Viega’s press-fit plumbing systems speed construction at Barangaroo

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On the edge of the famous Sydney Harbour and at the heart of Barangaroo’s new commercial district, there are three high-rise office towers under construction that will become a corporate centre for the Asia-Pacific region.

Developed by Lendlease and designed by internationally acclaimed architects, the three commercial towers at Barangaroo are ready to set new benchmarks for sustainable workplace design.

Called International Towers Sydney, the buildings comprise an impressive 49 floors, 43 floors and 39 floors, respectively. With a 2016 completion date, there were a huge number of contractors working on them. All three mechanical contractors – Axis, Brown and Moodie and Sydmex – plus the hydraulic contractor, used Viega’s Propress technology.

After another approach was initially considered, Viega’s innovative and highly efficient press-fit technology won out.

“Productivity was the main reason for the change from brazing to Viega press-fit as there is a lot of time lost moving oxyacetylene bottles vertically between floors – it is more efficient to use press-fit,” explains Rob Elliot, New South Wales state manager for Axis Plumbing.

“Other reasons included site work and safety requirements and the need to reduce/eliminate hot works on-site due to safety reasons.”


Brown and Moodie, another contractor working on the project, also supported the use of Viega’s press-fit technology.

“Viega’s Propress was already approved and preferred by the consultants and engineers as a superior product, which made it easier for Brown and Moodie to get it through,” says Brown and Moodie project manager Quentin Brown.

“We were happy that the engineers were also convinced that press-fit was suitable for this project.”

Developer Lendlease secured a number of high profile tenants, including Westpac, KPMG, PwC, HSBC and Lendlease itself. The pressure was on all contractors involved to deliver the highest quality work, under tight time- frames, as safely as possible.

“That is the best thing about the Viega Propress system – it offers fast, flexible and safe copper pipework installation that assists with overcoming the challenges of working on such a large-scale project,” says Brown. “The technology also works with the elimination of fire/ flame/hot work permits.”


Viega Propress copper press fittings are being used in all three towers for potable hot/cold water, as well as mechanical services and gas services.

As Barangaroo is a huge project for all involved, contractor Axis is particularly pleased with the technical field support and training Viega provides on-site.

“There is a peace of mind when using a premium product like Viega,” says Elliot. “We know that Viega is a premium product with unique features, the most innovative of which are the patented smart connect feature and leak detection safety feature. The added safety on-site, ease and speed of installation and quality of installation are the icing on the cake.”

Contractor Brown and Moodie also expresses a strong confidence in the quality of Viega’s products and the accompanying warranty. “The product gives us the ability to capture any unpressed joints thanks to their smart connect feature,” explains Brown. “Propress saves us time on installation, minimises the need for hot work permits and provides us with top-notch technical support and training.”

Viega aspires to provide clients with the best on-site support in the industry, as Viega Australia’s Robert Hardgrove attests.

“Viega prides itself on setting the highest standard for safety, product innovation and training for clients,” he says. “For a large-scale project such as Barangaroo that needs to utilise the quickest, safest and most accurate way of installing a sizeable amount of piping, Viega’s Propress technology is a perfect fit.”

This article also appears in the December/January issue of Facility Management magazine.

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