News: Hargreaves cast as supplier for Europe's tallest skyscraper

29 March 2010

Hargreaves, one of the UK's oldest traditional cast-iron manufacturers, is helping to shape the skyline of modern Russia, with a contract for Europe's tallest building. The Halifax-based company, a leading name in Yorkshire cast iron manufacturing for more than 100 years, is supplying 96 tonnes of internal cast iron rainwater and drainage systems for the futuristic Federation Tower in Moscow.

Distinctive for its curved shape and central spire, the £305million, 87-storey building is 340 metres (448m including its spire) high, dwarfing Europe's other skyscrapers, including the previous tallest building titleholder - Frankfurt's 260m Commerzbank Tower and the 330m Eiffel Tower.

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Construction work is in two phases - phase 1 is complete, phase 2 and final completion are scheduled for 2010.

Hargreaves was contracted to supply some 5.2km of rainwater and drainage equipment from its innovative new Halifax lightweight cast iron system. Russian installers Armo Group are fitting the socketless soil and drainage systems, which feature a unique time-saving single steel coupling.

Sergei Glukharev, Director of Halifax Russia Limited, said: "The Halifax system was chosen for its quality, versatility and speed of installation. It has the major benefit of allowing pipeline installation to begin from any point and in any direction within a building and this provides major value with a building of this size and the single-coupling system reduces the risk of mistakes during installation.

"One of the major benefits of using a cast iron system such as Halifax is the low fire risk. By Russian law, any building higher than 75m must install a cast iron drainage system. The Halifax system also offers noise reduction characteristics, important since sewerage has to be channelled from the eighty-seventh floor to below-basement level."

Federation Tower's Russian developer, Mirax Group, says the complex, together with a neighbouring 53-storey tower, have state-of-the art design features designed to protect them against a 9/11 style attack and withstand fire for 10 hours.

The Federation Tower contract confirms Hargreaves growing hold on the Russian market. The company, which supplied the cast iron drainage for the renovation of the Bolshoi Theatre (home, amongst others, of the Bolshoi Ballet) and this project is finished.

  • The Federation Tower
  • Height: 340m
  • Total area: 346,770 sq m
  • Location: "Moscow City" business centre, Krasnopresnenskaya embankment
  • Owner: Mirax-City joint stock company
  • Hargreaves Russia Ltd is supplying 5.2km of cast iron

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