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Rehau’s Rautitan pipework has been specified for Hungate – a new town centre housing development being built in the historic city of York.
Currently under construction on a brownfield site just two minutes from the town’s shops and amenities, Hungate is York’s newest residential quarter. Once complete, the complex will provide more than 1000 one, two and three-bedroom apartments, all designed to the highest specifications.
Building services consultants TÜV SÜD were enlisted in the third phase of the Hungate scheme to ensure the newest apartment blocks would be operationally efficient.
Since taking over on the project, TÜV SÜD has updated the specification for the scheme’s plumbing pipework, having worked closely with its nominated contractors Genlec Ltd, on a new polymer pipework package featuring the Rautitan product.
Colin Hindmarch, Associate at TÜV SÜD, said: “Our chosen contractor Genlec came to us with a contract proposal featuring RAUTITAN and we were very interested to know more about it. We had used Rehau products on other projects in the past, such as their underfloor heating pipework, and had a good experience, so were happy to see if the Rautitan could deliver equally good results for Hungate.
“The ease of installation was a real selling point for us. The contractors could fit it very quickly, bending the flexible pipe around obstructions rather than having to dogleg as you would with rigid copper pipework. With so many apartments to fit the drinking water and heating pipework in, we recognised the huge potential for time savings across a large construction project.”
Compared to copper pipework, Rautitan offers considerable time savings during installation. There is no ‘hot work’, no cutting and soldering pipes to navigate around obstructions, and the joints take less than 30 seconds to complete. As the pipework can be used for both drinking water and hot water, contractors only need to buy one type of pipe, which comes on a handy reel for easy roll out when needed.
Another selling point for TÜV SÜD was the Everloc compression sleeve joint system. Lengths of Rautitan are joined together using the compression sleeve joint system, which is simple and quick to do using a Rautool device. This system produces a guaranteed permanently sealed joint without the need for O-rings, which can degrade over time and cause leaks.
Colin adds: “It was vital that we installed pipework that could stand the test of time for this project. The Rautitan comes in longer lengths, so there’s no need for joints above the ceiling, and with the compression sleeve jointing system, we know the failure rate for the joints is zero. You can’t make the pipework more robust than that.”
Rautitan is currently being installed on the third phase of the Hungate development, due for completion in 2019, and is already being put forward for the larger fourth phase of the scheme.