Traditionally used for basement construction, a waterproof concrete system from Sika has been chosen for a highly technical and unusual application - the construction of a rectangular concrete hull for a luxury houseboat. The Sika waterproofing solution ensures the boat would not only be watertight and offer long term performance but also help create a floating foundation that would stand the test of time.
Built by H & J Construction at Hythe Shipyard for Jeremy Swadling, the houseboat required a concrete hull as it would benefit from good resistance to impact, fatigue and cracks propagation resulting in less long term maintenance. To meet the requirements, the specification included 64m3 of Sika Watertight Concrete to deliver outstanding levels of watertightness to the heavily reinforced concrete box frame of the boat.
Luke Eastman, H & J Construction commented: “The Sika Watertight Concrete system was ideal for this unusual application as it was vital that the concrete created a watertight hull with a crack free and permanent seal.” With the luxury houseboat fitted out and now moored at Bembridge in the Isle of Wight, the successful application of Sika’s watertight solution has played a crucial part in the longevity of this vessel and ensured it remains waterproof for the long term.
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