Hepworth Clay plays part in £200 million training ground

Built on an industrial site in Manchester, a new £200 million football academy and training ground will benefit from an underground clay drainage solution from Hepworth Clay.
Designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects, the football academy is home to 450 players training each week, and features a 7,000 capacity stadium, a team building with changing rooms, a gym, a refectory, an injury and rehab centre, staff offices, a media centre, on site accommodation, and 16.5 football pitches.

To help the new facility last, groundworks contractor, Murraywood Construction, specified the Hepworth SuperSleve clay drainage system for the building facilities to guarantee chemical resistance, longevity, amd strength.

Available in 100mm,150mm, 225mm, and 300mm diameters, and used in commercial or industrial construction, adoptable sewers, highways and general building works, the Hepworth SuperSleve system consists of plain ended pipe and fittings with additional push fit flexible couplings.

With a lifetime jetting guarantee, Hepworth pipes are able to withstand jetting pressure of 7500psi, at 20 gallons per minute held static for five minutes, allowing blockages to be cleared with reduced risk and in less time.

Clay drainage pipes also allow specifiers to reduce installation costs as well as environmental impact, by minimising the volume of primary aggregate needed from quarries.

Peter Mason, Murraywood Construction, said: “With the team’s training facilities built on polluted ground, it was vitally important that clay drainage was specified due to the risk of chemicals.

“Hepworth SuperSleve clay pipes not only offer the required resistance in these aggressive ground conditions but have proven durability, which for the client means they have a drainage system that will stand the test of time.”

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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