Flushjoint Specified For Bord Gáis Networks Services Centre

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Nov25

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Flushjoint Aluminium Rainwater Systems from Alumasc have been specified for one of Ireland’s leading sustainable buildings.

The award-winning Networks Services Centre is home to Bord Gáis Networks, which owns, operates, builds and maintains the natural gas network in Ireland.In 2010, plans were commissioned for a new purpose-built building to centralise the Dublin operations of Bord Gáis Networksin one single location. The landmark building,designed by Denis Byrne Architects, provides a modern working environment boasting a total floor area of 5200m², housing offices, the National Technical Training Centre and 24/7 operations and emergency response facilities.

Alumasc’s Flushjoint extruded aluminium rainwater system was specified for the project because its clean lines perfectly complemented the contemporary linear design of the building. Over 115m of 100mm diameter Flushjoint was installed by the main contractor Walls Construction.

Alumasc’s contemporary range of aluminium rainwater systems are ideally suited for newbuild projects such as the Networks Services Centre. The Flushjoint system offers a range of extruded round, square and rectangular downpipes with pipes mounted on brackets to stand clear of the structure and concealed spigots which give a smooth, clean appearance. The range offers high impact resistance and excellent rigidity.

Constructed from 100% recyclable aluminium, Flushjoint offers a cost-effective, lightweight, durable and highly corrosion resistant alternative to uPVC, offering an impressive life expectancy of up to 40 years. The range can be supplied with BBA Approved polyester powder coatings in a range of standard or custom colours and is also available in plain mill finish for on-site painting.

Speaking about the project, Alumasc area sales manager for Ireland, Rob Lowry, said:

“The installation at the Bord Gáis Networks ServicesCentre was very straightforward, mostly thanks to the flexibility the system offers. The vast majority of Flushjoint specified for the build was standard off the shelf product, but we also manufactured bespoke offsets which were required to run under a large canopy feature of the building. The resulting Flushjoint system provides an attractive drainage solution which fits well with the new contemporary building.”

Upon completion, the Networks Services Centre won a number of prestigious architectural, building and sustainability awards,and most notably is the only office building in Ireland to receive a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating under the 2008 standard.

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