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.
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Gold Star for Silver How
Developing a house worthy of the prestigious RIBA House of the Year shortlist is no mean feat. It requires every intricate detail to be well thought through, from the choice of tile to the drainage infrastructure. When a team of award-winning architects required a discrete drainage solution that would support the bold, seamless transition from the inside of a home to the outside, it turned to ACO Water Management for support.
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ACO StormBrixx - The star of Scarborough
ACO StormBrixx SD provides a shallow attenuation solution for Star Carr Farm distribution yard
Project: Star Carr Farm, Scarborough: potato storage and distribution yard.
Objective: Provide an attenuation solution for a large area with restrictive installation depth due to a peat layer and be able to cope with sustained HGV traffic.
Solution: ACO StormBrixx SD geocellular attenuation units with a brick-bonded construction installed under the distribution yard
When James Stockdale Ltd, leading supplier to McCain Foods, looked to open up a new farm and potato store at Star Carr Farm, Scarborough, the appointed contractors turned to ACO Water Management to overcome a restricted installation for an essential attenuation requirement.
James Stockdale Ltd, or ‘Stockdales’ as it is often referred to, has been growing potatoes in Yorkshire since the 1940s. Initially supplying the county’s fish and chip shops and greengrocers from a five acre plot, the company now farms in excess of 2,300 acres. Key to its sustainable growth has been its close working relationship with McCain, which began in the 1960s.
In 2018, Stockdales looked to expand its storage and haulage offering, through the creation of a series of potato stores. Given the size of the planned storage area and distribution yard, which would need to have capacity for up to 65 potato bulkers at a time, providing adequate surface water drainage for the new site was a critical planning criteria that needed to be satisfied. To achieve this, Stockdales appointed local construction contractors, Harlands Builders Ltd.
FOR PEAT’S SAKE
Craig Harland oversaw the project: “One of the key issues we encountered early on in the construction was the discovery of a layer of peat. As the Local Authority’s environmental policy prevented the peat from being removed, we could only excavate a certain amount of material, leaving us a shallow area in which to fit a drainage system. As such, we needed a flexible solution that could work between this layer, whilst still be strong enough to cope with sustained HGV traffic from the distribution network on the finished site above.
Craig continues: “However, we became aware of the ACO StormBrixx SD series, which was shallow enough to work within the available depth, while providing the required volume and mandated attenuation levels.”
THE STORMBRIXX SOLUTION
ACO StormBrixx SD (Standard Duty) is a general-purpose extension to ACO’s high-capacity patented plastic geocellular system, comprising of a 914mm high injection-moulded stackable crate design suitable for use in a wide range of construction applications.
While the StormBrixx HD (Heavy Duty) offers the ideal solution for Local Authority mandated projects, due to the option for integrated man access units which facilitates the rigorous maintenance requirements; the new SD range is the ideal cost-effective storage and infiltration solution for non-government funded work, such as the potato stores and distribution yard at Star
The SD system offers a high void ratio of 97% – one of the highest available on the market – which limits the volume of excavation required to achieve a specified storage capacity, reducing both the installation time and cost. What’s more, the high vertical compressive strength of 350kNm2 also ensures the StormBrixx system is able to cope with the intense and regular load challenges posed by the site’s sustained HGV traffic as they come to collect the potatoes for delivery.
The StormBrixx crates were easy to construct with a snap-lock system and in Starr Car Farm the half crates were brick-bonded to each other, which evenly distributed vertical loads down the aligned pillars.
“The ACO Design Services team were fantastic,” continues Craig. “Not only did they work closely with us to design a system which would meet the load challenges of a sizeable distribution yard, with a limited maximum install depth, but they were very vocal when it came to the installation parameters.
Rather than just selling us the product and leaving us to get on with it, the team was excellent in ensuring we were fully up-to-speed on how and where to install it.”
Craig concludes: “From an installation perspective, it was incredibly easy to put together; and we completed the entire 1290m3 StormBrixx project in just two working days.
What was particularly helpful was the pre-site visit, where the ACO team brought with them some small-scale models of the system to demonstrate the brick-bonding mechanism in practice, prior to the final install. This really helped crystallise the simplicity of the StormBrixx product, and made for a very smooth install for a sizeable system in next to no time.”
For more information on the ACO StormBrixx range, including the StormBrixx SD and the new SD half layer, suitable for where installation depth is restricted, please visit: www.aco.co.uk/