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GROUNDWORKS & DRAINAGE


The aesthetics of channel drainage for homes


External channel drainage systems can often be an overlooked factor in many projects, says William Poynter of ACO Water Management, explaining why architects should consider the aesthetic benefits of different options while addressing practical challenges


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Despite this, there is an opportunity to harness this unconsidered element, through both a choice of material and the type of drainage system, which can add aesthetic value to a house design. For example, the first thing any developer or builder, and therefore architect, should think about when designing a drainage system for a housing development is where the rainwater will flow. When you’re focusing on driveways and paved areas, for example, you need to be aware of the falls on-site and account for channels accordingly. As for doorways and patio


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he significance of drainage systems for housing projects is not always a key design priority for architects.


areas, threshold drainage is required. Channel depths are also a factor to consider. Some building sites have restrictions as to the depth of the channel system, which would rule out certain channel sizes. Deeper channels are recommended, especially for driveways, but if that’s not possible systems, can be widened to ensure the necessary volume is provided.


Can drainage systems impact the design of a new build? One of the first challenges for many architects when working on a domestic project is how a quality finish will be achieved for all aspects of the works,


ADF AUGUST 2019 WWW.ARCHITECTSDATAFILE.CO.UK


One of the first challenges for many architects when working on a domestic project is how a quality finish will be achieved for all aspects of the works, including drainage


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