Glenfield Hospital, Leicester

F. Ball supports key workers at Leicester hospital

Products donated by F. Ball and Co. Ltd. have been used to help support the wellbeing of NHS staff at a hospital in Leicester during the coronavirus pandemic.

Stopgap 1200 Pro levelling compound was used to create a base for new floorcoverings as part of ‘The Secret Garden’, a charitable restoration project at Glenfield Hospital, part of University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. This involved the transformation of a disused Victorian walled garden and outbuilding to create a calming space, incorporating a café, for hospital staff caring for patients with Covid-19.

Flooring contractors supported the project by undertaking the refurbishment of the outbuilding’s 69m2 floor.

Work commenced with the removal of heavily stained carpet tiles and a small area of vinyl tiles. To ensure the subfloor was the same level throughout the building, it was necessary to flatten a high point, which had been created by the removal of an internal wall, by mechanical means.

After ensuring that the subfloor was sufficiently sound, dry and free of contamination, contractors proceeded to apply Stopgap 1200 Pro levelling compound to the floor at a thickness of 3mm.

Finally, Polyflor Polysafe QuickLay PUR loose-lay vinyl sheet was installed, with joints welded and a silicone sealant used to affix the floorcovering to skirting boards.

Commenting on the project, Gavin Hempenstall, Contracts Manager at W. Blackburn & Son, said: “We use F. Ball’s Stopgap 1200 Pro for the majority of our jobs, and it was particularly useful for this one. The hospital wanted the café to be ready for VE Day celebrations, and the product’s ability to be used straight over old adhesive residues, without the need to prime, allowed for work to be completed in time.”