In 2014 Glasgow played host to the Commonwealth Games, Ryder Cup and celebrated the Year of Homecoming Scotland. Expecting in excess of 1.25 million guests over the summer period, it was announced that Glasgow International airport would benefit from a £17 million makeover to accommodate the sheer influx of guests to the city.
One of the most significant and comprehensive upgrades to the main terminal since it opened in 1966, the refurbishment works included the installation of a new floor to the Central Pier.
Contracted to manage the renovation of the 3000m2 pier floor was P Layden and Son, a flooring specialist providing a range of floors and fitting services to the Glaswegian area.
Richard Layden, at P Layden and Son, explains: “This was a particularly challenging job as the Central pier was part of the original build making the existing flooring almost 50 years old. When removing the old flooring we were faced with a number of different substrates, and it was essential that the chosen product could be used with confidence over all of these.
“We also had to work around the strict flying schedule at the airport. Work was to begin at 11pm each night as the last flight came in, and stop at 5am as the first plane of the day departed at 6am each morning. We needed to work at a fast pace.”
“Having previously worked with ARDEX on a number of projects I knew that they would be able to deliver products that could ensure the job was completed to the standard expected and within the time frame given.”
ARDEX UK is a system solution provider of high-performance speciality building materials, and the brand choice for installers and distributors throughout the construction industry.
ARDEX products specified for use on the redevelopment of the Central Pier included:
• ARDITEX NA – an ultra-rapid hardening latex sub-floor levelling and smoothing compound. It reduces the need for intensive preparation and priming, saving the contractors working on the project crucial time. It is able to receive floorcoverings after only 4 hours, and is suitable for use over old adhesive residues, this is essential for projects like the Central Pier as the existing residues did not need to be mechanically removed, saving time on this project.
• ARDEX A 45 – a rapid drying repair mortar, with its rapid dry technology A 45 can be walked on and receive the next stage of the flooring installation in as little as 90 minutes. ARDEX A 45 was used for making good on several areas of the floor where deep fill repairs were needed.
In conclusion, Andy Reid, National Business Development Manager at ARDEX UK, comments: “When met with this brief Richard was confident that ARDEX would be able to deliver products that could accommodate the demanding requirements of the project. Having worked with our products on a number of projects such as Bellahouston sports centre the team knew that if they were going to deliver an exceptionally finished floor from 6 weeks of night shifts it was the fast levelling and smoothing compound ARDITEX NA and rapid repair mortar ARDEX A 45 that they needed.”