Brett Martin manages stormwater

Brett Martin’s StormCrate55 has been used for the Blue Group site at the New Cheshire Business Park to manage surface water on the site during periods of heavy rainfall. The Sustainable Drainage System was used to create a 325cu m storage tank below a parking area, featuring an attenuation tank and underground storm drainage pipe layout to suit both the site landscaping and tank storage requirements and allowing stormwater to be managed on an area where staff cars and light goods vehicles are to be parked. As each crate weighs only 15.5kg they were easy to lift by hand and simple to connect together using connectors and shear pins in a brick bond pattern and at three layers deep in parts.

StormCrate55 can be wrapped in a permeable geotextile material to create an infiltration system which allows stored water to slowly seep into the surrounding ground and back into the water table over a period of time.

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Available for delivery to site with a fast two-to-three day lead time, StormCrate55 is seen as one way to manage rainfall on a site, reducing the risk of surface water flooding and avoiding the problems associated with an overloaded sewer system.


Ideal for a range of applications including landscaped areas, pedestrianised spaces and playgrounds, Brett Martin’s StormCrate55 will ensure this business park will have a proven stormwater and drainage solution, ensuring flood protection for the long term.

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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