Sika’s seamless, durable flooring system helped transform an empty storage area into a fully-operational TV studio and event space.

The building, owned by specialist fit-out and finishing contractor which is located in Wrotham, Kent. To facilitate the storage space’s renovation into a TV studio capable of hosting and broadcasting events, the company required a robust surface adept at withstanding foot traffic wear and tear. It also needed to allow for the smooth movement of heavy recording equipment.

This led to the specification of Sika ComfortFloor® PS-23, a seamless, resin-based system, which not only enhances user comfort and safety, its odourless, solvent-free properties contribute to a healthy indoor environment. In addition, its flat surface makes it quick and easy to clean, further contributing to occupants’ wellbeing.

The ComfortFloor® solution was installed across a 120m2 area incorporating a corridor and studio entrance. Initial work involved applying a layer of Sikafloor®-161 primer to the building’s concrete substrate. This was followed by a wear layer of Sikafloor®-330, before a top coat of Sikafloor®-305W. The smooth, durable yet comfortable and aesthetically pleasing finish was installed using a trowel, squeegee and spiked roller. The new flooring will also be used to showcase a range of Sika resins and ComfortFloor® finishes.

The Contracts Manager, said: “The new studio is designed for use by people from a range of industries. Therefore, it was vital the floor’s make-up ensured it enabled the highest durability, whist showing the studio in the best possible light. The Sika ComfortFloor® system was absolutely ideal for the task.”

The studio’s floor was installed over a three-day period The three-part Sika ComfortFloor® system’s rapid installation and impressive finish has helped put the smart new TV studio on sound footing.


Edgar Janoher has left his Spanish homeland to join Sika UK as an Area Technical Manager

Responsible for special project sales of concrete repair and carbon fibre strengthening solutions, Edgar held the same role at Sika Spain before deciding to relocate with his wife and young daughter.

His Area Technical Manager duties will involve promoting Sika’s refurbishment product range in in the Greater London area focusing on helping engineers and specifiers find the best concrete repair and structural strengthening systems for key projects.

In making the transition, Edgar has swapped the hustle and bustle of Barcelona for the more sedate streets of south London, which he now calls home.

He said: “Coming to England presents a huge opportunity for me and my family. It’s a huge challenge, but everything has gone well so far. We’re not missing the weather or the food just yet.”

Prior to joining Sika in 2015, Edgar worked as a quantity surveyor in his native country. He said his long-term plan is to remain in the UK.

“I want to demonstrate that I can make the move from Spain a success,” he said. “It’s also important for me to repay the faith Sika has shown in me. I can’t wait to get started and hopefully hit the ground running.”  

Sherwin-Williams wins HACCP vote of confidence for specialist flooring systems

Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings has been awarded an internationally-recognised food and beverage industry standard accreditation for a specialist range of flooring systems designed for manufacturing and processing plants across EMEA.

The Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) body has certified the company’s FasTop range of decorative flooring systems which can be adapted for diverse industrial and commercial uses.

HACCP operates a rigorous product certification scheme for equipment, materials and services used by food industry operators to ensure food is protected against any risk of contamination.

“When choosing these flooring systems from Sherwin-Williams, our customers in the food and beverage industry can be reassured they meet the globally-recognised requirements of HACCP covering the quality of our processes and products,“ said Jeremy Waterhouse, Flooring Product Manager, Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings.

The HACCP certification mark recognises that any food industry operator can buy equipment, materials and services confident that any potential food safety risk has been identified and appropriately reduced by the supplier. Applications for FasTop systems includes meat plants, breweries, dairies, commercial kitchens, pharmaceutical and chemical plant processing and heavy-duty plant and traffic areas. High-performance flooring systems from Sherwin-Williams are used in diverse industries including food and beverage, pharmaceutical, industrial, retail, commercial and aerospace offering non-taint, hard-wearing and decorative benefits; impact, slip, abrasion and thermal shock resistance; and chemical protection. For more information see the Sherwin-Williams website.

Machine operation made easy

The Preparation Group has introduced easy to read ‘How to Use’ cards onto its range of Shotblasters, Grinders, Planers, Scrapers, Dust Extractors and tools. The cards have clear, step by step pictorial instructions and include QR codes that when scanned with a mobile phone or tablet camera, take people directly to a video that shows switching the machine on, changing components and fitting accessories.

The company has spent the last few months producing a series of videos for its youtube channel that aim to simplify using its machines and highlight important Health and Safety features.

Says Tracey Glew, Group Managing Director, ‘Our Marketing and Technical personnel have been committed to leading the way in innovation and Health & Safety. The launch of our ‘How to’ initiative for The Preparation Group’s 110v equipment in the hire market has been a huge success and we have now rolled it out to all of our equipment including videos for our 3 phase machines. Our range is also SafeHire certified and we will continue to address key issues to ensure user confidence in a clean, safe operation and the health and safety of others where operations are being conducted.’

The full range of videos can be found on The Preparation Group’s youtube channel.