systems have nationwide experience of commercial floor preparation.
Below are a few examples of where Maxit products have been used for
commercial floor construction.
Project & Location: Ikea Store, Braehead, Glasgow
Products: ABS 148
Seeking a high quality quick-curing solution for the ground floor sales area for a new multi million pound IKEA store at Braehead, Glasgow, maxit ABS 148 cementitious self-levelling and self-smoothing screed was specified to provide a substrate for the application of the vinyl floorcovering.
To guard against moisture emanating from the newly-laid concrete, it was first shotblasted, then the surface then treated it with two coats of maxit’s Epoxy Damp Proof Membrane System, Explained John Yardley, Director of Veitchi: “With the concrete base only recently having been laid, there was the danger that moisture would cause the vinyl floor to lift if it was applied directly to the surface. The requirement was for an intermediate layer to provide an effective seal and a good level finish. Using the maxit system met these requirements and allowed the project to proceed without undue delay.”
After allowing the membrane to cure, maxit’s unique, self-contained fully portable high tech screed plant was used to apply approximately 45 tones of ABS 148 to provide 5mm cover over an area of 5,000m². By using the maxit system, the contractors were able to achieve a smooth, level finish capable of overlaying with the vinyl finish just four days after installation of the screed.
Project & Location: Cripps Court, Queens College Cambridge
Products: ABS 155
maxit ABS 155 rapid-drying self-levelling underlayment screed has met the need for a replacement for a problematic kitchen floor at Cripps Court, Queens College Cambridge, where a quarry tiled floor and two existing layers of screed had become badly deteriorated. Explained Queens College Head of Maintenance Steve Pauley: "The quarry tiles had deteriorated and the grouted joints were difficult to keep clean. We needed a seamless, easy-to-clean floor to replace it."
The rapid-drying characteristics of ABS 155 proved an important factor during the seven day contract when it was discovered that additional remedial works were required prior to laying the new floor. Ducting and conduits concealed in the original screed had been corroded by water seeping through the floor and renewal and re-routing was necessary before the work could proceed. Following application of an ABS MD16 primer coat, the ABS 155 underlayment was applied. Coving was fitted around the edges of the floor prior to the application of an epoxy resin screed and a slip-resistant surface coating provided a seamless, spillage-resistant floor, able to take the ‘knocks’ in a busy commercial kitchen catering for up to 400 students.
Project & Location: Arnolfini Art Gallery, Bristol
Products: ABS 410 & ABS 440
Architects for the redevelopment and expansion of Bristol’s famous Arnolfini centre for the contemporary arts chose a high specification screed system from maxit to meet the need for flooring capable of withstanding heavy foot traffic over many years.
Now re-opened after a major two-year redevelopment project, the Arnolfini features a two part hard-wearing industrial standard screed from maxit ABS Durosystem on all four floors of its expanded facilities at Bush House, Arnolfini’s home.
The existing concrete floors were prepared by priming, reinforcing and installing damp proof membranes where necessary before pumping new base screeds using approximately 100 tonnes of maxit ABS 440 Durobase at an average thickness of 45 mm over electrical conduit.
A finishing screed of ABS 410 Durotop, maxit’s hard wearing self-levelling industrial formula, was then applied at thicknesses of 10mm –15mm in various areas on all three floors, together with stair areas, landings, internal circulation bridges and the café bar, totalling approximately 1,200 m2.
Because of the extent of the refurbishment work being undertaken, the site was frequently congested and the new screeds
were laid to accommodate the main contractor’s programme.
Project & Location: Vancouver Shopping Centre, Kings Lynn, Norfolk
Products: Alpha 751
maxit Alpha 751 has played a major role in the redevelopment of the Vancouver Shopping centre in Kings Lynn. This redevelopment involved the creation of new retail space as well as the refurbishment of old retail space to “transform the old 1960’s centre into a scheme of the 21st Century”.
The task was to install a high quality floor screed ready to take final floor coverings in the prominent New Look, Peacocks, TJ Hughes and Poundland
stores. Explained Michael Maslen of Neon Class; "Neon Class Ltd use Alpha 751 because it is a high quality finish, the product dries faster than any other screeds and it is not prone to wind damage or forced drying. Also in areas where snow and rain can present a problem the finish was not affected. Alpha requires no sanding down once installed.”
The Alpha 751 was laid 40mm thick to SR2 standard onto HDN insulation. As the site could not accommodate silos, bagged alpha was used and installed at a rate of between 500-650m2 per day. In all 5300m2 was laid between the 4 stores.
The Alpha was sealed on the third day and the floor areas were ready to take following trades within 16hrs.