Bostik armed with the right products for national defence rehabilitation centre


Subfloor preparation and flooring adhesives used at award-winning new health and care facility

Flooring solutions from Bostik were used during the development of the award-winning new Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) in Nottinghamshire.

Recently picking up the Building Better Healthcare Award for Best External Environment Project and highly commended in the Clinician’s Choice category; the new £300m facility was designed by Steffian Bradley Architects and Fira Landscape Architecture and Urban Design.

And the interiors feature Bostik’s Universal Primer, Screedmaster Epoxy Primer, Screedmaster Flow, Laybond Carpet Adhesive, Laybond Carpet Tile Tackifier, BEST, and Bostik Roll solutions.

They were specified by contractor, Unite Flooring, with Bostik’s technical team visiting the site several times to carry out preliminary tests, including for moisture, as well as to specify the right products to meet the needs of service users.

Tom Waggett, managing director at Unite Flooring, said: ““Bostik’s input was particularly appreciated on this job because Stanford Hall is Grade II-listed, which obviously made it very important that we carried out the work to the highest standards while not compromising the original features of the building.”

A further consideration stemmed from the centre’s use for rehabilitating predominantly wheelchair-bound servicepeople.

This meant that, rather than stairs, certain areas of the building required ramps, and the creation of these fragmented the process of installing the floor coverings.

To ensure that the flooring could be installed in the most-effective and efficient way possible, Bostik specified a range of products, each tailored to the specific demands of the application.

First, Bostik Universal Primer was used to prime the concrete main floors and basement theatre, with Screedmaster Epoxy Primer used for the anhydrite substrates of the basement corridors due to its ability to act as a barrier primer.

Unite then applied Bostik’s Screedmaster Flow smoothing compound. With high-flow and easy trowelling, Screedmaster Flow’s workability characteristics made it particularly suitable for the rough-textured subfloors in the hall.

To receive the carpet floor coverings used in some areas of the building, Unite used Bostik Laybond Carpet Adhesive, which has a high-tack specially designed to prevent carpet curl.

And in other carpeted areas, such as those likely to experience high traffic from patients, carpet tiles were installed, and for these Unite used Bostik Laybond Carpet Tile Tackifier.

This provides a permanently tacky film when dry to allow for easy replacement of individual tiles in the future, without the need for a new adhesive.

For the laminate areas, Unite applied Bostik’s multi-functional Bostik’s BEST adhesive, while the company’s solvent-free adhesive tape, Bostik Roll, was the ideal solution for installing skirting, capping strips, and other accessories throughout the centre.

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An effective alternative to water and solvent-based adhesives, Bostik Roll is supplied in ready-to-use, dry adhesive rolls - providing a convenient, easy and clean installation that resists plasticiser migration. And as the adhesive is dry, there’s no curing time required, meaning no waiting around and the area remains free from any overspill.