HIDROSTANK has supplied its HIDROBOX attenuation crates (also known as Storm Cells, Soakaway Modules, and StormCrates) in the first ‘green’ pedestrian crossing in Pamplona (Navarra, Spain), a new sustainable proposal that also improves pedestrian safety.
In response to the need to eliminate visual obstacles in the five metres before pedestrian crossings, Pamplona City Council has launched the first ‘green’ pedestrian crossing, a sustainable proposal that consists of creating a landscaped area in the space that would be occupied by the parking spaces before the crossings. This initiative guarantees pedestrian safety by increasing visibility at crossings and calming traffic, and enhances the value of this space gained from the car for pedestrian enjoyment and the improvement of urban quality.
The ‘green model’ pedestrian crossing provides a nature-based solution to climate change adaptation by integrating a sustainable urban drainage system (SUDS) provided by a small non-irrigated garden. This ensures that rainwater is filtered into the ground, favouring its natural cycle and cleaning it before it returns to the aquifer, and prevents flooding by reducing runoff at times of heavy rainfall, which is becoming more frequent due to climate change. It also increases urban green space and its ability to cool the environment, which benefits people’s health and prevents the urban ‘heat island’ effect.
HIDROSTANK has worked closely with the technicians of both the construction management and the awarded construction company in the definition of the solution finally adopted.
The ease of assembly of HIDROBOX infiltration crates, certified by Bureau Veritas, enabled a very rapid installation of the tanks.
Its modularity enables, not only to optimize both transport and storage at destination, but also a dimensioning according to the requirements of each project.
This solution achieves three basic objectives related to sustainability. In addition to increasing environmental quality, it contributes to social sustainability thanks to the improvement of urban space and meets the criterion of economic sustainability, as it is a low-cost intervention both in terms of execution and maintenance.