Two of our FeRFA members, Sika in conjunction with Zircon Flooring Limited has been shortlisted for a renowned industry accolade following an outstanding refurbishment of a London TV studio.

The project on behalf of international news broadcaster CNN is a finalist in this year’s Contract Flooring Journal/ Contract Flooring Association (CFJ/CFA) Awards. Its shortlisting is in the ‘Flooring in Industrial Spaces’ category.

For the refurbishment, Sikafloor supplied the high-quality flooring system – Sikafloor® MultiDur ES-24 ECF – that resulted in the studio being furnished with a super-flat, super-smooth waterproof surface to uphold operations at one of the world’s most-watched news services.

Bill Woodham at Sika, said: “This is extremely good news. The CFJ/CFA Awards are respected throughout the industry, therefore a ringing endorsement of the superb work carried out during the CNN project. This was a true joint effort, with Zircon making wonderful use of our high-performance flooring solutions.”

For the CNN studio floor refurbishment, Zircon’s challenge was to deliver a durable, resin-based anti-static floor with a tolerance of +/-1mm over a 3-metre straight edge, a reading which far exceeds the British Standard. Sikafloor’s system was more than capable of ensuring the required outcome was achieved. 

Despite encountering a number of logistical challenges at the BREEAM site, the floor installation was completed to the client’s one-month deadline. The project provided further evidence of Sika and Zircon’s collaborative ability to deliver quality, safe, durable flooring.

Bill Woodham at Sika, added: “This was an extremely high-profile project, and our excellent working relationship with Zircon Flooring was key to its success. To have been shortlisted among the finalists in this esteemed award is a great achievement.”


Sika ComfortFloor® Marble FX facilitates the creation of an array of structures and patterns to elevate commercial flooring to unprecedented aesthetic realms.

The PU coating system’s fine marble-like design is achieved through a newly-developed colouring method of the base material – Sikafloor®-3000 FX, resulting in a surface that meets the highest standards of comfort and resistance with exceptional style.

Simon Clark, Product Manager for Flooring, at Sika, said: “Sika ComfortFloor® Marble FX is further evidence of our success in creating PU coating solutions which look as good as they perform. In the development process, we ensured the system met the strictest emission requirements of various green labels. This will help protect the flooring’s installers and the building’s future occupants in terms of ecology, health and safety.”

Integral to the appearance of the Sika ComfortFloor® Marble FX system is the elegant, matt- look provided by its top coat, Sikafloor®-306 W. This not only provides the surface with an attractive finish, its seamless attributes make for an extremely easy and comprehensive clean. Sikafloor®-306 W is the result of the latest sealer development and is another extension of the Sika ComfortFloor® range. Its elastic properties allow it to withstand point loads, whilst good UV and yellowing resistance is among its other additional benefits.

With 72 standard colours available in its ComfortFloor® range, there is a spectrum of shades to suit whichever visual effect is required for a particular commercial environment. The majority of these colours are available within the system’s basecoat, Sikafloor®-3000 FX, for additional decorative flourish.

Simon added: “Sikafloor®-3000 FX is an exceptional addition to the commercial flooring market. It further increases the opportunity for businesses to install surfaces which enhance their brand and their building’s character as well as create a comfortable, clean and safe environment for staff and customers. Systems such as this require immense research and technical knowhow to develop. As innovators of more than 50 years’ experience in the global manufacture of building products to call upon, Sika was well-placed to supply this latest industry innovation.”


Brand new manufacturing and headquarters facility for John Lord Group

The John Lord Group has recently moved its headquarters into a brand new 25000 sq ft factory at the prestigious Park 66 development, at junction 2 of the M66 in Bury.


John L Lord & Son Ltd (the group founding company) has operated at its Ainsworth Road site in Bury since 1901, set up by John Lloyd Lord as a manufacturer and installer of chemical and abrasion resistant floor finishes and vessel linings. Today, the company employs the latest technology to address the same markets, now transferring its manufacturing and contracting business to the new site.


The existing site will be retained for new special projects, as part of ambitious plans for the business going forward.


Driven by sustained on-going growth, the new factory is significantly larger than the previous facility, enabling all manufacturing operations to be carried out under one roof. It will provide significantly more office space for streamlined administration, plus easy access from the motorway network.


The new site will also be the group headquarters, from where the group administration team will manage trading activities at both Bury locations as well as two sites in Nottingham.


Stephen Lord, Group Chairman and fourth generation of the family-owned business said: “As the fifth generation joins the business, we have ambitious plans for the future. This move puts us in a great position to go to the next level as an expanding group with a diversified platform of activities”


“Bury has always been an important part of our business and family history. That is why it was so important for us to find a facility here.”


John L Lord & Son Ltd.’s Managing Director Mark Hadfield said “We are committed to continuing to grow our business. We currently employ around sixty people, and this will increase with demand. Our management team will ensure that we build a skilled workforce through apprenticeships and vocational training”


“Our brand-new state of the art factory will improve operating efficiency, providing better service for our customers and a safer, more comfortable working environment for all of our employees.”