A great reception for hotel guests in Manchester

THE Abode Manchester is a luxury hotel situated in Manchester city centre, housed in a 19th century textile factory. The hotel has recently undergone a

number of improvements to both the reception and restaurant areas to continue to enhance the hotel’s facilities. This has included new flooring from Atkinson & Kirby in the hotel’s reception area. The flooring, supplied from the

New lease of life for National Waterways Museum

RUN by the Canal and River Trust, the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire is located on the canal docks where the northern end of the Shropshire Union Canal meets the Manchester Ship Canal. The museum offers visitors an insight into UK canals, rivers and waterways and their heritage. Interior designers BWD were contracted

to manage the design and build of the museum’s recent refurbishment project

specifying selected Polyflor’s Expona Flow PUR sheet vinyl flooring in Sun Bleached Oak for the museum’s reception area, shop and Waterside Café. Featuring wood grain detail for added

authenticity and subtle cool tones, the floorcovering complements the interior design scheme, improving the experience of visitors as soon as they enter the museum. Urgent flooring solution delivered in hours

A POPULAR city centre restaurant required a smart, durable surface installed in a matter of hours to ensure the business opened on time. The Cat’s Pyjamas, an Indian street food eatery in Leeds’ Eastgate district, required

a fully-refurbished floor that was capable of withstanding heavy footfall and offered optimum safety for customers and staff alike. With only a 12-hour window in the fit out schedule to apply the new surface, the system had to be fast-curing without compromise to its quality. To satisfy each vital requirement,

Frescrete, a specialist resin flooring contractor in conjunction with Sika, specified Sikafloor-300, a low-emission, cementitious floor-levelling compound which takes two hours to fully-cure and be capable of withstanding traffic. Once the floor system had been selected,

the challenge was to ensure it was installed and fit for purpose within the client’s 12-hour timeframe. Work involved applying Sikafloor-01, a high-performance dispersion primer to the existing slab,


covering an area of 150sq m. Sikafloor-300 Rapid Level was then

installed to an average 10mm thickness. As well as its quick curing time, the system is free of residues which reduce adhesion of dust, dirt, oil, fat and loose particles to create a smooth, blemish-free surface. Sikafloor-ProSeal, a solvent-based, clear

acrylic resin polymer solution, was then applied to give the surface a tough, watertight seal whilst satisfying the client’s preference to retain the cementitious- looking finish. The new floor was installed, as required,

in a matter of hours within the strict deadline. With the surface laid, the client was able to introduce furniture and kitchen equipment and welcome customers to the restaurant.

company’s Renaissance range in the shade of Marlborough, enhances the character and distinctive style of the reception area of the hotel. As an engineered product, durability was another key factor in the choice of the flooring for this high footfall area.

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