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Adhesive system connects surfaces at BT’s new global headquarters

AN extensive porcelain installation, at BT’s new global headquarters, has recently been completed by Stone & Ceramic using a Mapei system. The project – at One Braham in Aldgate, East London – featured Solus terrazzo, terrazzo-effect flooring and porcelain tiles throughout the reception area, stairs, landings and lift lobbies.

It was completed for main contractor, ISG. Designed by architects, ID:SR Sheppard Robson, One Braham has been created to ‘embrace agile working, with wellness woven throughout the design’.
The flagship location is part of BT’s Better Workplace Programme to provide future fit, high-tech workspaces; it houses a workforce of about 3,500 employees, providing flexible workspace, collaboration areas and event spaces, and a ground floor café which is open to the general public.
The stunning terrazzo-effect floor spanned the 800sq m ground floor reception area, 15 stair levels, treads, landings and a further 100sq m client check-in area.

Says the company: ‘Stone & Ceramic used Mapei Mapeguard UM 35 – a waterproofing, uncoupling and anti-fracture membrane – throughout the floor areas. Tiles were installed with Mapei’s Keraquick XL Fibrelite adhesive – a fibre-reinforced high yield cement-based rapid setting adhesive – and Kerapoxy Adhesive – a two-component epoxy resin based adhesive – was used to bond tiles to metal staircases.

‘The lift lobby areas were finished with a large format Solus porcelain design; Stone & Ceramic installed the 1,200x600mm tiles with Mapei’s Ultralite S2 adhesive – a one-component, high-performance, highly-deformable, lightweight cementitious adhesive. The installation was completed with Mapei Ultracolor Plus polymer-modified grout.

‘The quick-setting and drying formulation promoted a fast-track installation and provided numerous performance benefits, including an anti-efflorescent formulation, water-repellent DropEffect and mould-resistant BioBlock technologies.’

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