Bostik helps steer hospital project through COVID-19 lockdown

Technical advice and sub-floor preparation products and adhesives enable progress of new hospital building

Flooring products from Bostik have been used in the new ward block at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

Bostik has provided advice and flooring products to enable the development of a new 3,600sq m ward block at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

The unit will treat high-dependency patients and stroke victims across two of its three floors, with the other acting as an acute medical unit (AMU).

Nationwide Flooring Contracts was employed by MTX Contracts to install safety vinyl and anti-static flooring throughout the building.

And, with time at a premium, and many companies operating with reduced capacity, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nationwide Flooring Contracts turned to Bostik for product recommendations and technical advice.

Once contacted, Bostik’s technical team visited the site at short notice, carrying out moisture testing on the subfloors of the modular building while adhering to government guidelines on social distancing.

The team then compiled a report that outlined a methodology and system of products for how best to tackle the job.

Based on these recommendations, Nationwide Flooring Contracts installed the floor coverings using a variety of Bostik products, each meeting the specific demands of the project.

Products used in the project included Bostik Roll, a solvent-free reinforced adhesive tape; Screedmaster Flex, which is designed for use where vibrations can be problematic; and Screedmaster Flow, which is designed for biologically-sensitive areas and has a low odour, making it popular in occupied buildings

To suppress the residual moisture in the subfloor, Nationwide used Screedmaster One Coat Membrane with Screedmaster One Coat Accelerator, Bostik’s single-component additive for speeding up the cure rate of One Coat Membrane.

This ensured that the surface membrane would cure overnight, allowing the project to continue the next morning without delay.

Nationwide primed most of the subfloors using Bostik Universal Primer, before applying the high-flow, easy-trowelling Screedmaster Flow smoothing compound.

As Screedmaster Flow is totally protein and casein free, it's suitable for use in biologically-sensitive areas, while the low-odour formulation also makes it ideal for use in occupied buildings.

For areas likely to be affected by large medical equipment nearby, Bostik supplied its Screedmaster Epoxy Primer and fibre-reinforced Screedmaster Flex smoothing compound, which is specially designed for use where vibration and minimal thermal movement can be problematic.

For the skirting in the ward block, Nationwide used Bostik Roll, the company’s solvent-free, reinforced adhesive tape. As Bostik Roll is dry, there is no curing time required, making it perfect for time-sensitive projects. The fact that it is solvent-free also means it is ideal for healthcare applications, since there is less impact on building occupants.

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