A Higher Education with Wavin

The SiTech silent soil system from Wavin will provide an added air of tranquility to some new high-end student accommodation set around a bustling Georgian square in the heart of Bristol city centre.

The renovation of King Square House and Studios to form state-of-the-art living spaces for 243 students at Bristol University and the University of the West of England required an appropriate sound-proofed drainage network. In line with recent changes to Part E of the building regulations, it was necessary to ensure reduced levels of transferable noise throughout these multi-residential buildings.

SiTech, a system from Certus – Wavin’s above ground drainage and plumbing approach for industrial, commercial and multi-residential applications – was specified for the project by mechanical contractor F.P. Hurley & Son’s. The system was selected specifically due to its ability to provide optimum noise suppression in professional soil installations of this nature. <

As a lighter alternative to cast iron soil pipes, SiTech performs well against standard PVC-U soil systems due to its easy install nature. Unlike other systems, it does not need to be boxed-in with double-layer plasterboard or be insulated with mineral wool wrap to achieve the required level of acoustic silencing.

SiTech’s tough Astolan® shell also makes the system robust and resistant to corrosion and internal deposition, with its smooth internal bore offering chemical resistance from pH2 to pH12.

F.P. Hurley & Son’s was impressed not only with the product’s more obvious credentials for achieving Part E, but also the time-saving benefits gained from its easy installation. Chris Charlton, Mechanical Project Engineer from F.P. Hurley & Son’s commented: “Our priority was to adhere to Part E in the most efficient manner possible, and SiTech enabled us to do this.

“With its lightweight push-fit socket connections and straightforward design, it allowed for easy handling and installation without the need for specialist cutting equipment, extra man power or added time on site, which can prove costly for contractors on projects of this size.”

The flexible no-fuss fit and forget aspects of SiTech are ideally suited to the complexity of the project’s installation requirements. Each bathroom throughout the extensive 243-bed accommodation was built as a ‘pod’ in an off-site factory, pre-plumbed and then craned into place. The bathrooms were then connected throughout the building using the SiTech system.

Andrew Mundy, Area Sales Manager of Wavin, added: “With all Certus systems we aim to offer the commercial, industrial and multi-residential markets with the right approach, whatever the requirement. This project shows that SiTech offers the most versatile and simple answer to the requirements of Part E. Its robust design is able to absorb structural, airborne and impact sounds, whilst having the flexibility to suit very specific build circumstances, ultimately saving both time and resources.”

For further information on SiTech please call 01249 766 600, alternatively visit www.certus.co.uk

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