Industrial Flooring - Flowcrete
THE University of the West of Scotland’s (UWS) new £110m Lanarkshire campus has installed floors from Flowcrete UK that are said to convey the open, multifunctional and collaborative ethos of the site.
The new Lanarkshire facility, based in the Hamilton International Technology Park, was designed to be at the cutting-edge of sustainability while creating a vibrant and contemporary venue for learning, research and innovation.
Flowcrete UK provided the university with what’s described as colourful, fit-for-purpose surfaces that reflected the site’s energetic atmosphere.
Professor Craig Mahoney, principal and vice-chancellor of UWS, said: 'The opening of the UWS Lanarkshire campus is a momentous occasion in our university’s history and has been delivered on time and on budget - an extremely proud moment for everyone involved in the highly-ambitious project.'
A multicoloured flooring design made from multiple resin coatings was chosen so students walking through the front door would be greeted with a wide-open space broken up by large blocks of dappled light grey, dark grey, green and blue flooring.
Dr Gillian Thomson, UWS Lanarkshire project manager, said: 'Flowcrete provided sound and relevant advice during the design and installation period.
'The installation by Flowcrete has created more than a floorcovering – through the creative use of colour it gives an informal flow to the entry to the campus and has become a real feature in the UWS Lanarkshire Campus.'
To achieve this aesthetic, more than 1,000sq m of the decorative, methyl methacrylate system Flowfast Terrosso was applied. This ‘fast-curing flooring solution’ was used in Signal Grey and Dark Grey to cover most public-facing areas, particularly in the expansive atrium.
In addition, 350sq m of Flowfresh MF was also used in several bold colours, including Ochre, Dark Green and Dark Blue. This resulted in wide sections of flooring in complementary shades that are said to suit the location and reflected the campus’ interior design scheme.
Flowcrete says the seamless, durable nature of these resin solutions means they can be easily maintained and won’t deteriorate in the face of heavy foot traffic, impacts, frequent cleaning, spillages, scuffs, scrapes and wear.
While more commonly found within large-scale food and beverage facilities, the ‘robust polyurethane system Flowfresh MF was specified by UWS thanks to its colour, texture and impressive performance characteristics’.
To further enhance the floor, specialist sealers were used in certain parts of the site. For example, 350sq m of Flowseal UV (Pigmented) Matt was used to ensure the sunlight streaming in through the foyer’s floor-to-ceiling windows wouldn’t cause the coating’s colour to fade.
Safety was also reportedly an important consideration, especially as the large numbers of people moving around the campus could lead to rainwater and mud being walked into the building. To account for this, 350sq m of Flowseal PU Matt (Ultra) with anti-slip additives was used to increase the site’s safety levels.
Managing director of Flowcrete UK, Kevin Potter, said: 'This project was a real testament to our ability to provide floors able to overcome multiple demands, ranging from the aesthetic and functional through to longevity and safety concerns.
'Flowcrete UK’s wide range of flooring options combined with the versatility of our products ensures that we have the perfect solution for any environment. This was particularly well exemplified during this project by the use of a typically industrial system in order to achieve the look and texture required by the client'.