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Posted: Thursday 8th August 2013

Ensign drainage systems from iron technology leader Saint-Gobain PAM UK, part of leading materials company Saint-Gobain, have been specified for the sanitary soil and internal rainwater system in the new South Glasgow Hospital, set to be one of the most advanced adult acute services hospitals in the UK.

Designed and constructed by Brookfield Multiplex, the hospital will be the biggest critical care complex in Scotland. Built on the site of the existing Southern General Hospital in the south west of the city, it will comprise a new acute care hospital with 1,109 beds in single-room accommodation, a 256-bed children's hospital, 30 modern operating theatres and a separate laboratory block providing biochemistry, haematology and blood transfusion services. It is due for completion in 2015.

Ensign, which will be used throughout the £840m development, was specified for phase 2 of the project by M&E consultants ZBP and M&E consultants Wallace Whittel. Installation is by John Crawford Mechanical of Glasgow.

Jim Burns, technical sales manager at Saint-Gobain PAM UK, commented: “This contract further endorses Ensign as the leading above and below ground solution on the market. Ensign is the only drainage system tested to a kitemark approved to BS EN 877 and offers specifiers, contractors and installers a fit-and-forget system which outperforms all rival materials. Furthermore, it combines all the proven material properties of cast iron, which are unmatched in terms of fire resistance, acoustic qualities, strength, longevity, and chemical reaction.”

The industry-leading Saint-Gobain PAM Ensign system consists of pipes and fittings from 50-600mm diameter for above ground specifications and 100, 150-600mm diameter for below ground. For the hospital project, the Ensign system will be connected to cast iron, plastic and stainless steel products, using Saint-Gobain’s ground-breaking EEZI-FIT range of push-fit socketed fittings and couplings, designed to combine all the benefits of cast iron with the simplicity of push-fit assembly.

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