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Our values

No matter how big or small, we value every job we work on, and every customer we work for. Each project receives the same attention to detail from our dedicated customer service managers through to our design and production teams, we all work hard to value engineer every aspect of your project.

We won’t stop until every manhole, every accessory and every last metre of tank has been optimised to provide the perfect solution with the least amount of time, space and money wasted.

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With you from the ground up

We’re not here to sell you a stormwater tank system and just walk away. We’ll be with you every step of the way.

Our comprehensive website contains technical documents and brochures for you to download, and our team of technical specialists are always on hand to answer your calls. We offer guided tours of our facilities and factory, and will come to your premises to deliver a bespoke seminar with Q&A session to share our expertise with you and your colleagues.

Read what some of our customers had to say about us below.

“Even to an experienced consulting engineer with a good knowledge of stormwater attenuation, it is extremely beneficial to work with Tubosider's technical team to develop the most efficient solution. Tubosider live and breathe stormwater solutions, so they were able to offer significant design guidance to enhance our proposals and ensure the final solution was simple and cost effective.”
Lindsay Baxter - Paul Nicholls & Co (Vauxhall Northants)

“Besides their directness regarding the technical issues involved in the project and the excellent guidance they provided, including on-site advice on installing the prefabricated sections, their alternative proposals and final tender were most valuable, reducing the anticipated cost.”
Andrew Dunham - McPhillips civil engineers (Stourport Tesco)

“The design input was excellent from the first, with Tubosider taking a holistic approach to the attenuation requirements and drainage design as a whole. The integrated flow control system avoided the need for secondary suppliers and saved the construction of additional flow control manholes. Designing with separate size pipes for the two tanks we required greatly reduced the delivery cost, and made the bid the most economically and environmentally efficient.”
John Killen - Jons Civil Engineering (Dublin R132)

“Cost is such an issue in the current climate, the Twinstore system comes even more into its own. The client wanted to see comparable prices for other pipe systems and crates, but Twinstore could not be beaten. What’s more, its compact design allowed us to achieve the required capacity in a single run across the frontage of the development, even though some of the site’s features demanded considerable flexibility in the design.”
Mike Hughes - Tier Consult (Shrewsbury Trade Park)

“Tubosider provide a package which is hard to beat – a fully designed and equipped system which can be adapted if conditions demand, with good advice and support. There is a rhythm to installing their tanks, and given their convenience and performance, it’s their system we like to see on the schedule.”
Craig Milner - Moortown Construction (Hull Academy)

“Although a crate system was specified on the tender drawing, we soon recognised that Tubosider had devised a steel tank based solution with the potential to save us and the client a significant amount of time, money and aggregate to install it with – all told, around 15% less cost than projected.”
Rob Symons - VINCI Construction UK (Tesco Hanley)

“Twinstore compared favourably on cost with calculations for half a dozen other systems, besides saving Laing O’Rourke’s Expanded division on installing a good number of manholes. There were also constraints on space and layout, and access issues over the supply of services. But working with engineers WSP, Tubosider’s design team helped innovate a better solution than that originally planned.”
Laing O’Rourke’s Expanded division (NHS Dumfries)

“It’s so much easier dealing with a supplier who can answer technical queries and accommodate any late changes in its stride. The design, manufacture and delivery were spot on – and they made sure we were kept informed throughout. Installation, too, was such an easy job, though Tubosider was also on hand to help. And the system itself is perfectly designed for inspection and maintenance.”
Dan Barker - Winvic Construction (Castle Donington M&S)

“We had an original scheme planned and priced against which Tubosider had to successfully pitch their proposals. But their project team put in a lot of effort. They have been a good partner, showing due respect for our plan but then saving the project a good degree of cost once we then asked them to submit their own solution. They have been on top of everything, from health and safety to last minute changes, attending site and seeing every tank and accessory was properly installed and operational.”
Robin Mitchell - Buckingham Group Contracting (Southend Airport)

“It was no easy job to devise the right system for the job. We were confined by a limited and restricted area on site which meant the design on plan had to be carefully considered and developed in line with this. Tubosider were excellent at proposing a variety of designs that would best suit our specific constraints and were significantly influential in the decision of the final design.”
Luke Brothwell - Clugston Construction (Mars Birstall)

Problem solvers

This is where the added value of choosing Tubosider for your stormwater attenuation project really comes into play. Our expert design team are not merely CAD operators, they are problem solvers and lateral thinkers.

Thinking inside the box is literally all that a crate system offers, with little room for innovation and adaptation. Our systems are built to order and pre-fabricated to eliminate any defects and cut onsite installation times to a minimum.

Big or small, simple or complex. Every project is different and there’s nothing that our design engineers can’t handle.

Dublin Airport Vanguard Centre Tesco Vauxhall

Dublin Airport road network goes Twinstore

Who:
Dublin Airport

Where:
R132 carriageway

What:
Twinstore system

Contractors:
Jons Civil Engineering

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Background to specification
Tubosider has provided a number of large stormwater attenuation systems to Dublin Airport airside for its terminals and aircraft aprons in recent years.

Jons Civil Engineering of Duleek are among a number of Irish contractors who propose the use of Tubosider’s unique loadbearing systems, this time for the R132 road improvement project between the Airport roundabout and Collinstown Cross.

Besides converting the 1.3km (1420 yard) road from a single to dual carriageway with bus lanes, cycleways, footpaths and verges, the contractors were to also install a new strictly controlled attenuation system.

From the start, JCE’s project management team liaised closely with Tubosider’s technical sales and design teams to produce a system which complies not only with the SuDS concept, but also the Greater Dublin Strategic Drainage Study. Drainage had to be carefully integrated into the site while taking account of original greenfield drainage patterns.

Key criteria
JCE’s John Killen explains how the attenuation element came to be specified:

“The attenuation tanks are a contractor designed element, and the employers’ specifications were performance based. We found that the Tubosider product was the most suitable on this project for several reasons.

“These included overall cost, the quality of support from the Tubosider design team, and the fact that they and their products are familiar to the client, as they had previously used them on the same drainage network in the airport. That and the follow up support and post installation inspection they provide.”

The Tubosider design, in this case using a Twinstore system, was also the most efficient in meeting the challenges posed by the confined plan area of the site and because the outfall levels to the stream limited the options available.

By choosing Twinstore’s exclusive and patented space-saving solution, balancing the volume of rainwater captured between unsealed tanks and a lined aggregate fill, the whole attenuation footprint was limited to just 22 x 53.5 meters.

Solution & benefits
Edge of road drainage into local streams has now been replaced by a kerb and gulley system with carrier drains combined with filter drains through pollution controlled attenuation tanks to a designated outfall point.

The design consists of two Twinstore tanks, one with a 1685 cubic metre capacity in 1800mm steel pipes and one of 585 cubic metres in 1600mm. Using two diameters also allowed all the prefabricated sections to be nested when transported from St Helens, thus saving considerably on cost and time.

The same environmental approach previously proved a massive advantage in delivering Tubosider’s biggest yet tank to Dublin Airport in 2008. That time, the number of flatloaders to deliver the 15,600 cubic meter tank was effectively halved, saving over 200 journeys.

“The design input was excellent from the first, with Tubosider taking a holistic approach to the attenuation requirements and drainage design as a whole,” says John Killen.

“The integrated flow control system avoided the need for secondary suppliers and saved the construction of additional flow control manholes. Designing with separate size pipes for the two tanks we required greatly reduced the delivery cost, and made their bid the most economically and environmentally efficient.

“We have used their quotes as part of previous tenders, but this is the first occasion that we have been awarded a project that required attenuation in a confined design. I found the Tubosider management team very easy to deal with and technically very competent and genuinely interested in the drainage and attenuation design. “What’s more, the product is very easily installed and robust for site handling. We would have no reservations in engaging with them on future projects.”

In the Vanguard for best value

Who:
Morris Properties

Where:
Vanguard Trade Park, Shrewsbury

What:
Twinstore system

Civil engineers:
Tier Consult, Chester

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Background to specification
Active in Shropshire for 140 years, Morris Properties creates new-build, contemporary developments or converts, restores and refurbishes landmark buildings.

This trade park in Shrewsbury developed by the company is one of the latest additions to a considerable investment portfolio, from car showrooms and trade counters to retail and office parks.

In selecting the stormwater attenuation system for Vanguard Trade Park, civil engineers Tier Consult in Chester had only one choice in mind.

Not only is Tier well familiar with Tubosider’s systems from several years’ collaboration on different projects, but lead engineer on this latest project Mike Hughes was looking for the best value option to serve the client’s needs.

Key criteria
“Cost is such an issue in the current climate, the Twinstore system comes even more into its own”, says Mike Hughes. “The client did want to see comparable prices for other pipe systems and crates. But Twinstore could not be beaten.

“What’s more, its compact design allowed us to achieve the required capacity in a single run across the frontage of the development, even though some of the site’s features demanded considerable flexibility in the design.”

Being Highways Agency BD12 accredited, like all Tubosider systems, it also solved the one remaining issue at Vanguard Trade Park. With an access road serving the development, the attenuation chosen had to be suitably loadbearing for the limited depth of cover available.

Solution & benefits
To allow space for the essential services supplying the site, a run of only 600mm diameter Tubosider steel pipe was used to link two of our 1400mm diameter tanks. The greater capacity downstream leg then discharges via a petrol/oil separator and 150mm outlet into Shrewsbury’s main drainage network.

The patented Twinstore system further minimises the dig and tank area and of course the cost by balancing the water captured between unsealed tanks and the impermeably lined granular fill.

Technical knowledge is central for Stourport

Who:
Tesco PLC

Where:
Stourport supermarket & road system

What:
Bolted plate culverts

Main contractor:
Bowmer & Kirkland

Civil engineers:
McPhillips (Wellington) Limited

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Background to specification
Stourport has seen a major transformation with the go-ahead to build a new Tesco supermarket, car park and petrol station on Severn Road and a mixed-use development on the southern part of the same site.

After six months' planning by main contractor Bowmer & Kirkland, the project began with an important planning condition required by Worcestershire County Council - an A278 scheme to upgrade the local roads infrastructure.

Cue civil engineers McPhillips, infrastructure specialists, who have assisted Bowmer & Kirkland on this and other types of past projects and have particular knowledge of what would be required.

Key criteria
"One of the main issues we faced was installing four arch culverts each 14 meters in length for which a particular manufacturer had been specified, but Tubosider's technical knowledge and design expertise provided us with an ideal bolted plate solution," says McPhillip's Andrew Dunham.

"Besides their directness regarding the technical issues involved in the project and the excellent guidance they provided, including on-site advice on installing the prefabricated sections, their alternative proposals and final tender were most valuable, reducing the anticipated cost."

Solution & benefits
Arch culverts are normally cast into a structure section by section, but Andrew Dunham foresaw problems and the need to solve the tie-in details. WCR approval was therefore sought and given for assembling the arches outside the structure and trimming them to length.

A 350 tonne crane was then used to lift the four assembled culverts into the causeway between two new RC walls. McPhillips then saw the culvert ends finished in reinforced concrete and fitted with a plastic former to give such an aesthetic look to a working structure.

"Everything from start to finish has gone well, even down to the promptness of delivery - it's been a highly successful solution, as we've come to expect from working with Tubosider in the past," says Andrew Dunham."

Vauxhall Northants ticks all the boxes

Who:
Vauxhall Motors

Where:
Northampton dealership

What:
Combined attenuation & drainage system

Civil engineers:
Paul Nicholls & Co

Main contractor:
Rainton Construction, MGL Group

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Background to specification
Vauxhall Northampton is not just another success story for our stormwater tanks - it’s classic proof of Tubosider’s valued expertise and superior systems.

“Even to an experienced consulting engineer with a good knowledge of stormwater attenuation, it is extremely beneficial to work with Tubosider's technical team to develop the most efficient solution,” says Lindsay Baxter, working with Paul Nicholls & Co Consulting Civil & Structural Engineers.

His company has worked many times with Tubosider, most recently on the Cheshire Oaks Honda / Hyundai dealerships at Ellesmere Port, with another attenuation system in the pipeline for Tubosider to work on.

“Tubosider live and breathe stormwater solutions, so they are able to offer significant design guidance to enhance our proposals and ensure the final solution was simple and cost effective.”

Key criteria
Like many other civil engineers considering performance and maintenance of storage systems, Lindsay has become increasingly doubtful about the long-term viability of alternative crate storage systems. Issues ranging from complexity of installation to cleaning & performance difficulties associated with the build-up of silt and debris etc all indicate that a simple accessible tank is preferable.

“Having worked with Tubosider on many projects, I have been impressed with the technical assistance ranging from rainfall intensity calculations, optimised storage volume calculations, efficient combined storage & drainage pipe solutions and integrated pumping systems. The excellent service extends from preliminary design stage to final construction."

Solution & benefits
Behind the smooth installation of a single run tank is another example of what Tubosider excels at - helping the engineer arrive at the ultimate solution for the required attenuation. In this case, a 510 cubic metre tank in 1800mm diameter pipe with a built-in pump, combining attenuation with the drainage system and saving 4 manholes on the original scheme.

Excellence from design to construction is certainly the experience of the contractors at Vauxhall, Rainton Construction, part of the MGL Group. Contracts manager Gordon Nattress was with CPS Civil Engineering before joining MGL 10 years ago and is well experienced in attenuation systems.

“I rate Tubosider highly – their systems are quick and easy to install. Usually I’ve installed gravity systems, but with or without a pumping station, they always go in smoothly first time.

“The attenuation provided by the Vauxhall tank is considerable, no bad thing considering the nature of the ground and its flood plain location, and sensible if the client plans to expand.”

Performance

Value is added when either the cost of a system is reduced or its function is improved, and our stormwater tanks win on both counts.

With access shafts built-in as standard, maintaining our tanks is easier and quicker than a crate system. What’s more, the inherent strength of helibore steel makes our systems load-bearing, and our tanks can be designed to give a greater volume-to-footprint ratio of attenuation.

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7 steps to efficiency

1. Transportation

Through close liaison with contractors on site, we can phase supply of each batch of the order to the very time it is to be installed, maximising the efficiency of the overall project.

2. Materials

We strive to eliminate all unnecessary elements with our systems. Whether it's removing the need for additional manholes, or saving every precious metre of pipework, our designs are value engineered to reduce material waste.

3. Manufacturing

Our factory and facilities have been streamlined to make our manufacturing and finishing processes as efficient as a well-planned operation, saving you time and ultimately, cost.

4. Time

From the components we use, to the onsite service we provide, we do everything we can to make the installation of our systems as quick and easy for you as possible.

5. Planning

By planning and designing every inch of your stormwater system to meet your exact requirements, there is no wasted space, materials or time.

6. Production

Our systems are all built to order, meaning that we are only ever producing and supplying what you need, these savings in time and materials are then passed onto you.

7. Quality control

With integrated design and manufacture, and continuous monitoring of finishing and onsite operations, we can ensure that we get it right first time, every time.

Watching your bottom line

Thanks to the way our stormwater tanks are designed, they require far less spend on materials and accessories than crate systems. This frequently saves our customers thousands of pounds.

We believe in delivering the right solution for every job.
Our business is built on repeat customers and recommendation, and as such if we can save you money whilst over-delivering on service, we know we’ll see you again in the future.

Talk to one of our expert sales advisors today for a competitive proposal and see how much value we can add to your project.

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