ACO TECHNOLOGIES PLC - WATER MANAGEMENT

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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: 

 Civils + Infrastructure

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.

Building + Landscape

 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.

 The Surface Water Management Cycle

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.

 SUDS (Sustainable Urban 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.

 Design Software

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

 

 

AMPHIBIAN REFUGES Amphibian Shelters .
AMPHIBIAN STOP GRIDS
AMPHIBIAN TUNNELS
AMPHIBIAN TUNNELS Under-Road .
ATM ENCLOSURE SLABS Polymer Concrete .
BAT BOXES Bat Roosting Boxes .
BAT BOXES Bat Roosting Boxes for Pipistrelle Bats .
BRICKS Nest Box .
CABLE CONDUITS Ducting .
CABLE CONDUITS Ducting External .
CAR PARK Grass Protection .
CHANNEL GRATINGS Aluminium .
CHANNEL GRATINGS Anti-Corrosion Coatings Corrosion Resistant Coatings
CHANNEL GRATINGS Cast Iron .
CHANNEL GRATINGS Chemical Resistant .
CHANNEL GRATINGS Contemporary Design .
CHANNEL GRATINGS Decorative Designs .
CHANNEL GRATINGS Design Service .
CHANNEL GRATINGS Ductile Iron .
CHANNEL GRATINGS Galvanised Mesh .
CHANNEL GRATINGS Galvanised Steel .
CHANNEL GRATINGS Linear Drainage Channels .
CHANNEL GRATINGS Pedestrian .
CHANNEL GRATINGS Plastic .
CHANNEL GRATINGS Polyester Concrete .
CHANNEL GRATINGS Stainless Steel .
CHANNEL GRATINGS Stainless Steel Mesh .
CHANNEL GRATINGS Steel .
CHANNEL GRATINGS Surface Channel Classes A-F .
CHANNELS Chemical Resistant .
CHANNELS High Capacity .
CHANNELS Resin Concrete .
CHANNELS Slotted .
CHANNELS Stormwater .
DRAINAGE Railway Infrastructure .
DRAINAGE Railway Track Grooved Drainage Boxes
DRAINAGE Railway Track London Underground Standard 1-085 Fire Safety
DRAINAGE Rainwater .
DRAINAGE Road Drainage
DRAINAGE CHANNEL Covers .
DRAINAGE CHANNEL Covers Slot Systems
DRAINAGE CHANNEL Sump Unit Silt Bucket
DRAINAGE CHANNELS AGREMENT CERTIFICATE HOLDERS .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Airport Runway .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Block Paving .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS BS EN 124 .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS BS EN 1433:2002 .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS BS EN 1433:2002 CE Marked
DRAINAGE CHANNELS BS EN 1433:2002 Load Classes A-F .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Building Thresholds .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Car Parks / Parking Areas .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Cast Iron Tops Ductile Iron Gratings
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Cast-In .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Chemical Resistant .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Curved .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Design Service .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Design Software .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS DIN 19580 .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS DIN 19580 Classes A-F .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Domestic Applications / Residential Applications .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Domestic Applications / Residential Applications Kit Garage Pack
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Driveways Drives
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Extreme Flow .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Extreme Loadings Ultra Heavy Duty
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Flat Roofs .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Flow Control Systems .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Galvanised Steel .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Heavy Duty .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Heelguard Tops .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Hidden Channel .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS High Capacity .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS High Capacity Slot Systems .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Illuminated .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Industrial Applications .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Integrated Seal IKT Approved
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Kerb Combined Kerb Outlets
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Landscaping Applications .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Lighting Systems .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Linear .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS London Underground Standard 1-085 Fire Safety Performance of Materials
DRAINAGE CHANNELS MDPE Slot System .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Mesh Tops Mesh Gratings
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Multi-Storey Car Park .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Paved Areas .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Pavement Footpath Foot Way
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Pedestrian Areas .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Polymer Concrete .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Polymer Concrete Monocast / Monolithic Integral Gratings
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Polymer Concrete Monocast / Monolithic Integral Heelguard Gratings
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Polymer Concrete Monocast / Monolithic Slot Design
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Polymer Concrete Purpose Made
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Polymer Concrete Recycled Materials Incorporated
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Polypropylene .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Purpose Made .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Rail Infrastructure Applications .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Rainwater Attenuation .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Rainwater Recycling .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Recycled Materials Polypropylene
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Recycled Materials Vienite
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Resin Concrete .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Restricted Depth Installations .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Road Highway Street
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Shallow .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Slot Systems .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Slot Systems BS EN 1433:2002
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Slot Systems Loading Classes B-F DIN 19580
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Slot Systems Precast Concrete
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Sports Field Athletic Tracks Artificial Grass Surfaces
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Stainless Steel Purpose Made
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Stainless Steel Radius Units
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Steel .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Stormwater .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS SUDS .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Threshold Drains .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Threshold Drains Level Access
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Threshold Drains Part M Compliant
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Traffic .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Tram Track .
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Tram Track Derailment Containment
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Walkway .
DRAINAGE GRATINGS Replacement .
DRAINAGE GULLIES .
DRAINAGE PIPES See Also UNDERGROUND DRAINAGE PIPES: SOIL PIPES: or RAINWATER PIPES:
DRAINAGE SUDS See Also SUSTAINABLE URBAN DRAINAGE SYSTEMS (SUDS) .
DRAINAGE SURFACE WATER .
DRAINAGE SURFACE WATER Management Systems .
DRIVEWAY Soakaways .
EDGING Flower Bed and Lawn .
EDGING Paving Applications .
EQUIPMENT Bases Polymer Concrete
FLOOR CHANNELS Car Park Deck .
FLOOR CHANNELS Chemical Plant .
FLOOR CHANNELS Doorway .
FLOOR CHANNELS Stainless Steel .
GARDEN Edgings .
GARDEN Irrigation Watering Systems .
GARDEN Irrigation Watering Systems Recycled Rainwater
GEOGRIDS Gravel Surface Stabilisation .
GEOGRIDS Ground Stabilisation .
GEOGRIDS Soil Reinforcement .
GEOMEMBRANES Stormwater Storage Applications .
GEOTEXTILES Drainage Filter Fabric / Drainage Filters
GEOTEXTILES Drainage Structural Drainage
GEOTEXTILES Drainage Surface Drainage Sheets Sheeting
GEOTEXTILES Filtration Filters / Filter Fabric
GEOTEXTILES Ground Stabilisation .
GEOTEXTILES Non-Woven .
GEOTEXTILES Protection Fleece .
GEOTEXTILES Soil Separation .
GEOTEXTILES Stormwater Storage Applications .
GEOTEXTILES Stormwater Storage Applications Attenuation
GEOTEXTILES Stormwater Storage Applications Infiltration
GRASS REINFORCEMENT Border Edging Grids .
GRASS REINFORCEMENT Fabrics .
GRASS REINFORCEMENT Geogrids .
GRASS REINFORCEMENT Pavers Recycled Plastic
GRATINGS Drainage .
GRATINGS Pedestrian .
GRATINGS Purpose Made Bespoke Custom Designs .
GRATINGS Road Galvanised Steel
GRATINGS Road Large Capacity
GRATINGS Steel .
GRATINGS Vehicular .
GRAVEL Paving Systems Geogrids
GRAVEL Paving Systems Honeycomb Sheet
GRAVEL Paving Systems SUDS
GRAVEL Stabilisation Systems .
GRAVEL Stabilisation Systems Weed Control Geotextile Incorporated
GREASE SEPARATORS . .
GREASE SEPARATORS Below Ground .
GREASE SEPARATORS Biological .
GREASE SEPARATORS BS EN 1825 .
GREASE SEPARATORS Gravity .
GREASE SEPARATORS Stainless Steel .
GROUND REINFORCEMENT Cellular Confinement Systems .
GROUND REINFORCEMENT Lightweight Plastic Tiles .
GROUND STABILISATION Cellular Confinement Systems .
GROUND STABILISATION Mesh .
GUIDE FENCES Guide Walls .
GUIDE FENCES Guide Walls Small Mammals and Amphibians
GULLIES Rainwater Pipe .
GULLIES Resin Concrete .
GULLIES Stainless Steel .
GULLY GRATINGS . .
KERB Channels .
KERB Units .
KERB DRAINAGE Systems .
KERB DRAINAGE Systems BS EN 1433:2002 Kitemarked
KERB DRAINAGE Systems EN 1433 D400 CE Marked
KERB DRAINAGE Systems Highways Agency Interim Advice Note IAN117/08
KERB DRAINAGE Systems Highways Agency Product and Certification Requirements
KERB DRAINAGE Systems Highways Works Clause 516
KERB DRAINAGE Systems SUDS Applications
KERB DRAINAGE Units .
KERB DRAINAGE Units One Piece Half Battered Profile
KERB DRAINAGE Units One Piece Splayed Profile
KERB DRAINAGE Units Polymer Concrete BS EN 1433:2002
KERB DRAINAGE Units Polymer Concrete Recycled Materials Incorporated
KERB DRAINAGE Units Recycled Materials
KERB DRAINAGE Units Recycled Materials BS EN 1433:2002
KERB DRAINAGE Units Resin Concrete
KERBS Combined Drainage See Also KERB DRAINAGE:
KERBS Lightweight .
KERBS Lightweight HSE Guidelines Compliant
KERBS Lightweight Polymer Concrete
KERBS Wildlife Safety Bypass Pocket Incorporated .
MANHOLE COVERS (FRAME INCLUDED) Resin Concrete Internal
MATWELL FRAMES Aluminium .
MATWELL FRAMES Drainage Outlet .
MATWELL FRAMES External Exterior Outside Entrance
MATWELL FRAMES Including Mat Removable Mat
MATWELL FRAMES Stainless Steel .
MATWELL FRAMES Wheel Traffic Part M Compliant
MOTORWAY Drainage Channels .
NEST BOXES Cavity Wall Build-In Brick Sizes
OIL SEPARATORS BS EN 858-1-2 .
OIL SEPARATORS Bypass Separators .
OIL SEPARATORS Environment Agency PPG3 Guidelines Compliant .
OIL SEPARATORS Petrol Filling Stations Garage Forecourt
PARKING Surfaces Porous
PAVERS Grass Reinforcing Recycled Plastic
PAVING Systems Grass Infill
PAVING Systems Gravel Infill
PAVING Systems Porous Water Drainage Control
PAVING BLOCKS Drainage Channel .
PAVING BLOCKS Slot Drainage System .
PAVING BLOCKS Slot Drainage System BS EN 1433:2002 Class A15 .
PAVING BLOCKS SUDS Sustainable Urban Drainage .
PAVING BORDERS Edging Grids .
PAVING EDGE RESTRAINTS Paving Edgings Path Edging Garden Edges
PERMEABLE PAVING Gravel Infill .
PERMEABLE PAVING SUDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems) .
PIPES Precast Concrete See Also UNDERGROUND DRAINAGE PIPES: Concrete
PLAY AREA Kerbs Rubber Capped
RAINWATER HARVESTING Filters Filtration System
RAINWATER HARVESTING Pumping Units .
RAINWATER HARVESTING Soakaways .
RAINWATER HARVESTING Systems .
RAINWATER HARVESTING Systems BREEAM Credits
RAINWATER HARVESTING Systems BS 8515:2009
RAINWATER HARVESTING Treatment .
RAINWATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS Attenuation Systems Commercial
RAINWATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS Attenuation Systems Crates
RAINWATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS Attenuation Systems Domestic
RAINWATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS Attenuation Systems Industrial
RAINWATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS Attenuation Systems Tank Sewer
RAINWATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS Car Washes .
RAINWATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS Commercial .
RAINWATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS Domestic .
RAINWATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS Industrial .
RAINWATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS Pumped Systems .
RAINWATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS Stadia Stadiums .
RAINWATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS SUDS Best Practice
RAINWATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS Syphonic Siphonic Systems .
RAINWATER RECYCLING SYSTEMS Rainwater Harvesting .
ROAD GULLIES Precast Concrete .
SEPARATORS Alarmed .
SEPARATORS Bypass BS EN 858-1 and 2:2002
SEPARATORS Bypass Class I
SEPARATORS Bypass Class II
SEPARATORS Environment Agency PPG3 Guidelines Compliant .
SEPARATORS Full Retention Class I
SEPARATORS Full Retention Class II
SEPARATORS Full Retention Forecourt
SERVICE BOXES Polymer Concrete Recessed Lid .
SERVICE CONDUITS Ducting Polymer Concrete Channel
SOIL REINFORCEMENT Geogrids .
SOIL STABILISATION . .
SPORTS FIELD Drainage .
SPORTS FIELD Drainage IAAF Requirements
SPORTS FIELD Equipment IAAF Requirements
SPORTS FIELD Kerbs Removable
SPORTS FIELD Kerbs Rubber Capped
SPORTS FIELD Sand Traps .
SPORTS FIELD Service Boxes Cable Distribution
SPORTS FIELD Service Boxes Water Distribution
SPORTS FIELD Surface Drainage .
SPORTS FIELD Surface Drainage IAAF Requirements
STADIUM Drainage Channels .
STADIUM Seating .
STADIUM Terracing Stadia Terraces
STORMWATER Attenuation .
STORMWATER Attenuation Modular Geocells .
STORMWATER Attenuation Modular Geocells AGREMENT CERTIFICATE HOLDERS
STORMWATER Attenuation Tanks .
STORMWATER Drainage .
STORMWATER Drainage SUDS Best Practice .
STORMWATER Filtration Tanks .
STORMWATER Flow Controls .
STORMWATER Flow Controls Vortex Systems / Vortex Valves
STORMWATER Management Systems .
STORMWATER Management Systems AGREMENT CERTIFICATE HOLDERS
STORMWATER Separation Chambers Oil Separators
STORMWATER Storage .
STORMWATER Storage Attenuation Systems .
STORMWATER Storage Infiltration Systems .
STORMWATER Storage Modular Geocellular Units Geocellular Tanks
STORMWATER Storage Soakaways .
STORMWATER Storage Tanks Balancing .
SURFACE WATER MANAGEMENT . See Also RAINWATER MANAGEMENT and STORMWATER:
SUSTAINABLE DOMESTIC DRAINAGE Rainwater Soakaway Systems Residential Rainwater Management
SUSTAINABLE URBAN DRAINAGE SYSTEMS (SUDS) Swale Inlet Units .
SUSTAINABLE URBAN DRAINAGE SYSTEMS (SUDS) Swale Inlet Units CIRIA C697 Guidance
THRESHOLD Drains BS EN 1433.2002 Load Classes A-D
THRESHOLD Drains Level Access
THRESHOLD Drains Part M Compliant
TRENCH Gratings Covers
TURF Edgings .
UNDERGROUND DRAINAGE . .
UNDERGROUND DRAINAGE Gullies .
UNDERGROUND DRAINAGE Gullies Trapped .
UNDERGROUND DRAINAGE Gullies Untrapped .
UNDERGROUND DRAINAGE PIPES Highway Drainage .
UNDERGROUND DRAINAGE PIPES Precast Concrete .
WATER FLOW CONTROLS Stormwater Management .
WATER FLOW CONTROLS Vortex Systems .
WETROOM Accessories .
WILDLIFE REFUGES Wildlife Shelters .
WILDLIFE TUNNELS Under-Road .
ACO AMPHIBIAN Wildlife Tunnel System
ACO BORDERGUARD Border Reinforcement
ACO BRICKSLOT Channel Gratings
ACO CIVICDRAIN Drainage Channels
ACO CLIMATE TUNNEL Wildlife Tunnel Systems
ACO DECKLINE 125 Channel Drainage System
ACO DOORWAY DRAIN Threshold Drainage Channel
ACO DRAINLOCK Grating Fixing System
ACO DRAINMAT Threshold Drainage Channel
ACO EYELEDS Surface Water Drainage & Lighting System
ACO FREESTYLE Bespoke Drainage Gratings
ACO GRAVELGRID Gravel Stabilisation
ACO GRAVELGUARD Gravel Stabilisation
ACO GROUNDGUARD Ground Reinforcement
ACO H RANGE Monocast Channel Drainage Systems
ACO H RANGE RD 100V Monocast Channel Drainage Systems
ACO H RANGE RD 150V Monocast Channel Drainage Systems
ACO H RANGE RD 200V Monocast Channel Drainage Systems
ACO H RANGE RD 300V Monocast Channel Drainage Systems
ACO H RANGE SD 200V Monocast Channel Drainage Systems
ACO HEXDRAIN Drainage Channel
ACO HEXDRAIN BRICKSLOT Threshold Drainage Channel
ACO HEXDRAIN PRO Channel Drainage System
ACO INDOOR Matwell Assembly
ACO KERBDRAIN Kerb Drainage Systems
ACO LIGHTPOINT Surface Water Drainage & Lighting System
ACO MOBILE FENCE Wildlife Protection
ACO MODULAR 125 Channel Drainage System
ACO MONODRAIN PD100D Channel Drainage Systems
ACO MULTIDRAIN Channel Drainage System
ACO MULTIDRAIN BRICKSLOT Slot Drainage Channel
ACO MULTIDRAIN MD Channel Drainage System
ACO MULTIDRAIN MONOBLOCK PD100D Channel Drainage System
ACO MULTIDRAIN PPD Channel Drainage System
ACO MULTIDRAIN PPD BRICKSLOT Slot Drainage
ACO MULTILINE SEALIN Channel Drainage Systems
ACO NEST BOXES Cavity Wall Nest Boxes
ACO PROFILE Slot Drainage
ACO Q-BRAKE Drainage Flow Control
ACO Q-BRAKE VORTEX Water Flow Control
ACO Q-CEPTOR Oil Separators
ACO Q-PLATE Stormwater Flow Controls
ACO QMAX Channel Drainage
ACO QMAX 225 Channel Drainage
ACO QMAX 350 Channel Drainage
ACO QMAX 550 Channel Drainage
ACO QMAX 700 Channel Drainage
ACO QMAX 900 Channel Drainage
ACO QUAD Hydraulic Design Software
ACO QUADRACEPTOR Surface Water Run Off Infiltration Systems
ACO RAILDRAIN Grooved Drainage Boxes
ACO RAIN-CEPTOR Rainwater Harvesting
ACO RAINDRAIN Drainage Channel
ACO RAINDRAIN B 125 Drainage Channels
ACO RAINDRAIN BRICKSLOT B 125 Drainage Channels
ACO ROADDRAIN One Piece Channel System
ACO S RANGE Drainage Channel
ACO SLIMLINE Slot Drainage Channel
ACO SPORT Sports Field Drainage
ACO STEPDRAIN Threshold Drainage Channel
ACO STOPGRID Wildlife Protection
ACO STORMBRIXX Surface/Storm Water Management
ACO TEX Geotextiles
ACO THRESHOLD Drainage Channels
ACO TRAMDRAIN 200 Channel Drainage System
ACO WILDLIFE KERB Kerb System
ACO WILDLIFE SYSTEMS Wildlife Protection
ACO WRAP Geotextile
ACOTEX PLUS Geomembrane Protection Fleece
ATEC Corrosion Resistant Coatings
HEELGUARD Gratings
HEXTECHNOLOGY Channel Drainage Systems
MONODRAIN HEELGUARD Monocast Channel Drainage Systems
Q-FLOW Drainage Channel Tops
Q-GUARD Drainage Channel Tops
ULTRASTEEL Drainage Channel Protection
VIENITE High Strength Recycled Material
VISUALISER Channel Gratings Selection Software

Aco Technologies - Choosing a channel - Overview of drainage selection

March 2020

Choosing a channel - overview of drainage selection for Civils + Infrastructure

Drainage and water management systems form a vital part of all construction projects. With so many options available, selecting the best drainage system can feel like an overwhelming task. With this in mind, Adam McKinnon, Business Development Manager, ACO Scotland, explores different types of drainage systems, how they can be selected appropriately, and the importance of training on specifying the correct products.

Getting to grips with different types of drainage, and ensuring that a system isn’t incorrectly specified, can make a huge difference towards ensuring an efficient water management system is implemented in construction projects.

The different types of drainage

Drainage comes in a variety of different shapes and sizes, and there are a number of logistical challenges to consider when selecting a drainage system for a project. The complex four-way slopes needed for point drainage, for example, can be difficult to construct and require increased excavation and pipework that could be avoided with an alternative system, such as channel drainage.

Considering load class

All drainage system manufacturers have to ensure products are suitable to meet a specific load classification, so it is important to consider this when selecting drainage for urban environments. However, while the load class system itself is a fairly simple specification tool to follow, it is one that surprisingly few people are fully up to speed with.

To comply with BS EN 1433:2002 standards, all drainage channels are organised into load classes, which are effectively different categories detailing the load-bearing capacity of that product. Ranging from A 15, for pedestrian footpaths and patios, through to F 900, for airports and industrial yards, the standards are a quick way of ensuring that the right channel and grating is selected.

Grated vs Monocast

In addition to load classification, choosing a grated or monocast system is another consideration. Grated channels offer more choice in the aesthetics but monocast systems offer better security and integral strength against turning forces. Taking into account local environmental considerations can also affect the decision, so coastal sea air, for example, may require a coated product that protects against oxidisation. The monocast channels from ACO are made from Vienite®, ACO’s high strength recycled polymer concrete, so do not have this issue.

Sizing the channels

Choosing the correct channel size – not under or over specifying to avoid flooding or overspending – requires knowledge of rain fall levels in the particular location, as well as various considerations over surface area and types. It is easier to rely on the expertise of drainage manufacturers, and some offer self-service tools such as ACO QuAD to ease this process.

Applications and suggestions

Medium duty applications, such as stations, schools, car parks and commercial areas, require drainage that effectively removes water but is also safe for both pedestrians and vehicles in an urban environment. ACO MonoDrain® is a one-piece channel drainage system utilised recently in the car park of Corby’s Market Walk Shopping Centre regeneration. The black polymer concrete product provided durable drainage in both installation and usage, and Load Class D 400 compliant to BS EN1433:2002. Additionally, its strength is such that it requires less concrete haunching than equivalent channels and so saves on installation costs.

For applications that require heavy-duty durability, such as highways, distribution yards and airfields, a more robust channel is required to meet the load class requirements. ACO’s RoadDrain is manufactured to Load Class F 900 and was specified to a recent project at Dublin Port as it was not only strong enough to handle the daily extreme point-loading demands, but also offers a high intake area thanks to 15mm slots to deliver maximum hydraulic performance.

Ensuring successful specification

The key to a successful water management system specification is confidence that the right drainage size and system has been put in place. Training is often the best way of keeping up to speed with product developments. ACO, for example, offers training sessions on products as well as subjects such as SuDS, and where they are best applied within different projects.

Many construction industry professionals may be limited on time and, therefore, it may not be practical to commit to the traditional way of lunch-hour or one-day training sessions with a manufacturer. Instead of missing out on useful training, manufacturers – including ACO – are shifting towards online training sessions with learning providers, such as Colab, who offer industry-relevant CPDs and on-demand videos from events, all of which can be watched on a tablet or laptop from a site office or on the go.

Thinking about drainage options from the beginning of a project is the best way to ensure that effective surface water management is implemented in urban environments. Neglecting aspects such as drain type and load class can create issues further down the line if not taken into account from the initial stages of specification. However, it is easy to avoid any problems when proper consideration is taken into account.

Aco Technologies - Drainage Maintenance Should be a top priority in 2020

March 2020

Drainage maintenance should be a top priority in 2020

Unpredictable weather patterns have continued to hit the headlines this year. As weather volatility increases, the risk of flooding across the UK is likely to rise. In the first few months of this year, the UK has already been hit by major storms Ciara and Dennis. These changes are putting many buildings, as well as wider infrastructure, at risk. If changing weather patterns are to become the norm, what more can be done to mitigate the risk?

Rob Butcher, Design Services Manager at ACO Water Management, explains what work should be done in order to avoid a worsening of the UK flooding crisis.

The rising problem of flooding

Weather, and particularly flooding, is again dominating the news agenda. As well as experiencing record temperatures in 2018 and 2019, the country has also seen torrential downpours, Storms Ciara and Dennis and the issuing of hundreds of related flood alerts across the UK. What’s striking is that in the last few years this pattern has become more and more regular.

Some forecasters are predicting that weather volatility could become a long-term occurrence. With this in mind, it is becoming clear that all parties involved in water management system design, from contract engineers and specifiers to local authorities and facilities managers, need to factor in increased contingency for climate change.

The reality facing the UK is that more stringent maintenance processes will be required if the UK is to avoid the issues rising in the future. To achieve this, it is very likely that greater funding will be required. Let’s take a closer look at the impact maintenance has on drainage performance.

The importance of drainage maintenance

One area that is likely to exacerbate the effects of flooding is the maintenance of drainage solutions; or more accurately, the lack of it. The responsibilities tend to lie with either local councils or facilities managers, and in many cases, the responsibility for undertaking the physical task is outsourced to a third-party private contractor.

It is essential that regular inspection routines are carried out on drainage systems. While it may seem obvious, it is quite surprising to see how often drainage maintenance is neglected in the UK. By carrying out inspections at frequent and regular intervals, depending on the location and environment, flood risks can be identified and problems can be rectified early.

Inspections mainly lead to the removal of debris which accumulates over a period of time. By ensuring maintenance is not neglected, it not only helps to keep the original hydraulic capacity of the system, but it also ensures safety for pedestrians and vehicular traffic. Through the prevention of flooding.

While inspections should be a regular occurrence regardless of weather, something which is often overlooked is the need for additional cleaning of channels following heavy storms, as the risk of excess silt building up increases. This is especially problematic if the rainfall has followed periods of dry weather.

Building maintenance into the design

It goes without saying that some of the flooding issues in the UK are unavoidable and inevitable. In August 2019, for example, Whaley Bridge was evacuated due the high risk of its dam collapsing. However, if the UK experiences extreme weather episodes, such as two weeks’ worth of rain in a 24-hour period, regular maintenance of drainage channels could mitigate long term damage caused by extensive flooding.

Identifying the potential problems early is key and building engineers and project managers have an important role to play in ensuring they are collaborating with all stakeholders. This includes engagement with water management specialists at the earliest opportunity. By working with drainage experts, it ensures that appropriate levels of access points will be factored in at the design stage.

Failing to incorporate sufficient access points, and not undertaking maintenance, will inevitably lead to flooding problems. Many water management systems have been in place for a number of years and these have not necessarily been designed with a contingency plan to deal with the more frequent weather changes the UK has experienced in recent years. Surface water drainage systems are often designed to cope with a 1:30-year storm, which is problematic as the combination of a low hydraulic capacity design and poor maintenance is likely to heighten the flood risk.

Smart drainage design

While we can’t control the weather patterns that the country is experiencing, engineers do have an important role to play in ensuring that flood risks are mitigated. Those working on the design of buildings and infrastructure which require drainage systems and roads should look towards utilising design platforms which identify accurate rainfall data of the geographical area they are working on, and manage drainage appropriately.

ACO Water Management has developed an online hydraulic design software which allows designers and engineers to plan ahead with all the knowledge they require for a building project. Taking advantage of ACO’s free QuAD tool can help engineers understand the environmental challenges they may face ahead of the build phase of a project. This is achieved through the software’s ability to integrate with Google Maps, meaning users can input their site’s exact location and automatically receive the rainfall intensity for the area. Users can also test their proposed maintenance schedule using the in-built resilience feature.

The importance of both adequately and regularly maintaining drainage channels cannot be stressed enough, especially if further heatwaves and subsequent downpours become the norm in the UK.

When working on a project and considering how to mitigate a potential flood risk, it is advised that you get in touch with a water management specialist. For further support, utilising tools like QuAD can assist in the design for your specific project, factoring in the changing climate and up-to-date calculations.

For more information on ACO Water Management, and its QuAD cloud software, please visit stand E150 at Futurebuild 2020 or visit https://www.aco.co.uk/quad-hydraulic-design-2.0.

For more information on channel drainage maintenance go to https://www.aco.co.uk/channel-drainage-maintenance

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