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Prestigious East Midlands Development Takes The ‘EEZI' Route


A new development in the East Midlands is one of the first in the UK to specify the highly innovative Ensign EEZI-FIT range of cast iron drainage systems from Saint-Gobain Pipelines.

Highcross Court is a new build development of 144 luxury flats in five blocks adjacent to and above the Shires Shopping Centre in Leicester city centre.

Mechanical and electrical consultants for the project, Buckinghamshire-based Silcock Dawson & Partners, specified cast iron for the above ground drainage due to its unrivalled appearance and acoustic performance.

Despite pressure to switch to plastic drainage systems because of their perceived lower cost, the many benefits of the new EEZI-FIT push-fit range and its ability to avoid joints in the floor screed, convinced the developers to stay with cast iron.

Saint-Gobain demonstrated the EEZI-FIT product to plumbing contractor Sleaford Building Services who were highly impressed by its quality, ease and speed of installation, and environmental advantages over plastic alternatives.

Barry Exton, a Director of Sleaford Building Services, explained: “The EEZI-FIT range incorporates a unique manifold waste connector fitting with an extended bottom connection spigot that due to its extended length clears a floor make up/screed of up to 300mm and therefore negates the installation of a joint in the floor constructions with the obvious issues this has the potential to cause. We used a large number of these fittings to connect to sanitaryware appliances and a particular benefit was the use of the low level manifold inlets providing a solution to ensure invert and gradient levels were achieved even from low outlet shower trays.

“The fact that the EEZI-FIT components simply push together made for a very fast installation while the quality of the range – which retains all the proven benefits of cast iron drainage systems – is very clear.”

Derrick Brookes of Saint-Gobain Pipelines added: “This installation shows clearly how the EEZI-FIT range solves many of the issues facing modern developers. EEZI-FIT offers rapid installation alongside all the established benefits of cast iron in terms of durability, performance, appearance, fire resistance, acoustic qualities and recyclability.

Versatility and suitability of the range for both residential and commercial applications is already generating significant interest from specifiers for a number of projects. We believe EEZI-FIT is set to become the range of choice where ease of installation is required without compromise elsewhere.”

Ensign EEZI-FIT is Kitemark approved to BS EN 877 for gravity, sanitary applications and manufactured under BS EN ISO 9001: 2004 Quality Assurance.

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