Background to specification
Ashmount is a new ultra-modern special school funded by the County Council and the fourth to be developed in Leicestershire, opening in 2014 at a cost of £9.35 million.
The project was the latest collaboration between Birmingham-based civil engineers T Mullane and main contractor Wilmott Dixon, and once again showed the value of having groundworks specialists design the stormwater and drainage system.
Guy Bainbridge, quantity surveyor at T Mullane, quickly saw that the original plan for twin 1500mm concrete pipes was “way over the top” for the school, and contacted Tubosider as a trusted supplier over the last eight years.
“Installing concrete chambers with a 4 meter span in-situ would have been a massive and expensive exercise,” he says.“Right from the first discussion with Paul Wagnell, my regional contact at Tubosider, we were confident that we could value engineer the attenuation design.
“Having a Tubosider tank not only saved us greatly on groundwork and installation, with all the attendant costs, but we could have ready access to any part of the tank with 11 fewer manholes. It took a good margin off the concrete solution,”says Guy Bainbridge.
Solution & benefits
T Mullane have a strong record with many leading contractors in and around the Midlands and carry out a lot of work in education and the public sector, and have specified Tubosider regularly. With our help, they have value engineered considerable savings on the cost of building Ashmount.
This new special school will provide a new home for the school and improve facilities for disability and special needs sport in the area. With places for 125 children and young people, it will feature a hydrotherapy pool, sensory and therapy suite, physio room and conference and training room.