Viega’s Smartpress piping system used on a Berkeley Group residential project

Viega’s Smartpress range has been installed at the Royal Warwick Square apartment complex, a new build development from the prestigious residential developer Berkeley St. Edward, part of the Berkeley Group. The multilayer composite pipework was selected for its speed and simplicity during installation. Furthermore, its flexibility helped to reduce the number of joints required on the project by as much as 80% – minimising the risk of leaks.

Positioned in the heart of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Royal Warwick Square offers 375 one, two, and three-bedroom luxury apartments and penthouses. Viega’s Smartpress system in various sizes from 16 to 40mm was used throughout the development on the potable, boosted cold and heating system pipework.

After discussions with Chris Boakes, Specification Sales Manager at Viega, the team at Berkeley St. Edward selected Viega’s Smartpress as the pipe system could offer excellent leak prevention and it would also help to reduce the total number of joints required.

The simplicity of the cold applied Viega’s Smartpress multilayer piping system means it does not require the use of an O-ring, taking away the need for complex calibration and cutting installation time by as much as 30%. It also provides installation flexibility by allowing easy shaping of the pipe for corners and around wall details on site. This in turn reduces the number of fittings required, compared to a metal system. The stainless-steel fittings also feature Viega’s renowned SC-Contur technology, which is designed to clearly indicate any unpressed connections during a leak-test.

Viega and the installer, Vital Energi, liaised closely to ensure the distribution of products, installation and quality checks were carried out as Viega recommends. In addition, the Viega team also provided onsite training for Vital Energi’s installation team.

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