UZIN products were used to install the new floors at Joseph Swan Academy, Gateshead after the school was damaged by a flash flood in June. The entire ground floor had to be renovated including 25 class rooms, corridors and the sports hall. FPL Flooring, the flooring sub-contractor chose UZIN products due to their fail safe installation systems and low emission products which are required by schools. The main factor though was speed, as the project had to be completed during the summer holiday so the school could be reopened for the start of the new term.
FPL Flooring only had nine weeks to remove, repair and dry out the damaged floor before installing the new floor coverings. Even though the drying process took 3 weeks, FPL Flooring was still able to complete the flooring installation on time using UZIN L3 Gold Moisture Control system. Due to regulations regarding duty of care and allergies to latex, the system was ideal for use in the academy because the products are ammonia and latex free. This rapid system also saved the school time and money on labour costs.
FPL Flooring just had to prime the floor with one coat of UZIN L3 Gold System Primer which dries within 1 hour and then apply the UZIN L3 Gold Moisture Control levelling compound which is used in areas of high moisture, up to 90 per cent RH. The rapid UZIN L3 Gold Moisture Control levelling compound is ready to accept most floor coverings within two hours, meaning the installation of the smoothing compound across the entire site was competed as quickly as possible. UZIN KE 2428 adhesive and UZIN U 2100 were then used to install the vinyl floor covering and carpet tiles.
Allan Fuller, Head Teacher commented, ?On Friday 29th June I walked through the devastation wrought by thousands of gallons of contaminated flood water and never imagined we would be able to open in the first week of September. Then again on 5th August we were flooded once more to a lesser extent but heart breaking for the contractors who has worked so hard to put the school right. The new flooring and all associated materials such as screeding have brought the school back to life, breathed new life into tired corridors and worn out classroom carpets. The finish and look of the flooring materials are first class and I can testify to their durability and style. A huge thank you from everyone at Joseph Swan Academy.??