Our design had to complement the existing slide support frames

Framo was chosen as the material for the pipe support due to it being lightweight and fully galvanised

Extremely limited space to design pipe supports

Project Brief

MIDFIX was pleased to be part of the project team to work on a prestigious £36.7m water park, The Wave in Coventry.

The Wave is set to open this Summer, the water park will boast 9 slides including the Navigator, which is a roller coaster with both uphill and downhill drops in a tube. It will also have a splash pad area, tipping buckets, accessible slides for toddlers, a wave pool and a lazy river. The building will also include a day spa, 4 x 25m lane swimming pool, fitness suite, squash courts and a dance studio.

Our brief was to design the pipework support which carries the water to all 9 slides.


MIDFIX provided the design concept and structural calculations. We encountered a number of challenges on this project. Firstly, our support frames had to be a lightweight material. It also had to be strong enough to support the pipework as well as connect to the existing steel support which provided support to the slide structures. We chose Framo because this was lightweight and suitable for use in the damp environment.

A standard Framo beam is 6m in length which would not have been sufficient for our purposes therefore, we approached Sikla to provide special Framo beams up to 9m length for our needs.

There were also areas in the water park where we had very limited space to design the pipework supports. Our pipework designs had to complement the existing slide support frames, this meant that we had to design bespoke connections which connect Framo to the existing steel frames. Our structural calculations included connections analysis, water pressure and service loads which verified the overall structural stability. All forces, deflections and stresses are based on Eurocodes.
We used a combination of software including AutoCAD, Revit and SketchUp which meant that we were able to produce different drawing formats.