145 City Road

Author Lloyd Preston Calendar 7 November 2018

Booster set system supplies water over 40 storeys at Tech City.

Let's get technical.


The Atlas Building at 145 City Road is a prominent Central London site and is in the heart of the up and coming ‘Tech City’ borough of Hackney. The project comprises of two buildings – an iconic 40-storey residential tower and a nine-storey office building.

Dutypoint were asked to provide a water pressure solution for the main residential tower and worked closely with the contractor to ensure there was no disruption to the strict build schedule.


The biggest challenge came from providing adequate supply of pressurised drinking water to serve the 302 luxury apartments, swimming pool, spa and leisure facilities spread throughout the building at 145 City Road. Furthermore, as space is at an absolute premium within the Atlas Building, the second challenge our team faced was providing a sheltered space to house a boosted water softening plant. The only space available for the installation of this system: the roof.


Dutypoint recommended a supply system consisting of two large WRAS-approved versatile modular variable booster sets – providing the potable water to all areas of the two buildings. These VMV units were each equipped with four heavy-duty pumps capable of boosting the water up 40 storeys.

Using this system, Dutypoint were able to provide a high-pressure supply of drinking water for the entire building. Furthermore, a custom-designed and heated GRP QuadraTANK worked to house additional booster equipment, a CAT5 break tank and the water softener plant at rooftop level – all within a weatherproof enclosure.