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Menai Science Park Choses Flowcrete

Anglesey’s new Menai Science Park (M-SParc), the first dedicated science park in Wales, required an iconic and modern flooring solution and consulted Flowcrete UK to advise. 

Wholly owned by Bangor University, M-SParc is a facility where collaborations are encouraged and ignited by chance encounters in the shared spaces. The client was eager for this energy to be reflected in the building’s interior.

The working environment is provided as offices, laboratories and meeting rooms. M-SParc delivers space, support services and outstanding facilities to businesses of all sizes.

Designed by FaulknerBrowns Architects, the building concept comprises a continuous white ‘Ribbon’, which wraps around the entirety of the Open Innovation Space and so a seamless, robust floor finish was required to match the pure white of the external Corian cladding. To achieve the aesthetic, two different materials were used to provide the ideal amount of contrast. 

In order to complement the building’s modern style, Peran Comfort from Flowcrete UK was chosen in Light Grey and Signal White for the stairs, landing and foyer areas of the Open Innovation Space. The noise reduction and durability properties of this flooring system are ideally suited to these areas, where heavy footfall and the accompanying noise is expected.  The light colours chosen for the pathways inside the building help to reflect the light, creating the spacious and bright atmosphere. 

In contrast to the matt, self-smoothing polyurethane-based Peran Comfort floor coating, Flowcrete UK’s Rustik Natural Stone was utilised in the entrance. This material provides a natural texture to the space and a touch of glamour thanks to its crisp white colour and modern style.   As well as generating a striking visual, its noise reduction, slip resistance and durability properties make it ideal for use in entranceways where heavy footfall is expected on a regular basis. Rustik’s natural stone aesthetic also provides visual continuity with the paving in the external landscape, further emphasising how the design of the exterior is mirrored within the interior. 

The designs incorporated into the surface were set out using stainless steel rims, which acted as borders between the two materials, before the Peran Comfort and Rustik Natural Stone systems were applied using trowels, rollers and squeegees. The installation process was concluded with a final sealer coat. 

The application was completed within its two week schedule, in time for the grand opening ceremony attended by the First Minister for Wales as well as local businesses and dignitaries.


Picture: Flowcrete UK provide Menai Science Park with visually striking and stylised flooring solutions.

Article written by Robin Snow


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