A high performance ‘single build-up’ Mapei surface system has been installed at West Bromwich’s new state-of-the-art Leisure Centre. Designed and built by Places for People Leisure, in partnership with Pellikaan Construction Ltd and Roberts Limbrick Architects, the new centre for Sandwell Council includes a 25m pool, learner pool, sports hall fitness suite, dance studios, adventure play area and café. The pool and floor installations were carried out by Buckingham Pools, CJM Tiling Ltd and Phoenix Flooring.
Throughout the extensive project, Mapei systems were specified from the substrate to the finishing materials, in order to provide a warrantable system build-up, with Mapei’s Technical Department assisting throughout. The total application included 800 m2 of concrete floor substrate and 2,200 m2 of tile backer board and rendered walls; Mapei products spanned from screed, render and waterproofing, to various tiles adhesives, grout and silicone sealants.
Throughout the pool area, Mapei systems were utilised alongside vitrified ceramics, with porcelain and ceramic tiles installed throughout the remaining ground and first floor areas. Levelling screeds, membranes and waterproofing products installed included: Mapei Nivoplan, Topcem, Ultraplan, Mapelastic, Mapelastic Aquadefense, Mapetex SEL, Mapeband and Mapegum WPS. Relevant substrates were primed with Mapei Eco Prim Grip, prior to the tiles being adhered with Mapei Keraflex Maxi, Mapeker Rapid Set Flex and Adesilex P9 – and grouts specified included Mapei Ultracolor Plus and Keracolor FF. The tiled finish was completed with Mapesil AC, which formed expansion joints and was used as a general sealant.