A stunning new state-of-the-art research complex at Massey University’s Auckland campus in New Zealand’s North Island, is taking advantage of one of our most innovative rainwater drainage solutions.

The Akasison siphonic system is highly efficient in draining rainwater rapidly, especially for buildings with large roof areas. It uses the full height of the building and the fall and acceleration of water through the downpipe to create negative pressure that sucks the water from the roof.

The construction of the 9,800 square meter research complex began in 2019 with Marley, a leading Aliaxis brand in our Pacific division, a key member of the construction team. Completed in 2022, this facility will serve as the University’s science, innovation, and research hub, equipped with teaching and research labs, along with collaborative working spaces.

From the outset, it was clear that the building’s 3,500 square meter roof would require an advanced and compact drainage system to fit with all the extra pipework, ducting, and services on the rooftop needed to support the centre’s laboratories.

With all those systems competing for space, the space-saving Akasison sipohonic system was the ideal solution.

Construction coincided with some extreme weather events, including torrential rainfall. Getting the drainage system in place early helped protect the worksite, with no need for temporary drainage.

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