Ardex ‘in the swim’ of things at their local leisure centre.

With their UK headquarters in Haverhill, Suffolk, it was befitting that ARDEX, the leading manufacturer of premier tiling products, were able to play their part in the £5.2m refurbishment of the Haverhill Leisure Centre by St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

The leisure centre has recently opened its doors again after undergoing a complete upgrade that has transformed the 37 year old building and the customer experience. As well as a complete technical overhaul, the refit has provided improved facilities, new state of the art equipment and high quality finishes.

ARDEX and Cottrell Brickwork Ceramics Ltd of Ipswich joined forces once more to provide the ideal tiling and grouting system solution for the refurbishment of the swimming pool walls and surrounds, spectator viewing gallery and the extensive wet change facilities. The project encompassed 1500m2, with tiles provided by Ceramic Tiles of Ipswich.

Cottrell Brickwork Ceramics used ARDEX X 7 R Rapid Setting Flexible Tile Adhesive in grey to fix the floor tiles to the pool surrounds, changing areas and spectator seating area, with ARDEX X 7 R in white used to fix the wall tiles. Suitable for fixing all types of tiles including porcelain, ARDEX X 7 R can be walked on and grouted just 2 hours after application, and is the ideal choice for kitchens, showers and swimming pools where minimising downtime is vital. In addition, excellent slump resistance, superior application properties and suitability for use with underfloor heating help to ensure that ARDEX X 7 R remains the tiling contractors’ tile adhesive of choice.

ARDEX-FLEX FL Rapid Setting, Flexible Tile Grout with built-in admix, was chosen in grey to grout the floor tile joints, with the white grout colour option specified for the walls. ARDEX-FLEX tile grouts are now available in 32 fantastic colours, with key features of flexibility, water repellence, ease of application and dirt resistance, ensuring premium performance.

“We complete many leisure centre projects, and by using tiling products from ARDEX, we can confidently rely upon a fast track completion and excellent on-site results. In addition, this project has been particularly significant for me, as it was in 1972 that my father John Willmott completed the original tiling installation for Haverhill Leisure Centre, so to return some 37 years later and retrace his footsteps has been terrific”, said Adam Willmott of Cottrell Brickwork Ceramics Ltd.

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