The Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity with the aim of finding homes for thousands of stray or abandoned dogs and cats. The charity’s latest facility at Parkway, Denton, Manchester, was opened in October 2014 and designed by Architects Fitch to be a place where families can visit, explore and have fun before, hopefully, adopting a new pet.
The new Dogs Trust Centre Manchester includes kennels for 61 dogs with abundant space allocated for indoor and outdoor dog exercise areas. The Centre’s buildings’ are designed to provide visitor friendly facilities for training sessions and demonstrations on how to improve dog or cat behaviour. Visitors will also be able to learn more about different breeds and their responsibilities as owners.
Of course, keeping the kennels and exercise areas clean, fresh and hygienic is a major consideration in the design of such a facility. Contractors McPhillips were keen to provide the best possible surface water drainage system, so asked Hauraton to supply their recommended channels for trial at the Trust’s Loughborough Centre. Hauraton specified FASERFIX® KS 100 channels fitted with FIBRETEC® moulded gratings. The test installation proved very successful and with everyone liking the product, the KS surface drainage system was chosen for the Manchester project.
FASERFIX® KS channels are made from Fibre Reinforced Concrete (FRC), and for this project, were specified with stainless steel pressings permanently moulded along their exposed top edges making the whole unit resistant to any cleaning fluids used.
The material, PA-GF is used to make the FIBRETEC® grating. This was developed by Hauraton some years ago and has proved itself in numerous demanding drainage applications. The fibre reinforced plastic moulding is corrosion resistant and offers high stability and huge strength for its weight. Indeed the Class C250 (BSEN 1433) 8mm slotted grating, can take the weight of a commercial vehicle if necessary. With emphases on detailed design, the grating is very appropriate for use in areas where a visually appealing and chemically resistant product is important.
Each channel assembly features the company’s patented SIDE-LOCK boltless fixing system which allows for quick fitting or removal of the gratings. For example, 10 metres of 0.5m long gratings can be fitted or removed in about 70 seconds – a big advantage if the channels need clearing.
Ian Burton the Hauraton project engineer commented,
With 240 metres of FASERFIX® KS 100 channelling supplied for this project, together with 23 matching trash boxes we were pleased the specification more than met the requirements of the Architect, Contractor and the Dogs Trust
Facts and Figures
- Project: Dogs Trust Centre, Manchester.
- Client: Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity.
- Local Authority: Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council.
- Architect: Fitch.
- Structural Consulting Engineers: MLM.
- Main Contractor and Ground-works: McPhillips, West Midland.
- Hauraton Product: 240m FASERFIX® KS100 incorporating stainless steel angle housings and fitted with FIBRETEC® gratings. 23 FASERFIX® KS Trash Boxes incorporating stainless steel angle housings and fitted with FIBRETEC® gratings.
- Hauraton Engineer: Ian Burton – Mobile :07880 037306 email@example.com