Hanson Formpave, a leading manufacturer of specialist concrete paving products has supplied over 2,000m2of its leading permeable paving SUDS system, Aquaflow for the construction of the new Stoke City FC training ground car park.
Headed by main contractors Kier Northern and consulting engineers, Halcrow, the car park
forms part of a new £5M development to provide improved training facilities for The Potters.
Situated on low-lying land, the site is in a flood-risk area and so the installation of permeable paving
was a condition of the stringent planning consent. Having had a number of positive experiences with Hanson Formpave
and its products in the past, Halcrow was confident of the performance and abilities of Aquaflow
and so, appointed the permeable paving
system for the 200 plus capacity car park. Specified in a Charcoal tone, the paving is perfect for areas of regular traffic use, helping to disguise oil, dirt and tyre marks.
The training ground car park installation fully utilises the technology associated with a tanked SUDS system, ideal for flood-risk areas, as the water is cleaned to a pH neutral standard, attenuated and then released back into the water course or sewerage system, up to five hours after the peak of the down pour or storm.
Commenting on the completion of the training development and the car park, Richard Smith, managing director of Stoke City (Property) Limited said: “The training development marks an exciting time at Stoke City. To continue our league progress and success it is imperative that we have the facilities, services and equipment to match and sustain our premiership position.”
“Halcrow’s knowledge, and previous experience with both Hanson Formpave
and its Aquaflow system, meant that we could be reassured and confident in tackling both the planning criteria and flood risk head on. The use of permeable paving
means that we now have a flood and puddle-free car park, the perfect complement to our training pitches!”
Steve Spikes, development director for Hanson Formpave said: “Aquaflow
has proven itself time and time again and it is this reputation that has rewarded us with the opportunity to work with Halcrow once again. With Stoke City FC being both a long established and well-known football club it has also enabled us to prove the power and solution capabilities of our permeable paving
SUDS system outside of the construction sector.”
Since promotion to the Premiership at the end of the 2007/2008 season Stoke City FC has continued to enjoy top flight football and the new training camp will be a welcome addition, continuing to boost and sustain the health, fitness and morale of the team.
paving system uses its slotted and tapered sides to allow water to drain down into its sub-base; all of the run-off water then passes through a barrier layer, the InbitexTM geotextile layer. Here the water is cleaned, through microbial action and filtration, to a pH neutral standard before going into a voided stone sub base where it is either held and released in a controlled manner or harvested and pumped out for potable re-use e.g. flushing a toilet, watering.