Wavin press-fit piping system helps meet tight project timescale
Wavin’s Tigris K1 multi-layer pipe and associated press fittings helped meet the 34-week timeline for a new 2-storey building for the Esker Education Together National School in Dublin. The building has 16 classrooms, six support teaching classrooms, a hall, library, staff room, two ball courts, play area and associated ancillary accommodation. More than 1200 m of Tigris K1 pipe was installed in 16 weeks.
Sizes ranged from 16 to 63 mm. In the larger sizes (50 and 63 mm), metal-bodied fittings were supplied to accommodate the connection of K1 plastic fittings with brass fittings.
The multi-layer pipe of the Tigris K1 system requires fewer fittings, reducing the time and cost of installation. The patented hexagonal nose reduces push-in force and will hold 2 m of pipe unpressed, so installers don’t need to hold the pipe in position.
The work was carried out by Laurence Mechanical. Contracts manager Frank Lovett explains, ‘Our contracts managers and project manager took a look at the timescale on the project and quickly realised that we needed to look at alternative products to speed up this installation.
‘Reviewing the products on the market, our contracts managers could clearly see the benefits that the Tigris K1 system offered. The product was demonstrated to all our employees, and the feedback was extremely positive in relation to the ease of use and speed of installation.’