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Flooring in food preparation areas must cope with extreme demands:

ACC Flooring recently completed a project at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, founded by the Royal Charter of Queen Elizabeth 1 in 1591. The project involved removing all existing kitchen equipment, floor surfaces and drains, before replacing the floors and drains and refitting all the kitchen equipment.

As it was undertaken during the school holidays all the kitchen equipment could be removed and stored whilst the works were being undertaken. Whilst installing a sustainable solution, ACC recycled 97% of all the waste generated including the old floor surface. The new resin screed surface is designed to prevent bacterial growth.

Altro resinflooringandwall cladding was installed at the Union Jack Club in London. Opened in 1907, this is a private members club for serving and ex-serving military personnel. The club’s kitchens were recently refurbished to combine two working areas spread over two floors into one working kitchen, to improve efficiency, productivity and quality of the service.

John McCarthy, of Genie Interiors which installed the Altro products, said: ‘The kitchen was too small and out of date, having been installed in 1975. so we expanded the kitchen and merged everything on to one floor.
‘We laid 100sq m of Altro SoloSafe resin flooring with decorative quartz in the colour Clyde, an attractive blue. We ground the floor to establish a good key, uplifted the existing slab and laid the floor in one week.’

The product is described as a slip- resistant, easy to clean, decorative three-part solvent-free epoxy resin screed, incorporating Rapicure technology. Its inherent slip resistance is said to be effective in both barefoot and shoed environments, while remaining hygienic and easy to clean.

B A S F Construction Chemicals division reports an impressive uptake of its heavy-duty resin flooring system Ucrete’s fast flooring grade in the food sector since its introduction last year. Says product manager Robert
Bentley: ‘The fast formulation of Ucrete means that floors can be cured and returned to service in as little as five hours at 10degC, with no compromise on chemical, temperature and wear resistance.

‘All grades of the product are solvent and odour free, non-tainting and moisture tolerant as well as resisting thermal shock and aggressive chemicals and able to withstand hard-wheeled traffic.’

Ucrete was recently installed at the Saucy Fish Company and Cranswick Foods by licensed applicator Hull Resin Floors. In Scotland, Kemtile recently applied the product at Mcsween’s haggis factory in Edinburgh.

Dycem saysstricter contamination control regimes are required in food production and preparation areas following the introduction of dried and chilled foods. If contaminants such as Salmonella, E.coli, Listeria, Campylobacter, Pseudomonas come into contact with food the consequences can be severe.

Dycem claims its high performance contamination control zones effectively reduce microbial contamination by attracting, collecting and retaining over 99.9% of foot and wheel borne contamination,and75%ofairborne contaminants entering critical food areas.

Designed for chilled food, dried food, packaging and other food manufacturing areas, Dycem CleanZone can reportedly also be used at all entrances to food preparation areas to prevent the ingress of microbial contamination, all exit ways and corridors to reduce the risk of cross contamination and inside critical areas to reduce airborne microbes.

The company’s products are said to contain an integral anti-microbial additive which has been tested against 50 common organisms including Salmonella, E.coli, Listeria and Campylobacter.

Flowcrete UKoffersa project management service for the food and beverage sector, including a single source route, extending from the initial project consultation process, through to warranty and aftercare.
The bespoke service is backed by a comprehensive product and installation warranty. Among products offered is Isopol SBR polymer modified wearing screed, hygienic seamless resin coating, integrated drainage, coving and hygienic wall covering.

Kevin Storey, md of Isocrete Project Management, says: ‘We only employ the services of Flowcrete UK’s highly skilled and established approved contractor network.

‘The service is particularly beneficialforthefoodandbeverage sector, where we offer repair, restoration or re-laying of the concrete slab, supply and installation of a damp proof membrane and Isocrete floor screed. The works are completed with the design, supply and installation of a stainless steel drainage system in addition to an antimicrobial polyurethane resin floor finish.

‘Professional indemnity insurance is also available and the highest quality materials are used. The process operates within the quality standard ISO EN 9001 and environmental standard ISO 14001.’

JaymartsuppliesPlazaSafe- T-Floor slip resistant heavy traffic vinyl flooring, said to suit typical wet areas in commercial kitchens, hospitals, nursing homes, schools and colleges.

Its key features include: High anti-slip rating (R10); silicon carbide granules; polyurethane reinforced; no wax, no polish maintenance; extensive colour range; IMO tested for maritime usage; fungi and bacteria resistance; and homogeneous construction.

The 2mm thick product is supplied in three surface finishes: Chip – lightly textured surface with terrazzo colour chippings; smooth – lightly textured surface with speckled chippings; and round stud –textured surface with speckled chippings.

Rolls size are 15m x 2m, and matching welding rods are available for hot welding in all colours.

M a p e i has developed a range of food area flooring systems. Described as free from solvents yet offering superb covering and colouring ability, Mapefloor CPU systems include CPU/HD and CPU/MF. Both are three- component polyurethane-cement based mortars, with high resistance to chemicals.

CPU/HD is used to finish industrial floors with 6-9mm layers, making it suitable for flooring
subject to heavy traffic, high chemical aggression and high thermal shocks.

CPU/MF is for coating industrial floors with a 3-4mm layer, suitable for foodstuffs industry floors, also with good resistance to stresses caused my forklift trucks, and rubber-wheeled vehicles in general.

Both products are said to resist acids, mechanical stress and abrasion, whilst remaining impervious to liquids and offering good slip resistance.

Plastic Extruders Vynagrip matting was installed at Alan Bartlett and Sons, a family- owned farm in Chatteris, Cambs, which specialises in supplying carrots and parsnips.

The UK manufactured matting was laid along production lines where pickers inspect the vegetables as well as beside the cutting and packing machinery.

It was reportedly chosen as the existing chequerplate floor was uncomfortable for workers who
spend long hours standing, and also slippery when wet.

Vynagrip is said to be hardwearing while also having cushioning properties to give added underfoot comfort; its etched surface is designed to make it slip resistant (to standard DIN 51130 – R11). Its open grid construction allows for liquid spills and production waste to fall through, further reducing the risk of slips and falls.
The matting can be rolled up for cleaning. Its PVC construction is said to resist oil, acid and chemicals. It is supplied in standard colours of red, blue or black with the option of yellow or dark grey safety edges to mark routes and delineate walkways.

Black Vynagrip is made from 100% post-industrial recycled material and is fully recyclable, says Plastic Extruders.

It comes in 5m or 10m roll lengths, 60, 91 or 122cm wide, and also in 80 x 120cm or 100 x 150cm standard modules with bespoke sizes available.

Resdev productswereused during a £500,000 refurbishment of the original Harry Ramsdens on White Cross Guiseley after it was bought by Whaler Group. The contractorACCFlooringupgraded the kitchen floor and installed Resdev’s Pumadur HF heavy duty polyurethane screed system from Resdev.

Pumadur HF, a key product in the Pumadur range of specialist polyurethane flooring systems, is said to provide high performance flooring for environments including food processing and manufacture, chemical and pharmaceutical, breweries, healthcare, cold storage and other heavy duty environments.

ACC has installed thousands of sq m of Pumadur HF over more than 25 years. ACC sales director Nick Megson adds, ‘We have a fantastic track record of customer satisfaction with the Wetherby Whaler at all of its restaurants’.

Schlüter productswere used at Le Cordon Bleu culinary school which relocated after nearly 50 years at Marylebone Lane to new facilities at 15 Bloomsbury Square. UsedinthekitchensareSchlüter- ECK-E stainless steel corner profiles for tiled walls, said to protect edges subject to heavy stresses, especially where strict hygienic requirements must be met.

Threshold strips from Schlüter- Schiene-E range were used to finish the tiled surfaces and protect the outer edges of ceramic and natural stone floorcoverings from mechanical impact. Schlüter says this design combines angle positions and material wall thicknesses to transmit point loads into the substrate and surface covering, thus protecting the edges against damage.

A staircase from the basement to the fifth floor uses Schlüter-Trep-E stainless steel stair nosing profiles with special non slip treads. The slip resistantdesignofthesestairnosings and stair trim profiles are said to improve safety and protection, whilst providing an attractive finish.

Tarkett safetyflooringissaid to be well suited for food preparation areas. All of its safety products reportedly achieve an R10 rating and for extra busy areas, while its Safetred Universal Plus has an R11 slip resistance rating.

Safetred Naturals range offers subtle stone visuals and all Tarkett’s slip resistant flooring is manufactured to EN13845, said to minimise risks and provide slip resistance throughout the lifetime of the floor.
Vinyl is claimed to be more hygienic and easier to clean than other flooring surfaces, it has no grooves for dirt and bacteria to get into. Matching weldrods are designed to ensure a seamless finish where joints are needed.


For further information on any of the products mentioned, contact the suppliers directly. And please remember to tell them that you read about their companies in CFJ:
ACC 08005420518
Altro 01462 489308
BASF 0161 485 6222
Blucher 01937 838000
Dycem 0117 9559921
FeRFA 01252 714250
Flowcrete 01270 753333
Forbo 0800 0935 258
Jaymart 01373 864926
Mapei 0121 508 6970
Plastex 01268 571116
Polyflor 0161 767 1192
Resdev 01422 379131
Schluter 01530 813396
Tarkett 01622 854040

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