This 800m2 project involved the design and construction of a new village hall in idyllically situated north Norfolk village of Thornham.
It is located around 2 hours from Cemex plant at New Costessey in Norwich which presented logistical challenges for Cemex due to the distance. Originally specified as cement: sand screed throughout, the project had fallen behind schedule so a solution was needed quickly.
The project was particularly challenging from a design perspective as the screed needed to be laid to a gradual fall; around 16mm over 7m, a feature which Gypsol screeds are not normally used for. It also needed to remain reasonably regular at the surface with no abrupt steps. The main contractors were however attracted to the speed and ability to force dry the screed thus potentially helping them to return the program to schedule.
Cemex also needed to overcome a number of other unique challenges. The screed installer had never used Gypsol screeds before. The time scales were very tight as the installation had to go ahead quickly. Nevertheless, they were convinced that Gypsol Classic was the right product for the job. They decided with the help of our technical team to try and make Gyspol Classic work for the project.
They called upon our technical expertise in order to deal with the design issues and to ensure that both the main contractor and the screed installer had the necessary information and support to be able to install the screed successfully. The challenges were accepted.
With the training complete the decision to use Gypsol Classic was finalized and the delivery arranged. The screeding was carried out in one continuous pour and any logistical difficulties overcome by ensuring the timing and truck availability were conducive to the success of the installation. Gypsol technical staff remained on site for the duration of the pour to ensure that expert support was available for all involved. The screeder achieved the necessary gradual fall in the screed by setting levelling tripods at intervals that followed the required profile and carefully pouring the screed to the set depths.
Once installed the underfloor heating was commissioned after 7 days in order to force dry the screed. The floor was subsequently covered using sheet vinyl and the project returned to the client on schedule and the hall opened by the Queen.
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