A pioneering hydrocarbon-resistant membrane from Industrial Textiles and Plastics (ITP) has been crucial in the construction of Hyundai’s new flagship site in Stockport.
The development follows a lengthy search by Hyundai’s parent group Meridian for a suitably strategic site in the North West. The new £2.5 million Hyundai dealership currently under construction will be the Group’s largest site with a ten car showroom, eight bay workshop and space for 60 used cars.
Meridian Motor Group, trading under their Vantage brand, secured the services of Mountford Piggott Architects for the design of the site, and commissioned Seddon Construction to complete the build.
Built on the site of a former filling station, Seddon has been required to remediate the site to ensure that hydrocarbon fumes from residual fuel contamination are not able to permeate into the new building.
This has necessitated the inclusion of a hydrocarbon barrier, which will also serve to protect the ground from spillages from the new forecourt.
Responsible for installing the membrane, Bryan Woodcock of SPS Substructure Protection said, “Soil tests on the site at the planning stages revealed potentially dangerous levels of hydrocarbons.
“To eliminate the risk of any migration we specified Puraflex for its exceptional level of containment and protection for buildings.”
Puraflex has facilitated the development of a number of brownfield sites where contamination issues have hindered building proposals. To support design engineers and environmental consultants, ITP also provides sophisticated modelling software to determine the permeation calculations necessary for environmental risk assessments.
In addition to its chemical resistant properties, Puraflex has been designed for easy and prompt installation using conventional thermal welding equipment.