Asset International Ltd

Asset provide tank for housing development in Greater Manchester.

Asset International has provided residential developer, Taylor Wimpey, with a storm water attenuation tank for its new Kings Grange housing development in Audenshaw, Greater Manchester.

The bespoke modular design, provided by Asset International, utilised large diameter Weholite pipes to suit the site requirements in order to create a massive attenuation tank, one of the largest the company has ever supplied within the United Utilities region for housing development.

The tank will be used to help reduce peak flow, caused by heavy rainfall, at the housing development by restricting the flow of excess water before releasing it gradually via an outfall back into the round. This will provide invaluable protection for the site.

The installation consisted of three 3.5m diameter pipes, which were each 36.5m in length, connected at each end with a factory manufactured manifold, creating a total capacity of 1,551m3 (approximately 1,055,100 litres). Asset’s British made 3.5 metre diameter pipes are the largest of their kind in the world.

The attenuation tank will provide protection to the 200 new homes at the Taylor Wimpey Audenshaw site, which is located five miles from Manchester city centre. The Weholite pipes were procured and installed by national contractor John Reilly Civil Engineering Ltd, who were the principal contractor for Taylor Wimpey Manchester on site.

Jamie Austin, of John Reilly Civil Engineering, said: “The Weholite system employed saved a considerable amount of time and money and I would not hesitate in recommending the product in the future.”

Gareth Green of Asset International, said: “The Kings Grange project demonstrates the versatility of our Weholite product and how it can be effectively used as a solution for managing excess storm water.

The attenuation tank was installed on site extremely quickly, adding value and cost efficiencies that our client would not have achieved using traditional materials. This is a particularly important requirement on such a large development.

Our uniquely designed solution provided the development with exactly what they were after and will ensure the new Taylor Wimpey properties are safe from flood risk.”

Joseph Ash Ltd

Joseph Ash Galvanizing is a complete one-stop-shop steel finishing service.

Established in 1857, Joseph Ash operated from a single plant in Birmingham. Now with eight plants across the country, the company provides steel finishing services to all types of customers and companies, many of which service the UK rail industry. Core services include galvanizing, spin galvanizing, shot blasting and powder coating, enhancing the appearance and prolonging the life of steel fabrications. One recent project was the redevelopment of Birmingham New Street, which was in progress for five years.

The first part of the £550 million redevelopment opened in April 2013 and the final part, which makes the station three and a half times bigger than before, opened in September 2015.

The project, commissioned by Network Rail, with support from Birmingham City Council, has improved the old station with a modern façade and much more space on the concourse and platforms for the 35 million passengers that use it every year.

Joseph Ash Galvanizing worked on the massive redevelopment, galvanizing different pieces of structural steel that range from large beam and column fabrications, to smaller ancillary steelwork and fittings. The project is especially significant for Joseph Ash Galvanizing due to its roots in Birmingham and the West Midlands.

With almost 60 years of service under its belt, a railway project that contains steel that Joseph Ash has treated is never far away.

Lionweld Kennedy Flooring Ltd

The Lionweld Kennedy brand is recognised and trusted in the global market place.

Lionweld Kennedy’s history can be traced back to 1910 when PA Mudd and Company were one of the first electric arc welding companies in Britain; almost 20 years later Lionweld Steel Flooring and Stairway Company was formed. 1998 saw the merger of Lionweld Flooring and Alan Kennedy & Co Ltd, becoming one of the largest manufacturers of open mesh flooring in the UK. With 100 years of experience in the manufacture of open steel flooring, hand railing and ancillary products the company has been responsible for pioneering many developments over the years.

Serving the construction, infrastructure, engineering and offshore industries with its exceptional products, solutions and services, Lionweld Kennedy is one of the largest specialist manufacturers of steel flooring products worldwide.

More recently it has supplied steel and GRP flooring, stair treads, hand railing systems and ladders for the Solan Field offshore development in the UK North Sea. The oil field is located west of the Shetland Islands in 135m deep waters. First production from the field was towards the end of 2014 with the initial production rate expected to be 24,000 barrels of oil a day and it is expected to produce more than 44 million barrels of oil during its estimated 20 year production life.

Similarly, and with the benefit of a new flooring machine, which has allowed Lionweld to supply an increasingly vast range of products in response to the growing needs of the modern customer, the company is now capitalising on recent projects which have been secured in Azerbaijan.

Lionweld will be supplying products to the Shah Deniz 2 gas field, located in the deep water shelf of the Caspian Sea. This is a giant oil and gas project which will add a further 16 billion cubic meters per year of gas production to the approximately 9 billion produced by Shah Deniz 1. It is due to increase European energy security by bringing Caspian gas resources to markets in Europe for the very first time. The first gas is targeted for late 2018, with supplies to Turkey and Georgia. Deliveries to Europe are expected just over a year later.

Variable Message Signs

In July 2014 we acquired VMS, the market leader in variable message signs, who specialise in the design, manufacture and installation of a comprehensive range of LED based light technology solutions to the UK highway and rail markets.

During 2014, VMS supplied over 200 signs and signals to the Highways Agency’s M25 Smart Motorways – All Lane Running project. This is the Highways Agency’s latest initiative to provide capacity improvements to the English strategic roads network by utilising technology and is a feature of their current strategy for existing and new road schemes. VMS’ work scope included the design, manufacture, installation and commissioning of signs and signals and was completed on time and to budget.

As part of VMS’ involvement in the rail market it has recently worked with Network Rail to adopt its rail signs. This has allowed Network Rail to achieve cost savings, whilst maintaining high levels of safety and performance. This new system of support structures and lightweight signals achieved full Network Rail approval in March 2014.

Barkers Engineering - Vehicle Incursion

Barkers Engineering, established in 1865, is now one of the UK’s largest manufacturers and designers of high security perimeter systems and has developed an extensive service related to security infrastructure projects.

Manufacturing high performance fencing for every application, including boundary demarcation and safety, multi-use games areas, sports enclosures, high security fencing, maximum security gates and fully implemented anti-terrorist installations.

Understanding the importance of security in today’s world, Barkers now provide ultimate perimeter security systems and can ensure confidentiality on all projects entrusted to them.

“Looks like a standard fence with the additional benefit of an impact system”.

During 2016 Barkers were approached to develop their StronGuard™ RCS PAS68 crash tested palisade fencing to protect sensitive infrastructure on the railway. A major issue facing highway and rail infrastructure is the threat of unauthorised vehicle incursion, whether criminal or accidental.

Barkers StronGuard is a crash tested palisade fence, designed and accredited to stop up to 7.5 ton vehicles travelling at 30mph.

The basic design was modified to meet the clients’ operational requirements and the company worked closely with the contractor to ensure vegetation clearing, the removal of existing fencing, traffic management and site supervision were all maintained.

The project encountered several challenges for the Barkers design team as there were restrictions on what could be connected to the existing infrastructure and the difficulty encountered with the lack of footprint available. By working closely with their client these issues were overcome by way of innovative design solutions.

The outcome was a redesigned palisade, StronGuard RCS75. An aesthetically pleasing palisade, which looks like standard fencing whilst affording the added benefit of an impact system.

V&S Galvanizing

Permanent bridge installed in the Himalaya

In June 2013, devastating floods and landslides in the Himalaya caused the destruction of the bridge at Sonprayag in Uttarakhand.

A quick, temporary bridge was erected but was washed away on two occasions by floods, most recently in June 2015.

The remote site is extremely important as it is part of the route taken each year by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from all over the world on the trek to the Kedarnath Temple, which is some 3,600 metres above sea level.

Acrow Bridge, a leading bridge engineering and supply company enlisted the help of V&S Galvanizing to galvanize a permanent bridge to be installed at the foot of the Himalaya.

Constructing a long, conventional bridge in-situ would not have been feasible due to the location’s challenging topography and length of time to build. However, an Acrow steel span bridge of any length can be operational in days with minimal construction machinery and using unskilled labour.

The 60m, clear-span bridge was customised with modular components, which included two lanes of traffic and construction was completed in six weeks. The bridge opened to traffic in May 2016 and through to the end of June, more than 250,000 pilgrims visited the temple at Kedarnath.

Weholite Manholes - Making the jump to light speed

In November 2016 Asset Weholite started work on a new housing project with one of the biggest developers in East Anglia. A complex stormwater drainage network made up of 900mm and 1,050mm internal diameter pipes with twelve oversize, and totally bespoke, manholes in 1,800mm and 2,100mm diameters.

Originally, the specification was concrete, but the open minded contractor wanted to explore the new and latest technology that the twenty first century has to offer and supported Asset’s innovative way of thinking.

The contractors did the maths themselves. No concrete surround, no rocker pipes and manholes ready to use immediately would mean a massive saving in programme time. On this project alone, the developer and the contractor achieved a 40% saving on programme time - a fifty day programme became thirty days.

The results spoke for themselves:

  • Structural bases designed for high ground water pressure;
  • Components manufactured using the latest industry technology;
  • Bespoke manholes produced with robotic precision;
  • Fully benched with bright yellow anti-slip HDPE flooring; and
  • Fully integrated design, engineering and automated manufacturing ensures bespoke manholes ready for delivery in quick time.

Asset break new ground in creation of new ecological market town

Asset International Limited (‘Asset’), the world’s leading manufacturer of Weholite large diameter plastic pipes, provided vital sewerage system components to the developers of Sherford, an ambitious environmentally-friendly and modern market town development in South Hams in Devon.

Sherford will have 5,500 homes, four schools and over 80,000m2 of employment and retail space when completed and is located 28 miles to the east of Plymouth, equidistant from Dartmoor and the south Devon coast.

It is the aspiration of the developers that Sherford will be viewed in years to come as one of the West Country’s most admired market towns; one that has the feeling of being centuries in the making, but developed with responsible 21st century practices in mind, including affordable housing and the implementation of renewable energy.

Green practices are very much in the focus for the developers, who claimed that Sherford will be the most green and sustainable new town in the country, conceived with a minimised carbon footprint in mind. All the houses are designed to be energy-efficient, and much of the energy will be provided by two wind turbines on site.

Ecologically friendly good practice has been extended to the procurement processes on site, with many of the suppliers chosen committed to the green agenda, something that Asset place a heavy emphasis on. The company’s green ethos is exemplified by the fact that the production and installation of their signature large diameter plastic pipes has been proven to have a significantly reduced carbon footprint compared with other alternatives on the market, including concrete.

One of the fundamental considerations of any new development is the management of the site’s foul water. Using the standard Sewers for Adoption discharge figure of 4,000 litres per dwelling day for 5,500 dwellings gives a typical discharge rate of 254 litres per second. In order to efficiently manage the vast quantities of foul water flowing through the site once the development is populated, Asset were commissioned to provide a back-up storage tank for Sherford’s foul water pumping station. The vast 3.5 metre diameter 30 metre long, multi-leg Weholite attenuation tank utilises 170 metres of pipes, and holds approximately 1,500m3 of foul water.

The Weholite tank is much larger than its more standard sized counterparts, which usually hold around 200m3, and connects directly to the town’s foul water pumping station. The tank was designed and made to the specific requirements of Fred Champion Groundworks, who were responsible for developing the infrastructure for the site’s sewerage needs.

The tank was designed and supplied with an integral dry weather flow channel to meet the specific requirements set by South West Water. The dry weather flow channel is uniquely designed to improve the hydraulic efficiency of the tank in low flow conditions, helping to avoid silting.

The offline attenuation tank was prefabricated at Asset’s state of the art factory in Newport, and transported to the site in Devon in one piece prior to installation, vastly cutting down on the amount of time spent positioning the tank in situ; a huge bonus to the contractors who are observing stringent timescales.