A “can do” approach and a close working relationship with the contactor has helped Hunter Plastics come up with a solution that made part of the regeneration of the Glades development in London much more straightforward and cost effective. Hunter’s technical and fabrications teams put their heads together to design and manufacture a bespoke fitting for walkway drainage.
The redevelopment of the Glades was, at the time, the largest scheme of its kind in Europe. Main contractor Mears carried out a programme of external repairs and renovation to more than 50 buildings, in an incredibly tight nine-month timescale, for client Family Mosaic Housing. The programme included external and internal repairs and renovation in a £14m project, which was the largest CESP-funded scheme in the UK. Part of the scheme meant that rainwater and soil vent pipes had to be moved - which is where Hunter came in.
Steve Everitt, who managed the project for sub-contractor N&J Building Services, brought Hunter in on the project after he noticed that the design of the drainage outlets for walkways and balconies was rather complicated and, as a result, expensive. He had an idea of how to make the whole process a lot simpler and called in the experts at Hunter to help make it into a reality.
“When I looked at the original plans for this part of the project, I thought the drawings looked a bit complicated and expensive,” says Mr Everitt. “I had an idea of how to make the process smoother for the client and easier for my team to install - it was a no-brainer.”
Mr Everitt worked closely with the whole Hunter team - the rep on site, the technical team back at the office and finally the fabrication department at Hunter’s factory based in Kent. And he can’t speak highly enough of the service he received: “It really was excellent – they delivered on every promise and it was great to know that the tech guys at Hunter were always on the end of the phone when I had a query.”
Hunter realises that not all product requirements can be met with standard components. So it has a fabrications department fully equipped to provide fabrications to overcome these difficult installations. From gutter fittings at any degree angle through one or two planes, bends to unusual degrees or branches with odd configurations, the Hunter team can usually come up with a viable solution. Job’s a good ‘un.
Hunter Plastics, part of the Aliaxis Group, manufactures a wide range of PVC-U rainwater, soil and waste, and underground drainage systems in the UK.