Bostik provides the right formula for chemistry labs

Education Thu, Mar 15, 2018 9:30 AM

Bostik has been selected by commercial flooring contractor, Artisan Flooring, to provide subfloor preparation products as part of a £60 million refurbishment project at the Singleton Park Campus at Swansea University.

New state-of-the-art teaching laboratories are being built as part of a multi-million pound investment to create a hub for the high quality Chemical Sciences research being carried out across the Colleges of Science, Engineering and Medicine.

Prior to work commencing, Bostik carried out a site survey across the 1000m2 flooring space, which revealed that the area had uneven floor levels. To alleviate the issue of uneven floor levels, Bostik’s technical team recommended the use of Screedmaster Deep. The versatility of the Screedmaster Deep levelling compound allows for application between 5mm to 50mm in a single step. It can also withstand foot traffic in as little as 90 minutes, meaning the project’s timescales would not be compromised.

Nick Healings, Project Manager for Artisan Flooring, commented: “We have a long-standing relationship with Bostik and know they have a great range of subfloor preparation products that were ideal for our flooring installation requirements at Swansea University. We needed a product we could trust, with a fast curing time, that would allow for a 50mm application in a single step and Screedmaster Deep ticked all the boxes.”

To improve the flow and curing characteristics of the levelling compound, an even coating of Screedmaster Epoxy Primer was first applied. Epoxy Primer is a two part, solvent-free, water dispersible primer that’s ideal for use when applying smoothing compounds above 10mm in depth. This minimised pinholes and the need to rub down, saving both time and money.

Once the subfloor was primed, Screedmaster Deep was used to smooth and even out the floor surface ready for the installation of the floorcoverings.

Nick Healings continued: “The fast curing time was a major factor for this application. Being able to access and walk on the floor within four hours meant that we could carry on with the project as quickly as possible. When you’re laying a compound at 50mm deep – that is quite an achievement.”

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