Kemtile was appointed the specialist hygienic flooring company of choice for Utopian Brewing’s first production facility.
Hexagon Ceramic Tiles, Resin wall coating, stainless steel drainage
The mid-Devon based start-up first met Kemtile in 2017. After discussing its project with the team, and then visiting other breweries where they'd installed flooring systems, Utopian Brewing called upon Kemtile to help bring its new brewery to life. Kemtile designed and installed 450m2 of Argelith hexagonal vitrified ceramic tiles using the unique Kagetec vibration fixed tiling system throughout the entire brewery area. This was complemented by two bespoke stainless-steel drainage channels, at some 15 metres in length, and 200m2 of Protectorseal fibreglass resin wall coating.
A real understanding of brewery requirements
"Right from the beginning, Kemtile showed an excellent understanding of brewery set up and requirements," explained Utopian founder and Managing Director, Richard Archer. "The team knew exactly where drainage would be required as well as the ongoing requirements of a busy production facility, both now, and as we grow in the future. As a start-up, this experience and expertise was invaluable and hugely important to us. Kemtile’s been installing hygienic floors and drainage for 40 years this year, and you can tell. It was clear from the start that Kemtile is far from just a flooring company. It adopted a consultative approach to our design, not just taking our brief and responding accordingly."
Do it once, do it well
Richard said "Everyone you speak to within the brewing industry tells you not to scrimp on your floor as it literally provides the foundation on which your brewery business is built. The quality of Kemtile’s floors and workmanship is obvious. This is why so many breweries choose them. It’s certainly why we did. Thanks to Kemtile’s flooring system, not only does our new brewery look great, but it also enables us to operate a safe and compliant workplace and production facility."
40 years ceramic flooring experience
Kemtile’s Richard Kay said: "We were delighted that Utopian Brewing chose us as their hygienic flooring partner for this project. We've earned ourselves an enviable reputation amongst the nation’s brewers as the go-to supplier when it comes to brewery flooring design and installation. It was great to lend our support to Utopian as they embark upon what promises to be an exciting and successful brewing journey."