A wide range of pipework solutions from the Durapipe UK Building Services portfolio has been utilised within the prestigious Media City development in Salford Quays in Manchester.

The four year project will see a purpose-built home for creative and digital businesses, with the first phase, spread over 36 acres, completed in 2011. Promising to deliver 15,500 jobs and space for 1,150 creative related businesses, the ambitious Media City development is the first of its kind in the UK.

As part of the project, two residential buildings will be constructed; Building A and Building B. Contractors Hirst and Danson have been brought on board to look after the residential elements of the construction and turned to Durapipe UK for the pipework requirements.

Wefatherm pipework was supplied in sizes from 15mm to 160mm for the boosted cold water system, which transfers water from the mains outlet to each apartment in the blocks. The quick and easy installation technique of Wefatherm provided Hirst and Danson with a more cost effective alternative to steel and copper.

For the soil and rainwater drainage requirements, Hirst and Dansoon specified both Akatherm and Friaphon systems. Akatherm in sizes 110mm to 160mm was installed for the basement levels. As sections of the pipework have been fitted outside it was of paramount importance that the chosen system offered a durable and weather resistant solution; the Akatherm HDPE system is the most impact resistant plastic material on the market so was ideal.

The drainage specification was changed to Friaphon for the apartment levels, as it was important to minimise the noise emitted from sanitary installations within the apartments. The purpose-designed Friaphon drainage system was the ideal solution as its dual layer technology offers excellent sound attenuation properties. A lower cost alternative to cast iron and lagged plastic, Friaphon does not need to be lagged, and combined with its push fit assembly, it makes the installation process quicker and easier.

Aiding the decision for Hirst and Danson was previous good experiences of using the products on other projects as Darren McVeigh project manager for the company comments: “The scale and magnitude of this project means there is no room for error, we needed to ensure we used proven and reliable products. I have worked with Wefatherm, Friaphon and Akatherm systems on previous similar apartment developments to great success so they were the obvious choice. The products have always been quick and easy to work with during installation, whilst offering high performance benefits to the end user.”

Comprising of two apartment blocks, a 24 storey building offering 178 apartments and a 22 storey block offering 200 apartments, the residential elements of Media City are due for completion in February 2010.

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