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Uponor shines at Golden Mile

Uponor's multi-layer composite pipe (MLCP) system was used for the Golden Mile in Palm Jumeirah, a project recently handed over by joint-venture partners Nakheel and IFA Hotels & Resorts.

Uponor shines at Golden Mile
Golden Mile on Palm Jumeirah.


Uponor's multi-layer composite pipe (MLCP) system was used for the Golden Mile in Palm Jumeirah, a project recently handed over by joint-venture partners Nakheel and IFA Hotels & Resorts.

Uponor was originally selected in 2006, and in May 2007 began supplying its MLCP system for tap water installation. The wide range of products, ease of installation and superior price ratio compared to copper pipes were the deciding factors in specifying this system, according to Uponor's MLCP distributor Tarek Shihada from Aquagas Group, which has worked closely with RPW Consulting Engineers in using the system on other projects as well.

The Golden Mile project necessitated a complete range of pipes and fittings being supplied, with outer diameters ranging from 16 to 110 mm. "The Uponor MLCP system was used for the entire tap water piping installation from the risers up to the faucets," explained Shihada. Since May 2007, more than 150 000 fittings and 200 000 metres of MLCP piping has been supplied.

Ten buildings

Golden Mile is located on the western portion of the Palm Jumeirah. It comprises ten buildings, with a total of 860 residential units. The residential component offers one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, townhouses and penthouses with sea and park views. All residences are managed by the neighbouring Fairmont Palm Jumeirah hotel, which is set to open at the beginning of next year.

Werner Burger, president and COO of IFA Hotels & Resorts, said: "This is a very special project. Golden Mile on Palm Jumeirah will be the first mixed-use project on the trunk of the island, with residences, freehold offices and shopping promenades, offering an active and vibrant ambiance for residents and visitors."

The planning and installation of risers has always been an extremely complex task. Conventional systems comprise up to 300 special components, and connections had to be assembled on location - often at great heights or in cramped confines. However, Uponor's MLCP riser system offers a modern solution to such traditional problems.

Modular design

The system is based on a modular design, and uses only 27 components. This means that tasks which previously required hundreds of different components can now be carried out with speed and efficiency.

An additional benefit is that standard or ‘off-the-shelf' projects can be planned even more quickly, while solutions for tricky challenges can be derived at effortlessly.

The system is also highly flexible, meaning that any unfixed connection can be adjusted easily to a new configuration if need be. The fact that all installation is done at ground level, allowing for precision pressing at the work bench, means that the only task required on-site is to physically insert the pipes into the fittings and lock them, which is done without cumbersome tools. This helps reduce any delays, as well as ensuring that the construction project remains on schedule.

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