November 18, 2013

University of Birmingham

Bespoke steel channels aids university hydroponics research

When the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham began a project looking at how climate change and water levels affect life in rivers and streams, we were very pleased to assist them. The University approached us to produce bespoke stainless steel channels for use in the hydroponics application. Once filled with gravel and freshwater, the channels where designed to mimic a section of stream reach, where fed by a bore hole and located on a watercress farm in Hampshire.

We constructed 105 stainless steel sections, of considerable length, for the University and transported them to site. Mark Ledger, Senior Lecturer, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences commented: “We chose Rojac Ltd because they had the capacity to undertake a large volume of work quickly and because they were able to offer advice regarding our bespoke design.” The research team visited our factory to enable them to engage with the process, and modify the design to best meet their requirements. Mark Ledger added: “We enjoyed working with the team. In particular, David Endsor was very supportive of what we did.”

We look forward to future work with the University and are very proud to have aided their innovative and cutting-edge research.