Kemtile keeps the cheese churning for dairy

Installers of hygienic flooring solutions, Kemtile has further strengthened its dairy industry credentials with the installation of a BASF heavy duty polyurethane floor in the new extension at Colston Bassett Dairy in Leicestershire.

Colston Bassett, manufacturers of award-winning traditional Blue Stilton and Shropshire Blue cheeses, required a new hygienic floor and drainage for their new maturation extension. Kemtile were awarded the scheme following the previous successful replacement of the drainage and floor in the Dairy’s Hastening Room – a contract awarded on the strength of its sector expertise. With the specification of the flooring solution for the extension it was essential that it could withstand the rigors of a busy dairy manufacturing environment – including the ability to withstand attack from lactic acid in milk – which will destroy concrete floors unless it is adequately protected by a chemically resistant floor finish. As part of the overall scheme, Kemtile supplied its Wiedemann DRS stainless steel floor gullies these were installed by Colston Bassett’s main builder during the installation of the main floor slabs. Wiedemann stainless steel gullies are the ideal partner for Kemtile’s hygienic floors, because they are made from 304 grade stainless steel, they have an integral odour trap and trash basket. Their design also ensures that they will withstand heavy traffic loads. . The installation also included the installation of a hygienic polyurethane coving that was installed at the interface between the floor and the wall. The coving was installed to provide a 50mm radius to aid cleaning and again reinforce the hygienic properties of the installation. As the preferred method of preparation the new concrete floor was roughened by Von Arx Scabbling, this process removes any laitance and creates a textured surface rough surface onto, which was installed B.A.S.F’s MasterTop 1317, total floor area was 840m2. This heavy duty polyurethane floor screed system was selected for its hygienic and chemical resistant properties as well as its strength, wear and slip resistance. David Priest of Kemtile, said: “This project set challenges which required a total design solution and showcased our product range and craftsmanship. We were delighted to work with Colston Bassett Dairy as it shares our commitment to quality and attention to detail to our work. Needless to say we’re most pleased to be able to support its strategic growth with this flooring solution.” Billy Kevan, Colston Bassett Dairy Manager, said: “With such strong credentials in the dairy sector, Kemtile was an obvious choice of hygienic flooring partner for the expansion our production facility.”