A cast iron foundry previously owned by iron technology business Saint-Gobain PAM UK has risen from the ashes to become a Tesco supermarket. And guess whose products are used in the car park?
The foundry at Fareham in Hampshire was originally operated by Glynwed Brickhouse prior to Saint-Gobain acquiring the facility. It is now a 49,300 sq. ft. Tesco store housing around 300 staff and the Ensign soil system is installed in the basement car park.
Ki Beard, regional sales manager at Saint-Gobain PAM UK, commented: “The key reason our Ensign system was specified was because this fit-and-forget system is regarded as the most versatile cast iron system on the market – offering significant performance benefits over other materials – and provides the complete drainage solution to a project’s needs.
“It is the only drainage system tested to a Kitemark approved to BS EN 877 and it combines all the proven material properties of cast iron, which are unmatched in terms of fire resistance, acoustic qualities, strength and longevity. In addition, it provides material and installation cost savings.”
An above- and below-ground drainage system, transporting fluid waste through the building, out and beyond, the Ensign system consists of pipes and fittings from 50-600mm diameter for above-ground specifications and 100, 150-600mm diameter for below ground. Above ground, connections can be effected by mechanical joints while the company’s EEZI-FIT range of push-fit socketed fittings and couplings are designed to combine all the benefits of cast iron with the simplicity of push-fit assembly.