Spire Hospital, Nottingham

F. Ball prescribes a range of products for hospital floor

High performance products from F. Ball and Co. Ltd. including Stopgap F78 waterproof surface membrane, Stopgap 300 smoothing underlayment and Styccobond F44 acrylic adhesive were used to install 6,500m2 of vinyl flooring at the Spire Hospital in Tollerton, Nottingham.

AJ Floorcraft of Derby, were subcontracted to install flooring throughout the hospital, which had been newly built. Prior to the installation of a smoothing underlayment, the subfloor was mechanically cleaned to remove impurities and two coats of Stopgap F78 one component, rapid drying waterproof surface membrane were applied. Stopgap F78 impedes the passage of residual construction moisture from affecting subsequent floorcovering installations, allowing early installation of floorcoverings in fast track building programmes.

Contractors from AJ Floorcraft then applied Stopgap 300 HD heavy-duty smoothing underlayment to the hospital floor. Stopgap 300 HD is a fast drying self-levelling smoothing underlayment suitable for use in light to heavy-duty areas, for preparing sound absorbent and non-absorbent subfloors prior to the installation of new floorcoverings.

Stopgap 300 HD was particularly suitable for this flooring installation as it is designed for use in areas subject to heavy loads and/or high levels of foot traffic, including hospital floors which commonly have to withstand heavy equipment and a large volume of patients each day.

Finally, Styccobond F44 acrylic adhesive was used to secure the vinyl floorcoverings. Styccobond F44 is a solvent free acrylic emulsion adhesive, which is designed to give a high bond strength, strong initial tack and a long open time. It is protected against bio-degradation and is suitable for use over normal underfloor heating installations.

Commenting on the project, Paul Jackson of AJ Floorcraft said: “I use F. Ball products on every job that I do and I can always depend on them to get the job done. The F. Ball representative was really helpful in aiding us to create a clinically clean and attractive floor in time for the hospital opening, using solely F. Ball products.”

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