Twickenham Experience, the official provider of match day hospitality and conference facilities at the famous stadium, has been working to create a number of event spaces following an overhaul of its East Stand area. New flooring was required, hence Sika worked closely with the architect and client to establish resin as an improved sustainable and durable surface alternative to vinyl. The flooring also had to meet the client’s aesthetic aspirations for the development’s final finish. Sika® ComfortFloor® PS-27, a tough-elastic polyurethane self-smoothening flooring system was agreed as the ideal solution.
Following a tender process, MJF Specialist Flooring Contractors was selected to install flooring to the East Stand’s hospitality areas on behalf of main contractor, Willmott Dixon Interiors. Preparation work involved an assortment of captive shot-blasting to concrete, as well as vacuum-controlled diamond grinding to screed areas. A total of 3000m² of Sika® SCHÖNOX FPL PLUS levelling screed was then applied to ensure a quality finish. This process also aided the project development time, with its quick curing allowing for foot traffic after just four hours.
Sika® ComfortFloor® PS-27 system was then installed, whilst concrete repairs were carried out to four levels of the stadium. The system’s increased hygienic functionality, as well as its easy-to-clean properties make it the idea flooring for heavily-trafficked public places where health and safety and appearance are crucial. Sika® ComfortFloor® PS-27 offers endless colour and design options; superior acoustics, seamless floor-to-wall connections, and a soft ergonomic walking and standing surface.
Nils Braude, Catering and C&E Director at Twickenham, said: "We are very excited to offer over six new event spaces as a result of our East Stand refurbishment. The variety of space on offer adds to the wealth of options for events at Twickenham, especially for bespoke events and private hire. After much planning, it is so exciting to finally see the project come to life and we are looking forward to unveiling the finished result in autumn 2018."
Despite the challenging nature of the installation, Sika® ComfortFloor® PS-27 system’s durable, functional, aesthetically-pleasing finish has resulted in flooring as magnificent as the stadium itself. The system was delivered and serviceable in time for the facility’s official opening in lieu of some high-profile rugby matches. Proof, as if any were needed, Sika® ComfortFloor® PS-27 is the flooring solution for the big occasion.