Viega speeds construction at Barangaroo
Viega’s innovative and efficient Propress technology is being used on three high rise office towers currently under construction in the heart of Barangaroo’s new commercial district on the edge of Sydney Harbour.
All three mechanical contractors working on the project, Axis, Brown & Moodie and Sydmec, as well as the hydraulic contractor, used Viega’s Propress technology after initially considering another approach.
“Productivity was the main reason for the change from brazing to Viega pressfit as there is a lot of time lost moving oxyacetylene bottles vertically between floors – it is more efficient to use pressfit. Other reasons included site work and safety requirements and the need to reduce/eliminate hot works on site due to safety reasons,” says Axis Plumbing NSW state manager Rob Elliot.
Viega Propress copper press fittings are being used in the three towers for potable hot/cold water, mechanical services and gas services.
“Viega’s Propress was already approved and preferred by the consultants and engineers as a superior product, which made it easier for Brown& Moodie to get it through. The product gives us the ability to capture any unpressed joints thanks to their smart connect feature and saves us time on installation. It also minimises the need for hot work permits and provides us with top notch technical support and training,” says Brown & Moodie project manager Quentin Brown.
Providing clients with the best on-site support in the industry is what Viega aspires to do.
“Viega prides itself on setting the highest standard for safety, product innovation and training for clients. For a large-scale project such as Barangaroo that needs to use the quickest, safest and most accurate way of installing a sizeable amount of piping, Viega’s Propress technology is a perfect fit,” says Viega Australia technical manager / strategic projects Robert Hardgrove.