In 2018, Corby town centre was in need of renovation. With more council planners calling for sustainable, urban developments, it became clear that the town’s Market Walk Shopping Centre needed to be updated, both functionally and aesthetically. Midlands-based O’Brien Contractors were tasked with transforming Market Walk’s outdated multi-storey car park into a flexible, functional and long-lasting alternative.
The retail centre had struggled to sustain high numbers of visitors in recent years. Given the diminishing footfall, the council approved plans to transform Market Walk by creating flexible lease retail units and changing the multi-storey car park, which was considered an eyesore in the town, to a 400-space ground floor car park in order to help revitalise the shopping centre.
With approximately 18% of the city centre’s shops closing in the past five years alone, the importance of regenerating the shopping centre and encouraging customers to visit was of high importance to sustainability of the local area. With this in mind, the project aimed to transform the space to encourage more people to visit the centre, and focused on improved parking spaces, increased retail units, and the addition of a ‘green wall’ to improve the visual aspect of the entrance.
In order to effectively accommodate the drainage network, O’Brien Contractors, who won the tender to renovate the car park area, turned to ACO Water Management. ACO’s design team worked closely with O’Brien to modify the channel layout to deliver an efficient surface water management system for the car park.
The challenges of the regeneration required the demolition of the existing multi-storey car park, which would then be replaced with a tarmac surface for visitors to park on. Taking into account the unique site layout and design challenges of installing effective channel runs in the existing space, O’Brien Contractors worked with ACO Water Management from the onset to ensure that a suitable solution - with minimal outlets to complement the site’s layout - was planned effectively before being put into place.
One of the challenges that O’Brien Contractors had to overcome was finding a channel drainage system that was robust, easy to install, and resistant to damage. After a thorough planning process, O’Brien Contractors made the decision to install ACO MonoDrain™ throughout the project due to its cost-effectiveness and suitability for public access areas. ACO MonoDrain™ is a one-piece channel drainage system, featuring Heelguard™ inlets and certified as Load Class D 400, which made it an ideal drainage solution for pedestrian and parking applications.