Hanborough Gate Estate, GB

While the UK is facing its biggest housing shortfall on record, one Oxfordshire housebuilder has partnered with UK’s leading push-fit manufacturer to speed up its latest development in Long Hanborough. The team at PBPSA member company John Guest Speedfit ensured the plumbing at this new development is fast to install and the quality is guaranteed for 50 years.



Groundbreaking research says England has a backlog of 3.91 million homes, meaning 340,000 new homes need to be built each year until 2031. To this end, award winning developer Pye Homes has chosen John Guest as a main supplier for first-fix plumbing to its Hanborough Gate estate.

The relationship was made thanks to the speed-related benefits John Guest’s products made from Polybutylene (Polybutene-1, PB-1) offer. Ease of installation, reliability and customer support were crucial factors for Pye Homes and that’s why they chose JG Speedfit.

The Oxfordshire-based developer has been building quality homes for over 90 years and Hanborough Gate will contain 169 houses once complete. The site, located on the western side of the village, will comprise two, three and four-bedroom homes.

As well as speed, another key reason for their specification of Speedfit PB-1 piping was to prevent theft of materials. “In some of our previous developments, theft of copper pipes became a serious issue, not only because of the cost of replacement but the damage and delays it caused,” said the Commercial Director of Pye Homes. “Obviously, developments of our size could contain a lot of copper, and thieves can eventually make a lot of money during the course of the project. Now, with JG Speedfit’s products, this is much less of a problem.”

A range of JG Speedfit fittings and pipes made from PB-1 have been specified at Hanborough Gate for the first fix stage. The houses are also fitted with John Guest’s smart heating controls, including JG Aura thermostats and TRVs (thermostatic radiator valves) to control underfloor heating as well as radiators.

The Speedfit technical team worked with the electrical and the plumbing contractors onsite to make sure they face no roadblocks when it comes to installation. “The level of customer service and support is really what has impressed us most about John Guest” said the Commercial Director of Pye Homes. “We have ensured that we are using the best products for the installation and they have been installed keeping best practice in mind.”

“Hanborough Gate has been a pleasure to work on and it really shows the value of our push-fit solutions,” said Shaun Pratley, ASM at JG Speedfit. “Not only have we eliminated the issues they were having before, but we’ve also reduced the overall cost of materials and labour too.”

The development is due to be fully completed in the early part of 2021. For more about JG Speedfit solutions, please visit Speedfit.co.uk.

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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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