National Gallery, Trafalgar Square

ARDEX UK teamed up with Specialist Screeding Solutions Ltd to supply their high quality flooring products for a refurbishment project at the world famous National Gallery. Situated in Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery houses the national collection of Western European painting from around 1250 onwards. There are over 2300 paintings on display, including masterpieces from Reubens, Van Gogh, Constable, Leonardo Da Vinci, Monet, Rembrandt and many, many more.

The 500m² project involved the refurbishment of the five Lower Galleries. To commence, the existing uneven sub-floor received an application of ARDEX’s advanced levelling compound, ARDEX K 15-B, which has been specifically designed for thicker levelling applications from 5mm to 35mm. ARDEX K 15-B is perfect for use in installations where a fast track solution is required, as it incorporates the unique ARDEX Rapidry Formula technology, which ensures rapid drying and hardening. This resulted in a floor that was hard enough to walk on just 2 hours after application.

A 50mm layer of unbonded ARDEX A 35 rapid drying and hardening cement/sand screed was then applied to provide a flat, hard surface and again due to the ARDEX Rapidry Formula, the surface was ready to be walked on in just 3 hours, with final floorcoverings being fixed just 24 hours after application.

George Martineau of Specialist Screeding Solutions commented, “ARDEX products have been developed to offer premium performance with total reliability. We were confident that we could complete each stage of the refurbishment at the National Gallery on schedule, ensuring that the opening date for the Lower Galleries was met without compromise”.