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SDS has installed on behalf of John Turner Construction Group a GEOlight® surface water attenuation tank and Weholite flow control chamber at Blackpool’s Victoria hospital.

The construction of a new three-storey building at the hospital will facilitate the receipt and despatch of dirty laundry and the storage of cleaned laundry prior to its onward distribution throughout the hospital. Additionally, the new building will provide a scanning and storage resource for medical records, together with office space and a meeting room and an area for staff refreshment and relaxation.

SDS worked with Liverpool-based civil engineering consultancy AJP Limited and specialist healthcare architects Gilling Dod to design and approve a bespoke solution, comprising a 58m3 capacity GEOlight® geo-cellular attenuation tank and Weholite manhole incorporating a flow control device. The system has been installed under land that was previously occupied by the former laundry building, which has been demolished, and made good for use as a supporting staff car park with 76-spaces.

Together with a new substation, two generators and their associated diesel fuel tanks, which had sat within the footprint of the new laundry building, have been relocated to a new area of hardstanding adjacent to the new car park, adding further importance to an efficient and highly effective stormwater storage and dispersal system.

Senior Project Manager at John Turner Construction, John Hegarty, was delighted with the support he and his team received from SDS: “The install was great; attenuation tanks are usually a nightmare as the teams are constantly changing so programme dates for these items are never met. However, in this instance, the start date and completion were both achieved, delivery of the flow control chamber was as agreed and the operatives carrying out the works were punctual and tidy workers.”

Indeed, the construction company was so impressed that the design for its next flood risk mitigation project will also feature a combination of GEOlight® and Weholite devices: “It’s the first time we’ve used the Weholite flow control chamber but everyone has commented on its ease of use, movability and install”, said John; “this is something we will definitely be using on future projects.”


Photo of Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s Main Entrance and plan of new car park kindly supplied by Gilling Dod.