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High performance flooring solution for busy fire station

Kemtile's expertise and knowledge in hard-wearing flooring solutions has been brought into play for a number of fire stations across Scotland.

The brief from fire station chiefs pointed to issues across several stations where the existing appliance bay floor had started to break up.

On reviewing the floors Kemtile engineers found that in most cases the existing areas had been installed as an original tiled system, now some 20 years old, which had been recently overlaid using a thin layer of resin screed.

An in-depth floor investigation survey revealed that the resin screed had cracked and de-bonded from the old tile surface and that the tiled floor had, over time, collapsed in places under the weight of the fire appliances. Each of the fire appliances weighs around 23 tons when water loaded.

Before starting work Kemtile had to make that any refurbishment works would not interfere with normal operations at the fire station and that the job would be carried out with minimal airborne dust creation. Dust could have adversely affected life-saving equipment in the building.

Given the whole job was also taking place during a pandemic the Kemtile team had to work in its own social bubble and observe strict operating and health and welfare procedures to minimise the risk of infection among its own staff, as well as local station crews.

Kemtile recommended removing the existing old flooring system back to a structurally sound sub-base, then reinstating the floor by installing a new concrete base screed laid to falls and overlaying it with Stonhard's Stonclad GS heavy duty flooring system.

The Stonclad system is renowned for providing excellent abrasion, impact and chemical resistance, is hygienic and easy to clean and anti-slip, all essential considerations for a busy fire station, its equipment and personnel.

The full new flooring solution on the first fire station was completed on a phased basis over a 5-week period.

Kemtile's Contracts Manager, Dave Sleight, commented: "Every job has its own Construction Phase Plan which sets out the works in fine detail and identifies any possible issues prior to the works starting.

"This time there were also special considerations around carrying out essential works during a pandemic and keeping the fire station operational throughout, which made it particularly challenging."

He continued: "I am very proud of the way everyone involved adapted to the situation, both our install team and fire crews, which enabled us to deliver a first class, fit-for-purpose floor in just over a month."

Work has already started on the next station.

Recently incorporated into the Stonhard® Group family, Kemtile adds 40 years install expertise to Stonhard's product knowhow, making it one of the UK's most experienced hygienic flooring system specialists, offering the customers the ultimate single source solution.

11th January 2021

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