As long as consideration is given to five tenets, flat and level pavements should provide effective drainage and be safe for pedestrians in both wet and dry weather.
As city planners increasingly prioritise walkability, they are seeing the advantages of greater numbers of pedestrians in public spaces, with benefits including social, health and economic.
But walkability highlights the importance of ensuring that pedestrians can move around safely.
Liability for trips, slips and falls can affect everyone from businesses, property owners and councils to engineers, architects and urban designers, and proper management of surface run-off is a key way to avoid potentially costly claims for damages.
Well-designed pavements help protect people and property, ensuring that pedestrian thoroughfares and other high-traffic areas facilitate safe mobility in both wet and dry weather.
These walkable surfaces and their integral elements not only physically interact but can visually interact with the environment. The best designs offer enormous benefits to all stakeholders, from councils and private asset owners to the users themselves.
ACO’s white paper Designing drainable, level pavements for Improved walkability provides a guide to the most vital considerations when designing pavements, including flat but drainable surfaces, slot criteria, slip resistance, durability and strength of drains, and aesthetics.
Outlining best-practice solutions for surface stormwater management in public spaces, it demonstrates how well-considered pavement design and detail specification can save asset owners money as well as producing a result that is functionally sustainable, safer for pedestrians, and more aesthetically pleasing.
Download this white paper and find out how ACO can help engineers and landscape architects achieve drainable, level pavements for improved walkability, including free services to assist you at the preliminary and detail stage of your project.
Inside this whitepaper you will find:
Why flat surfaces offer numerous benefits
The tradeoff between inlet size and hydraulics
Myths about slip resistance dispelled
How material selection can deliver durability and strength benefits
The ways in which drains help pavements tell a story