Viega’s press connection technology has been specified for the Panorama development, a collection of studio suites and one bedroom apartments in Uxbridge.
Installed by Zero Carbon Solutions, the Viega press connection systems have been used on the hot and cold water services and heating system within the development.
Due to tight project deadlines and the need to avoid delays to following trades, the speed and ease of installation of the pipework was key. While press connections were the preferred choice to fulfill this requirement, Zero Carbon was said to be initially reluctant to adopt this methodology due to leakage issues with other manufacturers’ press systems.
Following discussions with Zero Carbon about the project and their concerns, the Viega range including Profipress, Megapress and the latest addition to the range Megapress S XL, were recommended.
The patented SC-Contur feature includes a flow channel path within the fitting to ensure that any unintentionally missed connections are reliably detected during leak testing.
The specification for the heating system also included the use of thick walled steel tube to provide improved durability. Viega’s Megapress system allows thick walled tube to be press connected avoiding the process of cutting a thread onto each section of tube.
The heating distribution system also required an 80mm tube for which the new Megapress S XL was selected, which is said to provide 80% time saving compared with welding.
Adam Robson, Operations Director at Zero Carbon Solutions, said: “We’re really impressed with the Viega press connection products. It’s a great solution that we’ve been recommending to customers – in fact, we are using them again on another development.”
Aaron Breeden, Contracts Manager at Zero Carbon Solutions, added: “The Megapress and Profipress products saved ample time on site, and provided a quick and clean installation for our team. It is a simple process of placing the fitting onto the pipe, placing the press tool around it and squeezing the trigger. If any connections were mistakenly missed, it was easy to see and rectify with the SC-Contur feature. We found this incredibly helpful and reassuring.”