Intesio - a quality and money-saving solution to flood management

The Intesio stormwater solution from Wavin has been installed as part of the £12m redevelopment of Newton Aycliffe Secure Children’s Home in Durham; saving the client , Aycliffe Secure Services  time and money thanks to its intelligent, adaptable design.

The stormwater management solution was specified to ensure the new development was well equipped to deal with the risk of potential flooding in the surrounding area.  The project design team selected a number of products from Intesio’s proven range to maximize the site’s defences in the most cost efficient and quality-conscious way possible.

The solution incorporated a combination of both AquaCell Lite and AquaCell Core Stormwater Management Units, alongside Vortex Flow Control Valves and TwinWall - a surface water drainage system.

The AquaCell system manages excessive rainfall by creating an underground structure as either a temporary storage tank or a soakaway. The lightweight polypropylene units are securely linked together using special clips and shear connectors, and it is this adaptability which ensures the Intesio AquaCell range can be individually designed to suit the bespoke requirements of each project.

Andy Redshaw, Regional Sales Manager commented: “The client had clearly stipulated that quality and cost were imperative from the outset, so it was clear that we had to provide a design which guaranteed quality whilst tackling the financial implications directly.”

Wavin advised that both Lite and Core could be used in combination, with Lite units at the top and Core installed beneath. This ensured the tank would still have the extra depth required to manage the stormwater effectively on site, whilst minimizing costs.

Andy continued: “We worked closely with the contractor every step of the way to offer the best advice possible which would ultimately enable the client to save valuable time and money.

“By offering a system that put Lite crates on top of Core, the product cost could be reduced without compromising the efficiency of the overall tank. We were also able to add extra value for the client by incorporating Wavin’s OSMA Tegra bases in place of traditional manholes, which are much more time consuming to install, and pose a greater health and safety risk.”

Wavin’s commitment to providing an exemplary service alongside its vast product selection was applauded by Des Creelman, of main contractor Heron Bros Ltd’s who added: “We were aware that all the products included in the Intesio range are specifically designed to work in conjunction with each other as a total solution, so by selecting the Vortex Valves and TwinWall alongside the AquaCell units we were given peace of mind that the system would operate efficiently and to its full potential.

“Wavin offered valued advice and support from the start of the project. We knew the AquaCell system was tried and tested but thanks to the dedicated Wavin sales team it became evident that a bespoke design of both AquaCell Lite and Core units would provide a quality solution and be more cost effective taking into consideration the needs of our specific site. It was this level of service which was pivotal in our final decision to use the products.”

Due for completion in May 2011, Newton Aycliffe is being redeveloped by Durham County Council to provide a state-of-the-art centre for children aged 12-17 years old. Housing 42 youngsters in total, the home will comprise a new 38 bedroom structure, learning centre, fitness centre, reception, administration/support services and visitor facilities.

Councillor Claire Vasey, the council’s cabinet member for children and young people’s services, said: “The majority of the young people who go to live at this secure children’s home have very complex problems, so it is vital that they get help to turn their lives around and make a positive contribution to society.”

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