ACO TECHNOLOGIES PLC - WATER MANAGEMENT
Suppliers of: Surface water drainage, drainage channels, slot drainage channels, channel drainage systems, storm water management systems, SUDS drainage systems, Threshold drainage channels, Linear drainage channels, Road drainage systems, Kerb drainage systems
ACO Water Management
Throughout the world ACO is recognised as a world leader in the design, development and implementation of sustainable surface water management systems.
Through client-based research and constant innovation, ACO Water Management has evolved from its origins in line drainage to an award-winning supplier of an unrivalled range of products and support services that provide the complete and effective management of surface water: from system design through collection, cleaning, storing and on-site source control allowing the safe release of run-off back to natural watercourses.
Covering applications as diverse as retail and commercial developments to major national transport and infrastructure projects, the ACO Water Management range assures industry leading sustainable drainage performance and environmental protection.
The range includes high performance surface water drainage systems, award-winning attenuation and infiltration solutions, as well as hydrocarbon separators and vortex flow control systems. For more information visit www.aco.co.uk
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ACO Water Management Main Product ranges:
The Civils + Infrastructure range has pioneered the management of surface water and today provides architects, specifiers and engineers with a complete package of integrated systems suitable for use across the entire spectrum of civil engineering projects.
The Building + Landscape range is tailored to the demands of residential developments. Easy to use and install, products have finish options that both complement and enhance the aesthetic qualities of any domestic property.
Tailored to the demands of domestic applications, the market leading range provides customers with the most complete and stylish surface water management offering for driveways, patios, level doorway thresholds, landscaped areas, roofs and wetrooms.
The Building + Landscape range is certified and tested to the highest performance standards for the domestic environment.
ACO Sport provides specific drainage solutions and stadia products for sporting facilities, stadiums and arenas. These systems are designed to maximise the functionality of the athletic facility without disrupting the performance of athletes and players.
ACO Wildlife includes toad tunnels and amphibian fencing systems, focuses on the protection of vulnerable species whose habitats are increasingly under threat.
ACO Building Drainage specialises in the development of drainage products and corrosion resistant drainage systems for application across the internal and external built environments. See the ACO Building Drainage page for more information.
To help architects, designers and contractors meet the legal requirements that now tightly control the way surface water is managed, ACO has created its unique ‘Surface Water Management Cycle’ – Collect, Clean, Hold, Release - the four core processes now required for the complete and sustainable management of surface water drainage.
ACO is proud to be at the forefront of SUDS innovation. Our unrivalled experience and industry leading approach to sustainable surface water management makes us the ideal partner to help realise SUDS objectives. With world-class, integrated solutions, such as our new StormBrixx attenuation system, already aligned to the new legislation and policy agenda, we create lasting, measurable change.
The unique ACO Hydraulic Design software built to enable the efficient and accurate hydraulic design of surface water management schemes using channels as the means of conveyance.
Further technical information is available to download from the ACO Website or via the BPi Download Library
These files are provided by the manufacturer. While Building Products Index takes every care to ensure the information is correct and up to date, we cannot be held liable for any out of date or incorrect information in them. Please check with the supplier before specifying or purchasing products.
1. ACO StormBrixx Brochure
Surface/Storm Water Management
Published [01/03/18]File size [9218 KB]
2. ACO Qmax Brochure
Storm Management Surface water drainage Qmax drainage systems
Published [01/12/17]File size [18474 KB]
3. ACO MonoDrain PD100D
Heelguard monocast channel drainage system
Published [01/03/18]File size [2833 KB]
4. ACO Multiline Sealin Brochure
Integrated seal medium-duty channel system
Published [01/03/18]File size [4645 KB]
5 - ACO SuDS Swale Inlet Brochure
Published [05/04/16]File size [1150 KB]
6 - ACO Freestyle Brochure
Published [31/03/17]File size [5048 KB]
7 - ACO KerbDrain brochure
road drainage kerb drainage highways drainage
Published [31/03/17]File size [8671 KB]
8. ACO HexDrain Brickslot Brochure
domestic,channel,drive,residential,hexdrain,driveway,patios,paths,pedestrian,threshold,slot drainage,garage,garage drainage,brickslot,linear channel,hexdrain brickslot,plastic channel
Published [31/07/17]File size [1901 KB]
9 - ACO RainDrain Brochure
domestic,concrete,channel,parking,drive,polymer, house,residential,raindrain,garage,garage drainage,driveway,house, channel drainage, car park, car parks, carpark, car parks, recycle, recycled, recyclable, vienite
Published [31/07/17]File size [1853 KB]
9 - Building + Landscape product guide
Linear drainage channels external drainage gullies driveway drainage garden drainage
Published [31/03/17]File size [2452 KB]
ACO ATec Datasheet
Published [01/12/17]File size [116 KB]
ACO Channel Lighting System Brochure
lighting,eyeled,block paving,paving,patios,drives,pedestrian precincts,plastic, LED,eyeleds, channel, channel drainage
Published [01/12/17]File size [5782 KB]
ACO CivicDrain Brochure
channel, polymer concrete, edge, grating, channel drainage, civicdrain, vienite, car parks, carparks, car park, commercial, light industrial,
Published [04/04/16]File size [340 KB]
ACO Derailment Channel
High strength derailment channel drainage system
Published [05/04/16]File size [352 KB]
ACO DoorWay Drain Brochure
threshold drainage,door,threshold,line drainage,Part M,door drainage,level threshold,doorway drain
Published [05/04/16]File size [250 KB]
ACO DrainMat Brochure
matwell,mat,mat drainage,threshold,threshold drainage,level threshold,drain mat, drainmat,Part M,floor drainage,entrance
Published [26/06/17]File size [381 KB]
ACO Floor Access Covers for Building Applications Brochure
floor access covers
Published [01/12/17]File size [4927 KB]
ACO Grooved RailDrain Ri41GP
High strength drainage system for the grooved rail
Published [05/04/16]File size [371 KB]
ACO Grooved RailDrain Ri59-60
High strength drainage system for the grooved rail
Published [05/04/16]File size [407 KB]
ACO H Range Brochure
Monocast heavy duty channel drainage systems
Published [01/03/18]File size [3050 KB]
ACO HexDrain B 125
domestic,concrete,channel,parking,drive,polymer,house,residential,raindrain, garage,garage drainage,driveway,house, channel drainage, car park, car parks, carpark, car parks, recycle, recycled, recyclable,
Published [31/07/17]File size [2382 KB]
ACO HexDrain Brochure
domestic,channel,drive,parking,residential, hexdrain,drivedrain,driveway,drive,patios,paths, pedestrian,garage,garage pack,garage drainage,plastic channel, channel drainage,
Published [31/07/17]File size [2020 KB]
ACO Indoor Brochure
matwell, mat, threshold, entrance, carpet,indoor
Published [05/04/16]File size [396 KB]
ACO Landscaping Systems
Smart surfacing and easy edging
Published [29/03/17]File size [1574 KB]
ACO MultiDrain PPD brochure
Published [28/11/16]File size [4658 KB]
ACO Q-Brake Vortex and Q-Plate Brochure
Vortex, flow control, Vortex flow control, hydro, Q-Brake, Q-Brake Vortex, flow controls, stormwater, stormwater management, SUDS, sustainable drainage systems, car parks, car park, parking, parking areas, carpark, carparks
Published [04/04/16]File size [6258 KB]
ACO Q-Ceptor Brochure
Separators, oil, oil separators, interceptors, Q-Ceptor, QCeptor, ACO Q-Ceptor, separator, PPG3, SUDS,petrol,petrol interceptors, interceptors,full retention,bypass,NSB3,NSB6,NSB8,NSB10,NS3,NS6,NS8,NS10,contamination, parking areas, parking, car parks, supermarkets, car parks, carparks, carpark
Published [04/04/16]File size [3655 KB]
Aco Railway Brochure
Surface water management systems for permanent way and rail infrastructure
Published [31/07/17]File size [5411 KB]
ACO RainDrain B 125 Brochure
domestic,concrete,channel,parking,drive,polymer,house,residential,raindrain, garage,garage drainage,driveway,house, channel drainage, car park, car parks, carpark, car parks, recycle, recycled, recyclable, vienite
Published [31/07/17]File size [914 KB]
ACO RainDrain Brickslot B 125
Domestic, channel, parking, car park, residential, raindrain, driveway, drive, garage, garage drainage, slot drainage, brickslot, vienite, polymer channel, raindrain brickslot
Published [31/07/17]File size [929 KB]
ACO RoadDrain Brochure
roaddrain,roaddrain 100,roaddrain 200,road drainage,monocast,one piece,highways,road, car park,kitemark,recycled materials,motorway, parking, car parks,IAN, carparks, carpark, recycle, recycled, recyclable, vienite
Published [04/04/16]File size [1102 KB]
ACO S Range Brochure
S Range,s100,s150,s200,s300,heavy duty,grating,cast iron,drainage channel,high capacity,airport drainage,docks,industrial, parking, car park, edge rail, channel drainage, car parks, petrol stations, carpark, carparks, recycle, recycled, recyclable, vienite,srange
Published [05/04/16]File size [743 KB]
ACO Shallow KerbDrain Datasheet
Published [05/04/16]File size [527 KB]
ACO Slimline Brochure
ACO Slimline® channels
Published [05/04/16]File size [277 KB]
ACO Sport Brochure Overview
Channel drainage systems and sports accessories for stadiums and arenas
Published [26/06/17]File size [2280 KB]
ACO StepDrain Brochure
threshold drainage,door,threshold,line drainage,Part M,door drainage,level threshold,step drain
Published [05/04/16]File size [298 KB]
ACO TramDrain 200 Drainage System
High capacity monocast drainage system for the grooved rail, 4-foot and 6-foot track slab sections
Published [05/04/16]File size [445 KB]
ACO Universal Gully Brochure
Published [05/04/16]File size [1068 KB]
ACO V100G Tram Drain
High strength grooved rail and 4-foot channel drainage system
Published [05/04/16]File size [367 KB]
Aco Wildlife Product Overview
Published [26/06/17]File size [1132 KB]
ACO GroundGuard plays key role in Upper Bowen Farm garden upgrade
Vegetable plants need lots of space and nurturing to help them grow. While wheelbarrows can be a gardener’s best friend and assist with a variety of tasks the modern day tendency for gravel paths tend to make manoeuvres difficult, and cause unwanted mess.
ACO Water Management’s award winning ground reinforcement system, GroundGuard, was installed by one contractor looking to secure gravel and provide a neat outdoor garden area, easily navigable by a wheelbarrow.
The ‘grow your own veg’ trend has heightened in the last few years and with it, back gardens up and down the country have been transformed into flourishing vegetable patches.
Berkshire based Bradfield & Davies are a building and landscape firm that specialise in high-end building and landscape projects. With over 25 years’ of experience in the industry, the company was selected to undertake a project to create an attractive yet practical vegetable garden, in the Pangbourne region.
The homeowners at Upper Bowen Farm, had invested a significant amount in the new design and development of a 15m x 12m vegetable garden to improve its landscape area. The customer wanted to create an aesthetically pleasing outdoor area finished with decorative aggregate walkways, to enable them to tend to the growing vegetables with ease. Crucially the walkways had to be suitable for wheelbarrow use, to allow the customer to transport planting equipment throughout the garden.
A key consideration for Bradfield & Davies was combining the decorative aggregate and the use of a wheelbarrow. Given materials like gravel can be easily displaced, it was important to explore solutions that would ensure the aggregate would be left undisturbed.
Providing adequate drainage is another important factor when it comes to garden renovations. Replacing grass garden areas with non-permeable surfaces can increase the risk of flooding. In this case, the decorative aggregate used was a semipermeable surface. Permeable surfaces are used to help slow down the drainage and allow rain to slowly soak through to the substrate below. As such it is best to combine materials, such as gravel, with a reinforced structure. A secondary advantage of systems like this, is that it holds the gravel in place so it doesn’t escape into the surrounding areas.
ACO’s award winning GroundGuard was selected by the contractor and provided the perfect solution. GroundGuard is a lightweight ground reinforcement system which acts as a stabilisation tile, holding the gravel in place whilst also allowing the wheelbarrow to navigate the area with ease. Bradfield & Davies used 180m2 covering an area of 15m x 12m. This type of surface helps to reduce the displacement of the decorative finish. It is also over 90 percent porous, improving the rate of surface water run-off and saving the homeowners cost on additional drainage installation.
The GroundGuard tiles could be easily cut to shape for irregular edging, simplifying the process for Bradfield & Davies when shaping each individual walkway around a raised bed. The interlocking clip fixings helped the landscapers to quickly install the solution in the specified times outlined from the outset of the brief. In just [insert time] Bradfield and Davies designed and created an attractive, yet practical vegetable garden with a natural surface solution finish.
ACO GroundGuard is suitable for a wide range of applications including paths, drives, parking areas and access routes.
ACO brings it’s art to the Tate Modern
Iconic additions to the London skyline have become a regular occurrence in recent years. However, blending the eye-catching with the elegant is a fine line that can easily be exceeded. If the building in question happens to be the world’s most-visited modern art museum, then there is no room for error.
Thankfully, after eight years’ in the making, the long-awaited extension to the Tate Modern on London’s South Bank opened its doors to critical acclaim in 2016. As a symbol of the UK’s bold and proud modern art pedigree, the extension to the Tate Modern is just as worth visiting as the works it houses. However, the level of innovation and ingenuity extends well beyond the gallery’s new façade.
First opened as a gallery in 2000, following the redevelopment of the Bankside Power station, the ten-storey extension to the Tate Modern will play host to the world’s first gallery spaces dedicated to live art and film installations, and provide sixty percent more space to accommodate the gallery’s rapidly growing collections.
Yet, given the UK’s natural inclination towards wet weather, efficient water management is an absolutely crucial element to any civil engineering project. The extension to the Tate Modern was no exception, as the building’s truly unique design posed a number of water management challenges.
“The Tate extension is quite unlike most other civil engineering projects we’ve worked on. Whilst its striking design certainly turns heads, it brings with it some serious stumbling blocks that needed to be overcome,” said Nick Burchett, Regional Sales Engineer at ACO Technologies
“First and foremost, the building’s unique geometrical design means that the external walls intersect the ground at seven different angles. With a normal building, this angle would be 90˚, which represents a straightforward solution as the water can run down the wall and into the channel below. However, with the Tate extension, a standard Brickslot drainage channel system could not be used.”
Ramboll, the civil engineers appointed to undertake the construction of the extension, understood this issue at the outset, and approached ACO to find a way around the problem.
Martin Burden, Design Director at Ramboll, commented: “The ground breaking Tate Modern extension pushes the boundaries of modern design and engineering. From its one-of-a-kind geometric structure to its striking brick façade, every facet of this building has been planned and engineered with staggering accuracy.
“A drainage and flood management strategy was designed to minimise both the risk of flooding and the impact to the existing downstream sewer system. Run-off from the building façade is collected via channel drainage and discharged into the below ground drainage network. Considering the unique angled face of the façade, the design of a linear channel surrounding the new building was especially challenging.”
“We’ve had a close working relationship with Ramboll spanning a number of years and several major projects where a bespoke design was needed,” continued Nick Burchett.
“When they asked us the question about designing a completely unique drainage system for the perimeter of the Tate’s extension, we knew it would be possible due to the strength of our R&D team when it comes to creating bespoke solutions.”
James Canney, Product Development Manager at ACO Technologies, oversaw the bespoke design process for the extension’s proposed solution.
“In total seven sections needed to be developed, which translated to 17 bespoke products. Each one needed to be custom-engineered to match the varying angles of the building and provide discrete drainage from both the walls of the building and the surrounding surface, along with custom units for access and maintenance.
“Two of the seven drainage sections in particular posed significant challenges in the development, as the façade of the building face continued the slope underground, forcing the channel drainage away from the façade of the building.
“The original specification called for a vertical version of our MultiDrain Brickslot product, that would sit away from the façade of the building in these areas. To accommodate this, our team designed a hanger system to allow structural concrete to be filled and levelled between the channel and the wall in such a way that when the Brickslot tops were added, the system was fully supported and allowed the drainage section to follow the contours of the building. This was absolutely crucial to ensuring the aesthetic from the rest of the project was carried through these sections of drainage.”
Once the bespoke designs were approved, a total of 187m of custom-engineered MultiDrain Brickslot was manufactured by ACO at its facility in Shefford, Bedfordshire, and delivered to site before being installed by the contractors.
A further 550m of standard MultiDrain Brickslot was also supplied to the site with a view to being used throughout the Tate’s surrounding landscaped pedestrian area. In areas where the Brickslot grating could not be used due to depth limitations, 20m of ACO’s specialist V300 MultiLine was also installed.
“The ultimate goal was to deliver a solution which would swiftly remove any surface water from the building’s perimeter during periods of rainfall. Importantly, the installation needed to be discreet to fit into the general refined aesthetic of the project,” concluded Nick Burchett. “Given the challenging and varied geometry of the Tate extension, we were extremely pleased to be able to create a fully bespoke water management system for one of the UK’s truly iconic buildings.”