Withstanding heavy traffic


A flooring refurbishment project at Gatwick has been carried out with the help of Mapei UK.

Gatwick Airport required a screed that could endure the high volume of footfall which it encounters daily. Mapei specified a screed containing their Topcem binder, also including Mapefibre NS12 polypropylene fibres, to replace the previous flooring in the North Terminal Departures.

Topcem, which carries an EC1 rating, produces an ideal screed to use prior to the installation of any flooring where rapid drying is required – allowing light foot traffic after just 12 hours, ensuring the airport experienced minimal disruption. Mapefibre NS12 helps to create a strong matrix within the screed which is more resistant to the stresses induced by the setting and hardening process. Once laid, the floor was left for 28 days before it was drop-hammer tested, where it received a Category A rating.

400 x 400 porcelain tiles and 600 x 300 conglomerate tiles were then laid with Mapei’s Granirapid– a rapid setting, high strength, flexible tile adhesive. The floor tiles were grouted with Mapei’s Ultracolour Plus Grout in the ‘Cement Grey’ shade.

With Gatwick’s moving annual total passenger numbers recently reaching over 41 million, the airport required an abrasion resistant flooring for some 400m2 of the baggage area floors. Mapei’s Ultratop Industrial was specified because of its excellent abrasion and wearing resistance to the high volume of traffic in the area. To prevent staining the Ultratop Industrial was sealed with one of the products from our Mapefloor range.