Mount Ephraim Care Home

Author Lloyd Preston Calendar 28 January 2019

Building work avoided at period property using ideal storage tank option.

Simply the best.

PROJECT SUMMARY

Mount Ephraim House in Tunbridge Wells in Kent is a stunning period building that dates back to the 17th century. Today the building is used as part of Greensleeves Care – one of the most highly respected and well-regarded care charities in the elderly care sector.

Due to these high standards and popular demand, in late 2016 the developer Goldfinch Ltd commissioned a large extension to be constructed as part of a major refurbishment and expansion project. During this redevelopment, Dutypoint were asked to provide the wastewater solution for the site.

PROJECT CHALLENGE

In order to comply with the relevant wastewater collection legislation, ‘part H’ of the building regulations had to be considered in order to ensure the correct tank was selected to store the required 24-hour emergency storage volume.

However, due to the proposed build site being in close proximity to the main building and existing sewers, the selected tank would also need to be small enough to not affect the structural integrity of the period property.

PROJECT SOLUTION

After a full site survey, the required emergency tank storage capacity was calculated at 15m3. It was also proposed that installing a horizontal foul water storage tank would not only provide the required storage but would also avoid any existing building work due to the design of the tank.

Lastly, to help ensure the tank could be installed with minimal disruption to the residents, we stored the 7-metre long unit at the Dutypoint factory until the Goldfinch team were ready for it towards the final stages of the project.

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