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THE SIX KEY ADVANTAGES OF ACO PIPE™

Behind every drain is a complex pipe structure which connects the entire drainage system. In our latest blog, we highlight six advantages of using our comprehensive ...

ENGINEERED SOLUTIONS: FUNCTION & FEATURE

At ACO Building Drainage we specialise in the development of corrosion-resistant drainage systems and products which are tailored to suit the specific needs of proje...

SPONSOR ANNOUNCED FOR VISION LONDON’S ‘ARCHITECTURAL & DESIGN EVOLUTION’

ACO Building Drainage is to sponsor the Architectural & Design Evolution seminar programme at this year’s Vision London exhibition.

FAST FACTS ABOUT MODULAR 125+

To mark the launch of the latest version of our Modular 125 Channel – “Modular 125+” – we give you five fast facts about one of the most popular drainage channels on...

NEW LITERATURE PUTS HYGIENE FIRST

ACO Building Drainage has launched a new brochure for its HygieneFirst range of hygienically engineered drainage systems and accessories.

HYGIENIC FLOOR FINISHES IN FOOD PROCESSING ENVIRONMENTS

In our latest blog, Richard Burns from flooring specialists Altro outlines the key things specifiers need to consider when choosing flooring for a food processing fa...

ACO Building Drainage Extends Gully Range

ACO Building Drainage has extended its range of gully products with the launch of the ‘ACO TotalFlow Gully’

Helen Munday Talks About Fdf’s October Food Safety & Authenticity Convention

With just under a week to go, Helen Munday, Chief Scientific Officer of FDF, explains why the Food Safety & Authenticity Convention is so relevant to the technical d...

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MEDIA RELEASE: FDF’S FOOD SAFETY AND AUTHENTICITY CONVENTION Promoting best practise in food safety and hygiene across the sector, the Food and Drink Federation’s F...

Get Your Free Drainage Guide & Get More From Your Floor!

To mark the launch of ‘Get More From Your Floor’ – our latest educational campaign - we’re offering you the opportunity to obtain a free copy of our recently updated...

Food for thought... 5 things you need to know about FDF’s food safety & authenticity convention

We’re committed to putting HygieneFirst and in October this year we will be the headline sponsors of the Food and Drink Federation’s “Food Safety & Authenticity Conv...

How to get more from you kitchen floor

To mark the launch of our ‘Get More From Your Floor’ campaign, our Managing Director, Andy Buchan, explains how flooring and drainage need to work together to improv...

Our View On Vision

With just a couple of weeks to go before Vision London opens at Olympia London, we give you the five top reasons why we think this is a show not to be missed.

Get more from your floor at the Commercial Kitchen Show

ACO Building Drainage, one of the world’s leading commercial drainage companies, is to launch its ‘Get More From Your Floor’ campaign at this year’s Commercial Kitch...

Managing FOG: a case for new thinking - or borrowing from other fields?

In his latest paper, Martin Fairley - Research Director ACO Technologies plc - presents an ‘’effective FOG management pyramid” and draws on the globally extensive ef...

ACO Building Drainage to unwrap ‘The Most Expensive Chocolate Ever Made’ at Foodex

ACO Building Drainage, one of the world’s leading commercial drainage companies, is to launch its ‘Most Expensive Chocolate Ever Made’ campaign at this year’s Foodex...

Aco Building Drainage Joins Food & Drink Federation

In a move reflecting its commitment to supporting the food and drinks industry, commercial drainage specialist, ACO Building Drainage, has become a member of the Foo...

10 (Hygienic) Design features that make the difference

We were the first drainage company to become a member of the European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group (EHEDG) and to incorporate their best practice hygienic des...

Demystifying fog: assessing the performance of small fog separators

Despite the fact that all foodservice outlets have an obligation to manage effluent content under the Water Industry Act (1991), the disposal of fats, oils and greas...

ACO WILL CONTINUE TO PUSH THE BOAT OUT IN 2016

ACO Building Drainage will continue to support Rutland Sailability, the UK’s leading sailing club for people with all types of disability, in 2016.

GOOD ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN IS PRACTICAL AS WELL AS BEAUTIFUL

In the first of a series of quarterly blogs from our Divisional Managing Director, Andy Buchan, he talks about the need for architects to consider the practical as w...

ACO puts hygiene first at Healthcare Estates

ACO Building Drainage, one of the world’s leading drainage specialists, is to introduce its ‘HygieneFirst’ approach and hygienically designed drainage system to the ...

FIVE FAST FACTS ABOUT BacNetFood & ITS HYGIENIC DESIGN WORKSHOP

On 22 September, our Managing Director – Andy Buchan – will present at the BacNetFood workshop on hygienic design. Below we give you five fast facts about the organ...

DON’T GET IN A FOG ABOUT THE FORUM

With just one week to go until the 17 September ‘FOG: New Times, New Solutions’ forum at Cranfield University, we tell you five key things you need to know about the...

INNOVATIVE DESIGN: MAKING THE JUICE WORTH THE SQUEEZE

For our latest HygieneFirst blog we interviewed HygieneFirst Roundtable participant Niall McQuitty (a Director of food manufacturing design consultancy Arctica) abou...

THE BIGGEST HAZARDS TO FOOD SAFETY

Following our recent HygieneFirst Roundtable, participant Dr John Holah (Technical Director for Holchem Laboratories) gives an overview of the biggest threats to the...

ACO CONTINUES TO PUSH THE BOAT OUT WITH RUTLAND SAILABILITY

ACO Building Drainage is continuing to support Rutland Sailability, the UK’s leading sailing club for people with all types of disability, in its 20th Anniversary Ye...

Vision London Videos

ACO Building Drainage attended the first Vision London exhibition on 2 and 3 June. Held at Olympia in London, the exhibition was created to enable architects,

MIND THE GAP!

During our recent HygieneFirst Roundtable leading industry figures agreed that the skills shortage is one of the key factors which could jeopardise the future of Bri...

FOOD SAFETY AND INTEGRITY – DEFINING COMPETENCIES (1)
FOOD SAFETY AND INTEGRITY – DEFINING COMPETENCIES

Following our recent HygieneFirst Roundtable, participant Eoghan Daly – Food Policy and Technical Advisor at The Institute of Food Safety, Integrity & Protection (Ti...

CONTINUING SUPPORT FOR ‘APPETITE FOR ENGINEERING’

As part of its ongoing programme of support for the food industry, ACO Building Drainage is to repeat its sponsorship of Food Processing magazine’s “Appetite for Eng...

LISTERIA’S SECRET WEAPONS: AWARENESS, ADAPTABILITY & CAMOUFLARGE

At ACO, we not only invest in research into the ‘cleanability’ of drainage products but we also keep a close eye on the very latest research being conducted by acade...

ACO BUILDING DRAINAGE NAMED ‘COMPANY OF THE YEAR’

ACO Building Drainage has been named Company of the Year by Food Processing magazine at its prestigious Food Processing Awards. Part of the magazine’s Appetite4Eng...

WHEN IT COMES TO HYGIENIC PERFORMANCE, SUCCESS IS IN THE DETAIL

We’re committed to designing and manufacturing drainage that delivers the ultimate in hygienic performance.

AT ACO HYGIENE ALWAYS COMES FIRST

At ACO Building Drainage we understand the importance of drainage in relation to food and kitchen hygiene, the profitability of a business and ultimately public heal...

Major Investment For ACO PIPE®

ACO Building Drainage, one of the world’s leading commercial drainage specialists, has completed a major investment in new tooling at its stainless steel pipe plant ...

We’re making the connection between ACO and Stainless Steel Pipe

At ACO Building Drainage we provide best-in-class drainage delivering the high level of performance you would expect from one of the world’s leading commercial drain...

Darren Brooks, Associate of building services engineering consultancy ChapmanBDSP, tells us why stainless steel is his material of choice for pipework

Historically, chrome plated copper was the material of choice when it came to pipework in a commercial kitchen environment with uPVC...

WE’RE MAKING THE CONNECTION BETWEEN ACO AND STAINLESS STEEL PIPE

At ACO Building Drainage we provide best-in-class drainage delivering the high level of performance you would expect from one of the world’s leading commercial drai...

MAJOR INVESTMENT IN ACO PIPE

ACO Building Drainage, one of the world’s leading commercial drainage specialists, has completed a major investment in new tooling at its stainless steel pipe plant ...

Six of ACO’s best get on their bikes

Six members of the ACO Building Drainage team will be getting on their bikes this July to raise money for two charities - Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Rutland Sail...

The 'So What' about SoFHT

The Society of Food Hygiene and Technology (SoFHT) plays an important role in the development and sharing of best practice with regard to food hygiene...

Mastering Food Hygiene This May

There’s just over a week to go until the National Centre for Food Manufacture’s (NCFM) next Master Class on 15 May. If you’ve never been to one of the NCFM’s events...

Major Investment For ACO Pipe

ACO Building Drainage, one of the world’s leading commercial drainage specialists, has completed a major investment in new tooling at its stainless steel pipe plant ...

ACO Building Drainage Launches BIM Offering

ACO Building Drainage – part of ACO Technologies plc - has become one of the first building drainage manufacturers to launch a Building Information Modelling (BIM) o...

Why In The World Should You Go To The EHEDG Congress?

Just a couple of weeks after we posted our fast-facts guide to The European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group (EHEDG), the organisation has announced the date and ...

The Who, What, Where & Why of EHEDG

With a remit to help improve hygienic engineering and design in all aspects of food manufacture, and a global reach that spans more than 55 countries, EHEDG is undou...

The Editor's View

In the first of a series of blogs from leading industry Editors, Chris Shaw of Food Processing magazine gives his views on the skills shortage in the food industry.

Carbon Trust Certification Awarded To ACO

ACO Technologies plc – the parent company of ACO Building Drainage - has been awarded ‘The Carbon Trust Certification', a mark of excellence in recognition of measur...

Foodex For Thought

ACO Building Drainage, one of the world’s leading commercial drainage specialists, is to exhibit at Foodex in March. The company, which has more than 60 years exper...

Why Material Choice Matters

When it comes to hygienic drainage, the decision to choose the right material can make all the difference. We asked our Technical Director, Peter Jennings, to tell ...

Geoff Ward, Chairman of Commercial Services at the CIEH, gives us his views on the importance of hygienic drainage

“There is an abiding mystery to many in the hospitality industry - where does all the waste liquid go? The reality is that most people don't really care as long as t...

ACO Partners with Food Processing to deliver magazine's first roundtable event

In a move reflecting its commitment to raising the profile of hygienic drainage, ACO Building Drainage has joined forces with Food Processing to co-host the magazine...

ACO Building Drainage To Support Rutland Sailability

ACO Building Drainage is delighted to have adopted Rutland Sailability as its charity of choice. Rutland Sailability assists in the provision of recreational boatin...

ACO Updates Grease Separator Range With The Launch Of Lipumax

ACO Building Drainage has announced the launch of ‘Lipumax’ – its updated below-ground grease separator range. Designed to be the optimum solution for handling fats...

ACO Building Drainage Plays Key Role In Eden Project Refurbishment

ACO Building Drainage has played a key role in the refurbishment of the toilet facilities at the Eden Project, one of Cornwall’s top tourist attractions, supplying c...

Don't Get In A Pickle With Passivation

Getting in a pickle about pickle passivation? We asked our Technical Director, Peter Jennings, to explain all.

ACO On Tour!

Looking forward to the Autumn activities with our industry partners we continue to cooperate with the major European institutions such as EHEDG, FCSI, Campden BRI, w...

Brushing up on BIM

BIM stands for Building Information Modelling. Although it doesn’t come into force until 2016, everyone’s talking about it.

Five things you never knew about fats, oils & grease

The issue of fats, oils and grease (FOG) represents a real challenge for the drainage and wastewater industry. When washed into the sewerage system, often through k...

ACO Building Drainage announces Edinburgh CPD event

As part of a series of initiatives designed to raise the profile of hygienic drainage, ACO Building Drainage has announced that it will be hosting a CPD certified se...

Stainless steel – do you know your ferritic from your austenitic?

Commonly used in building drainage applications, it has been around for more than 100 years, but do you know your stuff when it comes to stainless steel? Here are 1...

ACO. The future of drainage

Presentations from our Conference –have now been edited and combined into one document. We hope you will find this useful.

ACO Building Drainage Hosts Drainage CPD Conference

ACO Building Drainage has hosted a unique CPD conference designed to help raise the profile of hygienic drainage and the key issues surrounding it.

ACO's new chapter in the story of EHEDG

EHEDG stands for the European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group. Founded in 1989, it’s an international consortium made up of equipment manufacturers, food indust...

Now you 'CE' it, now you don't...

Many people will be familiar with the CE mark, as the ‘CE’ lettering appears on many products that are traded on the single market in the EU. However, relatively fe...

CE marking explained

The Construction Products Regulations (CPR) comes into force on 1st July 2013 and will significantly change the landscape of the construction industry. From the 1st ...

Shaking it up with the 'ACO Passion' cocktail

Last month we launched a new ‘Drainage Guide’ aimed specifically at the commercial kitchen and food processing sector. To mark the launch and thank our partners for...

A real eye opener

The next in our series of CPD events is set to be a real eye-opener when it comes to identifying the good, the bad and the ugly of commercial kitchen and food proces...

Five reasons to attend our CPD seminars

Next Wednesday (15 May) we’ll be holding the first in a series of CPD certified seminars in Manchester. This will be followed by further sessions in Bristol, Edinbu...

ACO Building Drainage shows there's more to drainage than meets the eye

ACO Building Drainage will be demonstrating that ‘there’s more to drainage than meets the eye’ in a unique CPD event on 12 June 2013. Free to attend, it is part of ...

New commercial kitchen and food processing drainage range

ACO Building Drainage has launched a new selection of products aimed specifically at the commercial kitchen and food processing sector. Designed to help ensure a hy...

ACO Building Drainage to host CPD seminars

ACO Building Drainage is to host a series of CPD certified seminars. The sessions will take place in Manchester (15 May 2013) and Bristol (10 July 2013) and are des...

What's SuDS got to do with it?

If you're not familiar with Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems - or SuDS as they are more commonly known - you really should be, as they have never been as high on t...

SuDS - time to come clean?

Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems have never been as high on the water management agenda as they are now. ACO Building Drainage is sponsoring a SBWWI seminar desig...

Five things you may not know about Ecobuild

Preparations for Ecobuild are in full swing and as we prepare to exhibit at the show here’s some facts and figures you may not know about this annual event in the co...

ACO Building Drainage showcases innovative solutions at Ecobuild

ACO Building Drainage will showcase a range of innovative products and systems on stand N510 at Ecobuild 2013. It will also be hosting a series of on-stand technica...

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Modular drainage solutions reduce costs and installation time

Specialists such as ACO Building Drainage have developed modular drainage units that can rival bespoke options as well as reducing lead times and costs.

ACO sponsors global hygienic engineering event

ACO Building Drainage has underlined its commitment to promoting the highest standards in hygiene-critical drainage by sponsoring the EHEDG (European Hygienic Engine...

How to create safer built environments through drainage

While a drainage system is essential for the safe removal of water and waste products, their very nature can create certain safety issues that have to be addressed. ...

ACO Gullies offer highest level of hygiene

ACO Building Drainage continually develop its range of stainless steel gullies to provide the optimum level of hygiene and performance, both major keys to successful...

Innovations are transforming drainage systems

Roger Brigham, Bespoke Design Manager for ACO Building Drainage takes a look at how you can take advantage of the latest innovations in drainage.

ACO Stainless Steel Pipe cuts costs and installation time

ACO Stainless Steel Pipe® reduces the costs and time associated with installation and maintenance in both above and below ground drainage installations.

ACO Building Drainage’s guide to choosing the right drainage system

Peter Jennings, Technical Director for ACO Building Drainage takes at look at the things to consider when designing a drainage system for your project.

Hygienic drainage for healthcare

Peter Jennings, Technical Director for ACO Building Drainage, looks at the key issues that must be considered when specifying and installing pipework and drainage fo...

Controlling contamination

Drainage is a potential breeding ground for micro-organisms but intelligent design, specification and installation can minimise the risk of contamination, says Peter...

ACO Gullies re-launched with enhanced performance

ACO Building Drainage has refined and re-launched its hugely successful Stainless Steel Gully range, offering enhanced efficiency and performance across five systems...

ACO sets new standards for hygiene at Foodex 2012

New for Foodex 2012 from ACO Building Drainage will be a range of advanced hygienic stainless steel gullies. Developed specifically for use in a wide range of hygie...

ACO Building Drainage to unveil easier to fit wetroom former at KBB 2012

ACO Building Drainage is preparing to showcase a full range of innovative bathroom products at the forthcoming Kitchens, Bedrooms and Bathrooms show at the NEC...

Just published: Hygienic design of food factories

ACO has authored a chapter on drainage design in Part 3 Hygienic Design of Walls, Ceilings and Floors...

New user-friendly website for ACO Building Drainage makes specifying drainage easier

ACO Building Drainage, the leading specialist in the development of corrosion resistant drainage systems and building products for applications across the internal a...

Designing drainage fit for purpose

Drainage is a critical part of every construction project, large or small. Yet all too often the specification of drainage systems, especially at the design stage...

Planning is the key to a successful drainage system

Roger Brigham, Bespoke Design Manager for ACO Building Drainage, explains the importance of planning and specifying drainage systems correctly at the design stage, t...

Don’t forget drainage systems when designing in fire safety

The poor planning of drainage systems can contribute directly to the spread of fire in large buildings, explains Peter Jennings...

Flood damage prevention is vital to combat the burgeoning threat of devastation

The UK has seen unprecedented levels of flooding in recent years and we’re being warned of more disasters to come. So, something must be done to protect people and.....

Drainage innovations provide built-in fire and smoke protection

Looking at how poor planning of drainage systems can contribute directly to the spread of fire in large buildings...

Revised Standard for access covers will offer greater product specification

Peter Jennings, Technical Director for ACO Building Drainage, discusses the role of FACTA in driving important...

Off the shelf linear drainage from ACO Building Drainage meets the necessary standards

The robust, high quality linear stainless steel drainage channel products from ACO Building Drainage, offer excellent durability...

Slash build time and costs with ACO’s new shallow deck

An innovative new shallow deck galvanised steel surface water drainage system, developed by ACO Building Drainage, the UK’s leading specialist in the design and manu...

Quick and convenient wetroom conversion with ACO’s latest drainage kit

ACO Building Drainage has launched an innovative new drainage kit that enables standard bathroom drains to later be converted quickly and simply for use in refurbish...

New quick fitting, high performance drainage

ACO Building Drainage, the UK’s leading specialist in drainage systems and corrosion resistant building products, has introduced its latest high performance gully sy...

Latest drainage technology from ACO tackles fats, oils and greases

ACO Building Drainage has launched its latest range of high performance grease separators...

Protect people and property with ACO’s new anti-flooding devices

ACO Building Drainage, the UK’s leading specialist in drainage systems and corrosion resistant building products, has introduced a new range of backflow valves devel...

ACO launches latest high performance stainless steel pipe systems

ACO Building Drainage, the UK’s leading specialist in drainage systems and corrosion resistant building products, has launched its latest range of stainless steel wa...

ACO launches high performance and efficient drainage for school designers and contractors

ACO Building Drainage, the UK’s leading specialist in drainage systems and corrosion resistant building products, has launched its latest range of high performance p...

Combine high performance and high style with ACO’s latest drainage solutions

ACO Building Drainage, the leading European developer and manufacturer of advanced drainage technology, has launched a sophisticated range of wetroom drainage soluti...

New modular stainless steel drainage system from ACO

ACO Building Drainage, the leading European developer and manufacturer of advanced drainage technology, has launched a new and innovative range of modular stainless ...

ACO launches contemporary designs for installation friendly drainage for luxury wetrooms

ACO Building Drainage, the UK’s leading specialist in drainage systems and corrosion resistant building products, has launched its latest range of wetroom drainage s...

New ShowerDrain Solution from ACO Building Drainage

ACO's new shower drain walk-in solution offers cutting edge design, together with high durability and maximum functionality, for the trendiest wet room look and luxu...

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