Royal Wharf, GB

The largest London development scheme since Battersea Power Station has utilised a range of Speedfit plastic push fit fittings from PBPSA member company John Guest during the construction of 3,300 units. Parker Bromley, the mechanical contractor responsible for Royal Wharf, an exciting development located in East London’s Royal Docks, has selected JG Speedfit’s push-fit technology by specifying plastic over traditional copper fittings.



The company is using Speedfit’s innovative PB-1 Layflat pipe, together with a range of fittings from 10mm through to 22mm, to install first fix plumbing for domestic heating and water services.

This is the first time that Parker Bromley has specified JG Speedfit products made from Polybutene-1 for such an ambitious development, stating that the construction methods being used for the development lend themselves better to plastic than alternative options. This is largely due to the flexibility of JG Speedfit’s PB-1 layflat pipe, and the ease of installation, which enables the first fix plumbing process to be significantly accelerated. It is widely estimated that push-fit plastic fittings can reduce typical installation times by 60% for projects such as this.

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London’s Royal Wharf has been designed by an internationally renowned team of architects, with the aim of creating the capital’s next great estate. It consists of residential units, together with commercial, retail, leisure, and educational facilities, accommodating around 10,000 residents. The first selection of suites and one, two, and three-bedroom apartments were launched in October 2016, with further phases of the scheme still to launch.

It represents a major project to utilise plastic fittings for the first-fix plumbing process, and JG Speedfit has worked closely with the developers throughout the project. In addition to providing products for installation mock-ups, the company also conducted a material take off to enable all units constructed to be correctly priced.

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Mr Ray Parker, Managing Director at Parker Bromley commented: “The JG Speedfit team has been great to work with, providing mock-ups prior to installation, and suggesting alternative products from the range that can speed up the first fix process. They made sure the right stock was available for the project, delivering a thorough and efficient service. It meant that we were able to speed up the time it takes to complete interior work, enabling us to launch phases of the project more quickly.”

Mike Riseley, Sales Director at JG Speedfit added: “Royal Wharf is a very large development gaining a lot of attention in London at the moment. It is great to see construction projects of this scale specifying plastic fittings over traditional alternatives and recognising the installation benefits that they provide. Speedfit products made from Polybutene-1 (also called Polybutylene and PB-1) are being used extensively in residential and commercial projects both new build and RMI (Repair, Maintenance and Improvement) and we are looking forward to seeing this one through with Parker Bromley.”

Speedfit Technology is built into the DNA of all John Guest push-fit fittings. Its unique flexibility lies within its broad range of application, high reliability of performance, longevity of service and suitability to a wide variety of industries.

This core technology behind John Guest fittings is the same concept incorporated in industries as diverse as plumbing, drinks dispensing, pneumatics, compressed air, water purification, drinks vending and telecommunications.

Using Polybutene-1 as a key material in the Push-fit system, particularly the lay flat piping, this adaptability is one reason why literally billions of push-fit fittings are now successfully in use, around the world.


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Polybutene-1 is often referred to as Polybutene, Polybutylene, PB-1 or PB.

Polybutene-1 is not sold by PBPSA members for use in pipe applications intended for use in North America, and those parties require their customers or distributors not to sell products made from PB-1 into pipe applications for North America.


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