Riverside Hospital, Brentford

F. Ball supports major hospital refurbishment

High performance products have been used to install safe and hygienic flooring in a London hospital as part of a major refurbishment.

Situated over two floors of a repurposed office block, Riverside Hospital, in Brentford, Middlesex, incorporates two operating theatres, 14 en-suite patient bedrooms, and clinical rooms for consultation, diagnostics and screening, for a range of specialisms. Flooring Contractors were commissioned to install vinyl sheet throughout the hospital, a total area of 1,845m2.

Work on the ground floor commenced with the uplifting of existing vinyl floorcoverings and the scabbling and cleaning of the concrete substrate to remove the majority of old adhesive residues.

To provide a perfectly smooth base for the new floorcoverings, contractors applied Stopgap 1200 Pro high performance smoothing underlayment at a depth of 3-5mm throughout the ground floor. Its protein-free formulation makes it suitable for use in clinical and biologically sensitive areas, such as hospitals.

Once cured, contractors proceeded to install vinyl sheet floorcoverings throughout the 1050m2 floor in clinical rooms and corridors, using Styccobond F46 adhesive. The floorcoverings were then laid into the adhesive after it had dried to a firm tack.

On the first floor, where a plywood subfloor had been installed, contractors used the same floorcoverings but selected Stopgap 700 Superflex fibre-reinforced, flexible levelling compound to prepare the 795m2 subfloor. They first primed the surface using Stopgap P131 primer.

Throughout the building, capping and coving was installed to meet clinical regulations using Styccobond F60 contact adhesive. The instant bond formed by the adhesive means that it is suitable for securing vertical flooring accessories, and its ability to withstand wet cleaning makes it particularly suitable for use in environments subject to extensive cleaning.

Commenting on the project, Tom Parke, Director at RSW Projects Ltd., said: “Riverside Hospital was a substantial project, so we used F. Ball products because we know we can rely on them to produce the best results. The products were easy to use and helped us to create a visually attractive installation that will stand up to many years of wear.”

Riverside Hospital Brentford Refurb