Durapipe puts safety first at Alder Hey


Pipework systems ensure safe conveyance of fluids around new children's health park

Durapipe UK has been involved in the major £237m project to construct Alder Hey in the Park, with two of its pipework systems installed to provide safe conveyance of fluids around the hospital.

Constructed in the grounds of Springfield Park, the new hospital has become the UK’s-first integrated children’s health park. Designed in consultation with patients and their families, the 51,000sq m facility will comprise 270 beds and 16 state-of-the-art operating theatres.

As with any healthcare facility, reliable products and systems are vital to the successful operation of Alder Hey in the Park, with pipework no exception, and so Durapipe’s Vulcathene and PLX systems have both been installed extensively throughout the new hospital buildings.

Requiring a reliable chemical drainage solution, Vulcathene Enfusion was installed within all theatres and pathology laboratories to safely dispose of chemical and clinical waste, which is collected at source and transferred to the underground drainage system.

It was vital that the selected system could safely dispose of any manner of clinical and medical waste being emptied into it and Vulcathene’s proven track record within similar applications over the past five decades was the deciding factor.

Durapipe’s specialist fuel conveyance system, PLX, was also installed to serve the hospital’s back-up power system. The efficient running of medical equipment and apparatus is imperative to the successful care of the children being treated at the hospital and so fuel-powered generators have been installed to ensure medical equipment can remain fully operational at all times in the event of a mains power failure.

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Durapipe PLX secondary contained pipe-in-pipe has been installed to safely carry diesel fuel from the main fuel storage tank to the boiler room to feed the generators in the event of an emergency. Selected due to its high performance properties, Durapipe PLX boasts a visible barrier layer allowing increased resistance to all types of fuel blends, ensuring there is no permeation of fuel through to the atmosphere.