Happy Birthday to us!
This year sees FeRFA celebrate 50 years as the voice of the resin flooring industry.
The Association came into being in May 1969 as the Federation of Epoxy Resin Formulators and Applicators. After dropping the “Epoxy” in 1980, the name was finally changed to FeRFA in January 1996.
FeRFA currently has over 130 members comprised of manufacturers, contractors and associates and this year we will be very proud to see us pass the 140 mark for graduating NVQ L2 apprentices.
This year we were delighted to welcome to the stage 6 of the 9 graduates who completed their apprenticeships this year. Each apprentice was presented with a NVQ2 certificate by David Rowlands of CITB, who was joined by FeRFA CEO Mark Spowage and FeRFA Trainer Jack Longden. Graduating apprentices were from Britannia Industrial Flooring, MJF Specialist Flooring, TPS360 Ltd, Page Industrial Coatings and Reprotec UK.
BEST PRACTICE AWARD WINNERS 2019
WINNER – SMALL INDUSTRIAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR
SPONSORED BY STALLARD KANE ASSOCIATES
EAST COAST FLOORING & REMMERS UK
Project: Cambridge Medical Robotics
The ESD protection area for robot construction and storage had a high degree of technical requirement as well as requiring a close on-site partnership between manufacturer and installer. This highly technical installation combined with the conversion of a soft flooring specification to seamless resin flooring demonstrates how a collaborative and innovative approach to resin flooring can benefit the marketplace and designers alike.
Products: Remmers ESD 3K (FeRFA Type 5) & Remmers PU Deco Color with PUR Aqua Color Top M (FeRFA Type 5)
WINNER – LARGE INDUSTRIAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR
SPONSORED BY ACO BUILDING DRAINAGE
IRL GROUP & REMMERS
Project: RAF New Aircraft Hangar – Project Anvil
The scope of the work was to prepare and apply a resin flooring system with associated demarcation lines to an area of 8300 m2. EpoxyFlex PH has a good resistance to fuel, oil and lubricants and offers spillage protection from Skydrol hydraulic fluid. In addition, the specification was to colour-match the existing demarcation colours as installed in another building. A high-build epoxy coating was chosen for its suitability for use within an aerospace environment, particularly hangar flooring. The professional installation was none shedding and did not cause concerns in Foreign Object Debris sensitive areas of operation.
Products: Remmers Epoxy MT100, Epoxy BS 3000 & Epoxy Flex PH (FeRFA Type 3)
Project size: 8,300 m2
WINNER – SMALL COMMERCIAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR
SPONSORED BY COBRA INSURANCE BROKERS
SURTECH & ALTRO
Project: Nando’s, Addlestone
The flooring needed to represent the Nando’s brand in terms of aesthetics and also be functional with regards to hygiene and slip resistance. Over 400 linear meters of brass trim had to be measured, cut and formed on site to ensure the geometric pattern from the walls was maintained on the floor. The resin was then installed, and carefully ground and polished to reveal the beautiful design. In addition to this, tabletops, worktops, wall panels and splashbacks were all pre-formed off site.
Products: Altro Terrazzolite EP (FeRFA Type 7)
WINNER – LARGE COMMERCIAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR
SPONSORED BY INNOVEO
MJF GROUP, ALTRO & FLOWCRETE
Project: Emerald Headingley Stadium
This project was initially specified as Altro Screed 5mm Rapicure epoxy screed of which 2000 m2 was applied to toilet areas, concessions and the ground floor concourse within the south stand of the stadium including cove detail. Deckshield Rapide ED1 system was specified for the Level 1 concourse due to its flexible nature and excellent crack bridging properties. Cold weather conditions and increasingly tight time scales required the introduction of Flowcrete’s Flowfast Quartz. However, difficulties in matching the aesthetics of an epoxy system with an MMA resin saw a collaboration with the team mixing Flowcrete’s MMA resin with Altro’s aggregates. After many samples were tested, a suitable blend was devised allowing the flooring’s aesthetics to be consistent across the south and north stands of the stadium.
Products: Altro Screed 5mm Rapicure (FeRFA Type 6), Altro Grip (FeRFA Type 4), Deckshield Rapide ED1 (FeRFA Type 4), Flowfast MMA Quartz Classic (FeRFA Type 6), Flowfast Quartz (FeRFA Type 6), Flowcrete PHS (FeRFA Type 1)
Project size: 3,700 m2
WINNER – OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO FeRFA
SPONSORED BY VI INDUSTRIAL SUPPLIES
HIGHLY COMMENDED – LARGE INDUSTRIAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR
SPONSORED BY INNOVEO
LIMEGATE & RESDEV
Project: Big Motoring World
The £14m regeneration of this key industrial location in Peterborough, now the National Vehicle Preparation Centre of Big Motoring World, the largest prestigious used car supermarket in the UK, has created hundreds of opportunities for employment in the area. The brief was to install a UV resistant, low maintenance system with a 10-year life expectancy. The RESDEV Deckmaster System ID was chosen because of its performance record, with a moisture tolerant primer and a UV resistant, highly durable and easy to maintain seal coat. The system itself met all the demands of the site, offering excellent chemical, slip and impact resistance making it ideal for use in an area of heavy traffic flow used for car preparation.
Products: Deckmaster System ID
Project size: 9700 m2
HIGHLY COMMENDED – LARGE COMMERCIAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR
SPONSORED BY INNOVEO
ZIRCON FLOORING & SIKA
Project: ITV TV Studio, Leeds
This was an extremely high-profile, highly pressurised project carried out in challenging circumstances. It required Zircon’s experience in TV studio floor installation to ensure the programme was completed to the agreed deadline and to the highest specification. The contractor’s superb relationship with Sika was also key, due to the companies’ collaboration in the development of a waved flooring joint which guaranteed a completely seamless floor whilst delivering an exceptional tolerance level. The resulting floor provided ample proof of Zircon’s ability to go above-and-beyond to deliver Emmerdale studios with a surface fit for a genuine British TV institution.
Products: Sika Floor Joint S, Sikafloor-81 EpoCem, Sikafloor-155 WN, Sikafloor-161, Schonox VD, Schonox FPL Plus, Sikafloor-263 Sl N, Sikafloor-220 W Conductive, Sikafloor-262 AS N, Sikafloor MultiDur ES-24 ECF, Sikadur-31 CF Normal (FeRFA Type 5)
Project size: 788 m2
A Big Thank You to Our Sponsors!
FeRFA has been running the highly prestigious Best Practice Awards since 2002 as the voice of the resin flooring industry.
A big Thank You to all our sponsors this year! Your sponsorship enables FeRFA to maintain the high standards of this annual event, continue to deliver training and celebrate the fantastic achievements of the FeRFA apprentices at the Graduation Ceremony on the evening. The evening is attended by over 250 industry professionals, providing your brand a wealth of exposure in the period running up to, during and after the Awards.
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