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RutlandCounty Council Specify Soakaway Solution from PolypipeWMS

Posted: Friday 16th July 2010

Rutland County Council has worked closely with Polypipe Water Management Solutions (WMS), the UK’s leading manufacturer of plastic sustainable drainage and water management products, to design and specify a soakaway solution for a busy cycle path route at the popular Rutland Water Nature Reserve.

Using Polypipe WMS’ Polystorm Lite modular cell system, five separate soakaway structures were installed along the 2km Oakham to Hambleton cycle path. Designed for use in non-trafficked and landscaped areas, Polystorm Lite was the preferred alternative to a traditional soakaway solution given the lack of space available along the route. With a 95% void ratio, Polystorm Lite cells are also far less likely to be affected by siltation and require less ongoing maintenance, which resulted in a more attractive long-term solution for Rutland County Council.

Sean Foster, Highways Engineer for Rutland County Council commented:

“When looking into the various options for the soakaway solution it became obvious that the Polystorm Lite modular cell system would be the preferred option to deliver the project requirements from a storage capacity and ongoing maintenance perspective. The feedback from the installation team was very positive and this was helped by the on-site guidance provided by Polypipe WMS.”

Steve Carter, WMS Specification Manager for Polypipe WMS added:

“This project was very different from some of the large-scale civils and infrastructure schemes that we have completed and we’re very pleased to have worked closely with Rutland County Council. It was great to hear the positive feedback in relation to how easy the cells were to handle and install. We’re seeing an increasing need for engineered below-ground solutions that can meet the requirements of tight and sometimes challenging sites.”

80 Polystorm Lite cells were installed in total, in addition to 19 Ridgigully gullies and Ridgidrain structured-wall drainage pipe in 150mm diameter.

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