SIKA DELIVERS A LONG-TERMWhen the concrete floor of a large industrial warehouse in Warrington began to show signs of failure, a new, hard-wearing flooring system was required to provide long-term performance and minimal disruption during installation. Importantly, Sika’s solution featured a proven, high-strength screed that can be installed quickly and is able to withstand constant footfall, forklift traffic and heavy loads.

The building is occupied by Amec Foster Wheeler, a global engineering, consultancy and project management business. It forms part of the UK’s largest laboratory and test rig complex serving the nuclear industry. To maintain the highest standards of health, safety and quality control, it is vital that the facility’s floors are functional, durable and aesthetically pleasing.

Installed by specialist contractor P J McGrath & Sons, the Sikafloor system was ideal to meet Amec Foster Wheeler’s requirements. With a hassle-free and phased application, the system ensured minimal disruption to the live working environment whilst preventing disruptive and costly repairs in the near future.

Joint-free and easy to maintain, Sika’s flooring systems are designed to fulfil an almost endless combination of function and aesthetics whilst meeting all industry requirements for mechanical and chemical resistance, impermeability and fire resistance. Supplied in a variety of coloured finishes, the Sikafloor system was designed to create colour coded walkways and operational areas to make it easy for staff and visitors to navigate.

As an alternative to traditional finishes, Sikafloor systems can serve any number of specifier demands on a wide range of projects. An ideal choice to meet the high aesthetic requirements of commercial and public buildings, Sikafloor can also be used in schools, offices and retail, as well as meeting the strict hygiene standards of the healthcare industry.

Installed with a carefully phased application that ensured the facility could remain in full operation throughout, the Sikafloor system helped to deliver a hard-wearing surface, slip resistance, chemical resistance and a smooth decorative finish that will stand the test of time.

Sue Clarke, Material Science Structural Integrity Facilities Manager for Amec Foster Wheeler, said: ‘‘I am particularly impressed with this floor covering. It has been down for about three years now and it seems to be standing up to the industrial environment and the general footfall with no visible degradation.”

Sika is a speciality chemicals company with a leading position in the development and production of systems and products for bonding, sealing, damping, reinforcing and protecting in the building sector and the motor vehicle industry.