Aotea Square has recently been upgraded into a safe, family-friendly environment for residents and visitors.
First opened in 1979, Aotea Square has recently been upgraded into a safe, family-friendly environment for residents and visitors. It is now the city centre’s premier open space. Striking designs and sculptures have transformed the domain into a new creative hub attracting thousands of people who come together to enjoy the best of Auckland’s arts and entertainment.
At the start of the project, designers were faced with the challenge of managing the stormwater. Specifically, a solution was required to stop water from penetrating the concrete slab and entering the car park areas beneath. The drainage system needed to be heel friendly, aesthetically compatible with the pavement and strong enough to withstand the wheel loads from emergency vehicles. The high volume of surface water run-off from the expansive catchment areas required the underlying drainage system to be large enough to handle the anticipated stormwater volumes.
As a result of these requirements, consultants specified ACO’s Heelguard Antislip grates as part of ACO’s KlassikDrain system. The grates were purpose manufactured for Class D210kN (AS3996) loadings, strong enough for the transit of emergency and service vehicles. The drainage system needed to be heel friendly, aesthetically compatible with the pavement and strong enough to withstand the wheel loads from emergency vehicles.
Designed for public pedestrian areas, forecourts and car parks, KlassikDrain is available in widths up to 300mm and features an integrally cast steel protective edge. The system can accommodate over 10 different grate types, including ACO’s patented stainless steel Heelguard Antislip grates which comply to AS1428.2 (Design for Access and Mobility).
All grates are secured with the ‘QuickLok boltless locking device. A nylon stud is factory fitted to the grate, allowing it to snap tight into a bar positioned across the channel for quick and easy maintenance.
For more information visit www.acoaus.com.au/drain