Schlüter-Systems have become part of a historic refurbishment which will see the grand Chancery Court Hotel, London, a 1914 Edwardian heritage property, revamped with elegant and contemporary bathroom suites.
Fitted with Italian marble and hand beaten alpaca silver, each en-suite will offer guests’ a luxurious space, with a high quality finish. However, what’s lies the beneath the tiles plays an important role in the precise final finish and ongoing protection and maintainence of such stunning contemporary design.
Specified thanks to its durable qualities and waterproofing protection, the Schlüter®-KERDI-LINE range has been able to provide this 5* hotel with a 5* service thanks to its range of discreet, adaptable and easy to install Schlüter®-WETROOM products. In fact, the complete Schlüter®-WETROOM range from the market leader in tile solutions was the only option for fit out specialists, Beck Interiors, with a hassle free and efficient way to fit high quality systems.
Installing 233 en-suites to complete phase one of the hotel project, Beck Interiors are now underway on phase two of the refit, with 29 standard rooms, 13 deluxe rooms and the prestigious Lord Chancellor’s Suite to complete by spring 2014, with all rooms possessing Schlüter-Systems quality range of substrate preparation and waterproofing and drainage solutions.
Russell Coleman, Senior Project Manager at Surrey-based Beck Interiors, explained how Schlüter®-KERDI-LINE and Schlüter®-KERDI-BOARD has ensured confidence in such a high profile installation.
“Schlüter-Systems is renowned for its quality, service and technical expertise, which not only makes it simple for us to work with their products, but enables us to carry out the very best installations. On such a huge scale project this is essential and Schlüter-Systems Ltd’s technical team even came down to ensure we were confident in the installation of their products, as well as providing us with technical literature, specification support along with DVD guides.
“Installing the products also couldn’t have been easier thanks to the adaptability of the Schlüter®- KERDI-BOARD. It is easy and clean to cut using the helpful 10mm grid markings and whilst the board is lightweight it is extremely strong, holding far more weight than plasterboards. It is also very fast and easy to create a bonded waterproof area – perfect for when you are fitting out hundreds of room to a strict deadline.
“For the construction of the floor-level showers Schlüter®- KERDI-LINE played an important role as its linear drain channel system offers a particularly low assembly height. It’s adaptability to suit a range of designs and layouts has meant we have been able to install a simple, waterproof drain connection, as well as choose from a range of lengths, drainage connections and leave an end result that creates an attractive space whilst still providing a guaranteed reliable waterproofing system.”
The new and improved Chancery Court bathrooms can also boast the protection of Schlüter®-DITRA matting, the original uncoupling ad waterproofing matting for tile coverings, which serves as an uncoupling layer, bonded waterproofing assembly and vapour pressure equalisation layer. Perfect for an installation such as a hotel shower room, the matting neutralises tensions between substrate and surface, whilst also providing a high load resistance. It’s also waterproof, with the added benefit of interconnected air channels to help moisture evaporate from the substrate.
Ian Knifton, Divisional Manager at Schlüter-Systems, comments, “The refurbishment at Chancery Court Hotel is something special and we’re delighted that a number of our products are featured as part of its design. Schlüter®-DITRA has been used for over 20 years and remains as unique and effective as it was when first launched, whilst the Schlüter®-KERDI-LINE range offers the complete package for high quality wetroom installation and the hotel’s specification for such an extensive project is recognition of their trust and confidence in our products.”
Schlüter®-DITRA has been a proven solution for uncoupling and bonded waterproofing for over 20 years and remains unique to the market due to its geometry which allows for the absorption of lateral movement in each direction. The uncoupling effect that it provides neutralises tensions between surfaces, whilst also providing a high load resistance. It’s also waterproof, with the added benefit of interconnected air channels to help moisture evaporate from the substrate.
Schlüter®-KERDI-LINE channel bodies are made of solid stainless steel. They are available in different versions for central and offset along with horizontal and vertical drainage. The drains come in a range of different lengths, with designer grate options, closed, perforated, tile pan and tile covering support. The channel bodies of Schlüter®-KERDI-LINE are designed for variable installation in perimeter and intermediate areas. The pre-adhered Schlüter®-KERDI allows for secure waterproofing in all configurations and used in conjunction with Schlüter®-DITRA and Schlüter®-KERDI creates a guaranteed waterproofing solution for walls and floors.
Schlüter®-KERDI-BOARD is a unique multifunctional tile substrate for wall areas, which can be used for creating bonded waterproofing assemblies with tile coverings. Additionally, it has many uses as a structural panel. The product makes it easy to create an instant and innovative underlayment for tile installation over substrates as diverse as metal and wooden stud frames, green masonry and mixed substrates. Schlüter®-KERDI-BOARD is 100% waterproof, cement free, lightweight and completely even and flat making it the perfect substrate for tiling.