Iconic Museum to Feature a Combined Fullflow Syphonic and Gravity Roof Drainage System

Roof drainage specialists Fullflow have won the contract to design a combined syphonic and gravity drainage system on Glasgow’s new Riverside Museum. The £74 million development is part of the regeneration scheme on the banks of the River Clyde and when completed in 2011 the museum will house over 3,000 objects and will attract over a million visitors a year.

This exciting development has been designed by the much-acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid. The unusual design of the building requires a flexible drainage system that can overcome the challenges of draining the geometrically complex roof design. Fullflow assisted with the design from an early stage and their experience and knowledge was extremely beneficial to this project. Johannes Hoffman, Project Architect on behalf of Zaha Hadid commented:

“As a result of the excellent personal contact between ourselves and Fullflow, we were able to propose a roof drainage system that met all our design requirements. Fullflow took the time to listen to our project needs and advised us in a professional manner”.

A Fullflow system allows for complete control over downpipe discharge locations giving increased design and programme flexibility without compromising the aesthetic appeal of the building. Collection mains can be routed horizontally throughout the building with no requirement for pipes to be fitted on a gradient. The combined gravity and syphonic rainwater drainage system will drain a total roof area of 6848m² using both H.D.P.E and stainless steel pipe. The museum has been designed to deal with a maximum rainfall intensity of 159mm/hr with a building life of 60 years.

The Riverside Museum is set to occupy the symbolic spot where the River Clyde meets the River Kelvin. The museum will create a more accessible and environmentally stable home for Glasgow’s significant Transport and Technology collections.

Fullflow provide customers with an ISO 9001:2000 certified turnkey solution, from design and manufacture through to installation and project management. Fullflow boasts an unparalleled level of experience in the field of syphonic drainage having successfully installed over 30,000 systems across the world. Recent projects include London Heathrow Airport T5, the refurbishment of St Pancras Railway Station, the new National Museum of Liverpool and Barajas Airport in Madrid which is one of the largest European construction projects of this decade.

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