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Esker Educate Together National School in Dublin

Wavin Tigris K1 passes fast-track school build test

The Esker Education Together National School in Dublin was financed and constructed as part of the Department of Education and Skills’ Rapid Build Programme. The two-storey build consisted of 16 classrooms, six support teaching classrooms, a hall, library, staff room, two ball courts, a play area and associated ancillary accommodation. Construction was completed within the planned 34-week timeline, in time for the start of the academic year in September. More than 1,200m of Wavin Tigris K1 pipe was installed during a 16-week period.

The challenge

This project was one of four new-build school contracts awarded to ABM Construction by the Department of Education and Skills’ Rapid Build Programme. The design and build consortium planned a fast-track on-site construction duration of just 34 weeks to ensure the two-storey school – with a total area of 2,524 sq m – was completed and operational in time for the start of the next academic year. A plumbing solution that was quick and easy to install, cost effective and reliable was required – leading contractors to specify Wavin Tigris K1.

Our approach

A total of 1,200m of Wavin Tigris K1 pipe and associated fittings were installed on site. Sizes ranged from 16mm to 63mm. In the larger sizes, namely 50mm and 63mm, Metal Bodied Fittings were supplied to accommodate the connection of K1’s plastic fittings with brass fittings. As Wavin Tigris K1 is a press-fit system, it features a lightweight, safe installation method that allowed the plumbing, soil and waste installation works to be completed in just 16 weeks.

Reviewing the products available on the market our contracts managers saw the benefits and quality that the Wavin Tigris K1 system offered including the ease of use and speed of installation. We would highly recommend this product to any prospective installers or project design teams. We found Wavin to be very helpful and have no doubt that Wavin Tigris K1 will become a market leader within the industry and its use will become common place, with the same trusted quality all other Wavin products provide.
- Frank Lovett, Contracts Manager at Laurence Mechanical

The benefits

With the design and build consortium planning such a fasttrack construction programme, speed of installation – without compromising performance – was of particular importance. Wavin Tigris K1 has been specially designed with such requirements in mind. The flexible pipe means fewer fittings and faster, lower cost installations. Its quick, safe and proven press-fit system means no hot works insurance – and no soldering, welding or thread cutting – is needed.

The patented hexagonal nose reduces push-in force and will hold 2m of pipe unpressed, so installers don’t need to hold the pipe in position. Furthermore, the defined-leak window and visual connection checks give installers the peace of mind that secure connections have been made every time. It is for this reason among others that Wavin offers a 10-year guarantee that covers not just product replacement but the costs incurred during the process of repairing any damages, plus personal injury and any third party damages. This is unrivalled in the industry.

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