Hepworth Clay plays a part in new £200 million training ground

Built on an 80 acre industrial site in Manchester, a new £200 million state-of-the-art football academy and training ground is set to benefit from a durable underground clay drainage solution from Hepworth Clay which will offer low lifetime cost and a long service life.


Designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects, the football academy is home to 450 players training each week and features a 7,000 capacity stadium, a team building with changing rooms, a gym, a refectory and injury and rehab centre, staff offices, media centre, on site accommodation and 16.5 football pitches.

Ensuring this impressive new facility will stand the test of the time, groundworks contractor Murraywood Construction specified the Hepworth SuperSleve clay drainage system for the building facilities to guarantee chemical resistance, longevity, strength and a trouble free future.

Available in 100mm, 150mm, 225mm and 300mm diameters and used in commercial or industrial construction, adoptable sewers, highways and general building works, the Hepworth SuperSleve system consists of plain ended pipe and fittings with additional push fit flexible couplings.

With the team’s training facilities built on polluted ground, it was vitally important that clay drainage was specified due to the risk of chemicals. Hepworth SuperSleve clay pipes not only offer the required resistance in these aggressive ground conditions but have proven durability, which for the client means they have a drainage system that will stand the test of time.
Peter Mason , Murraywood Construction


“Clay drainage pipes also allow specifiers to reduce installation costs as well as environmental impact by minimising the volume of primary aggregate needed from quarries. Clay pipes have tremendous compressive strength which allows their installation with reduced amounts of granular bed and surround, recycled material or even reused as-dug material if suitable." said Paul Wydell, Product Manager at Hepworth,

“With the new clay drainage system offering the client an unmatched service life, market leader Hepworth Clay has played a part in ensuring this new state-of-the-art facility is built to last and there will be no disruption to the footballing activities of this Premier League club.”