Modular stormwater management system gets UK launch

Q-Bic Plus seems to offer quick installation times, high levels of design freedom and generous levels of access for inspection.

Wavin, a manufacturer of stormwater and rainwater management systems and drainage products, has announced the UK launch of Q-Bic Plus, described as an innovative modular system that offers significantly enhanced design freedom, installation speed and access for inspection and cleaning.

Developed by Wavin, Q-Bic Plus, it is claimed, “rewrites the rule book of geocellular stormwater management systems”. Whatever the available area, a solution can be designed using Q-Bic Plus, says Wavin. It also features an open tank design allowing generous access for maintenance. Another seemingly important feature is “integrated connectors”, which the firm says can increase speed of installation by up to 50%, when compared to traditional plastic systems, helping to reduce costs.

Widely used throughout central Europe, Q-Bic Plus has been launched in the UK following demand from house builders, developers and local authorities for an advanced, large-scale modular solution to aid surface water management of large urban housing and commercial infrastructure projects.

The product features push-fit functionality. The use of fully integrated connectors means it simply clicks into place with no need for clips and pins offering improved installation times. And a lightweight construction also means “it’s easy to handle with a lightweight base unit, rounded edges, dedicated handgrips and a walkable top deck”. The compact, modular design translates into fewer deliveries to site, says Wavin.

The use of fully integrated connectors means it simply clicks into place with no need for clips and pins.

Also highlighted in the firm’s press release is the “unique pillar design” which means that 70% of the tank’s surface area is accessible. With “the widest bi-directional channels on the market” – up to 370mm – Q-Bic Plus is said to offer the easiest system for CCTV inspection or cleaning nozzle reach. Its integrated vertical and lateral access points, offering choice of connection, provide further flexibility in terms of tank orientation and layout.

“Q-Bic Plus is the next generation of modular attenuation specifically designed for managing excessive rainfall at large scale developments in towns, cities and at new builds,” commented Martin Lambley Product Manager – Foul, Utilities and Water Management at Wavin. “The modular nature of Q-Bic Plus makes it perfect for urban housing developments and commercial utilities projects, from just a few units acting as a soakaway, to thousands of units creating a vast underground reservoir.”

Faced with rising costs and stricter deadlines, modularisation is growing in popularity as developers and housing authorities look to find the next generation of efficient and economical products and systems.

Q-Bic Plus was launched in 2014, initially in France and then a phased launch through Europe and now UK customers will be able to see this latest addition to the award-winning Wavin portfolio during the Expo.

The launch announcement came on the eve of Flood Expo 2016, the world’s leading flood exhibition and conference being held in London on 12-13 October.