Durapipe gives hospital pipework a facelift

Durapipe gives hospital pipework a facelift

A host of plastic pipework has been specified for the refurbishment of the Royal Berkshire Hospital’s maternity department.

The renovation of the maternity department, undertaken by specialist mechanical services installer, Airconaire, involved the replacement of the existing water tank and pipework systems that were used to provide both hot & cold water to this area of the hospital.

Durapipe SuperFLO and Friatherm pipework systems were specified by leading engineers Buro Happold to cater for all the pipework requirements of the development. SuperFLO was specified in sizes ranging from 20mm up to 200mm, and was specified to circulate water through the maternity department due to its excellent resistance to bacteria growth in comparison with copper alternatives. As an extremely tough and durable pipework system it remains ductile down to temperatures of -40ºC, making it the ideal product to carry chilled water.

In addition to SuperFLO, Friatherm was supplied in sizes 20mm up to 200mm to cater for the hot and cold water services within the maternity building. Chosen as a result of its cost effectiveness in comparison with copper alternatives, it is a high performing, lightweight pipework system that is exceptional in its resistance to limescale.

Airconnaire’s Chris Tardivel, who installed the pipework, said: “It was fantastic to have two different pipework systems supplied by the same manufacturer for this development. We found both systems to outperform the previous metal pipework and were particularly impressed with the ease of installation on site”.


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