04/20/2017 | News
BIRCO Channel Systems draining London's Museum Mile
Exhibition Road is a major tourist attraction. The home to a number of London's foremost museums, it underwent extensive upgrading in the run-up to the Olympics. The works included the installation of 1600 metres of BIRCOsir channels, tailored to the specific needs of the location. CEO of BIRCO Frank Wagner comments: "We wanted to underscore the road's charm. The coverings of our gutters harmonise perfectly with the rest of the streetscape. We are delighted to be contributing to this project with our products."
As many as 11 million visitors a year flock to Exhibition Road, located close to Hyde Park and the Royal Albert Hall. Until its remodelling, the road was very much dominated by vehicle traffic. So the city planners devised a new concept: the creation of a so-called Shared Space to provide a more prominent setting for the great museums and other magnificent buildings, including the Natural History Museum and Imperial College. The road, which is just under one kilometer long, has been turned into a single 26,000 square metre area shared by pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. All the kerbs, pavements, road signs and lane markings have been removed, and replaced by a unified space. The elegant black-and-white chequerboard pattern of the new paving maps out the walking route from one museum to the next. The planners also specified premium quality for the drainage system. And Baden-Baden-based guttering specialist BIRCO was able to offer a tailored solution: The BIRCOsir system, in nominal width 150, is particularly well suited to the busy museum district as it was developed with load class E 600, for busy, high-capacity areas. The simple, timeless design of the black dip-primed coverings also perfectly matches the stylish setting. The project was handled by the company's partner Marshalls. The remodelled road was officially opened in February 2012. A total of almost 25 million pounds was invested in the project.