Having completed the refurbishment of a number of prestigious shopping complexes, ARDEX UK teamed up with one of their regular partners in the trade, A. Andrews & Sons (Marbles & Tiles) Ltd of Leeds to provide the perfect tiling system solution for a major shopping centre refurbishment and new build project in Doncaster. The newly developed Frenchgate Interchange incorporates a total of 9000m2 including new shopping malls and a sophisticated transport interchange facility.

The refurbishment of the existing Frenchgate Centre and the new Frenchgate Interchange will provide Doncaster with an extensive shopping facility plus an impressive state of the art bus station and 1400 space multi-storey car park.

Refurbishment of the existing Frenchgate Centre encompassed 5500m2 of shopping malls, toilets and café area. As the centre was to remain open throughout the refurbishment process, efficient overnight working practices and total product reliability were prerequisites of the job. Having successfully specified ARDEX system solutions on many previous installations, A. Andrews & Sons were confident in the knowledge that ARDEX products would meet the demanding time scale and performance criteria.

The existing terrazzo tiles within the Frenchgate Centre were overlaid, with certain areas pre-smoothed using ARDEX’s multi-award winning latex smoothing compound ARDITEX. For 35 years ARDITEX has proved its reputation in the marketplace by delivering a cost effective, high performance smoothing solution in virtually all types of commercial and domestic environments.

The new tiles were fixed using ARDEX S 21 rapid hardening floor tile bedding mortar in conjunction with ARDEX E 90 admixture. The inherent hardening properties of ARDEX S 21 allow walkability and further work to commence after only 3 hours, thereby helping to significantly reduce downtime.

The tiles were grouted using ARDEX C 2 grey cement-based tile grout. Available in a range of colours, ARDEX C 2 is an exceptionally versatile grout that is easy to apply and clean off and is suitable for tile joints 2mm or more in width.

Throughout the new malls, floor tiles were fixed to the prepared sub-floor using ARDEX-FLEX S 38 flexible rapid hardening floor tile bedding mortar. A wealth of features, including excellent adhesion, pourable consistency, and 30 minutes tile adjustability time allowed solid bedding of the tiles to be easily and rapidly achieved. To fix the wall tiles ARDEX X 7 G grey tile adhesive was specified. Highly versatile with an exemplary track record, ARDEX X 7 G is ideal for virtually all types of tiling applications in internal and external environments. For a perfect finish, ARDEX C 2 grey cement-based tile grout was used to grout the wall and floor tile joints.

“We are regular applicators of ARDEX products as they combine speed, performance and product compatibility to deliver perfect results. Their unique SYSTEMARDEX approach significantly helps to minimise on-site problems and callbacks, thereby proving highly beneficial to us and, of course, the client”, commented Dave Clough of A. Andrews & Sons.

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