The Blue Sea Food Company
The Blue Sea Food Company - which owns the leading Devon Crab brand - cooks crab caught from waters around the British Isles before carefully picking and gently pasteurizing the meat. It is then distributed across the UK and Europe for sale via an extensive wholesaler network.
The Blue Sea Food Company approached Kemtile to provide a suitable flooring solution for an existing building that had been badly damaged by a fire in 2009. This is the second project the leading hygienic flooring and drainage installer has completed for The Blue Sea Food Company - following a similar installation at their adjacent factory five years ago.
What we did
Initially the customer had intended to use a heavy-duty polyurethane resin floor similar to what was installed in the unit prior to the fire. However, when Kemtile surveyed the fire-damaged slab, it recommended the Kagetec system was used to avoid any issues of “reflective” cracking of the resin layer if the slab was to move in the future. When installed as an “isolating” floor, the Kagetec system "floats" above the structural slab allowing it to move. This means any future cracking is isolated and isn’t transferred to the surface of the new floor finish.
Kemtile installed some 600m2 of the Kagetec BS vibration ceramic floor tiling system alongside 20metres of stainless steel drainage channels, gullies and manhole covers and frames from Wiedemann-Technik. Tiles were installed using the Kagetec BS system – utilising the ultrasonic vibration technique, which eliminates any air voids under the tiles making for a very robust and long-lasting flooring system.
The hexagonal design of the tiles means that complex “falls” and bay designs can be accommodated, which isn’t possible when using square or rectangular tiles. And as Argelith tiles are pressed rather than extruded they fit together exactly – leaving a small 2mm gap around each. A low viscosity epoxy grout is then applied to provide a hygienic and very attractive flooring system ideal for most food related installations.
New stainless-steel drainage channels, gullies and manhole covers were supplied and installed as part of the overall project. All of which were linked to - or built into - the existing underground pipework system. The majority of the stainless-steel channels were bespoke for the project and Kemtile advised on the design and location of these in order to achieve optimum drainage performance.
The Blue Sea Food Company’s Trevor Bartlett said: “In order to concentrate our production on these two adjacent sites, it was essential that we found a company that could provide a guaranteed flooring solution, which didn’t require the excavation of the existing concrete floor slab.
“When we first spoke to Kemtile we were converting the adjacent unit and the team specified the Kagetec system as an isolating floor. Our initial concerns were overcome by a visit to a nearby factory in Newton Abbott, where the same system had been installed some 10 years earlier. We were won over there and then and we all absolutely love the tiles. It really is one of the best food grade flooring solutions you could choose.
“As we already had a strong working relationship with Kemtile and trusted its approach, product quality and installation experience, the team there was a welcome addition to ours at this very exciting time.”
Kemtile’s David Priest said: “This is the second project that we’ve completed for The Blue Sea Food Company and we were delighted to help get their facility back up and running with a flooring and drainage solutions that ticked all the boxes from a technical and hygiene point of view. “Cracking in the structural slab caused by the fire provided us with a challenge but the Kagetec system overcame this without a problem. We wish Trevor and his team at The Blue Sea Food Company every success for the future.”