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Posted: Wednesday 16th July 2014

A major refurbishment project at Mill House Leisure Centre in Hartlepool has utilised Durapipe products, to over haul its pipework that runs from the plant room to the swimming pool.

Mill House Leisure Centre is a 4600sq metre building located in the centre of Hartlepool, with a wide variety of sports facilities, including two swimming pools, a multi-purpose hall, a fitness room and a sauna.

The refurbishment involved updating the corroded cast iron pipework which transports water from the plant room to the swimming pool. This project was fast tracked and had to be completed in a six week time slot, during this time the main public pool was closed. The building work was completed in mid December 2013 so the pool could be reopened in early 2014. Durapipe’s PVC-U pipe, valves and fittings, in sizes 250mm and below were used throughout the refurbishment.

The new pipework has been designed to transport chlorinated water, a disinfectant and sanitising agent designed to control germs in public swimming pool water.

Commenting on the project, Chris Horton, Principal Mechanical Contracts Manager at Gus Robinson, said: “It was important the pipework we selected was suitable to carry chemically treated water in a public arena. We needed to install pipes that were non-corrosive and could withstand transporting many litres of water mixed with chlorine. We chose Durapipe PVC-U as it’s the most effective product for this project because it’s reliable, strong and easy to install.”

Steve Arnold, Mechanical Engineering Team Leader at Hartlepool Council, said: “Our main concern with this project was the pipework system being capable of transferring chemically treated water safely in a public swimming pool. We were happy that the Durapipe product complied with all of our specified requirements in terms of pressure, temperature and chemical resistance and the final result is a system that will work reliably for many years.”

PVC-U is lightweight which makes it much quicker and easier to install, compared with alternative products, offering significant time and cost savings during the installation stage. Fully WRAS approved, the system is limescale and corrosion resistant.

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