Representing one of Londons major transport infrastructure projects, Farringdon Station has been given a major upgrade, to cope with more passengers, longer trains on the Thameslink service and the high-speed Crossrail Service.
To cope with the extra capacity a new double span footbridge has been built on the site. To meet the flooring requirements of the new bridge, Flowcrete and Total Protection were asked by Robert Stevens and Sons and Network Rail to produce a bespoke floorzone solution, involving a flooring build-up of Flowcretes M Bond primer, Isocrete Rapide screed and Flowfast Rapid Transit SL decorative acrylic resin finish, incorporating silicon carbide for additional durability and slip resistance.
These products were then installed on to 425 stainless steel floor panels, of varying sizes and delivered to the site to be inserted into the retaining floor structure of the over bridge.
Robert Stevens and Sons and Total Protection worked within a warehouse, which was specially designated for the production of the floor panels. Each of the 425 units had its own serial number and was closely monitored to meet Network Rails requirements to provide a quality process for each panel.
After two months, all the panels were completed and delivered to site, where they were applied by the expert team at Robert Stevens and Sons.
Brian Pearson, a Director at Robert Stevens and Sons, which is based in Essex, said: The project went really well.
Our Project Manager, Paul Imerson, initially designed the floor and then Total Protection and Flowcrete worked as part of the team to create this specification.
It was a big effort from all involved and highlighted the professionalism of the team to deliver such complex works, from the design process right through to the installation on site.
The flooring specification needed to meet the demands for a decorative, anti-slip finish, able to cope with the footfall of thousands of people each day and fire resistant to London Undergrounds Section 12 requirements. It also needed to stick to the metal trays to ensure structural integrity of the floor finish.
Nick Dicienzo, technical director of Total Protection, also of Essex, said: We were told other types of flooring had been considered, but slip resistance and the risk of curling and tearing of material needed to be addressed.
As a result, we were asked to produce samples of resin flooring for testing, in a bid to solve the issue of the correct specification for the bridges floor.
Working with Flowcrete products we were able to create a monolithic bond to the trays and a decorative floor finish that met all the clients requirements, including a perfectly level and flat surface for each of the 425 units.
This project is the latest for the rail sector from Flowcrete, which for more than 30 years has provided specialist resin flooring systems for industry.
Alan Dean, Managing Director of Flowcrete, said: This is a superb example of flooring expertise from all parties being introduced under a partnership approach, to meet the exact needs of the client.
Our products are recognised throughout the rail industry for their ability to meet the exact needs of the sector.
Systems such as Flowfast Rapid Transit SR, used at Farringdon Station, are of benefit due to factors such as their ability to be ready for use just two hours after installation - significantly speeding up construction programmes for new-build and refurbishment programmes.
Other benefits include the maintenance of colour stability under exposure to UV light, and excellent scratch, chemical, slip and wear resistance.
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