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No Slip-ups With Campus Floors

A Flowcrete resin floor at the University of the West of Scotland’s new £110 million Lanarkshire campus.

The University of the West of Scotland’s new £110 million Lanarkshire campus has installed floors that convey the open, multi-functional and collaborative ethos of the site.

The new facility, based in the Hamilton International Technology Park, was designed to be at the cutting edge of sustainability while creating a vibrant and contemporary venue for learning, research and innovation.

Resin flooring manufacturer, Flowcrete UK, provided the university with colourful floors that reflected the site’s energetic atmosphere.

A multi-coloured design made from multiple resin coatings was chosen so that students walking through the front door would be greeted with a wide-open space broken up by large blocks of dappled light grey, dark grey, green and blue flooring.

Dr Gillian Thomson, UWS Lanarkshire Project Manager, said: “The installation has created more than a floor covering - through the creative use of colour it gives an informal flow to the entry to the campus and has become a real feature.”

To achieve this aesthetic, over 1,000sq.m of the decorative, methyl methacrylate system Flowfast Terrosso was applied. This fast curing flooring solution was used in Signal Grey and Dark Grey to cover the majority of the public-facing areas, particularly in the expansive atrium.

In addition, 350sq.m of Flowfresh MF was also used in a number of bold colours, including Ochre, Dark Green and Dark Blue. This resulted in wide sections of flooring in complementary shades that suited the location and reflected the campus’ interior design scheme.

While more commonly found within large-scale food and beverage facilities, the robust polyurethane system Flowfresh MF was specified for its colour and performance characteristics.

 

Cleaning

The seamless, durable nature of these resin solutions means that they can be easily maintained and won’t deteriorate in the face of heavy foot traffic, impacts, frequent cleaning, spillages, scuffs, scrapes and wear. 

Specialist sealers were used in certain parts of the site. For example, 350sq.m of Flowseal UV (Pigmented) Matt was used to make sure that the sunlight streaming in through the foyer’s floor-to-ceiling windows wouldn’t cause the coating’s colour to fade.

 

Safety

Safety was also an important consideration, especially as the large numbers of people moving around the campus could lead to rain-water and mud being walked into the building. To account for this, 350sq.m of Flowseal PU Matt (Ultra) with anti-slip additives was used to increase the site’s safety levels. 

Picture:  A Flowcrete resin floor at the University of the West of Scotland’s new £110 million Lanarkshire campus.

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

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