Saint Gobain PAM supplies complete above-ground drainage solution for Liverpool hospital
Saint Gobain PAM is supplying a complete above-ground sanitary, soil and internal rainwater drainage system for the new £429 million Royal Liverpool University Hospital. The hospital will have 23 wards with 646 single bedrooms and 18 operating theatres. Each patient will have a single bedroom with ensuite facilities, making it the largest all-single-room hospital in England and Wales when it is completed.
Malcolm Atherton public-health design engineer at Hoare Lea, Manchester, explained his reasons for using the cast-iron system. ‘We prefer using Saint Gobain PAM’s cast-iron Ensign soil system because of its superior acoustic performance and fire safety when compared to other pipe materials, especially in a hospital environment.
‘It is also durable and designed to last the lifetime of the hospital with minimum maintenance and is resistant to any possible damage whether accidental or deliberate.’
The company is also supplying products from its Vortx range — including plant gullies, shower drains and roof outlets, ductile iron pipe fittings for the pump drainage systems and grip collars for fitting to ductile iron couplings to provide higher-pressure drainage applications for sensitive drainage areas.
A special requirement of the project was for the shower drains for level 4, which had to be supplied with various different spigot lengths already fitted to them in order to speed up installation time. These spigots could be up to 2.8 m long as they had to pass through concrete beams of different depths and then simply push straight into the connection below.