Friatherm pipework from Durapipe UK has been utilised within an innovative new apartment development in East London, as part of the regeneration of the River Lea Valley area taking place ahead of London 2012.
Riverside Works is a striking new six storey apartment building, comprising two and three bed apartments, designed in an innovative Z shape straddling a central courtyard on the bank of the River Lea in East London’s Fish Island. The development stands on the historic industrial space around Hackney Wick, which looks to become one of London’s key developing areas, linked to the Docklands, the City and Jubilee extension.
As part of the development, plumbing and heating contractor JG Oliver and Son was looking for a reliable and cost effective pipework solution and turned to Durapipe UK. As a result, Friatherm pipework in sizes 20mm – 160mm, was specified for the domestic hot and cold water requirements of the building. Transporting water from the main water storage tanks in the basement, Friatherm will deliver water to the stop tap in each of the apartments.
Friatherm was selected for the development due to its quick and easy installation technique, as well as its cost effectiveness compared to copper. The purpose designed plastic pipework system is completely limescale free and corrosion resistant, offering a 50 year working life, while the speed of installation and the fact that no power source or ‘hot works’ are needed, means that Friatherm offered significant cost savings over copper and other metal pipework solutions.
Commenting on the installation, Barry Oliver from JG Oliver and Son said: “Copper is the traditional choice for hot and cold water applications, but the low installed cost of Friatherm means that you just cannot ignore it as a viable alternative.
“The quick and easy solvent welding jointing technique of Friatherm saved us significant time on site, and coupled with the installed cost savings, it was the ideal solution for this development.”