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Lanes expertise supports major inner city housing regeneration project

Posted: Tuesday 17th March 2015

Lanes Group drainage expertise is being put to use in a major plan to regenerate an inner city area of Greater Manchester.

The national drainage and maintenance specialist is carrying out a comprehensive package of drainage surveys on hundreds of homes on behalf of Pendleton Together in Salford.

Pendleton Together is a regeneration project that will create 1,600 new homes and refurbish 1,250 existing ones.

Leading regeneration company Keepmoat is carrying out the work on behalf of a consortium of three housing associations.

It has commissioned Lanes Group's Manchester depot to survey the underground drainage system serving the 1,250 homes being refurbished.

The work also includes surveying dozens of drain pipes running down the side of blocks of flat.

Lanes Manchester Area Development Manager Simon Roberts said: "This is an exciting project for us.

"It is very satisfying to think that our expertise will help transform the lives of tens of thousands of people for decades to come.

"Carrying out a detailed CCTV drainage surveys is a vital step in regeneration projects like this.

"The capacity of drainage assets have to be matched to the scale and scope of the development. New living standards and lifestyles put different stresses on drainage systems."

Tim Hough, Pendleton Together senior project manager for Keepmoat, said: "The drainage assets represented a significant risk for us, because we could not be sure of their condition.

"That is why we have asked Lanes Group to work with us, to precisely map the drainage system, and its condition.

"The drainage survey will also help us later, in the first stages of the new build programme, as it will clearly show how we need to connect new drainage assets to the current system.

"The Lanes contribution has been impressive. Their programme of works has gone smoothly, and they have worked well in partnership with our teams and the local community."

Lanes drainage engineers are using HD video cameras, in some cases attached to remote controlled robot vehicles, to carry out the drain surveys.

GPS technology is being used to plot all pipes and manholes, creating a digital map of drainage assets, over which development plans can be laid.

Lanes is also surveying dozens of downpipes on nine blocks of flats, two of them 22 storeys high.

A push rod drainage camera system - which has a camera at the end of an 80 metre flexible cable - is being used to survey foul and rain water pipes down the side of the buildings.

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