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Posted: Friday 24th May 2013

Iron technology leader Saint-Gobain PAM UK, part of leading materials company Saint-Gobain, has secured its second phase of orders for its industry-leading Ensign soil and rainwater system for installation at the prestigious new 96,000 sq m Snow Hill mixed use development in the heart of the city of Birmingham.

The development by Ballymore has been on site for over three years, with the orders for the first three buildings on Snow Hill 1 being supplied by Saint-Gobain PAM UK in 2009. The latest orders of Ensign Soil are being delivered by Drain Center to C&M Mechanical of Leicester. The system is for installation on the soil and vent stacks.

Phase 1 of the Snow Hill development was up, running and fully occupied in just four years and it is planned to make Snow Hill the largest commercial leasing outside of London for many years, attracting world class business tenants. The development includes high quality office, residential, leisure and retail uses set around new landscaped gardens and piazzas.

Derrick Brookes of Saint-Gobain PAM commented: “We are proud to be associated with the Snow Hill project and look forward to further orders for our Ensign soil system as this prestigious development continues. The main contractor is Balfour Beatty and the M&E contractor is C A Southers, who sub-let the plumbing to C&M Mech of Leicester.”

Ensign comprises pipes and fittings from 50-600mm diameter for above ground applications and 100, 150-600mm diameter for below ground. The system can be connected by cast iron mechanical joints or push-fit joints for both above and below ground applications.

The only drainage system tested to a kitemark approved to BS EN 877, Ensign offers specifiers, contractors and installers with a fit-and-forget system which outperforms all rival materials. Combining all the proven material properties of cast iron, Ensign is considered to be one of the most comprehensive and versatile cast iron systems on the market.

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