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Polypipe, the UK’s leading manufacturer of engineered sustainable drainage solutions, is proud to be a key supplier for an exciting new inland port and logistics hub, iPort, Doncaster; supplying its Ridgistorm-XL large diameter piping system, Ridgidrain surface water drainage and cable protection products.

Developed by Verdion, the iPort will consist of logistic parks with over six million square feet of warehousing, and will boast a new access road to provide direct access from the M18 and a dedicated new on-site 35-acre rail freight terminal.

Polypipe were approached by the project’s Main Contractor, Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd and Consulting Engineer BWB to assist and offer an alternative infrastructure drainage system for the first phase of the project. The initial drainage design consisted of soft SuDS, which took up vital land which could alternatively be used for development.

The purposively designed drainage system offered as a solution is Ridgistorm-XL large diameter pipe in diameters 750mm and 1500mm. This drainage solution was developed to deal efficiently with conveyance and attenuation of stormwater from the development. Following consultation with Buckingham Group and BWB Consulting, project specific structural calculations for the pipes were carried out for the project, taking advantage of the high quality engineering fill that was readily available. This has provided considerable installation savings by minimising the volume of imported granular fill otherwise needed for other types of pipes. The Ridgistorm-XL pipes were manufactured based on stiffness classification of the pipework, the ground conditions and loading considerations on site. The Ridgistorm-XL system also incorporated pre-fabricated RIDGISTORM Access Multiple Pipe Manholes, allowing for inspection access and connecting dual runs of pipe.

Polypipe also supplied its BBA HAPAS approved Ridgidrain surface water drainage piping system, as well as Ridgigullys and Ridgiflex. The project has also used Ridgiduct Power, Ridgiduct Lighting and Ridgiduct Power HV to complete the basic infrastructure requirement.

Adam Smith, Project Manager, at Buckingham Group Contract Ltd, said: “The initial designs we had did not make best use of the land available, which was of paramount importance to the client, Verdion. BGCL and BWB have invited Polypipe to provide a versatile drainage system that is able to replace efficiently the hydraulic function of the swales within a very short timeframe. From our initial meeting to design, approval, manufacture and delivery, Polypipe supplied it’s Ridgistorm-XL within two weeks to allow us to hit the extremely tight schedule we had to work towards. Their fully planned delivery schedules and attention to detail allowed us to install the Ridgistorm-XL system considerable quicker than a traditional drainage design using concrete pipes and manholes.”

Emma Nicholls, Marketing Manager at Polypipe, said: “We provided a solution, for a unique project, that used the space available in the most efficient way. The last minute changes meant that the turnaround period was very short, however thanks to our ability to manufacture unique products in our own pre-fabrications facility, we were able to accommodate and provide an engineered solution for iPort, Doncaster.”

Following the successful installation and strong relationships developed between Polypipe, Buckingham Group and BWB Consulting Ltd, Polypipe will continue to see its products being installed on further phases of this project.

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