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Altro Suprema II safety flooring is reportedly providing a hardwearing, slip-resistant surface for thousands of school children, community groups and tourists who visit Aberdeen Maritime Museum annually.
The installation was part of the museum’s refurbishment managed by Studio SP. Suprema II was apparently chosen for its slip resistance, durability, ease of maintenance and colour range, along with the fact it can be laid to ramps, and with a lifetime sustained slip resistance of TRRL>36.
Aberdeen Maritime Museum is home to the UK’s only display on the North Sea oil and gas industry and marine renewable energy.
BAL tile adhesives were used in the £45m redevelopment of Tate Britain. Stonework specialists Szerelmey completed two packages in the Grade II listed building’s south-eastern quadrant, on staircases and flooring, involving both new build and restoration work.
Richard Piggott, Szerelmey business development manager at Szerelmey, said, ‘We have worked with BAL on many projects over the years. They provide excellent support, knowledge, attention to detail and a highly skilled team.’
Other BAL products used at Tate Britain, included Thickbase (single-part self-smoothing levelling compound), Prime APD (acrylic primer for walls and floors) and Supercover Rapid Flex (fast-setting flexible adhesive).
A large opening created through the floor of the main entrance rotunda allowed a new staircase to be inserted. A further 2,000sq m of flooring included a stunning geometric design extending through the lower level of the museum, the canteen, public areas and lower rotunda.
The flooring at the top of the grand staircase has a complicated fleur de lis pattern that echoes the design of the staircase balustrade. In addition, 500sq m agglomerate skirting, dados and reveals were installed.
A further 800sq m of terrazzo flooring on the principal and upper levels, and the marble mosaic flooring in the entrance hall, were cleaned and repaired.
An expert product support technician from BAL visited Szerelmey to demonstrate the correct use of BAL Stone & Tile PTB. He also answered the installation team’s questions on other products they would be using.
Stone & Tile PTB is a C2F floor adhesive available in white and grey; both were used to fix 1,800sq m of agglomerate stone in white, grey, dark grey and black in the Tate.
Single Part Fast Flex is part of the BAL ‘Go Greener’ family: for every 1sq m tiled, 1sq m of Peruvian rainforest is protected through a donation to Cool Earth.
Both white and grey variants were employed at Tate Britain, where it was used to fix 235sq m of kitchen walls with ceramic tiles and 175sq m of flooring with porcelain tiles.
The Tate Britain project won The Tile Association award 2014 for best use of tile in the leisure or hospitality sector.
Burmatex carpet tile ranges were used in the renovation of the Old Theatre in Boleslawiec, Poland, which was first opened in 1957. Burmatex carpet tiles were specified for the theatre to provide a heavy contract suitable finish in BREEAM A and A+ rated products.
With multiple reconstructions throughout its turbulent life, this theatre uses a bold combination of classic cordiale and structure bonded zip, a range reportedly regularly featured in contemporary office settings. Contrasting the modern burmatex designs with the traditional theatre setting is said to have created a timeless scheme, suiting different requirements in the auditorium and wider building.
High performance cordiale is said to enhance the luxurious feel of the theatre auditorium, while the gentle shade of chilean wine complement both the deep purple décor and traditional plush red seating.
Zip’s understated design is described as expertly highlighting the traditional features which run throughout the theatre building.
Laid quarter turn to complement the wide spaces, the calm shade of zip quartz layer is said to present a fresh scheme, maintaining the bright nature of the building while establishing an artistic, contemplative atmosphere.
Don Construction Products (DCP) supplied Cemflow Topping Charcoal for a refurbishment of the Leamington Spa offices and reception area of computer games developer Playground Games.
The company wanted a high quality, floor that would be low maintenance, durable and cost effective. Specialist contractor Resmax Solutions applied DCP’s Cemflow Topping to fulfil the client’s brief.
The product reportedly has the durability and strength required in an industrial environment, combined with good aesthetic appeal for commercial and retail use.
With the speed of application, either by hand or pump, it is suitable for new and refurbishment projects. It is self-levelling, fast-setting and can reportedly be open to foot traffic within three hours.
DCP coloured Cemflow Topping is now available in nine colours, complementing other Cemflow products.
Cemflow Topping can be applied 5-15mm and exceeds the minimum requirements of the Special Class Abrasion Resistance (BS EN 13892-4) while also providing a compressive strength of 35-40 N/mm2 (depending on colour chosen).
F Ball and Co says its Stopgap 1200 Pro is well suited for flooring refurbishments.
Described as the ‘minimum preparation, maximum performance smoothing underlayment’, it is designed for use directly over old adhesive residues, including bitumen and carpet tile tackifiers.
Stopgap 1200 Pro is designed as a high performance self-smoothing product to provide a cost-effective solution to challenging floors, without the need for mechanical removal or priming.
Utilising the latest cement technology, the latex-free, no ammonia underlayment is designed to achieve fast setting and drying times for preparing sound internal subfloors. It reportedly has a working time of 20 minutes, a walk-on time of 60 minutes, and is ready to receive new floorcoverings from four hours.
The product is also low odour and protein-free, making it suitable for clinical and biologically sensitive environments such as hospitals, schools and laboratories.
Contractors working in settings as varied as Cornwall College Camborne Campus, Rudyard Sailability charity boathouse, The Hop Farm family attraction and Longton Cottage Hospital specified Stopgap 1200 Pro to deal quickly and efficiently with challenging subfloors.
Flowcrete UK has developed the high speed flooring solution Flowfast, which uses a methyl methacrylate (MMA) catalyst to accelerate the resin cure time, allowing for a fully operational floor in just hours after the installation has been completed.
The product is particularly designed for refurbishment projects where worn, failing or damaged floors can pose various problems in industrial and commercial facilities.
Flowfast can reportedly be applied on top of old concrete as well as asphalt, tiles, metal or wood. This removes the need to take up the existing floor, saving a considerable amount of time.
Interfloor reports that its Duralay Counterflame was installed in Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth cruise ship during its recent refit.
Specialist marine outfitting company, Blu Marine, installed 12,000sq m of Duralay Counterflame, the IMO certified flame retardant underlay, throughout the ship. Queen Elizabeth had her first dry dock refit in the Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg in May.
Blu Marine had over 120 contractors working on board during the refit. Duralay Counterflame was chosen due to its flame retardancy qualities and Interfloor’s customer service.
Stacey McCoo, from Blu Marine, said, ‘We required a high quality product for this prestigious ship and Duralay fits the bill.’
Launched in October 2010, Queen Elizabeth is Cunard Line’s second largest ship, capable of carrying 2,092 passengers and stretching 294m long, comprising 16 decks.
Counterflame is Duralay’s best-selling flame retardant underlay. The 6.25mm thick latex foam underlay is IMO certified and classified as suitable for heavy contract installations. It is suitable for both stretch fit and double stick applications.
Kerakoll says its Slc Eco Aqua-Pur HPX and HP are particularly suited for flooring refurbishment. HPX is a two-component water based varnish for hardwood floors and HP is the single-component equivalent.
Both need only two coats instead of the normal three, thus significantly reducing application time and the amount of product required, which in turn means savings on both labour and material costs.
HPX has been certified by Eurofins as having the lowest emission levels for products of this category to safeguard the health of installers and the environment.
The two products are described as extremely hard wearing and durable, standing up to the toughest use and enhancing the beauty of the wood for the long term.
The products’ non-toxic polymer is arranged so the strongest part is on the surface giving a protective layer designed to be extremely resistant to scratching and wear and said to guarantee perfect adhesion to the wood. The strong, elastic resins are formulated to give excellent transparency and follow the micro movements of the wood fibre for long lasting protection. HPX is available in four finishes and HP in two, depending on level of shine required.
nora rubber floorcoverings were installed in the IT hubs at Hammersmith Academy, a secondary school for 11-18 year olds, specialising in creative & digital media and IT.
nora flooring included norament 926 and noraplan stone, was selected for their outstanding properties.
The IT hubs required a safe floor not affected by static, with good slip resistance and cushioning underfoot, along with durability for circulation areas.
nora floorcoverings are also said to offer excellent acoustic performance which is important in schools. BHM Architects designed the building.
Polyflor supplied a large selection of its flooring products for the refurbishment of St Gerard’s Educational Resource Centre (ERC), a maintained school in Belfast with facilities for pupils at Key Stage 1-4 with moderate and complex learning difficulties.
Over 4000sq m of Polyflor products were laid by Flooring Solutions (NI), including Polysafe Vogue Ultra PUR to the kitchen, dining hall and washroom facilities, and Classic Mystique PUR to the stairs and circulation areas.
Director of Flooring Solutions (NI), Greer Winnington comments ‘We have worked with Polyflor in the past and found their technical and onsite support great. We specified Polyflor products on this project due to the availability of stock on a quick turnaround time, which is always a problem on large jobs.’
The five-month refurbishment project saw Flooring Solutions supporting the Recofloor scheme from conception to completion.
Part-founded by Polyflor, the scheme diverts vinyl flooring waste from landfill and allows the uplifted flooring and off-cuts to be recycled into new products, including flooring.
A total of 14.25 tonnes of smooth uplifted flooring and off-cuts were packed onto pallets and collected on-site by Recofloor.
Suited to the demands of high traffic school environments, Classic Mystique PUR reportedly shows outstanding durability and abrasion resistance, benefiting from the incorporation of Polyflor’s PUR maintenance enhancement.
Cross-linked and UV cured, PUR is described as a super strength polyurethane reinforcement which facilitates a lifelong polish-free maintenance regime and optimum appearance retention. Available in 16 harmonised colours, Classic Mystique has a tonal, non-directional appearance with clean architectural neutrals and warmer tones for a balanced combination.
Classic Mystique PUR is 100% recyclable, via the Recofloor scheme, with an average recycled content of 25%. Its environmental credentials are supported with individually certificated BRE Global A+ rating awards.
All Polyflor vinyl flooring is 100% recyclable via the Recofloor recycling scheme and contains recycled content.
Quantum Flooring Solutions was involved in the refurbishment of the toilet blocks at Rhyddings community school for pupils aged from 11 to 16, with 1000 pupils.
The flooring used was high specification, decorative safety vinyl combining the assurance of sustainable slip resistance with high durability for years of performance.
It was imperative to fit the corner junctions to a uniform and hygienic finish to match the flooring in a high traffic area with high risk of water spillage.
Once the vinyl internal mitre is installed onto the internal Floormitre cove it reportedly provides a neat, consistent and uniform finish with a mitre that is easy to weld, inhibiting the hibernation and growth of bacteria.
As in this case, the corners provides strength and support with the upright section covering gaps resulting from any walls that are irregular or not fully repaired.
Quantum Flooring Solutions is a major flooring accessories supplier and exclusive distributor of Cutting Corners products. The range includes Floormitre, a preformed seamless internal cove for use when standard ‘site-formed’ ‘cap and cove’ system is a requirement.
AFB Flooring trialled Floormitre, proving it to be suitable for the Rhyddings School refurbishment. The products are also designed to make the fitting of vinyl in corners easier, quicker and smoother without compromising the end result.
Once the vinyl internal mitre has been installed onto the internal Floormitre cove it reportedly provides a neat, consistent and uniform finish that will in turn provide a mitre that is easy to weld therefore inhibiting the hibernation and growth of bacteria.
RSL (Resin Surfaces Limited) was involved in the multi-million pound refurbishment of Manchester’s Central Library.
The library, first opened in 1934, recently underwent a three-year refurbishment. RSL’s brief was to provide a modern flooring solution that complemented the library’s neo-classical style. Public entrances were restored to their 1930s appearance and new staircases and lift shafts inserted to improve access.
RSL supplied bespoke flooring systems of R.S Terrazzo and R.S Terrain with R.S Beadgrip for the floor, stairs and ramped areas of the building.
RSL commercial director Martin Wroe said: ‘You don’t have the opportunity to be involved in one of Manchester’s most iconic buildings every day. We needed to find products that would capture the beauty of the environment and complement its ornate design.’
The company presented a bespoke design of R.S Terrazzo in a special colour pallet to complement the building. The system was chosen because of its seamless properties, ensuring a flat, continuous floor surface.
The product was used as a pre-cast terrazzo system on some stair areas.
R.S Terrain was applied on ramped areas with R.S Beadgrip for improved slip resistance.
Sika received an emergency call from Winchester fire department when cracks appeared in the substrate of a standard paint floor. Housing five fire engines weighing up to 13 tonnes each, the original floor also provided little slip resistance to firefighters in a hurry.
The contractor GSS Flooring mechanically removed the old coating and consulted Sika’s flooring team on the specification of an easy-to-apply, solvent free, three-part resin solution.
First Sikafloor 280 epoxy mortar was applied to repair floors cracks and perimeter joints, followed by Sikafloor 161 epoxy primer with its short waiting times. It was finished with one coat of Sikafloor 264 Thixo.
As part of the application process, GSS textured the layer to provide added durability and slip resistance. Sikaflex polyurethane sealant was selected to reinstate and fill all perimeter expansion points.
With refurbishment timescales a key concern, the works were completed in five days.
tremco illbruck products are stated to be well suited for refurbishment, notably in the housing sector where fast-track projects are specified. Where areas like kitchens and corridors have to be relaid in one day, contractors can use Tremco’s SX500 two-component rapid drying smoothing compound as part of an integrated approach, which can further include the company’s ES600 moisture vapour suppressant and allied adhesives.
Importantly, SX500 is described as moisture-tolerant while the smoothing compound’s EC1 compliant, OPC free formulation and 40% recycled content make it suitable for environmentally considerate projects. For use, the 22kg bags of dry powder are mixed with the 4.4kg of activating liquid, using a slow paddle to achieve a consistent colour, then spread with a trowel and spiked roller. The surface can be walked on after just half an hour and floorcoverings installed in 90 minutes, says the company.
This rapid process can be viewed in a three-minute video on either YouTube or the tremco illbruck website illustrating the SX500 rapid drying smoothing compound’s relevance to locations such as shops, hospitals, schools and other time sensitive projects, as well as housing.
Ultra Floor reports that its Level IT Super30 rapid setting and drying smoothing underlayment was used to refurbish the home of one of Europe’s largest collection of sharks, Blue Planet Aquarium in Cheshire Oaks.
Manchester based flooring contractor Branagan Flooring Services, a member of the CFA, undertook the refurbishment of the aquarium’s reception and walk through areas.
The work was carried out in a tight time frame during the aquarium’s closing hours, to avoid disruption to trade. It was completed in three phases over six days and included 800sq m of subfloor preparation and Polyflor XL PU vinyl installation using Ultra Floor’s Prime IT AR and Level IT Super30.
Existing floorcoverings and adhesive residue was removed before Prime IT AR was applied to the concrete substrate. The product is described as a water-based acrylic primer suitable for absorbent subfloors and as a barrier primer, prior to applying a smoothing underlayment.
It is also said to help stop the moisture from the wet underlayment passing through to the porous subfloor which can cause pinholes, prolonging the life of the installation. It was used to prepare the area prior to levelling with Level IT Super30, Ultra Floor’s ‘level and lay in a day’ formulation which is said to set to walk on in 30 minutes whilst allowing impervious floorcoverings to be laid after just three hours. Once smoothed and cured it was ready to receive the bonded Polyflor XL PU vinyl.
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Uzin products were used to install over 1600sq m of safety flooring in a refurbishment of the Cystic Fibrosis Unit at Nottingham City Hospital.
The flooring contractor, CD Northern selected Uzin’s products to ensure the highest health standards were upheld. The £6.6m cystic fibrosis centre aims to make patients feel comfortable during the long periods they have to spend in hospital.
A range of Uzin products was used for the installation. Some areas had to be built up with NC182, a rapid drying repair compound to allow the installation to be handed over on time.

L3 Gold Moisture Control System was then used to protect the floor from residual moisture in the substrate before the floorcovering was installed with KE2428 multi-purpose adhesive.
Verotapes is the UK and Ireland agent for Soprad srl, manufacturer of temporary floor protection films. S510 is described as a top quality product to protect carpets during refurbishments, building work and decorating.
Soprad S510 uses a solvent acrylic adhesive which is coated onto an abrasion resistant film. It can be used on most types of carpet, and, unlike other products on the market; S510 can be used on woollen fibre carpets.
It is designed to protect carpets for up to four weeks, claimed to be double the time most competitors offer.
The product is available through dedicated UK stockists, who only stock Soprad manufactured products with the assurance of a quality temporary protection film at a competitive price.
S510 is reportedly much cheaper than some other branded films, without losing the quality needed. Soprad has ISO registration, and all the rolls supplied have full traceability.
Available in standard 600mm x 100m rolls. Bespoke sizes can also be supplied and S510 can be offered wound normal or with adhesive on the outside which can assist in application.

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