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Mapei smooths the way at Birmingham New Street

A complete system of Mapei products has been specified in the flooring build up of new public concourses within Birmingham's New Street Station.

A complete system of Mapei products has been specified in the flooring build up of new public concourses within Birmingham's New Street Station. The £600m redevelopment scheme will include a new concourse, exterior façade and entrances. On behalf of principal contractor Mace, 20,000m2 was prepared and new flooring installed. A series of Mapei systems were chosen to enable fast installation and provide a surface suitable for exceptionally high levels of foot traffic. Phase 1 refurbishment was completed in April 2013, with overall project completion in 2015, along with further Mapei specifications. Birmingham New Street is the busiest interchange station outside London, with an average of 31.2 million passenger entries and exits each year. Within service access and main station areas, approx. 500m2 of Mapei's resin and cementitious flooring products were laid: Mapei's two component, solvent free Primer SN provided a key for Ultratop Industrial - a fast setting, smoothing, high abrasion-resistant floor covering. The surface was then finished using Mapecoat I 600 W and Mapecoat I 620 W. Both epoxy finishing systems provide an opaque anti-dust and oil resistant surface, without altering the natural colour of the floor. The Mapecoat I 620 W was also used for the lift pits in RAL 3016. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, FeRFA member Prestec Ltd installed Mapei's chemical and abrasion-resistant Mapefloor I 350 SL, to create service tunnels for contractor access. "The station demanded hard wearing flooring capable of dealing with the 140,000 passengers every day; the owners Network Rail wanted a floor that kept within the vision and aesthetic qualities of a modern, vibrant station. Using a system of high quality Mapei products - ensured both criteria were met," commented Steve Price, Building Products Manager at Mapei UK Ltd.

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