Facilitating Swift Installation
James Frew Ltd, one of Scotland’s leading plumbing and heating service providers based in the nearby Stevenston, was called upon to complete the installation of the system. Due to the nature of the build, the James Frew team would be working to strict time constraints, with both product training and installation set to take place over a 2 year period. To prevent disruption to later stages of the project, three sections of the site would also be required to be completed simultaneously.
Speaking on this challenge, Martin Littlejohn, Project Contracts Manager at James Frew Ltd, said “Having worked with RAUVITHERM previously on a number of smaller projects, I was confident that it could be scaled up to the needs of Flatt Road. The simple EverlocTM jointing system was straightforward to install and we were able to complete the works efficiently and effectively. As an organisation, we pride ourselves on delivering operational excellence and RAUVITHERM products help us deliver quality as standard.”
The RAUVITHERM pipe was able to be shipped cut-to-length alongside fitting and shroud kits from REHAU’s warehouse in Manchester, meaning that phased installation could remain as streamlined as possible. REHAU’s renowned EverlocTM jointing system not only ensured that the installation would remain leakproof for years to come, but also that the network could be pressure tested and operated at 70°C straight after joint completion, with no delay to the schedule.
Kenny concluded: “The decision to make use of a district heating network has not only allowed us to supply heating and hot water to affordable, low-carbon housing, but has also provided scope for a straightforward expansion of the site should it be desired.
“The possibility of a future expansion has been designed into the network, so there is no need to disrupt existing users’ heating and water supply should this go ahead. Through our collaboration with North Ayrshire Council, we have been able to deliver sone truly excellent results so, given the opportunity, we would be delighted to work with them again on future projects.”