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A combination of Durapipe ABS pressure pipework and Friaphon sound attenuated drainage has been specified for a Manchester city centre apartment development.

Both pipework systems were installed as part of the construction of 115 luxury apartments on City Road, Hulme, by Manchester property developers, Aura Homes. The development, is set to be complete by Summer 2007 and is part of a large-scale scheme to enhance the previously under-funded area, with commercial space also available for local businesses wanting to improve their services within the community.

Heatcraft Plumbing & Heating Services Ltd specified the pipework used throughout the development and installed 100mm Durapipe ABS pipe and fittings to meet the demands of the mains water supply. Heatcraft also required a soil drainage system, with the benefits of built-in sound attenuation to minimise noise emitted by the individual sanitary installations within the luxury residential development and installed 110mm Friaphon pipe and fittings. A purpose-designed sound reducing drainage system, Friaphon is manufactured by dual forming two materials of different density, guaranteeing excellent sound insulation and airborne sound reduction properties.

Both the Durapipe ABS pipework and the Friaphon system were also chosen due to their ease of handling on site as well as being safe to install, which enabled the specifiers to make significant labour savings for the project, without compromising on product quality.

Mick Joyce, of Heatcraft Plumbing & Heating Services Ltd, said: “Durapipe ABS offered us a high performance product which doesn’t require hot works on site, therefore less time and skill was needed to install it, which made it safer to work with and saved on costs. Friaphon was chosen because we required a high quality product and wanted to avoid the added cost and time of installing additional sound insulation. Friaphon’s unique design makes it ideal for luxury, multi occupancy buildings and is just as effective as using a soil drainage system with additional insulation.”

Durapipe ABS and Friaphon also offered added benefits to Aura Homes, in the form of corrosion-free properties, which help to increase overall product lifecycle expectancy and reduce maintenance and replacement costs. Durapipe ABS has exceptional impact strength, making it more resistant to damage, while the Friaphon product is made from high-quality plastics to ensure corrosion and encrustation-free components and parts.

Durapipe ABS and Friaphon are both manufactured in millimetre sizes, with Durapipe ABS also available in inch measurement. The Durapipe ABS range can be used for a diverse range of applications, including air-conditioning and refrigeration and food and beverage processing. Friaphon is constructed using a robust, twin wall structure and does not require lagging, which offers a superior solution for all above ground drainage and internal rainwater applications and is ideal for the design and build developments of inner city apartments and the like.

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