De Fazio Commercial Tiling has recently completed the tiling of all common areas at The Emporium, a premium retail space in the heart of Melbourne CBD. The overall project took three years to complete with the tiling taking twelve months.


Ardex Australia supplied a complete system for the tiling installation including waterproofing, adhesive and grouting products to all public areas. The tiling covered an enormous area of more than 21,000 m2.


ARDEX S16 Rapid Hardening and Rapid Drying Tile and Natural Stone Adhesive, the main tiling product used, was chosen for its rapid drying and reduced risk of water-staining. Early access to the tiled area was viable which helped to fast track the installation. Ardex A38 rapid set cement screed was also supplied. It produces a screed that improves onsite efficiencies by allowing traffic shortly after application and the laying of the floor covering on the same day.

The project presented a number of challenges with much time spent on-site assessing the various areas for tiling and undertaking quality assurance for the Ardex system. Tiling was specified above 2.7 metres which required particular attention and utilised the Ardex WA100 epoxy.

The central CBD location made deliveries more challenging with Ardex having to adhere to very exact delivery times. The centre contains 225 stores over five levels so product had to be distributed throughout the entire centre. “Ardex Australia was thrilled to be involved with the overhaul of such an iconic building,” explained Fabian Morgan, Sales and Marketing Director, Ardex Australia. “The project demonstrated the scope of Ardex tiling products and combined with quality and skilled workmanship, has achieved an outstanding result.”


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