Site: Foston, Derbyshire
GF Tomlinson is building the 190,000 sq ft centre for haulage business ATL Warehousing and Distribution on their 25-acre site in Woodyard Lane, Foston. The family-run company is investing in the site after experiencing a number of years of organic growth. Work on the new building, which will provide storage for 22,000 pallets of goods, is expected to be completed by the end of September.
Part of the contract in building the new distribution hub involves draining excess storm water from the site and directing the outfall into the natural watercourse surrounding the development. To incorporate the SuDS type drainage into the scheme, a 120 metres swale to the rear of the building has been constructed. Along the length of the swale, GF Tomlinson has installed 7 FP McCann precast concrete headwalls ranging from three small headwalls accommodating a 150mm diameter pipe outlet, to two of the large standard headwalls with a 825mm diameter pipe outlet. The outlet points to the large headwalls are all fitted with galvanised safety grating.
Commenting on the headwall installation Phil Childs, Projects Manager for GF Tomlinson & Sons says, “We chose the FP McCann standard precast concrete headwalls for their speed of installation and to help reduce the environmental impact at ground works stage. The headwalls were placed in-situ without the need for extensive excavation of the swale embankment. No shuttering or formwork was required and in particularly wet conditions they are an ideal off-site manufactured outfall solution”.