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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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12-Hour Rowathon raises over £4000 for Children in Need!

Team Maxirow at the University of Chester Rowathon

Last Friday, Maxiflow took part in a 12-Hour Rowathon at the University of Chester for Children in Need.

Seven members of the Maxiflow Building team, volunteered their time and energy to help raise money for a good cause, becoming the rowing powerhouse known as Team Maxirow.

Fifty teams on fifty static rowing machines, graciously provided by Concept2, and an astonishing number of competitors filled Downes Sports Hall on the University campus.

You see, we had not anticipated one very important thing: there was no limit on the number of people who could be on one team.

Team Maxirow at the University of Chester Rowathon

As a result, there were only a handful of teams who maintained the same small group of competitors for the 12 hour duration.

So, a long day felt even longer as Maxirow watched other teams frequently swapping out their entire roster for fresh faces, opting to run their race as a series of sprints instead of a marathon.

However, adrenaline levels were kept high thanks to the spirit of friendly competition. Organizers from the University monitored the total distance covered on each machine and gave frequent updates naming the leading teams.

Hearing that they were consistently in the top 5 gave the lads an incredible push and an incentive to keep forging ahead.

The members of Team Maxirow pushed themselves to their limit and achieved an incredible Third Place in the competition!

Team Maxirow at the University of Chester Rowathon

Overall, the event raised over £4000 for Children in Need, easily clearing the target total of £2500.

We would like to thank the organizers from the University of Chester for expertly setting up and moderating the event, which was a ton of fun and should be considered a great success.

Additional thanks to GB Signs who provided our Maxirow.co.uk t-shirts free of charge and sponsored the team!

Special thanks to the members of Team Maxirow:

  • Aaron Ankers
  • Kevin Beatty
  • Warren Beatty
  • Jeremy Brandreth
  • Floyd Evans
  • Mike Graham
  • Paul Russell

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Maxiflow taking part in 12-Hour Rowathon for Children in Need

On Friday 16th November 2012, Maxiflow are taking part in a 12-Hour Rowathon at the University of Chester to raise money for Children in Need.

Teams from across Cheshire will be competing against each other to see who can raise the largest amount of money for charity. Each team will attempt to cover the greatest accumulated distance on a static rowing machine within a 12-hour span. A 6-man team from Maxiflow will be representing us at the event, selflessly giving up their Friday nights for a good cause.

Sir Steve Redgrave will be on hand to teach the teams how an Olympic hero handles such a daunting task!

Note: This event was originally a 24-Hour Rowathon, but was later changed to 12 Hours. This post has been edited to reflect this.

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Basement flooding at the University of Chester

Flooding at Chester University

Hello and welcome back to the Maxiflow blog! Our office staff may have been away over the festive period, but our operatives have been out and about throughout Christmas and New Year.

Last week, the drainage team were called out to react to a basement flooding at the University of Chester underneath one of the campus buildings.

One of the 4 inch pipes underneath the pool had burst its end cap, gushing a steady torrent of hot water into the sealed basement. When we arrived, the water level had risen to over 7 feet, which was up to the ceiling in one of the diminutive basement rooms.

University of Chester Pool Basement flooding

Our primary task was to prevent the water level from rising any higher. Due to the labyrinthine network of pipes servicing the pool building, isolating the source of the water necessitated shutting off valves at various points around the campus one at a time, which was a time-consuming process.

With our Venturi Jet Pumps at full power we were successfully turning back the tide, but progress was slow. Compounding the problem was the fact that the steam rising off the pool of hot water was constantly obscuring everybody’s vision, including fogging up the glasses of the plumber!

Eventually, the issue was resolved with the deployment of a heavy-duty industrial tow-behind pump, which evacuated enough water to allow for effective repair access. After several hours’ hard work, we successfully prevented the University from housing a world-first multi-storey pool!

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