Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

F. Ball’s Stopgap 700 Superflex levelling compound steals the show at Regent’s Park

Designed for use over flexible subfloors, Stopgap 700 Superflex levelling compound and Styccobond F3 flooring adhesive have helped to create a show-stopping floor finish in the Regent’s Park Rehearsal Studios, a new stand-alone rehearsal facility for the award-winning Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in London.

Flooring contractors were hired to prepare the subfloors and install floorcoverings in Studios 1, 3 and 4 at the facility.

Studio 1 is the largest of the Regent’s Park Rehearsal Studios, measuring 140m2. The raised plywood subfloor was firstly primed using Stopgap P131 primer, which is designed for use over absorbent surfaces to promote adhesion and to prevent rapid drying of adhesives and levelling compounds. Without such a primer, unacceptably fast drying can weaken the levelling compound and lead to floor failure.

Since the studio would face heavy footfall from rehearsing actors and dancers, contractors selected Stopgap 700 Superflex as their levelling compound, which was applied at a thickness of 3mm prior to installation of vinyl dance floor coverings.

Studios 3 and 4 are used for smaller-scale rehearsals or as office spaces, divided by a retractable soundproof wall that can open to create one larger space measuring 28m2. Following the application of Stopgap P131 primer and Stopgap 700 Superflex levelling compound, contractors opted for Styccobond F3 flooring adhesive to install cork rubber tiles over the timber subfloor.

Commenting on the project, CS Flooring director, Chris Slater, said: “F. Ball is one of our go-to brands because you can always trust in their products. Our technical representative was very helpful in recommending which products to use, especially when deliberating which adhesive would work best with the cork rubber floorcoverings. For such a high-profile theatre, we were very pleased with the standard of the studio floor finishes.”