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New Chester Football Club partnership – Introducing the Maxiflow.co.uk Stand!

The Maxiflow Stand at Chester FC

We at Maxiflow are very proud to announce that we have formed a new partnership with Chester Football Club!

We have signed an exclusive deal to become the club’s Stadium Improvement Partner. This is a role we are more than familiar with, having carried out many works for the club in the past, including significant drainage and ground works. Drainage works on the main pitch are set to continue in the pre-season run-up, with other projects to be announced in the future.

The main East Stand is to be rebranded as The Maxiflow.co.uk Stand, featuring significant representation of the Maxiflow brand inside and outside of the stadium. We are delighted to be representing the Home Supporters for Chester FC’s future matches and will be working to improve the experience for all fans.

Maxiflow-Home-Supporters-Stand-at-Chester-FC

We have been talking to Maxiflow for a while about working together and we are delighted to have finally come to an agreement. They are a company who have a large presence in the community and share with us a number of our club values.

We have a schedule of work in and around the ground and Maxiflow will be working with us closely on this. They will gain profile for their partnership with us and we are delighted to have them on board.

Dave Riche
Chester FC Business Development Manager

Previously, Maxiflow was involved in Chester FC’s ‘Backing the Blues’ campaign. This proved to be a very lucrative relationship, as the increased exposure quickly lead to us securing a £250,000 maintenance contract. So we are looking forward to working together with Chester FC on a significantly more involved basis.

We are very excited to form our new partnership with Chester Football Club. As a community-focused company, we have worked with many local institutions, from Chester Zoo to the University of Chester, and we feel that this deal strengthens our connection with this great city. We are especially proud to be working closely with a club owned by the most passionate and loyal fans you could ever find.

We would like to thank everyone at Chester FC for making this partnership possible and we are very much looking forward to the future.

Kevin McLeod
Maxiflow Managing Director

We will have more news about our exciting new partnership as it develops, and will soon have photographs of the newly-branded Maxiflow.co.uk Stand!

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Drain replacement at Kingsley Lodge for University of Chester

Chester University Kingsley Lodge drain replacement

We at Maxiflow have been proud to work in partnership with the University of Chester on many occasions. The University has gone from strength to strength over the years, and we enjoy helping to maintain our city’s prestigious institutions.

Recently, we completed a series of significant drainage works at one of the University’s accommodation buildings. Kingsley Lodge houses 35 students, just down the road from the University of Chester’s main campus.

Replacing drains at University of Chester's accommodation

Upon investigation it was discovered that the soil beneath the drains had settled, causing the pipes to bow. This meant that the seals between the pipework had ruptured, resulting in leaks and frequent blockages. In addition, there were were a number of infestations of plant roots found throughout the system. Kingsley Lodge’s drains had sustained too much damage to be repaired, and it was determined that a complete replacement was necessary.

Kingsley Lodge’s grounds contain approximately 60 metres of drains, with access provided through 6 manholes. Because the drainage system runs underneath a car park, excavators were brought in to dig down through the tarmac and concrete. Some brickwork manholes were also broken down. We were then able to remove the defective pipework and the excess debris.

Before and after pictures drain excavation at University of Chester

Before and after comparison of drain works

We installed all-new preformed plastic drains and manholes throughout the Kingsley Lodge site. Pipe runs and joints were sealed with resin patch liners. High-pressure water jetting was utilized to remove the root infestations from connecting lines. After the pipe works were completed, the trenches were backfilled with layers of sub base. These freshly-filled holes were then covered with layers of tarmac, compacted with a roller and then sealed with hot bitumen.

We would like to thank TP Construction for their assistance on this project, and would also like to thank the University of Chester for furthering their partnership with us.

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Drainage works at Chester FC stadium grounds

Chester FC stadium grounds drainage

Previously on the Maxiflow blog, we’ve written about our support for Chester FC and how we’ve taken part in their ‘Backing the Blues’ sponsorship program. We’ve maintained a solid relationship with the club over the years and look forward to working with them whenever we can.

In partnership with Norland Managed Services and TP Construction, we were contracted to solve a drainage problem that was affecting the grounds of Chester FC’s Exacta Stadium (also known as Deva Stadium).

Chester FC stadium grounds overgrown foliage

The overgrown hedge envelops the chain-link fence

At the rear of the car park, near the entrance to the away stand, lies a fenced-off drainage ditch. The ditch serves as a runoff point for the surface water that accumulates on the car park’s tarmac, which is then deposited through a culvert into the neighbouring field. The hedge on the opposite side of the ditch had overgrown to the point where the leaves were reaching through the fence, and wrapping around the concrete posts. The dense foliage had completely overwhelmed the drainage ditch, resulting in rain water flooding back into the car park.

The fence was hampering any attempts to deal with the problem, so it had to be temporarily removed. The leaves and branches poking through the chain links were trimmed back, enabling the fencing to be clipped away from the supporting concrete posts. Approximately 160 metres of fencing was neatly cut into lengths, rolled up and stored.

Chester FC stadium grounds excavation

Excavator unloads earth and foliage into trailer

With the fence out of the way, we were able to cut the thick vegetation back to the correct side of the ditch. This confirmed that the ditch was in a bad state, clogged with debris and earth along its length. The next step was to begin excavation, but first the barbed wire running along the top of the fence had to be stripped away. In a similar manner to the fence itself, the barbed wire was snipped from between the concrete posts, carefully coiled up, and stored.

This allowed for the 6-tonne excavator to do its work. The digger was able to methodically excavate the soil and plant life from the ditch. This debris was deposited in an accompanying tractor-led trailer and relocated to a nearby grass verge. With the ditch now emptied, the culvert was cleared using high-pressure water jetting.

Chester FC stadium grounds cleared ditch

Cleared and restored drainage ditch

With the blockages now removed, the fencing and barbed wire were able to be reinstated and the work was completed. This means that visiting teams’ fans will now be able to enter the Chester FC stadium without getting their socks wet. We call that a good result!

Chester FC stadium before and after

Before and after comparison

We would like to once again thank Chester FC, Norland Managed Services and TP Construction for their help and support in bringing this project to completion.

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Introducing the Maxiflow Accesswatch scheme

The Maxiflow Accesswatch Scheme Logo - With Text

We are proud to announce the launch of the Maxiflow Accesswatch scheme!

A few weeks ago, we were contacted by a representative of Chester Accessibility Action Group. We were asked if we could provide ongoing information regarding the scaffolds that we erect in and around Chester, in order to keep their members informed about the potential access problems that scaffolds can cause.

We thought that this was a great idea, and recognised that it could be beneficial to a lot of people. So, we expanded the remit to incorporate any of our works that could impact access, and have started to keep a public record of these jobs.

Introducing the Maxiflow Accesswatch scheme. It incorporates a simple ‘traffic light’ system, informing users whether each job is scheduled, ongoing or completed. You can filter the notifications by their current status, or by the type(s) of work they involve. For example, you can click here to view all of the scaffold notifications.

You can sign up to email updates, which group new notifications into daily digests, or you can keep up-to-date with the Accesswatch RSS feed. We will also be posting updates to our Twitter account.

If you have any feedback or questions about Accesswatch, feel free to contact us at accesswatch@maxiflow.co.uk.

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Digging up roads and laying tarmac at Woodford Court in Winsford

Woodford Court in Winsford

We’ve all been inconvenienced by road closures at one time or another. It’s an unfortunate fact of life that roads undergo a lot of wear and tear, and after a while they will require resurfacing. When we find ourselves up against the dreaded temporary traffic lights, sat in endless traffic tailbacks or navigating around labyrinthine diversions, we find ourselves asking the same question: “Why does this have to happen this way?”

In partnership with TP Construction, Maxiflow were recently contracted by Cheshire West & Chester to replace the entrance road of Woodford Court, a busy industrial estate in Winsford. The concrete road had suffered from a large amount of abrasion over the years, and it had been rendered defective due to cracks and potholes pitting the length of its surface. Because it was too far gone for a quick repair, we were tasked with removing the concrete from the whole road and replacing it with tarmac.

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