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Gatwick airport lays down challenge to flooring installers

Gatwick airport recently changed the flooring at its terminals to something that would be hard-wearing and easily maintainable for years to come.

The annual number of passengers at Gatwick airport is 41 million and this presented a challenge for the company in charge of the refurbishment of the terminal floors.

The installers were given the task of installing a floor that would be them extremely hard wearing. The airport also wanted the floors to be installed with the minimum disruption to passengers.

The North Terminal floor was created using a specialised scree called Topchem. This scree has rapid drying properties, meaning that people are able to walk on it within 12 hours of it being laid. The floor was left unfinished for 28 days then tested with a drop hammer. It received an A rating in the test which confirmed its hard-wearing qualities.

The final part of the installation was the laying of 400 x 400 porcelain tiles and 600 x 300 conglomerate tiles. These were fixed using a rapid setting tile adhesive.

The baggage area of the airport was fitted with ultra-abrasion resistant flooring and finished with stain resistant seal.

The new Gatwick floors are designed to last for many years.

When installing solid flooring in your Cheshire workplace, there are a number of hard wearing floor coverings available that ensure the floor will last for many years. The amount of footfall in the average office, warehouse or factory is minuscule in comparison with a major airport, but still needs to withstand the impact of many people walking on it.

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