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Emporium Hotel South Bank, Brisbane, Queensland

In 2019 and 2020, the Emporium Hotel in South Bank, Brisbane was awarded the title of Australia’s best boutique hotel in the World Travel Awards Oceania. The hotel has stunning rooms and a spectacular infinity pool and bar on level 23 overlooking the Brisbane River, South Bank Parklands and CBD.

Project Design Brief

During the build of the hotel, designers were directed by the client to include retail space on the ground floor. A compact drainage channel system was required to fit in the screed beneath the tiles and have multiple outlets to provide effective drainage. Pedestrian safety was also imperative, with a particular focus on wheelchair access and slip resistant floor and drainage materials.

ACO's Solution


  • The BalconyDrain channel has a shallow 25mm depth, which allows it to be positioned in the screed above the waterproof membrane
  • BalconyDrain is custom made to suit the length and outlet locations required for connection with the pipework
  • The Stainless Steel 5 Star Heelsafe® Anti-Slip grates are slip rated to AS 4586: P4 wet pendulum, C/C1 wet-barefoot, R11/R11 oil-wet inclining platform test and have a narrow 6mm slot for heel safety
Emporium Hotel South Bank

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