Prestigious project uses trusted Tectite technology

Renowned taps, valves and fittings manufacturer Pegler Yorkshire has provided leading M&E contactor McGill with the solution to more cost effective jointing systems for the prestigious Quartermile project in Scotland.

The leading European brand for push-fit, Tectite, was the natural choice when McGill called upon Pegler Yorkshire to suggest an alternative technology to the time consuming traditional solder jointing method.

Tectite brings metal Push Fit technology to a range of plumbing components designed to be used from End to End in potable water and heating applications. Tectite includes elements made from Copper, Brass, Gunmetal, Carbon Steel and Stainless Steel to suit specific applications. Using Tectite Push Fit technology means that once pipe is cut to length and prepared for jointing, all the installer must do is push it into the fitting to the required depth.

Cited as one of Scotland’s largest urban regeneration projects the Quartermile is the name given to the redevelopment of the 19-acre (7.7 ha) former Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh site, in Lauriston, Edinburgh.

The project, a development by the Gladedale Group offers a mixed use site that will include over 900 private apartments, over 30,000 sq m of new office accommodation, over 10,000 sq m of retail and leisure space and 7 acres of open landscaping.

As part of the project, Hillcrest Housing Association will deliver a total of 174 affordable housing units, containing 98 for social rent and 76 for mid-market rent.

The Hillcrest project is set to be delivered in a 30 month time frame with specialist building services contractor McGill being appointed to deliver the mechanical and electrical elements of the build.

Ian Crighton Plumbing Manager at McGill outlined his initial concerns “The particular challenge on this site (Quartermile) for McGill was delivering within the specified time frame. Traditional solder jointing is time consuming, the time required to prepare and complete a joint alone is significant. Add to this the time to acquire a hot works permit and then post installation to thoroughly flush the system to remove flux deposits. Much of this time can be saved if an alternative approach is taken.”

For McGill the use of Tectite push-fit metal fitting technology negated the need for hot work permits, relieving laborious and time consuming tasks including additional safety processes. Also, the removal of the need to solder has almost eradicated insurance claims and complaints of accidental damage. One more advantage McGill found when using push-fit fittings was flux free jointing which reduced the system flushing requirement saving them time and money.

The Tectite range boasts bore sizes of up to 54mm and a variety of fittings suitable for differing pipe types and application requirements. In terms of operating performance the Tectite range works to continuous temperatures from -24C to 114C and maximum continuous working pressure of 20 bar.

Yet its most advantageous feature is the grab first, seal second engineering. As the pipe enters the fitting it energises the Grab Ring first, which provides mechanical grip, and then compresses the O Ring, for a water tight seal. This arrangement of grip first, seal second means the fitting will not seal without gripping, eliminating any risk of full bore failure. Other distinct benefits to the Tectite range include tamper-proof fittings and complementing products such as service, domestic and radiator valves to commissioning and check valves. Tectite also comes with up to a 30 year guarantee.

Phill Jackson, Business Development and Marketing Director said: “We believe Tectite push-fit systems are flagship products for advancements in plumbing technology. Pegler Yorkshire is responding to the increasing demands of the industry, whilst at the same time delivering tangible benefits. We have noticed an upturn in housing associations and contractors using this technology and have therefore created a dedicated website to clearly demonstrate how Tectite can help achieve their project objectives on time and on budget.”

Quartermile project in Scotland

Quartermile project in Scotland

Quartermile construction site

Quartermile construction site

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