Case Studies

Betteshanger Regeneration Site

  • Sector: Contaminated Land
  • Product: Specialist Pipes
  • Client: Southern Water
  • Contractor: Clancy Dowcra

Protecta-Line barrier system was specified as part of Southern Water’s drinking water supply for one of the UK’s largest colliery regeneration sites, at Betteshanger, Kent.

The former colliery at Betteshanger and its adjacent tip site underwent redevelopment as part of English Partnerships’ National Coalfields Programme and South East England Development Agency’s (SEEDA) programme to regenerate East Kent's coalfields. The site, opened in Spring 2006, includes commercial premises, sports and leisure facilities, a cycle track and an 85 hectare country park.

Clancy Dowcra installed over 3km of 125mm Protecta-Line pipe, for feeder mains, with the system’s 180mm size connecting the site to the main pipeline. The polyethylene barrier pipe system is approved for use in water distribution, to exclude any volatile contaminants, or other chemicals that may potentially remain in the ground.

A business park created up to 22,300 sq meters of employment space, with provision for small businesses to stimulate the local economy. The aim was to provide a suitable site for a range of businesses in a high quality environment and Protecta-Line had a vital role in preventing any possible contamination of the drinking water supply from the ground. This is one of several brownfield redevelopment projects for which Southern Water has adopted GPS’s Protecta-Line system.

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