Home to the world’s largest collection of decorative arts and design, with a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects, the Victoria and Albert museum is one the most iconic attractions in London and the UK.
Founded in 1852, and with 145 galleries displaying art spanning over 5,000 years, the museum was due a well-deserved upgrade. Since 2001, the museum has benefited from a £150 million renovation programme which included new galleries, gardens, shops and visitor facilities. As part of this programme, the museum floor was refurbished to provide an updated look whilst maintaining its historic appeal.
Steve Long, Director at Floorcraft Ltd, the chosen contractor for the project said: “The job at the V & A involved the removal of the original English heritage wood blocks which had to be resurfaced and treated before being re-fixed to the floor. We had to comply with strict rules, in keeping with the traditional décor of the museum.”
“When we removed the original floor we found hot pitch, also known as bitumen, which was used as a damp proof membrane when the floor was originally laid. During the removal of the floor the bitumen was damaged and exposed the original concrete based.”
ARDEX Area Sales Manager, John Oliver said “Due to the age of the building, and the problems that occurred during the removal of the floor, a moisture control system needed to be put in place to protect the final floorcovering from ground bearing moisture.
ARDITEX NA is moisture tolerant, and was applied direct to the uneven damaged subfloor to create a smooth, flat surface, onto which to the damp proof membrane, ARDEX DPM 1 C R, was applied.
A final application of ARDITEX NA was applied direct to the ARDEX Damp Proof Membrane without priming, before the original English heritage wood blocks, which had to be resurfaced and treated, were re-fixed to the floor with ARDEX AF 2510 Floorcovering Adhesive.”
Products used for this project
ARDEX A 38
Ultra Rapid Drying Cement for Internal & External Screeds
- Walkable in 3 hours
- Fix ceramic and natural stone tiles after 4 hours
Ultra Rapid Setting Latex Subfloor Levelling and Smoothing Compound
- Excellent adhesion to almost all substrates without priming
- Unaffected by moisture
ARDEX DPM 1 C R
Rapid Drying One Coat Surface Damp Proof Membrane
- Protects the floorcovering from residual construction moisture and ground water vapour
- Accommodates Hygrometer readings up to 98% RH
ARDEX ARDURAPID A 45
Rapid Drying Internal Repair Mortar
- Receives finishes after 90 minutes regardless of thickness
- Priming rarely required
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