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A new Drainasphalt car park for the community hub
1 of 3 | A new Drainasphalt car park for the community hub
Work being carried out on the car park
2 of 3 | Work being carried out on the car park
A practical and durable car park using our asphalt Sustainable Drainage System
3 of 3 | A practical and durable car park using our asphalt Sustainable Drainage System

Drainasphalt proved to be the perfect solution for enhancing the Beswick community hub with a car park that is practical, durable and finished to the highest standard.

Key facts

Sub contractor: Aggregate Industries Contracting
Sector: Public Sector
Client: Manchester City Council
Contractor: Laing O’Rourke / Expanded Ltd
  • Crucial need for effective surface water drainage
  • Part of the Council’s £44million regeneration scheme of Beswick
  • 730 tonnes of Drainasphalt supplied over three days


Manchester City Council’s overall strategy to transform a 16-acre site in Beswick into a community hub included construction of a new sixth form college, a sports and leisure centre, retail units and improvements to local highways. The Council needed to ensure the new car park and redeveloped hard landscaped areas on the site offered durability and would ensure effective surface water drainage for the safety of pedestrians and motorists.

The Council also required a solution that met its sustainable development policy, whilst proving cost effective for the overall Beswick regeneration master plan and ensuring it was logistically capable of meeting the timescales for the project.


Our evaluation of the project criteria, using our expertise in asphalt systems and solutions, made in collaboration with the project’s main contractors, Laing O’Rourke/Expanded Ltd and consultants AECOM, resulted in us proposing a solution that would not only meet the project’s performance criteria but would also offer cost savings over conventional drainage and asphalt surfacing methods. 

Aggregate Industries offers a wide range of SUDS (Sustainable Drainage Systems) solutions including aggregates, asphalts, concrete products and a range of plastic modules and components. Furthermore, as was included on this contract, comprehensive support on the complete design of the system is available from the Aggregate Industries ‘Specification Team’.  From our wide range of Performance Asphalt Products and Systems, Drainasphalt was recommended for the asphalt layers along with our SudsAgg permeable sub-base as the foundation layer. 

Drainasphalt is an open graded asphalt concrete that has been designed to provide a durable material by using a specifically chosen Polymer Modified Bitumen, offering a high water permeability rate. It is produced in a range of sizes to suit a number of different applications and as part of the wider range of Aggregate Industries’ SUDS solutions it can be paired with other products to provide a full depth, porous construction. 

SudsAgg is an open graded granular material that has been designed to provide a strong, porous aggregate sub-base ideal for porous pavement construction. It has been designed to provide suitable strength and assured void levels thereby allowing an engineer to design a pavement that he can be confident will work as designed.   

With the Drainasphalt specified at varying depths to suit different applications a total of 730t was used on the site. Effective communication between Aggregate Industries and the main contractor ensured this significant order could be supplied on time, over a three day period. 

Supplying directly from one our own asphalt plants, we were able to maximise efficiency and ensure that there was minimal disruption to the delivery schedule, allowing construction to be carried out to the required timescale.

Customer testimonials

Through the strong relationships formed between Aggregate Industries and Expanded, all activities were carefully discussed and planned to ensure there were no delays to progress on site. This enabled the car park to be fully executed and completed as per
Phillip Muff
Manager - Expanded Ltd

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