Manchester Engineering Campus Development

Polypipe Building Services has supplied a complete water management solution to one of the largest construction projects ever commissioned by a UK university.

The University of Manchester’s colossal £400 million Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD) is using Polypipe Building Services large diameter Terrain FUZE soil and waste pipes to manage water across the eight-storey, 78,000 square metre building. Built environment consultant Arup requested Polypipe Building Services to provide a drainage management system which was installed by mechanical contractor NG Bailey. New £400m university campus benefits from Polypipe water management Polypipe Building Services has supplied a complete water management solution to one of the largest construction projects ever commissioned by a UK university. To maximise installation efficiencies, Polypipe Building Services also provided continuous support during the design stage and training to contractors on-site. MECD has been designed to create “worldclass facilities for innovation in technology and working practices, and encourage collaboration between researchers, schools and industry”. 

For the project Polypipe designed a system using large diameter Terrain FUZE installed in the building basement. This high performance HDPE system is installed via fusion-welded joints for maximum integrity and as it is light in weight, can be installed quickly and efficiently once delivered to site.

Jonathan Greenwood, Technical Sales Manager, Polypipe Building Services: “In order to remove the rainwater, we worked with the design proposal and confi gured the FUZE trap in the basement with the expansion of pipe in horizontal runs, which included bracketry and jointing methods. We were able to offer a range of fi ttings and materials that were sympathetic to the aesthetics of the building, while ensuring contractors on-site were fully prepared to install the solution when they were delivered to the development. We pride ourselves on supplying systems that provide not only multi-functional benefi ts to the end user, but also fi nancial and manpower effi ciencies to our customers during projects.

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