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Loughborough train station on track with Polypipe

Posted: Friday 29th June 2012

Polypipe, the UK’s leading manufacturer of surface water drainage, sewerage, cable protection systems and water management solutions has demonstrated the many benefits of its wide range of rail solutions during the re-development of Loughborough train station in Leicestershire.

Working closely with the main contractor, Ringway, Polypipe provided a holistic solution utilising its popular Polystorm modular cell system, Ridgidrain surface water drainage pipes and Ridgiduct cable protection products.

Polypipe supplied its Polystorm modular cells for four separate attenuation and soakaway structures to be utilised under the station car-park and non-trafficked landscaped areas. The structures were installed utilising Polystorm-R, Polystorm-Xtra and Polystorm Lite modular cells according to their loading requirements.

“Our modular cell system was ideal for this project,” comments Emma Thompson, Marketing Communication Manager at Polypipe. “As the project got underway it became apparent that an existing cable could not be moved, and as such we redesigned one of the tanks to fit around the cabled area. Because our cells can fit together to make tanks of any size or shape, we were quickly able to overcome this problem without any delay in installation time.”

The project, which forms part of a multi-million pound investment by Charnwood Borough Council to re-develop the area, also called for a bespoke distribution inlet for one of the Polystorm structures. A 600mm diameter pipe could not connect directly into one of the Polystorm structures, as this would affect the hydraulics, therefore Polypipe designed and fabricated a bespoke one piece pipe fitting from a four metre length of 600mm pipe with 6 x 300mm and 1 x 225mm outlets.

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Polypipe’s Ridgiduct cable protection was used to provide robust protection for the site’s street lighting cables, plus the CCTV, ticket machines and power cables.

Emma added: “Our Ridgiduct twin wall systems have been manufactured to provide a lightweight, flexible and high strength alternative to conventional cable protection. For this project we supplied Ridgiduct Power, Ridgiduct Lighting and Ridgiduct Comms products to ensure the cables were adequately protected.

“This project posed some interesting challenges for us. However, the flexibility and adaptability of our full range of products enables us to create bespoke applications to accommodate the site specific requirements of any project.”

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