Safely upholding traffic for the Police

The loadbearing qualities of Tubosider’s stormwater systems have been one of the keys to keeping Willmott Dixon on schedule in their building of the latest custody suite for West Midlands Police in Oldbury, West Midlands.
Willmott Dixon has been appointed preferred contractor to all six regions of the National Offender Management Service’s New Build Framework, with substantial experience of delivering high quality custodial buildings across the country.
BREEAM Excellent has been achieved on all assessed new building projects completed by Willmott Dixon and is a requirement of the framework.
At the Western Area Custody Suite in Oldbury, designing and installing the tanks for the water management system had to be done extremely quickly, and with an extra important condition.
Once installed, the system had to be capable of withstanding contractors’ traffic while the rest of the building work in that area continued, making temporary loading calculations central to its specification.
One of the great advantages of Tubosider’s helibore pipe is that it is designed to Highways Agency Standard BD12, with full BBA certification.
Knowing our system construction well, main contractors Willmott Dixon were keen to see Tubosider specified, and once a structural assessment had been carried out and civil and structural engineers CWA had seen our proposals, the tanks were quickly in place.
The stormwater solution we designed consisted of two tanks of 1000mm diameter and 1.5mm thickness, with a combined capacity of 180 m³, each made to fit the available space around the perimeter of the site.
Due to open in June 2015, the finished £8 million project will provide police custodial facilities and associated investigative office space to serve the western area of the West Midlands.
It is the first of two 60 cell regional custody suites planned for West Midlands Police, designed in accordance with Home Office guidelines. The cell block comprises precast concrete pod units, while ancillary accommodation for support staff will be a two storey steel framed structure, utilising precast concrete floors.
The site covers 3.4 acres and will also have facilities for interviewing suspects, consulting with solicitors, gathering evidential samples and for medical treatment.