In an attempt to save more than £500 million over the next three years, the Metropolitan Police Authority has implemented a station refurbishment project to cut costs; good news for iron technology leader Saint-Gobain PAM UK, part of leading materials company Saint-Gobain, whose Ensign above ground drainage systems are being specified for much of the upgrade.
Ensign drainage systems were most notably used in the Brixton Police Station which recently underwent a multi-million pound, 27 cell extension and below ground car park refurbishment. The project was highly focused on fire safety, security and strength leading Anderson Green, the design engineer, to specify Ensign for the job. As the only drainage system tested to a kitemark approved to BS EN 877, it combines all the proven material properties of cast iron, which are unmatched in terms of fire resistance, acoustic qualities, strength, longevity and ensuring minimal maintenance is required once installed.
Nick Moore of Saint-Gobain PAM UK explains: “The Ensign cast iron system offers significant performance benefits over other materials and is widely regarded as the most versatile cast iron system on the market. It provides the complete drainage solution to the project’s needs.
“Our new, cost-effective grip collars were also used with the Ensign ductile iron couplings as an alternative solution to using more expensive, high-pressure couplings, which deliver increased rigidity in suspended installations while maintaining five bar pressure capability unrestrained.”
Ensign has also been specified for two other refurbishment projects at the Kingston and Wood Green police stations.The main contractor for the project was Wates Construction, with SFI as the sub-contractor.