Polypipe Building Services, the UK’s leading manufacturer of commercial drainage systems, has saved dozens of people in West Yorkshire from being moved into temporary accommodation.
The Kent-based business enabled residents at Carr House in Wakefield to remain in their homes during a major social housing retrofit project by recommending the use of its best-in-class component fabrication and live stack replacement service.
Polypipe was approached by housing association Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) to manufacture a solution to replace the 11-storey building’s “aged and blocked” cast iron internal soil stacks.
WDH agreed to Polypipe Building Service’s live stack replacement solution to use 22 stacks of Terrain FUZE, manufactured offsite, as it would be easy-to-install and allowed the residents of Carr House to remain in their homes during the retrofit work.
Polypipe Building Services worked with Barnsley-based contractor Hughie Construction to ensure there was minimal disruption for residents during the install. Despite the challenges of replacing the stack in a high-rise property, the installation took 10 days to complete.
Mark Wilkinson, Business Development Manager at Polypipe Building Services, said: “The residents were thrilled to be able to remain at home during the work. Nobody wants to be forced to relocate, which would have been a certainty without our live stack replacement solution.
“We provided end-to-end support and advice, continually collaborating with the customer, to ensure they not only saved thousands in temporary relocation costs, but we delivered the most suitable solution for the job.”
He added that the housing association was forced to take extreme measures to clear blockages from the previous cast iron stacks.
“WDH was clearing other stacks in the block while the installation took place. They had to run acid through them to try to unblock them.”
Rob Findley, Assets Surveyor at Wakefield and District Housing said: “We were incredibly impressed by the professionalism, innovation and expertise of Polypipe. Its live stack replacement service meant our residents didn’t have to be relocated during the installation, which was very much welcomed by everyone at Carr House.
“We look forward to working with Polypipe on future projects.”