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Drain excavation and repair at Elton Primary School

Elton Primary School in Cheshire

In partnership with Enterprise, the Maxiflow drainage team were contracted to investigate and repair a reported drain fault at Elton Primary School.

Elton is a village in the North West of Cheshire, and the primary school is attended by approximately 300 pupils. The drain problems were severely disrupting day-to-day operations at the school, and when we investigated it was easy to see why!

Drain Excavation at Elton Primary School in Cheshire

Sending cameras along the pipes for a CCTV survey revealed two major issues that were severely impacting the system, in addition to a number of minor structural faults.

Before and after pictures inside playground drain at Elton Primary School in Cheshire

Underneath the school’s playground, a section of the drain had collapsed. Because the integrity of the pipe had been severely breached, the contents of the drain were leaking into the surrounding area, potentially contaminating the local water table, and severely affecting the the pressure of the entire system.

Because this problem was too severe for a simple patch repair, our team excavated down to the defective branch connection through the playground’s tarmac. The pipe and fittings were entirely replaced, and were covered in class B bedding before the hole was backfilled and the tarmac was reinstated.

Maxiflow drain excavation - before and after

The second major issue lay underneath an access ramp. Two of the lateral connections had become separated due to subsidence, affecting the pressure and flow along a critical intersection.

Before and after pictures inside access ramp drain at Elton Primary School in Cheshire

This presented a minor problem as the access ramp is located underneath a canopy, making access difficult for our large excavator. We accounted for this during the planning stage of the project and allowed for a micro digger to also be present on site specifically for this section of the job.

Once the excavation was completed we replaced the connectors on the laterals, making the connection solid once more. It was also neccessary to reset the pipe level, accounting for the ground shifts due to subsidence.

Tarmac replacement after drain repair at Elton Primary School in Cheshire

The minor structural faults identified along the line between two manholes required less invasive repair work. A high-pressure water jetting was carried out inside the pipe, cleaning the line of debris and washing the inner surfaces in preparation for the final stage. Resin patch liners were installed at various points along the line, providing a layer of rigid, waterproof material to reinforce the structural integrity of the pipe.

Drain Excavation by Maxiflow at Elton Primary School in Cheshire

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Restoration of the Willaston Memorial plaque

Willaston Memorial Plaque restoration header

This weekend marks Remembrance Sunday, a day the entire nation pays tribute to our countrymen who have fallen in times of war.

We will be commemorating the memories of our lost friends and family in private by observing two minutes’ silence at 11am.

On the same day, Christ Church in Willaston will be paying public tribute to their local heroes by unveiling a brand-new memorial plaque.

Willaston Memorial Plaque restoration by Maxiflow and Enterprise

Photo courtesy of The Daily Telegraph

Last year, the memorial was targeted by reprehensible thieves who stole the previous plaque for its saleable metals. We were on hand to repair the stonework the day after the theft, in a report which was featured on Granada Reports.

The story even caught the attention of the national press, and has recently been featured twice in the Daily Telegraph, illustrating the effect that such disgusting and thoughtless actions have on the public consciousness.

In partnership with Enterpise PLC, we have been hard at work sourcing a replacement plaque for the memorial, in addition to devising an updated security solution to deter future thefts.

This co-ordination has taken many months’ worth of tireless effort by a team including Warren Beatty, Maxiflow Building Contracts Director and Richard Whaley, Cheshire Building Supervisor for Enterprise Property Solutions (pictured above left).

The new plaque was cast in Australia, with attention being paid to ensure every detail, from the lettering to the paintwork, was an appropriate tribute to the brave soldiers it is honouring.

Willaston Memorial Plaque restoration by Maxiflow and Enterprise

After a long and careful journey, the plaque has been reinstated in its rightful place at Christ Church. The restored memorial will be officially unveiled at a ceremony on the morning of Sunday 11th November.

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Burst water pipe at Clayhill Industrial Park

Maxiflow at Clayhill Industrial Park

Maxiflow’s Drainage Team have sprung into action to stem a tricky issue!

Through our partners at Enterprise PLC, we were called to rapidly respond to a current problem for Dŵr Cymru (Welsh Water) at Clayhill Light Industrial Park in Neston.

An underground water pipe had burst, prompting us to drop everything and jet over to determine where the leak was occurring. Without meandering, we tracked the stream of clues to underneath the car park.

Trying not to cause a splash, we carefully excavated the area and poured our efforts into replacing the pipe.

Bubbling with enthusiasm at a job well done, we waved goodbye after leaving the ground swell once again.

Maxiflow excavating and repairing burst water pipe

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Renovations at Chester Market & The Forum

New Chester Market Stall

Maxiflow have continued to strengthen our partnership with Enterprise PLC, carrying out work for Cheshire West & Chester Council on Chester Market and the council offices at the Forum.

We have constructed a number of new stalls in the Market and refurbished several others. These works are part of a package which is designed to breathe new life into old and unused areas of the Market which have fallen into disuse.

Chester Forum Office reception (Before)

Chester Forum Office reception (Before)

A recent highlight has been our conversion of the former reception area at the Forum offices into an inviting, warm space that can comfortably accommodate visitors. We dismantled the existing reception desk, added a vibrant blue carpet around the desk area and repainted select walls and furnishings in a pastel purple. This exercise added a touch of colour to an area which was formerly quite monochrome and sterile, de-emphasizing the formality of the setting in order to make the entrance more welcoming.

Chester Forum Office reception (After)

Chester Forum Office reception (After)

This is an ongoing project, so we will have more to report soon!

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Handbridge shop renovations – Phase 2

Residents of Handbridge may have noticed that our scaffolding has crept up the street to Martin’s newsagent! As a follow-up on our previous story and photo gallery of our work at the Handbridge shops, we have begun work on phase 2 of the project.

Residents & businessowners alike are reportedly delighted with the work Maxiflow have completed so far.

This job goes well beyond a fresh coat of paint, involving advanced repairs to timber frames (chopping out defective timber and splicing fresh beams into place), replacing metalwork (including ornate iron gates & frames) and extensive decorative works.

We will keep you updated as work progresses.

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