North Manchester Hospital

North Manchester General Hospital has recently undertaken the refurbishment of their busy Accident & Emergency department. In order to fulfil the exacting flooring requirements of this demanding environment, the hospital drew upon the proven results of ARDEX UK and flooring contractor, PCS Flooring of Formby, Merseyside, to ensure that the specific flooring needs could be met.

To commence the 1800m² project, the floor areas received ARDEX DPM 1 C One Coat Surface Damp Proof Membrane, which has been significantly proven throughout many commercial installations to deliver rapid and cost effective results. Developed for use as a one coat system, ARDEX DPM 1 C provides a membrane with high inherent strength and an excellent bond. It is easy to apply, fast curing and can accommodate Hygrometer readings up to 98% RH.

Following the application of ARDEX P 82 primer to the cured DPM, ARDEX K 11 Levelling and Smoothing Compound was applied to provide a smooth and flat surface. Developed for use from 1.5 and 10mm thickness, ARDEX K 11 is a cost effective solution for levelling and smoothing sub-floors such as cement/sand screeds, gypsum screeds and concrete. Fast track projects benefit from ARDEX K 11 as it is hard enough to walk on only 2½ hours after application and final floorcoverings such as vinyl, linoleum, carpet etc., can normally be applied the next day at 20°C. In addition, it can also be used with underfloor heating systems and is fully compatible with the comprehensive range of screeds, repair mortars, DPM’s and floorcovering adhesives from ARDEX.

To conclude, ARDEX AF 100 Pressure Sensitive Acrylic Flooring Adhesive was used to install the Polyflor floorcoverings. Specifically developed for the UK flooring market, ARDEX AF 100 is increasingly chosen by architects and contractors as the preferred adhesive for all types of PVC/Vinyl floorcoverings. Incorporating many user benefits, ARDEX AF 100 can be applied by trowel and then rolled to remove trowel serration marks, helping to deliver the best possible floor finish. ARDEX AF 100 also offers exceptionally high yield and low odour, making it ideal for use within hospital environments.

Mark Hughes of PCS Flooring commented, “It was essential that we provided a cost efficient, fast track solution for this refurbishment project. By using a total system solution from ARDEX, we had peace of mind from start to finish, and as expected, completed the installation to the total satisfaction of our client”.