Iron technology leader Saint-Gobain PAM UK, part of leading international materials company Saint-Gobain, has released its latest Timesaver Specifier’s Manual, designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the Timesaver drainage system and its many benefits.

The Timesaver Specifer’s Manual includes information on the product range of drain pipes, soil pipes, fittings and heritage couplings available.

A proven drainage system for almost 40 years, the Timesaver cast iron above and below ground drainage systems offer superior strength, non-combustibility, enhanced noise reduction in a sustainable solution. Other benefits include easy installation through simple mechanical or push-fit couplings, plus the cast iron material guarantees a long-lasting drainage solution of up to 50 years.

Mike Rawlings, marketing manager – Soil & Drain at Saint-Gobain PAM UK, explained: “We are delighted to release an up-to-date Timesaver product guide for specifiers, explaining the numerous key features of the system.

“Originally launched in 1973, the Timesaver system has steadily established a solid reputation for itself within the marketplace, with both the above ground and below ground systems awarded the highly acclaimed BS Kitemark in 1982.

“The system’s push-fit couplings help transform a typically mechanical pipe system into a traditional-looking product that is ideal for heritage buildings and all grade listed properties, while the range also complies with British Standards BS 416 Part 2 for above ground and BS 437 for below ground, with fittings and diameters appropriate for these standards.

“The flexibility, strength and durability of Timesaver has ensured its longevity over nearly 40 years and will be central to its continued success in future.”


Ensign drainage systems from iron technology leader Saint-Gobain PAM UK, part of leading materials company Saint-Gobain, have been specified for the sanitary soil and internal rainwater system in the new South Glasgow Hospital, set to be one of the most advanced adult acute services hospitals in the UK.

Designed and constructed by Brookfield Multiplex, the hospital will be the biggest critical care complex in Scotland. Built on the site of the existing Southern General Hospital in the south west of the city, it will comprise a new acute care hospital with 1,109 beds in single-room accommodation, a 256-bed children’s hospital, 30 modern operating theatres and a separate laboratory block providing biochemistry, haematology and blood transfusion services. It is due for completion in 2015.

Ensign, which will be used throughout the £840m development, was specified for phase 2 of the project by M&E consultants ZBP and M&E consultants Wallace Whittel. Installation is by John Crawford Mechanical of Glasgow.

soil-training-centreJim Burns, technical sales manager at Saint-Gobain PAM UK, commented: “This contract further endorses Ensign as the leading above and below ground solution on the market. Ensign is the only drainage system tested to a kitemark approved to BS EN 877 and offers specifiers, contractors and installers a fit-and-forget system which outperforms all rival materials. Furthermore, it combines all the proven material properties of cast iron, which are unmatched in terms of fire resistance, acoustic qualities, strength, longevity, and chemical reaction.”

The industry-leading Saint-Gobain PAM Ensign system consists of pipes and fittings from 50-600mm diameter for above ground specifications and 100, 150-600mm diameter for below ground. For the hospital project, the Ensign system will be connected to cast iron, plastic and stainless steel products, using Saint-Gobain’s ground-breaking EEZI-FIT range of push-fit socketed fittings and couplings, designed to combine all the benefits of cast iron with the simplicity of push-fit assembly.


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