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Angel Place, Sydney, NSW

Angel Place is a historically significant laneway framed by heritage buildings and is part of the City of Sydney Laneway Revitalisation Strategy. The laneway is located in the city centre behind Martin Place and George Street and is home to the City Recital Hall, restaurants and cafés. A striking feature, is the installation of suspended birdcages above the laneway, called ‘Forgotten Songs’. The artwork commemorates the birds that inhabited the area along the Tank Stream before they became extinct.

Project Design Brief

The project brief included upgrading the streetscape and installing a new stormwater drainage system that harmonised with the historical elements in the laneway such as iron, steel and granite. The aim of the project was to make pedestrians a priority while also creating shared zones for service vehicles. An efficient drainage system with pedestrian safe gates that would compliment the historical site was required.

ACO's Solution


  • ACO manufactured custom-made iron grates to the designers’ unique tread pattern
  • The KlassikDrain K300 system with Class D grates withstands wheel loads from service vehicles and waste removal trucks that frequently use the laneway
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