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Versatile range of drainage systems for Whiteley Shopping Centre

Whiteley Shopping Centre has over 29,700 m² of retail and leisure space, including a 5,500m² Marks & Spencer and 1,810m² Next outlet. The £64million Shopping Centre was jointly development and is owned by British Land Company PLC and Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS).

Extensive use of natural materials, an effective drainage scheme and the incorporation of many energy efficient and sustainable features, lead to the Centre achieving a BREEAM excellent rating.

Product Load Class
150 m of RECYFIX PRO 100 C 250
100 m of RECYFIX PRO 200 D 400
75 m of RECYFIX PLUS 100 D 400
50 m of FASERFIX KS 150 E 600
300 m of FASERFIX KS 200 F 600


Fareham, Hampshire
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Extensive impermeable surfaces required efficient surface drainage

Designed by Architects Corstorphine+Wright as an open townscape, the Whiteley Shopping Centre was built on levelled land that originally sloped down towards an existing car park and petrol filling station. With extensive paved, concreted, resin bonded aggregate and asphalted areas, surface water drainage was an important consideration in the general landscaping of the site.

Aesthetic drainage to blend into modern design

Aesthetic demands meant the surface water drainage for the paved square and its radiating pedestrian walkways had to be as unobtrusive as possible, yet fully meeting drainage requirements. This was achieved by installing 700 metres of RECYFIX SLOTTED CHANNELS fitted with symmetrical stainless steel covers. Once installed this system provides a subtle, narrow line of slots in the pavement surface.

”We worked closely with the main contractor McLaren Construction to ensure the drainage systems specified were going to be discreet, blended in well with the desired design effect and meet the loading class required.”

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The channels offered discreet yet efficient surface drainage for the paved interlinking areas within the centre.

Parking bays RECYFIX PRO

The coloured resin bonded aggregate surface behind the shops for the parking bays is drained by RECYFIX PRO 100 channel run, which are fitted with heelsafe FIBRETEC composite gratings.


50 metres of FASERFIX KS 150 channels with 9mm slot ductile iron class E 600 gratings were installed across many of the centres’ access roads.

Service yard FASERFIX KS

300 metres of FASERFIX KS 200 channels with 20 mm slot ductile iron class F 900 gratings were used to drain the concrete service yards located behind the shops.

Pedestrian access route RECYFIX PRO

RECYFIX PRO 200 channels fitted with ductile iron class D 400 gratings were installed across the pedestrian access route to the bays.

Sides of buildings RECYFIX PLUS

RECYFIX PLUS 100 channels with 6mm slot ductile iron class D 400 gratings were installed to drain rainwater away from the sides of buildings.

Accessories for the above channel systems included access covers, trash boxes, blank end caps and end caps with outlets.

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