Case Studies
“So easy to lay, and a great price” – Why Midland Ground Works Love Our Drainage Channels

The Midland Drainage Project - At a Glance 

  • Industrial units redevelopment in Wrexham
  • High-rainfall area in constant use by heavy and other vehicles
  • Tight project time scales required rapid installation – no room for overruns
  • Contractors Midland Ground Works used Clark-Drain’s 40-tonne-rated, High-Density Polyethylene Linear Drainage Channel (Technodrain) for the project
  • Solution was light, strong, quick to install, cost-effective – and delivers long life with low whole-life cost


Our Customer

Midland Ground Works Limited is an established, family-run civil engineering and construction company serving clients in Shropshire, North Wales, and further afield. Leveraging a diverse variety of heavy plant machinery and experienced operators, it completes many aspects of civil and construction solutions.


The Challenge

With frequent traffic, heavy vehicles, and plenty of hard, non-absorbent surfaces, industrial units can prove a challenge for drainage channels.

It is not enough that the drainage channels do their job of carrying rainfall and run-off away efficiently; they must also withstand the constant stress and strain of external factors. 

For the contractors laying the drains, such as Midland Ground Works undertaking a client’s industrial unit redevelopment in Wrexham, this often poses a challenge. Whilst stronger drainage channels are needed to meet the more strenuous demands of some jobs, they also come with an increased weight. 

This makes them costlier to transport, necessitates more labour and machinery to lay (an additional cost factor), slows down installation, and increases the health and safety risk associated with handling and moving the channels.

For Midland Ground Works, drainage services consisted of  installing over 96 metres of channel to a non-negotiable schedule with a small team. To address this challenge, an alternative was sought to enable optimal results faster and more economically, with fewer installation concerns.

To address this challenge, they found a solution in Clark-Drain.


The Solution

Midland Ground Works selected Clark-Drain’s High-Density Polyethylene (HD-PE) Linear Drainage Channel (Technodrain) for its project.

With its 4mm thick galvanized steel edge and ductile iron gratings, combined with a tough polymer structure that is load-rated to D400 (40 tonnes) and is resistant to a wide range of acids, salts, and hydrocarbons, this solution is certainly at home in a demanding industrial environment.

With a maximum throughput of 15 litres per second, it delivers a level of hydraulic efficiency that belies its dimensions and suits it to the heavier and more frequent rainfall episodes.

It addresses contractors’ operational and financial concerns effectively, too. Its size-to-weight ratio maximises its savings in transport and installation costs, with each 1000mm length being safe for a one-person lift.

Installation is also quick and easy, with tongue and groove joints that enable the connection of multiple channels, and preformed lateral and vertical channel outlets for ready connection to discharge pipes.


Outcomes and Results

There is no more powerful an endorsement of a product than a customer’s positive experience, and according to Midland Ground Works’ Director Chris Birch the company “absolutely loved” this solution “as it was so easy to lay and a great price.”

In testing conditions, to a tight schedule, this solution enabled a customer to complete a job to the client’s satisfaction - at less risk, with less effort, and at less cost.

For more information on how Clark-Drain can help your business deliver cost-effective drainage services, like this Midlands company, get in touch today.

No matter the size or technicalities, Clark-Drain can provide the ideal drainage solution. Give us a call on 01733 765317, send us an email to [email protected], or fill out our contact form, and a member of our friendly team will be in touch shortly to discuss your requirements.