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Glenfield Hospital

Glenfield Hospital

Challenge

Working on main building site and liaising with other trades

Completing works to tight timescale

Timber sub floor in new construction

Solution

We were approached by MTX Contracts Ltd, the main contractors on the project to install the flooring works to the new building. They invited us to tender for the flooring works in 2012 and provided a detailed specification and technical drawings of the building, which we were awarded at the end of the year with works to be undertaken at the beginning of 2013. Prior to starting work on site, we attended a meeting with a representative of MTX Contracts and surveyed the floors and clarified the finishing details that the client required at the new facility. The floors were of a timber construction whereas the original specification  called for a standard smoothing compound that would be incompatible with the timber sub floor that was constructed. The client required Polyflor vinyl sheeting to be installed throughout the corridors and wards as well as stairways. In addition safety flooring was required for toilets and bathrooms. To the first floor offices and corridors Desso carpet tiles were required.

The sub floor preparation was key and we needed to ensure that we achieved a very smooth surface for the new floor coverings. We used F. Ball’s primer and their water-based smoothing compound, Stopgap 700 Superflex suitable for timber floors. This gave us an excellent finish for the new vinyl floor coverings. Working closely with MTX Contracts on this professionally run site, we installed the vinyl with cove formed skirting and all the carpet tiles. The main contractor excelled at organising the various trades on site to ensure we were given clear areas to carry out the installation and this meant we could deliver the flooring installation on time and to budget.

Shortly after the completion of the ground floor and first floor installation, we were contacted again by MTX Contracts. It had been decided to install a second floor to the newly completed building. The same materials were required as the first phase and the site was run equally professionally enabling us to provide an excellent quality finish to the new Biomedical Research Unit at Glenfield Hospital.

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