ACO Technologies plc have provided their internal drainage systems for The Blavatnik School of Government at The University of Oxford.
Their MultiDrain MD Brickslot was installed around the building façade and its entrances and their ACO Heelsafe Modular 125+ was utilised on the site perimeter.
Architects Herzog de Meuron were tasked with designing the building alongside the main contractors, Laing O’ Rourke.
1800m2 of ‘Royal Coffee’ granite paving from Hardscape was installed around the Blavatnik building. This required a water management solution that could integrate into the paving configuration while clearing the large impermeable surface area.
Gary Morton, Head of Stakeholder Engagement at ACO said: “Around the immediate façade of the Blavatnik building, a thin protective line of ACO MultiDrain MD Brickslot has been installed to collect water before it reaches the building and its entrances.”
“Additionally, an extra level of care needed to be taken for the surrounding buildings and pedestrian areas given the water runoff from a building of this size. This is why further ACO drainage sits on the edge of the paving, where the building surround meets the street.”
Heelsafe Modular 125+ was installed in a few areas around the edge of the Blavatnik site. These include around the inside of the stone wall, matched to the brick of the adjoining historic building, as well as next to the bike storage racks synonymous with the city of Oxford and its world-famous university.
Manufactured from corrosion-resistant stainless steel, the modular design of the Modular 125+ allows for easy system design and assembly, providing a professional drainage perimeter to the Blavatnik building.
Gary Morton concludes, “It was an honour to be a part of the construction process of the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford. Combining aesthetic water management solutions with our unique support is a key part of ACO’s offering.”
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