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Oman Conference Centre ... a Gatic project.

Oman Conference Centre ... a Gatic project.

Water management at its best


November 2018

Gatic's innovative access covers and channel drainage and Wade and Harmer’s building drainage systems will be in the spotlight at Alumasc Water Management Solutions’ (AWMS) stand at The Big 5 show in Dubai, UAE, this month.

The UK-based AWMS is a leading brand in the industry for proven water management that harnesses the expertise of five trusted brands to provide one simple solution in water management, says Peter Burnap, AWMS International managing director.

These are Gatic drainage and access covers; Skyline aluminium fascias, soffit and copings; Alumasc Rainwater gutters and downpipes; Harmer building drainage; and Wade International building drainage.

“AWMS offers rain-to-drain solutions that set the standard for urban water management,” he says.  “The solution includes rainwater and drainage products that manage water along its journey through the built environment in the most effective way inside and outside buildings from originating source to water course, sewer or ground.”

The CastSlot and UltraSlot Slotdrain range ... key developments include through spacers and a new lock design.

The CastSlot and UltraSlot Slotdrain range ... key developments include through spacers and a new lock design.

Each brand is a big name in its own right, well known for innovation, quality and outstanding support, he adds.

New to AWMS following its recent acquisition is the Essex-based drainage specialist Wade International. The key strategic move strengthens the unique ‘rain-to-drain’ position of its water management division Alumasc Group, according to Burnap.

Wade is a specialist drainage provider, working extensively with a variety of metals tailored to specific application environments. Its product portfolio includes stainless steel linear drainage channels, floor gullies and grease converters.

“Wade has built a strong brand on the design excellence and high-quality manufacture of its products,” comments Burnap. “Its strategic focus aligns perfectly with our own and will allow us greater scope and capacity to invest in and develop the next generation of drainage systems that will define new standards in performance, durability and value.”

This complements the established Harmer Building Drainage, enabling AWMS to now offer an unrivalled building drainage range from roof outlets to floor drainage systems.

Wade and Harmer Building Drainage offers specialist engineered products that are robust, lightweight and at the leading edge of technology. They are designed first to perform and then to last, even in the most particular commercial and industrial environments, emphasises Burnap.

Harmer’s extensive metal drainage includes cast iron, aluminium and stainless steel. Its products range from floor, channel and shower drains suitable for industrial, leisure, food production, pharmaceutical and domestic applications; through to roof outlets for all types of roof applications; and Modulock deck supports for terraces, walkways, balconies and ballasted flat roof constructions.



Gatic has been engineering innovative surface water management and precision-engineered access covers for more than 90 years, and is recognised for its market-leading solutions across the globe.

A long-established global brand in the construction, transport and utility markets, Gatic along with Wade has been specified for major projects around the world in ports, airports and military bases. Some of the prestigious Middle Eastern projects where its products have been installed include Doha international airport and port, Oman Conference Centre, Madinah airport in Saudi Arabia, Jeddah railway station and Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard, Qatar.

“Gatic’s precision-engineered access covers, channel and linear drainage surface water management systems are proven to perform perfectly over decades, and have been designed for performance, strength and looks for a wide range of applications,” says Burnap.

He continues: “Gatic’s tried-and-tested access covers are designed to protect cabling and underground services in robust environments and then work perfectly when access is required. Our covers endure constant heavy-duty loading, high traffic volume and changing climate conditions, where failure or under-performance is not an option.”

The closely machined horizontal and vertical seating faces of the cover and frame components provide sealed protection against dirt and water, while fitting comfortably and staying stable. The precise fit of the covers discourages the development of movement over time under subsequent wear.

Gatic also manufactures access covers for pedestrian walkways, car-parks and public areas such as restaurants and hotels.

“This calls for innovative design, so the cover is practically unnoticed – matching floor patterns, for example. For maximum safety and security, our covers are available in anti-slip surface material and resistant to tampering,” says Burnap.

Alongside its extensive range of access covers, Gatic is a leader in channel drainage systems with Slotdrain and Filcoten. Often installed on the same sites as access covers, the drainage also has to be incredibly strong, efficient and unobtrusive.

Slotdrain’s hexagonal channel profile was originally developed in conjunction with airport sector professionals. “The design allows for a self-cleansing flow and helps prevent blockages. It copes comfortably with the most adverse weather conditions, such as flash-floods which can cause operations to come to a standstill. The 100-per-cent recyclable product range has been developed to suit many different environments from parking areas and housing developments through to heavy-duty docks and airports supporting applications up to F900,” he says.

More recently, the CastSlot and UltraSlot Slotdrain range has undergone key developments, now featuring through spacers for additional reinforcement when required. The spacers can also be used to allow cables or other services to pass from one side of the channel to the other. To make the systems even easier to install, CastSlot and UltraSlot have a new lock design, enabling the channels to lock together for maximum channel alignment and a tight fit prior to taping and pouring.

AWMS also offers Skyline aluminium fascias, soffits and copings and Alumasc Rainwater gutters and downpipes.

Under the AWMS umbrella brand, specifiers and engineers benefit from an unrivalled depth and breadth of water management solutions to suit their individual project needs, confirms Burnap.

“Whether it is internal or external drainage, our systems work seamlessly together to provide a total solution from roof to below-ground,” he concludes.

AWMS offers customers extensive technical advice and back-up including the AWMS exclusive drainage design calculator, building information modelling (BIM) and design engineer assistance. Its unique bespoke manufacturing combined with the expertise and advice of its design engineers means the company can deliver drainage solutions to suit specific project requirements.

Gatic will be exhibiting at the AWMS stand, within the British Pavilion at Stand 3D153, Hall 3.  

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