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Posted: Friday 6th September 2013

A cast iron foundry in Fareham, Hampshire, previously belonging to iron technology leader Saint-Gobain PAM UK, part of leading materials group Saint-Gobain, has risen from the ashes into a Tesco Supermarket, incorporating a car park using Saint-Gobain PAM UK’s market-leading Ensign soil brand.

The cast iron foundry that originally occupied the site was operated by Glynwed Brickhouse, prior to Saint-Gobain PAM UK acquiring the facility. It has since been transformed into a 49,300 sq.ft. Tesco store housing around 300 staff. Supplied to Essex Mechanical Services by Drain Center at Chandler Ford, the Ensign Soil system is installed within the store’s basement car park.

Ki Beard, regional sales manager at Saint-Gobain PAM UK, commented: “The key reason our Ensign system was specified was because this fit-and-forget system is regarded as the most versatile cast iron system on the market – offering significant performance benefits over other materials – and provides the complete drainage solution to a project’s needs. It is the only drainage system tested to a kitemark approved to BS EN 877 and it combines all the proven material properties of cast iron, which are unmatched in terms of fire resistance, acoustic qualities, strength and longevity. In addition, it provides material and installation cost savings.”

“An above and below ground drainage system, transporting fluid waste, through the building, out and beyond, the Ensign system consists of pipes and fittings from 50-600mm diameter for above ground specifications and 100, 150-600mm diameter for below ground. For above ground applications, connections can be effected by mechanical joints, while Saint-Gobain’s ground-breaking EEZI-FIT range of push-fit socketed fittings and couplings are designed to combine all the benefits of cast iron with the simplicity of push-fit assembly.”

For further information on Saint-Gobain PAM UK’s Ensign range, visit

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