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Archaeological challenges overcome at new Westin London City

MAPEI and Middlesex Flooring recently completed a surface project at The Westin London City, the brand’s first Westin Hotels & Resorts in the UK and part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio. Designed by Architects Dexter Moren Associates, The Westin London City is a five-star hotel offering guests a sanctuary to escape from city life. The hotel features 222 luxurious guest rooms and a range of brand signature facilities.

Mapei and Middlesex Flooring worked together to complete the resilient and carpet installation throughout corridors and walkways, for main contractor Vascroft Contractors.

Situated opposite the Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, on the North Bank of the River Thames, the10-storey Westin London City is on the site of the redeveloped Queensbridge House Hotel. The construction site included three plots of land separated by active roads, with a bridged section of the building crossing multiple lanes of busy vehicle traffic.

Works included creating a public walkway on the north side of the river and demolishing and transforming an existing office building. Vascroft Contractors’ project team overcame a multitude of challenges from the preservation of Roman archaeological ruins to innovative methods of construction to create the interior designer’s vision – in order to deliver the impeccably designed hotel.

During the project, Mapei assisted with regular site visits and moisture testing, while Middlesex Flooring investing in specific FITA training for its floorlaying team. The Mapei specification included a full resilient system. Mapei describes it as such: ‘ECO PRIM T Plus – a solvent-free low odour all-purpose primer used to improve the adhesion of smooth compounds; Ultraplan Renovation Screed 3240 – a fibre-reinforced self-levelling compound – followed by installation of Ultrabond Eco Fix solvent-free, pressure-sensitive, multi-purpose adhesive and Ultrabond Eco TX3 – a wet-grab adhesive with early build-up of strength, designed for textile and linoleum floorcoverings. Middlesex Flooring was appointed the flooring contractor to install Ege Carpet on Duralay Durafit 650 underlay.’

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