Resdev - kitchens
BODYHOLIDAY St Lucia, owned by Sunswept Resorts, is set on a secluded cove of white sandy beach at the edge of the Caribbean Sea and surrounded by tropical gardens and rainforest. It’s said to be the ultimate getaway for body and mind, recognised as one of the finest destination resorts and a centre of well-being.
With restaurants designed to satisfy every taste, the kitchens are one of the focal areas of the hotel and formed part of a recent $20m renovation, completed just in time for the property’s 30th anniversary. Covering an area in excess of 250sq m and subdivided into sections including an allergy kitchen, bringing these areas up to standard was an integral part of the refurbishment plan.
The project was completed by industrial flooring specialists Zircon Flooring, based in Yorkshire, who specified Pumadur products by Resdev as the solution to match the aesthetic and performance specifications for this prestigious project. These durable products, said to offer the perfect combination of impact, abrasion and chemical resistance, also yielded the application characteristics necessary for this tropical environment.
Durable food grade resin flooring systems were the obvious choice for this food preparation area, where resistance to steam cleaning and pressure washing processes was an essential performance requirement.
The team from Zircon Flooring began by removing the existing kitchen quarry tiles before diamond grinding and undertaking repairs to level the floor using Resdev Pumabulk. Movement joints were installed using Resdev’s Pumexpand P.
Pumadur RT was then applied to all areas. Pumadur RT is a resin-rich heavy duty, trowel applied polyurethane floor screed reportedly providing the highest order of durability, impact, abrasion and chemical resistance, with a lightly textured finish making the product suitable for both wet and dry processing environments. Said to be easier and quicker to apply than stiffer screeds, Pumadur RT is stable to steam cleaning and hot water exposure and is seamless, non-tainting and slip resistant.
Zircon Flooring also installed covings using Pumadur WR, a polyurethane wall render, coving and upstand system with a matt finish, designed for use with Pumadur polyurethane flooring systems to give what Resdev calls a totally seamless ‘box’ finish for high hygiene food processing. This work was completed with the application of a seal coat to the covings using Pumadur TF.
From the outset, this was a demanding task which would require skill, expertise and the correct product specification to ensure the optimum outcome. Temperature and humidity levels in St Lucia (36-40° during daylight hours) presented real challenges in terms of storing, installing and curing the products selected for the work.
Selecting a light, bright colour for the floor across all areas has reportedly created a pleasant working environment where light is optimised. In addition, carrying the same colour and finish throughout all the different areas of the kitchens is said to have added to the feeling of light and space in every room.
Resdev says the end result is a clean, fresh and practical flooring system, using resin flooring to its best advantages, and successfully transforming what was a tired and jaded food preparation area into a bright, airy space reflecting the calibre and high standard of the food served.