Gatic, the global leader in access covers and civil drainage systems, recently installed Slotdrain CastSlot Treadsafe, its high capacity surface water drainage at Hamilton Business Park in Hedge End, Southampton. The £2m project, which spans 24,000 sq.ft., involved building brand new industrial and warehouse units and is the final phase of a 30-year project that started in 1988. The business park now has a total of 26 units covering 250,000 sq.ft. and 20 acres of space.

BCT Services worked with the developers to complete the project. John Griffin, buyer for BCT Services, has worked in construction for 30 years and is familiar with Gatic’s products. He comments: “Our specification called for CastSlot but I would have recommended using it anyway. It’s a good product, practical and easy to handle. It comes in three, one and a half metre lengths, which are designed with quick and safe installation in mind, and the metal construction means it’s not liable to breakages – which speeds up installation and improves safety, as well as saving cost.”

CastSlot is part of Gatic’s market leading Slotdrain range, available with a 10mm or 30mm opening and a load classification of up to F900, CastSlot is ideal for areas which are subject to heavy loads and slow turning traffic such as warehouse and industrial units. Its unobtrusive profile sits neatly within concrete, asphalt and block surface finishes, and an electro painted ductile iron throat section is securely fixed to the galvanised steel channel body for an exceptionally robust yet discreet drainage system. The Treadsafe option is recommended for areas where regular foot traffic is likely.

For more information on Gatic’s highly specified range of surface water drainage call 01304 203 545. Visit

Gatic Civil Drainage, the global leader in access covers and civil drainage systems expands its growing Filcoten® range with Parkline. Introduced for car park applications, and ideal for renovations of existing parking decks, Parkline comes with the same high performance benefits as other products in the Filcoten range.

Filcoten is an innovative grated channel drainage system manufactured from a breakthrough High Performance Concrete (HPC). It provides market-leading levels of installed strength and stability for significantly longer, trouble-free operational life. It is also 100% recyclable and the only drainage channel to be made with renewable energy.

Filcoten Parkline is suitable for load ratings of up to C250 and is wheelchair friendly with almost no height difference to the surrounding road. It is ideal for replacing existing drainage systems, with an innovative locking system for quick and easy installation, and secure drain covers that can be easily removed for cleaning and access as required. Its cross-section and monolithic construction prevents noise when cars cross over it, and prevents grates from getting clogged. Its intelligent design includes innovative connecting elements made from corrosion resistant stainless steel for efficient water conductivity.

Sales Director Martin Neale comments: “Gatic is committed to ongoing improvement and development of its products so we can supply the best solutions for a wide range of drainage projects. Our Filcoten range includes Pro G, Pro V, Tec, Self, Pave and now Parkline with load classes from A15 for pedestrian areas to F900 for heavy duty applications where a more robust system is required.”

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Filcoten, Gatic’s market leading lightweight channel drainage system, has been installed at the new McDonald’s restaurant in Tonbridge. Filcoten Pro G NW100 c/w F900 Grate was supplied through civil drainage merchant MPS and installed by contractor Galamast, who handle most of McDonald’s construction projects. Galamast chose Filcoten because of its leading strength, installed performance and environmental benefits.

Filcoten® is manufactured from a breakthrough High Performance Concrete (HPC) that is setting new standards in flexural and compressive strength, and in the long-term performance of channel drainage. In comparison with resin and fibre reinforced concretes, Filcoten is 70% lighter and its bond to an identical concrete surround is five times stronger, significantly improving the installed channel’s resilience to traffic loading, ground movement and thermal cycling.

Its flexural strength is approximately double that of conventional HPC, which means fewer breakages in transit, in stock, and installation, and a considerably longer, trouble-free operational life. And due to Filcoten’s composition and close control of the curing process it achieves a compressive strength 50% higher than conventional HPC without having to revert to the use of chemical stabilisers, additives or releasing agents.

Filcoten is 100% recyclable and is the only drainage channel to be made with renewable energy. It is non-flammable and UV resistant unlike resin or polymer based products. Filcoten’s unique combination of high strength, high durability and geometric stability provides engineers and contractors with a market leading channel drainage solution.

For more information on Gatic’s market-leading range of slotdrain products and technical support, call 01304 203545 or visit

Gatic, a global leader in engineered surface water drainage and access covers, has appointed Keith Lambourne MBE, MIEx to support its strong growth in exports. Following a record year, Gatic is expanding and investing in its teams to lay the foundation for further international growth and to boost the Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) brand. Keith boasts 40 years’ experience in construction exports and 50 years in the construction industry. His wealth of knowledge will help drive the business forward and strengthen Gatic’s leading position in international markets.

Keith previously worked for global players such as Peter Savage and SKK Cyprus, and subsequently spending 26 years as Export Director for ACO International. In his new role, Keith will be responsible for identifying new export markets and promoting the benefits of AWMS and Gatic’s systems and solutions to specifiers and engineers around the world.

Keith comments: “I’m looking forward to developing and seizing new business opportunities for Gatic and AWMS. Both are leading brands in their own right with clearly defined benefits and USPs across their wide range of rain-to-drain water management solutions. I’m ready to hit the ground running and help make a difference.”

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Gatic Civil Drainage, part of Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS), boosts its growing team with the appointment of a new Sales Director Martin Neale.

Martin joins the team at an exciting time for the business and will be central to driving Gatic’s commercial strategy to its next level of growth. He comes with over 27 years’ in the civil drainage sector, working in senior roles and building relationships across the supply chain from architects and specifiers, through to contractors and builders’ merchants.

Martin comments: “I’m extremely pleased to be joining Gatic and its team and am looking forward to contributing to Gatic’s lead in the market and strengthening its position in civil drainage. Gatic is a global leader of precision engineered access covers and surface water drainage, with over 50% of our business in exports. We manufacture the widest range of slot and channel drains, and recently introduced Filcoten® to the range which is the first in a new generation of concrete channel drainage based on High Performance Concrete.

“My new role in Gatic is timely,” continues Martin. “We have lots of great developments to shout about and many more to come!”

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Gatic has completed a new 80-page product guide for its extensive range of surface water drainage. The comprehensive brochure includes detailed information on Gatic’s innovative Slotdrain, Filcoten® and ProSlot ranges, as well as Harmer’s SML below ground drainage for the complete solutions package.

The brochure goes into some detail on load classes, product applications, technical tables, 3D render images and technical support. It also covers Gatic’s free Drainage Design Software and its association with MicroDrainage software.

Sales Director Martin Neale comments “Our wide range of civil drainage means customers benefit from a versatile choice of surface water channels, high capacity channels, linear and slot drainage. The new product guide helps specifiers, engineers and contractors choose the right solutions for their projects, whether it’s a light pedestrian scheme or an airport where a more robust system is required.”

Gatic’s innovative surface water drainage products are also supplied by Alumasc Group under its umbrella brand: Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS).

For a copy of Gatic’s new product guide call 01304 203 545 or download at Follow @GaticDrainage.

Gatic’s CastSlot drainage system has been installed at Queens Retail Park, a new 16 acre retail development in Preston. The new shopping centre currently comprises 80,000 sq ft. of open retail space and parking capacity for over 800 visitors. Designed by architects Cassidy and Ashton, the project is known as ‘Gateway to Preston’ as it develops into a highly visible entrance to the city.

Aldi supermarket is one of the main stores that anchor the site at an impressive 18,500 sq ft. The area required major works of the external soft and hard landscaping and Gatic’s CastSlot with a Treadsafe option was specified as the slot drain for the landscaped areas.

Working with Castle House Construction and supplied through specialist civil merchant JDP, CastSlot was a perfect fit for the prestigious new development. Ideal for car parks, the innovative slot drainage system is designed with an unobtrusive profile that sits discreetly within concrete, asphalt or block paving. Its Treadsafe option reduces the slot opening from 30mm wide to 2 x 9mm wide slots making the channel safe to cross for pedestrians. The reduction in slot opening has no impact on the intake capacity of the system.

Andy Lyon, Project Manager, Castle House Construction comments: “The retail park has been carefully landscaped to make an attractive and pleasant shopping destination. We were impressed by Gatic’s CastSlot Treadsafe system – it’s an easy to install, reliable and cost effective drainage solution. Gatic’s technical support was impressive too. The team were on hand to help with any technical issues and worked closely with us. The finished site looks great and the scheme obtained a BREEAM ‘very good’ rating.”

For more information on Gatic’s innovative range of Slotdrain products, which include CastSlot, UltraSlot, PaveSlot and FacadeSlot, call 01304 203545 or visit

Gatic Civil Drainage, a global leader in engineered surface water drainage and access covers, has rewarded two members of staff with role promotions to recognise their continuing success with the company.

James Haddon has been promoted from ‘Technical Assistant’ to ‘Regional Sales Engineer’, while Ian Leadbeter moves from the role of ‘Regional Engineer’ to ‘National Account Manager’.

James has been with Gatic for over four years. Over this time his focus was on project drawings, technical layout and calculating channel sizes using dedicated software. His new role puts James on the road visiting consultants, architects and customers in the South and South East. He is also involved in CPD presentations to increase specifications. James says: “I’m very excited with this new opportunity, and the chance to develop my career within the business. My technical background and knowledge is a big advantage when visiting key contacts and building relationships with customers. I’m thoroughly enjoying it.”

Ian joined Gatic 2½ years ago. His previous role involved visiting specifiers, carrying out CPD seminars and co-ordinating the Regional Sales Managers. Ian’s promotion to ‘National Account Manager’ involves working more closely with specifiers and end clients in Gatic’s key target sector of ports and airports. This includes major airports, Associated British Ports and the Ministry of Defence. Ian comments: “Starting a new role can be a bit daunting, but I’m working with a great team of people and it’s a privilege to be part of a successful and growing business.”

Gatic Civil Drainage is part of Alumasc Water Management Solutions, a leading brand in integrated water management, from rain to drain.

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Gatic Civil Drainage, a global leader in engineered surface water drainage and access covers, introduces a new range of high-performance access covers for paved areas. Suitable for up to D400 weight loading, the new Pave range is ideal for urban public places and parking areas.

Gatic® Pave is a comprehensive system of single, duct and multi span access covers and frames for use in paved areas where an aesthetic finish with a paviour infill is required. The components of Pave covers are manufactured from ductile iron to BS EN 1563 and structural steel sections (removable beams) to BS 4-1 which are supplied with a galvanised finish.

The benefits of Pave include non-rocking under slow moving traffic, a watertight joint under normal rainwater conditions, and closed keyways fitted with plastic plugs to prevent ingress of dirt. Pave is also extremely secure and vandal resistant – the covers cannot be removed without the correct lifting key, making unauthorised removal virtually impossible. Locking bolts can be fitted as an additional security feature.

Gatic Managing Director Peter Burnap comments: “With a history of installations dating back more than eighty years, Gatic is without doubt the proven international standard for engineered, heavy duty access covers and drainage gratings. Our access covers are subject to continuous development to meet the ever increasing and diverse demands of our roads and infrastructure. Our wide range of ductile iron and machined access covers in a variety of surface finishes and load ratings ensure we have a solution for every size and specification of project.”

For more information, download our new Gatic Pave brochure at