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Situation:

80-100 Victoria Street is a landmark commercial building sitting in the renowned Cardinal Place Development. As one of the most recognisable sites in Victoria, it provides high quality office accommodation and is currently occupied by brands including Microsoft and EDF Energy.
Refurbishments were recently completed on several areas of the building, with the project including some 1600m2 of newly installed floor tiles on the ground and first floor lobby areas. Andrew Reid, National Business Development Manager for ARDEX, provided the specification for the project. “The sheer size of the tiles presented a real challenge, and a system was required that would not only help Quadrant during installation, but would provide the client with a long-term crack-free finish,” Reid explained.

Challenges:

Working with the large format tiles, each slab measured 2500 mm long by 1000 mm wide by 6 mm deep, presented a significant challenge to the installation team.

Used Products

ARDITEX NA

Ultra Rapid Setting Latex Subfloor Levelling and Smoothing Compound

ARDEX X 7001

Flexible Rapid Drying Pourable Floor Tile Adhesive

ARDEX FLEX FS

Flexible Tile Grout

ARDEX ST

Neutral Cure Elastic Silicone Sealant

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Solution:

The specification recommended a system that maximised the contact between the adhesive bed and the tile, and ultimately facilitated solid
bed fixing (SBF). With large format tiles, and particularly tiles of this size, SBF is imperative. Failure to achieve this can often result with cracks in spots where the tile isn’t fully supported by the adhesive.
Sam Frith, Creative Director at Pentagon Tiles, worked closely with Reid on the specification. Speaking about his experience with ARDEX, he said, “Working with Andy on this project has been a pleasure, and he gave first class technical advice and customer service at every stage. The overall experience of working with ARDEX on projects of this scale continues to be excellent… Victoria Street is unique due to the large volume of porcelain slabs installed, making it one of the largest projects of its kind. We would not have been able to complete it without the support and advice of ARDEX.”

Participants:

Installers:
Collins Construction
Quadrant
General Contractor:
Pentagon Tile

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