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DrainCenter delivers by Chapter 8

Posted: Wednesday 23rd January 2013

BAM Construction has used Drain Center to provide its polyethylene (PE) pipes and fittings for the construction of the new M25 Extra Motorway Services due to open this summer. In order to secure the project, Drain Center in Windsor specially converted one of its delivery vehicles to meet the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Chapter 8 vehicle requirements.

The new services in Cobham have been constructed between junctions 9 and 10 of the M25 on the site previously known as New Barn Farm. Located on one of the busiest sections of the motorway network, the services occupy a 63 mile stretch of road between other facilities.

BAM Construction secured the contract with Extra Motorway Service Group to build the 4306 square metre site, which includes a 75 bedroom hotel with environmental lake areas, as well as food and retail outlets.

BAM chose Drain Center as a utilities supply partner to provide a complete solution including PE pipe, electrofusion fittings, mechanical couplings, flange adapters, ducting, ancillaries and equipment hire. Drain Center was appointed not just because of its specialist knowledge and product availability but following a competitive tender process which included being able to provide Chapter 8 deliveries to help meet the logistical challenges of the project.

Matt Lightbody, key account manager for utilities and civils at Drain Center, explains: “Chapter 8 of the Traffic Signs Manual issued by the DfT requires that on high speed roads, such as motorways, all vehicles stopping on the highway for purposes of works must be equipped with high visibility rear markings and flashing beacons. This meant that all vehicles working on and delivering to the site of the new M25 services had to adhere to these regulations. Drain Center in Windsor won the contract because we were willing and able to convert a delivery vehicle to Chapter 8 requirements specifically for this project.

“As well as delivering the PE pipes and fittings from a single source, we were also able to provide a fully automated T900 butt fusion machine and electrofusion equipment through our hire division MCA. This enabled BAM to save time by fusing the PE pipework quickly and efficiently on site.”

With over 80 branches across the UK, Drain Center branches offer a comprehensive choice of polyethylene (PE) pipes and fittings for the transportation and distribution of gas, potable and non-potable water in the utilities and industrial markets. Its range features a selection of sizes and performance specification options combined with a wide range of fittings, offering a total solution to the utilities industry. For more details, visit

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