Santander Data Centre, Leicester

Project: Santander Data Centre, Leicester

Iron technology leader Saint-Gobain PAM UK, part of leading materials company Saint-Gobain, has secured a major contract to supply its acclaimed Ensign below ground drainage system to the new Santander Data Centre in Leicester.

The Santander Data Centre is part of a £200m expansion to Santander’s Leicester business park development, due for completion in November 2013. The project consists of two identical buildings each being more than 160,000 square feet in size.

With the pipes to be encased in concrete in an underground tanking area, Ensign was chosen for its strength, durability, longevity and unrivalled resistance to ground movement. The range boasts strong resistance to sheer pressures and can easily withstand any jetting or rodding required should any blockages occur within the system.

Derrick Brookes, Technical Sales Manager at Saint-Gobain PAM UK, commented: “Winning this contract is further proof of the high quality and high performance Ensign offers. The system combines all the proven attributes of cast iron, and is able to provide a true ‘fit-and-forget’ solution for this project. The system had to be able to cope with the stress cement inflicts on the pipes, and also require minimal maintenance because of the difficulty in reaching the pipes after installation.”

The below ground system was supplied by Saint-Gobain PAM UK to main contractor Birse Civils.