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Loughborough Grammar School

Imaging System Technology information technology

Challenge

Creating a schedule of works that would be convenient with the school

Distribution of materials to different areas of the site

Damp Proof Membrane

Solution

We met with the representative of the grammar school to discuss their requirements and design ideas for the different areas and take accurate measurements for each area. They wanted new Birch sheet carpet and matting installed to the Bursary Office, Staircase at the Whitehouse, an office at Fairfield School, and the Art Block.

While on site we noted that one of the offices to be fitted had a problem with its existing floor covering. The floor covering had delaminated from the old quarry tile floor beneath.  On further investigation and testing the floor we found it had a high moisture content. This is usual with old quarry tiled floors as the tiles are themselves rarely affected by moisture and therefore are unlikely to have a damp proof membrane fitted. If new floor coverings are installed without addressing this then they will fail in the future, which was the case with the existing floor covering to this office.  We explained the problem to the school and recommended that a damp proof system be installed prior to the installation of carpet to ensure that the new floor covering would be fully protected from the moisture content below. The recommendation was accepted and included within the works to be completed through the summer. An Ardex smoothing compound was used which is moisture tolerant followed by the application of the Ardex Damp Proof Membrane one coat rapid cure and a second layer of the smoothing compound to create an effective barrier against the moisture beneath.

We worked closely with the school to create a schedule for when the works were to be undertaken throughout the summer to cause minimum impact to their normal working life. With the assistance of Birch Carpets materials were delivered on time when each individual area was to be completed and all ran smoothly.

We began by removing the existing floor coverings and prepared the sub floor ready for the new Birch carpet. We fitted Birch Med Tech carpet and Birch Barrier Tech stripe matting. New Gradus aluminium stair nosings were fitted to the staircase.  The client was delighted with high quality finish and the warmer look achieved with the new carpets.

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