John Lewis, Exeter

Project: John Lewis, Exeter

When Debenhams decided to close its department store in Exeter and move into the redeveloped Princesshay Shopping Centre, it was good news for both John Lewis and iron technology leader Saint-Gobain PAM UK, part of leading materials company Saint-Gobain. John Lewis acquired the Debenhams site and undertook a multi-million pound redevelopment to transform it into a prominent 67,000 sq ft department store, which was opened in October 2012.

Saint-Gobain PAM UK’s Ensign soil and rainwater system, which had been used throughout the £225m Princesshay development, was specified for the new £17m John Lewis store and the Ensign Soil project consisted of 13 stacks, each seven storeys high, for internal soil and rainwater systems. The main contractor was Midas of Plymouth and the Ensign system was installed by D A Wright of Tiverton.

Nigel Keegan of Saint-Gobain PAM UK commented: “Ensign is the only drainage system tested to a kitemark approved to BS EN 877 and offers specifiers, contractors and installers a fit-and-forget system which outperforms all rival materials. Ensign combines all the proven material properties of cast iron, which are unmatched in terms of fire resistance, acoustic qualities, strength and longevity.”

The industry-leading Saint-Gobain PAM UK Ensign system consists of pipes and fittings from 50-600mm diameter for above ground specifications and 100, 150-600mm diameter for below ground. Connections can be effected by cast iron mechanical joints or Saint-Gobain’s innovative EEZI-FIT range of push-fit socketed fittings and couplings, designed to combine all the benefits of cast iron with the simplicity of push-fit assembly.