Collaboration from Sika and IRL gives new floor to manufacturer

Sika and IRL worked together to provide a variety of solutions for a large manufacturing plant in Stafford.

With the existing floor of its manufacturing facility failing in many places, Areva T&D – global leading provider of CO2-free energy solutions for electricity transmission and distribution – required a solution that could offer long term performance and reliability along with ease of installation to minimise disruption. The solution also had to meet the demands of the different areas within the 16,000 sqm manufacturing facility in Stafford. Working with specialist contractor IRL, Sika demonstrated that its Sikafloor system would provide a finished floor that would be able to withstand continuous traffic and heavy loads and also provide a variety of finishes – anti-static for sensitive areas integral to Areva T&D’s manufacturing process and supremely smooth for areas where air skates are used to move extremely heavy loads. The system also met the client’s aesthetic requirements as it was crucial that different areas were identified by colour, in particular, health and safety walkways. For the numerous areas of Areva T&D’s estate, which is spread over three buildings, a slightly different specification of product was required to meet all of the client’s requirements in a single versatile system with the peace of mind that the new floor will last for decades, minimising maintenance cost whilst providing a safe environment in which to work. As the flooring will be expected to undergo the most rigorous daily usage whilst retaining its smoothness, it stands as an example of hard work, good product specification, quality craftsmanship, training and communication from both IRL and Sika.