West Cumberland Hospital gets the Ardex treatment.

The West Cumberland Hospital at Whitehaven, Cumbria has recently undertaken an extensive refurbishment project, taking in the Breast Screening Clinic, and a number of hospital wards. In order to fulfil the exacting flooring requirements of this demanding environment, the hospital drew upon the proven results of ARDEX UK to ensure that the specific flooring needs could be met.

ARDEX worked in conjunction with flooring contractors TT Flooring of Workington, who were commissioned to install the floorcoverings. They commenced by applying ARDEX’s advanced levelling compound ARDEX K 15-B to the sub-floors. ARDEX K 15-B has been specifically designed for thicker levelling applications from 7mm to 35mm and is perfect for use in installations where fast track performance is necessary, as it combines innovation, cost effectiveness and ease of use to deliver excellent results. The unique ARDEX Rapidry Formula technology, incorporated within ARDEX K 15-B ensured rapid drying and hardening, so that it was hard enough to walk on just 2 hours after application.

The prepared sub-floor was then ready to receive ARDEX K 15, the market leading water based self-levelling smoothing compound. The required smooth, hard and flat finish was provided, which was once again walkable after just 2 hours, and ready to receive final floorcoverings within 24 hours.

Products from ARDEX’s outstanding flooring adhesives range were specified to install several different types of floorcoverings. Designed for the UK market, ARDEX flooring adhesives have solvent free formulations with low odour and high yield, making them perfect for use within hospital locations.

To fix the high performance, low maintenance, Polyflor sheet vinyls within the Breast Screening Clinic, ARDEX AF 150 adhesive for PVC sheet and tiles was specified. ARDEX AF 150 incorporates the latest floorcovering adhesives technology and is ideal for use with PVC/vinyl floorcoverings including tiles and sheet with PVC or foam backings.

The hospital wards were fitted with Polyflor Classic Mystique PUR flooring, which was installed using ARDEX AF 100 Pressure Sensitive Acrylic Flooring Adhesive. Architects, specifiers and contractors recognise ARDEX AF 100 as the flooring industry’s most advanced true pressure sensitive adhesive, and as predicted, it proved perfect for use within the wards, where hospital beds place an increased demand upon the floorcoverings.

To complete, ARDEX AF 650 Heavy Duty Contact Adhesive was used to fix the PVC skirting. A heavy duty neoprene contact adhesive, ideal for fixing PVC and rubber floorcoverings, stair nosings, PVC skirting, stair stringers and cork with natural cork backing, ARDEX AF 650 is easy to apply and offers a permanent bond.

Victor Tew of TT Flooring remarked, “It was vital that we supplied a cost efficient, reliable flooring solution that would withstand the test of time in such a challenging environment. By working closely with flooring contractors, ARDEX understand what is required of a modern flooring system, and the range of products used on this project perfectly samples the scope of their ability”.

For further information on the ARDEX product range please telephone 01440 714939, email info@ardex.co.uk or visit ARDEX online at www.ardex.co.uk

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