Set over 39 levels, the Array tower (Tower 6) at Melbourne Docklands in Victoria – Australia’s largest construction project – is a mixed use property, with 205 residential apartments, 280sqm of retail space, 680sqm of community space, and a gymnasium.

Located on the edge of the Yarra River, Array was developed by the Mirvac Group, and was officially opened in June 2015.

Whilst industrial and commercial plumbing group Project Developments initially considered using welding for the extensive pipework throughout the building, it would have caused major OH&S issues. As a result, Project Developments contacted Viega regarding its Propress system.

Robert Hardgrove, National Technical Manager/Strategic Projects – Viega Australia, said, “The Viega Propress system completely eliminates the need for brazing of joints, resulting in total elimination of heat, gas and flame from the worksite.

“This delivers massive savings in installation time, along with significant improvements in joint performance and finish.”

Installation flexibility and speed

array-1smlIn addition to overcoming the safety issue associated with welding, Project Developments also chose the Viega solution because of its installation flexibility and speed.

Phil Clough, Project Manager with Project Developments, said, “The Viega products are reliable, flexible, fast to install, neat and no hot works are required.”

The company specified the full range of copper XL fittings, from DN15 to DN100 for both gas and water installations. Viega also provided assistance and technical training, plus a Tradelink store was located near the Docklands site should further support be required.

According to Mr Clough, there have been significant benefits to using the Viega Propress system, including its XL fittings range.

“Less labour was required to install, plus we have confidence in the fittings and tools’ calibration to overcome user errors and hot works issues,” Mr Clough said.

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Lauren brings a fresh approach to content. While she’s previously written for publications as diverse as Australian Geographic, The Border Watch and Girlfriend, she’s found her true passion in her current role as an editor in the world of energy and infrastructure trade magazines.

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