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FIRST DIRECT ARENA A full system of Bostik subfloor preparation products, including Screedmaster Ultimate smoothing compound, has been specified by Soper Group for a high profile new arena in Leeds.

The First Direct arena is a new 13,500 capacity entertainment arena, and the first of its kind for the city. Leeds had previously been the largest city in the UK without a venue of this type, and the new £60million building is set to host a range of high profile events, such as musicians Bruce Springsteen and Elton John, comedian Miranda Hart and Cirque du Soleil.

Hull-based Soper Group were contracted to fit flooring in the catering and commercial areas, which are spread over four floors and cover around 1,100m2

. With the high level of foot

traffic anticipated and a strict timescale to meet, Soper Group required durable, reliable products that could be fitted quickly to a high standard.

This led them to select subfloor preparation products from Bostik - Screedmaster One Coat Membrane, Screedmaster Universal Primer and Screedmaster Ultimate smoothing compound. This meant that Soper Group could be sure of product quality and compatibility, and had a single point of contact for technical support.


Career Academies UK is urging flooring contractors to take advantage of bright A level students who lack the financial means, but not the aptitude, to go to university.

Latest research has found that 38% of students are concerned that they may be unable to afford to pay the fees, and 26% are deterred from going to university by the fear of a lack of jobs on graduation.

The research, which was done among students still expecting their A and AS,

Backed by a detailed survey and specification from Bostik technical staff, the system of products helped Soper Group to complete the installation within the timescale and to the high standards of client, SMG Europe.

David Armstrong of Soper Group commented: “The First Direct arena is a real prestige-project for Leeds, and demanded a very high standard of work to be delivered right on time. Our confidence in selecting a system of Bostik products was backed by the full technical support we received in surveying and specification.”

“The installation went smoothly and within deadline, resulting in satisfaction for the client and peace of mind for Soper Group, knowing that we had achieved a highly professional job to some high-pressure timescales.”

comes from Career Academies UK, a business-led charity that helps young people bridge the gap between school and work, by giving them access to real experience of the working world. Similar research conducted in January by Career Academies UK showed only 13% thought that going to university was worth £9,000 per year.

Whatever path they plan to take, an overwhelming 83% of 17–19 year olds that have been through a work experience programme say they are optimistic about their futures, underlining the confidence they derive from active support, enhanced careers guidance and

Bostik Screedmaster Ultimate smoothing compound is ideal for the levelling and smoothing of sound, uneven floors prior to laying decorative floor coverings. It is low odour and high strength, with its formula recently improved to offer an even higher standard of flow characteristics. Screedmaster Universal Primer is a water-based, solvent-free, acrylic dispersion primer, for use with the full range of Screedmaster smoothing compounds. Bostik Screedmaster One Coat Membrane protects adhesives, floor coverings and smoothing compounds from residual moisture, and is ideal for use with the type of power floated concrete slab found at the Leeds First Direct Arena.

paid internships. Over 95% of those who aspire to attend university go into a full- time job or take up work-based learning, such as apprenticeships.

David Walker, Policy Director at Career Academies UK, said: "Flooring specialists have a real opportunity here. Instead of seeing a 19 year old job applicant as unwilling or unqualified to go to university, flooring contractors looking to recruit should see them as enthusiastic, ‘can do’ prospects, blessed with aptitude, enthusiasm and the attitude that helps build businesses”. 07

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