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Water Management Overview

  • Nature of Business

    • Solutions that manage and attenuate water originating inside and outside buildings
    • Integrated “Rain to Drain” solutions for the built environment
  • Growth drivers

    • Legislation aimed at conservation, attenuation and control of water
    • Architectural and structural engineering specifications
    • Building regulations
  • Opportunities and potential

    • Development of further “Rain to Drain” synergies following the acquisition of Wade
    • Increase divisional export sales with focus on systems using Gatic, Harmer and Wade products
    • Grow operating margins through new product introductions, operational efficiency and gearing
  • Stage of construction cycle

    • Mid-cycle
  • Routes to market

    • Majority of sales are specification/ contract led
    • Most are sold via building distributors
    • Some are sold direct via civil drainage contractors
  • Market position

    • Alumasc Rainwater: No. 1 in UK aluminium and No. 2 in cast iron
    • Harmer & Wade building drainage: No. 1 in metal building drainage systems
    • Gatic: No. 1 in UK engineered access covers and No. 1 in UK high capacity drainage
  • Operations and supply chain

    • Majority UK in-house manufacture

Case Study

Wade stainless steel drainage channels

Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Key Features

Stainless steel hidden channels, which are suited for draining large areas, are finished with block paving to provide an aesthetic solution. Can be designed and manufactured in house to accommodate a range of paving thicknesses, flow rates and any bespoke design detail requirements.

On this project Wade worked closely with the architect to provide a solution for a large area of block paving which needed to be drained effectively following critical water entrapment, due to this product being installed over the exhibition area of the museum. Several design challenges were overcome as the paved area had random shapes, so bespoke access cover shapes were required and a curved channel to follow the curve of the glass in the café windows.