Naivas Store Optimises Floor for Shoppers and Bakers

Flowcrete Africa has supplied the full flooring fit out for a new supermarket in Nairobi’s Ciata City shopping mall.

The designers required a floor that would tie into the new-build store’s upmarket visual identity while providing a robust, easy to clean surface. These properties would ensure that the finish maintains its aesthetics despite heavy foot and trolley traffic, food and drink spillages, frequent cleaning, scuffs, scrapes and abrasions. To achieve this, the floor build-up started with 3,000 m2 of Isocrete K-Screed, creating a strong screed layer. This semi-dry cementitious screed incorporates a proprietary additive to produce an early drying, high strength screed. 2,500 m2 of Peran STB was then used throughout the shop front in a light grey colour that matched the store’s interior design scheme, in which complementary tones of grey have been used to infuse the shop with a relaxed yet contemporary style. Peran STB is made using colour stable quartz granules sealed within a clear resin binder. This formulation is ideal for busy retail areas, as its colour and visuals won’t deteriorate when faced with the practicalities of daily operations in a supermarket. In Naivas’ bakery, 500 m2 of the antimicrobial enhanced, polyurethane system Flowfresh RT was installed. This HACCP International certified finish was chosen thanks to its ability to provide an ultra-hygienic floor that will be able to withstand the challenges of a bakery, which includes thermal shock from hot ovens, corrosive ingredients such as sugar and oils, point loading from heavy equipment, intensive cleaning chemicals and more. The entire flooring project was completed in only three weeks, delivering a high performance, fully optimised floor area well in advance of the supermarket’s opening.