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UltraFloor’s Level IT two triumphs in Kingston Hospital’s flooring renovation

LONG-STANDING UltraFloor customers, Specialist Flooring Group has used Level IT Two to install 800sq m of vinyl sheet flooring throughout Kingston Hospital.

In August 2023, work began on a much-needed extension to Kingston Hospital in Surrey. The project included installing new screeds, as well as working with the existing substrates in some areas.

The challenge
Kingston Hospital is an extremely busy building, operating 24 hours a day. With that in mind, it was crucial disruption was minimised and patients were kept as comfortable as possible during the renovations.

Healthcare environments are in constant use and so choosing subfloor preparation materials that would provide a super smooth and hardwearing finish was equally important.

With hospital staff moving beds, wheelchairs and equipment along the corridors, it was crucial the floors were completely level and devoid of lumps, bumps and trip hazards.

The solution
Says UltraFloor: ‘We have a long, successful history of providing subfloor preparation products to the healthcare sector. We were delighted to once again partner with flooring experts, Specialist Flooring Group, to complete an 800sq m project at this very busy Surrey hospital.’

To begin, the screeding division of Specialist Flooring Group installed a 75mm K Screed to the new areas of the hospital. Once complete, it handed over to the flooring arm of the business which primed the entire area with UltraFloor Prime IT Multi-surface Primer.

Continues UltraFloor: ‘Formulated to promote the adhesion to all UltraFloor smoothing underlayments, Prime IT Multi-surface Primer reduces pinholing, minimising the risk of costly failures. With a coverage rate of 200sq m at 3:1 dilution, Prime IT Multi-surface Primer is a must-have product for all flooring installation projects.

‘After Prime IT Multi-surface Primer had cured, Level IT Two was trowel applied to a depth of 3-5mm.

There are many reasons Level IT Two has become UltraFloor’s most popular floor leveller. Its exceptional flow characteristics make it a very easy material to apply to various subfloors in commercial and domestic flooring projects.

‘Level IT Two is protein-free, reducing the risk and spread of disease as the types of dangerous and contagious bacteria that thrive in protein are eliminated, and is low odour, providing a pleasant environment for both staff, contractors and recovering patients.

‘With a set time of 2.5 hours, Level IT Two can receive bonded floorcoverings after just eight hours, making it an ideal choice for projects with a tight deadline. What’s more, because Level IT Two is available as a two-component system, it takes the guesswork out of mixing, reducing site errors and guaranteeing a perfect application every time. Level IT Two created a beautifully smooth subfloor – the perfect preparation for the installation of the Polyflor Verona, Polyflor Palletone and Burmatex Osaka carpet tiles.’

On working with UltraFloor, Riley Goatham, project coordinator at Specialist Flooring Group, commented: ‘We have a great continuing relationship with Instarmac. We use UltraFloor materials as they are of a great standard, and we receive amazing technical support from the UltraFloor team. This ranges from site visits to having specifications provided to us for certain projects.

‘As always, the materials were great for this project. Level IT Two allowed us to use one levelling compound throughout, regardless of the substrate type, and provided us with a nice level floor to work with.’

The project began in August 2023 and finished in October 2023.
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