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Allproof Polymer Concrete Channel Drainage Used in South Wharf Precinct

Melbourne’s recently completed South Wharf Precinct showcases an excellent example of Australian architecture. This more than A$200 million project includes a 20-storey four-star Novotel positioned over a six-storey 1,150 space multi-level carpark designed by Woods Bagot and NH Architecture.

When designing such a project great attention to detail must be applied to all factors, and located directly outside the entrance to the hotel is Allproof Polymer Concrete channel strip drain. Allproof worked with the project manager at Wilson Plumbing & Drainage to design the best drainage system for the installation scenario.

One of the key factors that had to be taken into account is the high foot traffic of the area, the channel drain and grate needs to be durable and not cause any hazards. Allproof’s Polymer Concrete channel drain made an excellent choice, the range utilises polymers to supplement cement as the binder material, this creates a durable product that is excellent for commercial linear drainage installation. Allproof recommended the stainless steel wedge wire grate for such high foot traffic, the combined grate and channel drain system has a load rating for pedestrian class A*. The wedge wire grate is also classified as heelproof with a slip resistance classification of R11** ensuring it does not present a trip or slip hazard.

The drainage system is located on a podium area above the multi-story carpark. Allproof’s 75mm deep Polymer Concrete channel was selected for its low profile and high capacity of stormwater drainage. Allproof’s wedge wire grate has a large open area (47%) providing an outstanding surface drainage system able to cope with the surface area in Melbourne’s challenging weather systems.

Allproof’s sleek design and excellent workmanship have created an aesthetically appealing system that has been well designed to cope with all factors in a commercial project.

MasterSpec and SmarSpec specification and CAD files available for these systems, see the Allproof catalogue for information.


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