On stand A6 at 2015’s Education Estates exhibition, Flowcrete UK will be demonstrating to designers, builders and operators of educational facilities how its comprehensive range of resin solutions can be used to create fully optimised, fit-for-purpose floors for both new build and refurbishment projects.
Within an educational facility the floor needs to meet a multitude of different demands to ensure that it provides a long lasting, fit for purpose surface. For example it needs to maintain a visually engaging appearance that is conducive to learning despite the constant movement of thousands of students, food spillages and frequent cleaning.
Flowcrete UK has developed a pioneering flooring package, the Floorzone solution, to provide every element of the floor area required to create attractive, robust and easy to clean finishes. This single-source, single-warranty, floor build-up programme is the most sustainable and complete flooring solution available to the education sector.
The Floorzone features a number of environmentally friendly options including resin floor finishes and self-levelling screeds made using recycled materials, as well as an energy saving underfloor heating system and noise reducing acoustic layer.
The range of resin options available means that a tailored solution to suit numerous education applications can be delivered, including durable and attractive products for classrooms and corridors, hygienic Flowfresh flooring for kitchens, heavy-duty epoxy systems for maintenance areas and colourful sports hall surfaces.
The flexibility of resin systems allows for the creation of bespoke finishes. This design potential was embraced by Westminster University when it undertook a large-scale upgrade of its Marylebone campus. A highly decorative, joint free surface was required for the reception and main concourse areas, including a one-of-a-kind ramp with a combined stair detail. To create this floor area the project’s designers utilised Flowcrete UK’s seamless resin terrazzo system Mondéco Crystal Ice.
Flowcrete’s resin finishes can be supported by the high performance, sustainably manufactured Isocrete Floor Screeds range, which features screeds free from environmentally damaging Ordinary Portland Cement and manufactured using a high percentage of recycled materials.
Recently the RIBA award winning Joan Roan school in Greenwich utilised the Isocrete K-Screed system to install a robust screed layer in both a new building and during the refurbishment of an existing facility. Isocrete K-Screed contains an additive that enhances the material’s performance by speeding up installation times and creating a very hardwearing, low shrinkage screed.
The Isowarm underfloor heating system can be included to provide energy efficient savings of up to 30% compared to conventional heating methods. The space-saving design of this system also means that there are no potentially dangerous hot surfaces.
To build further advantages into the floor, a layer of Isocrete Acoustic K-Foam can be added to reduce sound transfer between floors. This is especially beneficial for multi-level schools where noise can travel between classrooms and corridors.
Managing Director of Flowcrete UK, Kevin Potter, said: “Our Floorzone solution has been designed to fit in with the move towards standardised, ‘off the shelf’ school design and the drive towards greener construction materials in educational facilities.
“The comprehensive nature of this solution facilitates a quick and effective specification process and it allows architects, designers and specifiers to meet stringent green construction ratings such as BREEAM.”
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