West Bay in Bridport are making the best use of plastic materials with developers building multi occupancy projects. Not only do they utilise the sustainable technology of underfloor heating, they also use plastic pipework and manifold plumbing to supply all the domestic pipework supplied by Uponor Ltd.
Providing the expertise on the West Bay project was UFH Now, whose knowledge of the Uponor range was utilised to complete the project and offer advice onsite. Nine apartments were erected in phase one and 45 erected in phase two which also contained a commercial area on the ground floor, making best use of space. The installation was carried out by S Goulton Plumbing and Heating Ltd who in addition to the heating added Uponor's L manifold to provide all the hot and cold water to the various apartments. The water temperature was controlled by the combi boiler; with the exception of two town houses which used Uponor's unique UNiset mini manifold systems.
The decision to use Uponor MLC pipe was taken because it has the advantages of flexibility and quick installation time. Uponor MLC pipe uses a very simple press fitting system that offers a strong connection that dramatically reduces the time of installation. The pipe is available in coils between 50 and 500 metres and as a result means the only connection is made at the manifold, allowing the water in the underfloor heating to flow smoothly. The UNIset Mini is designed for control of both water temperature and flow rates in secondary underfloor heating circuits. Available for commercial applications as well a domestic, the UNIset mini is one of three UNIsets that add flexibility to any project.