An extensive range of pipes and fittings have been installed at the Beetham
Tower, Manchester, the tallest building outside of London which boasts the UK’s
highest living space.
pressure pipework, along with Friaphon and Akatherm drainage systems were specified
as part of the landmark £150 million development. Standing 171 metres
tall, the tower is home to 285 Hilton hotel bedrooms, a sky bar and residential
apartments covering 25 floors.
The Friaphon system was specified for all drainage requirements across 43 floors
throughout the hotel, residential bathrooms and Sky Bar in sizes 110mm and 160mm.
A spokesperson from Rotary said, “Friaphon was specified because it incorporates
excellent sound insulation, which was a crucial requirement to minimise the
noise emitted by sanitary installations within this development. It is also
ideal for a large scale project like Beetham Tower, as separate insulation is
not needed, so it is an extremely cost effective solution.”
Durapipe ABS pipework was specified in a variety of sizes up to 250mm to meet
the needs of the chilled water system throughout the bedrooms from level four
to 22. Specified by Rotary because the high performance thermoplastic pipework
offers construction advantages through speed of installation, Durapipe ABS also
reduces on-going maintenance costs as significantly less labour time is required
for replacing and repairing pipework.’
Akatherm in sizes from 110mm up to 200mm was also installed for all soil waste
and rainwater roof drainage for both the lower basement levels and main rises
of the tower.
A spokesperson from Rotary Contractors said, “For all pipe requirements
we were tasked with specifying the most durable and reliable solutions within
the market. Speed of installation was also key for a large scale development
such as Beetham Tower and the pipework selected from Durapipe UK met all our
needs and particularly offered ease of installation, allowing for cost savings
on labour time”.
The three-year development of Beetham Tower was completed in autumn 2006.