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Durapipe Stands Tall at Beetham Tower

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.

Durapipe ABS 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.

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