Occasionally construction projects throw up challenges which can delay things.
In this case the project, a 50 bedroom care home, was to be built on the site of an old malting house which was to be demolished. Shortly after demolition commenced asbestos was found and the risk to health and safety dictated that work ceased pending the appointment of a specialist to safely remove the asbestos. Ground contamination was also an issue which needed to be dealt with but the project was finally completed in late 2014 after site delays and construction challenges delayed the commencement of construction for some 2 years.
The main contractor, a large local construction company with many years’ experience of building bespoke care homes throughout the UK has successfully used flowing screeds in their projects for over a decade. This project was to be no exception and there were a few special requirements for the screed which the main contractor needed advice on before finalizing the specification.
The screed was to be placed on insulation at both ground and first floor underfloor heating systems. It needed to be as thin as possible as head room was tight. It needed to be installed quickly because, in common with all such projects, time scales were tight. Finally it needed to offer a rapid drying time to allow completion of floor coverings.
Our advice was that Gypsol Classic would be the most appropriate and cost effective solution to meet all of the specified requirements. An NBS specification was completed by our Technical and Specifications manager and once approved by the architect screeding commenced.
Once installed, the screed was dried using the underfloor heating as a means of force drying the screed accompanied by dehumidifiers to remove the moisture from the air above the screed thus ensuring good drying conditions and a rapidly completed drying phase.
The floors were in general carpeted but kitchens and bathrooms along with some of the communal areas were laid to vinyl over a gypsum based smoothing compound where appropriate.
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