Triton Systems tank waterproof behemoth basement near Birmingham

The creation of an extensive basement complex that has taken a year to construct and which extends beneath an access road to link the main property with a separate building, is making use of multiple waterproofing products from the range of Triton Systems.

The 900m² across main house tunnel and adjacent house reinforced concrete sub-structure to what will be a six-bedroom private residence, with amenities including a swimming pool and gym, has been excavated and formed by Leicester based Beautiful Basements, in a contract valued at £800K. Aside from the sheer scale of the property, the contractor has also had to deal with some difficult ground conditions and the sloping topography of the land which was once stables, and offers views towards the outskirts of Birmingham.

Beautiful Basements has built the structure in reinforced concrete with 400mm thick walls – rising to a height of over five point four metres around the pool area – sitting on the equally thick ground bearing slab. As well as using Triton’s formable rubber Adcor and CEMflex steel waterbar products to provide continuity between the multiple sections, all of the ready mixed concrete supplied to the site by Flomix Concrete also incorporates Triton’s TT waterproofing admixture.

As the various areas of the basement are finished, the manufacturer’s Platon P8 drainage membrane is being used to line the walls, while Platon P20 covers the floor, with their edges being sealed where they drain into the moulded PVC Aqua Channel around the perimeter. There a total of eight sumps containing Triton pumps to remove any water collected. Additionally the project features the use of Triton’s special condensation traps, while the roof of the tunnel under the road has been treated with Triton Fastcoat: a single component, moisture curing elastomeric resin.

The Managing Director of Beautiful Basements, Andy Parkes, commented:

“This has been a long and complex contract but it is progressing well. We always use the Triton membranes and perimeter channels as our go-to solution for these sorts of contracts, as we have enjoyed an excellent working relationship with the company going back more than a decade.”

“With respect to the Platon drainage membranes, we had to install some sections of the P8 ahead of the rest where the main contractor needed to erect blockwork walls to divide up different rooms within the basement. The P8 will run all the way through the tunnel and ultimately link up to the bungalow. It’s a massive project with the three different builds all connected together giving continuous waterproofing integrity.”

Beautiful Basements works right across the country on commercial projects as well as large residential developments, while as an approved installer of the Triton systems, the specialist regularly employs half a dozen of the well-proven products to create large-scale, fully waterproof sub-structures that offer a ten-year guarantee along with insurance backed guarantee.

P20 carries a BBA certificate which is required to satisfy the requirements of Third Party Building Warranty providers (NHBC, LABC etc) it can be used within a standalone waterproofing system or as part of a combined strategy with other forms of waterproofing, depending on site conditions, and planned use of the basement or building.

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