When a completely new flooring system was required for a refurbishment project at Leighton Hospital in Crewe, Tremco says it was ‘in pole position’ to fulfil the needs of the client, Axiom Group (NW), with its ‘fully compatible solutions offering’.
Operated by Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the now 50-year-old Leighton Hospital is currently undergoing a major redevelopment, and Tremco was called in to install a number of its flooring products for the periodic refurbishment of one of the hospital’s buildings. Due to the building’s change of use, a complete new flooring system was required. Through an already well-established relationship with Axiom Group, Tremco also worked in conjunction with Robertson Construction and Kenwood Flooring, who – through collaboration –accomplished a safe, reliable, and high-quality installation.
Once the floor was ground by Kenwood Flooring, the installation of the liquid damp-proof membrane (DPM) could go ahead. The application of a surface DPM that bonds to the surface of the concrete minimises any moisture vapour transmission, preventing moisture build-up beneath floor coverings, which in turn mitigates the risk of floor failure.
Tremco claims its ES100 is ‘the UK’s market-leading epoxy DPM’, with a single coat accommodating up to 97% relative humidity (RH). It said: “Having been developed for use on both concrete and sand/cement subfloors, ES100 is a cost-effective choice, as it guarantees a single coat liquid application, thus significantly reducing time spent on site.”
Next, Tremco’s CS190 Gritty Primer, a ready-mixed, rapid-drying solution for use on both dry absorbent and non-absorbent substrates, was applied. Tremco said: “CS190 provides a textured finish that significantly improves adhesion and bond strength, which creates an ideal surface for the application of a smoothing compound. The smoothing compound of choice was SX302, which is a moisture-tolerant latex underlay that may accept foot traffic just 90 minutes post-application. This product is both easy-to-mix and apply, promising extremely low odour, and thus leaves no unpleasant scent of ammonia behind.”
Lastly, Tremco’s SF105 High Performance Acrylic Adhesive was applied over the smoothing compound to achieve a strong, permanent bond to the subsequent floorcovering. This non-flammable adhesive has been specially developed for linoleum and vinyl floor coverings, having been approved by major manufacturers for use with all vinyl floorcoverings.
Mark Bradley, Technical expert for Tremco, said: “It was a pleasure to work with Axiom Group on this refurbishment project at Leighton Hospital, which enabled us to fully utilise the versatile capabilities of a Tremco flooring system. We greatly value the relationships we have built up over the years with our loyal customer base, which have resulted in more and more projects coming to fruition.”