, our RECYFIX® PRO channels’ with their black FIBRETEC® gratings’ were chosen for this project as the grating’s smooth appearance blended in well with the asphalted surfaces”.

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