Design power in your hands

Our extensive range of channel drainage means we have a system for any application, however choosing the correct channel size to convey the flow from the drained area can be less clear….

The ACO Hydraulic Design Software is designed to answer just this.

The free online tool accurately analyses your selected channel to check it has suitable capacity; furthermore it can optimise the selection and potentially downsize the system if it is oversized.

ACO Hydraulic Design Software on a tablet

ACO Hydraulic Design Software on a tablet

Discover how our design software allows you to create more effective hydraulic plans – visit www.acodesign.co.uk

Scottish wildlife protected using our Wildlife Kerbs

Our Wildlife Kerbs have been used on a scheme in a Perthshire town to help prevent local wildlife being washed down the drain.

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During migration, amphibians will often follow the kerb line and it’s staggering to hear that in this county alone, an estimated 47,000 could fall down a road gully and become trapped!

Our Wildlife Kerb has a built in recess which allows amphibians to continue on their natural path but avoid the danger of a road side gully.

Watch this video from ARGUK to see how Perth and Kinross Council have been piloting the use of these kerbs to help the local wildlife.

Looking forward to sunny days and playing in the water?

It certainly seems to be have been a long, wet spring. There have been a few peeks of sunshine that have maybe bought with them the hopes of summer but many of us have started to yearn for the warm sunshine expected at this time of year. The thoughts of warm sunshine fits nicely with the beautiful surface fountain that has been installed as part of the Granary Square redevelopment at Kings Cross, London. It has 1080 individual jets of dancing water designed for beauty and fun at the centre of this redevelopment of a canal basin site.

Granary Square, Kings Cross Central

Granary Square is now one of the largest urban spaces of its type across Europe and within it are over 1000m of ACO drainage products from the MultiDrain MD range. The fountain looks as though it is level with the surface of the square but the surrounding paving is in fact slightly higher to prevent water overflow. To enable effective management of the surface fountain water, the site uses a customised version of the narrow Brickslot inlet to the channel drainage system. With just a 40mm profile, instead of the standard 105mm, the drainage inlets around the spectacular fountain are covered by surrounding paving. Water is channelled through an open joint between the covering slabs making the drainage invisible to passers-by.

Invisible as the solution is, it has enabled a magical effect for the fountain – helping to create the beauty of this impressive place. All we need now is for the sun to shine so people can laugh and dance with the jets of water!

The Abraham Darby Academy

As part of the new Abraham Darby Academy, developed for Telford’s Building Schools for the Future scheme, on-site contractors Kier invited ACO Water Management to provide a sustainable drainage solution for the management of surface water in car parks 1 & 3.

It was imperative that the solutions provided by ACO were a cost-effective alternative to the porous paving solution that had been used in the construction of car park 2, which had subsequently incurred high construction costs.

The proposed solution used the Collect, Clean, Hold and Release drainage system’s principle. Consisting of four stages, the process begins with the efficient and effective collection and conveyance of surface rainwater. The water is then clean using a hydrocarbon separator, which processes any problematic substances such as silt, whilst also removing pollutants such as oil. This water is then stored to await a controlled discharge. The water is then released into the environment via and ACO Q-Brake vortex flow control, which in turn allows the system to fill the StormTank attenuation units.

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ACO worked closely with Kier to ensure that all design criteria were met, and to show the versatility of the ACO product range. Kier chose ACO products due to their considerable cost savings compared to the original porous paving design, which amount to a 30% overall saving.

Speaking about ACO involvement in the project, Graham Tait, Senior Project Engineer at Kier, commented. “The ACO design made good commercial sense for the car park and the support ACO provided helped this project to run smoothly. The products were quick and easy to install and dealing with a single supplier was a real benefit.”

The ACO products use recycles materials to provide an environmentally sound solution and their compact lightweight design further reduced the carbon footprint, as there was less need for shipping of both materials to the site and of haulage waste material away.

To download a full PDF of the case study please visit our website: www.aco.co.uk