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Saint-Gobain Weber Flooring System for Strood Academy

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Published by Jackie Biggin for Weber in Education

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Products in the extensive weber.floor range by Saint-Gobain Weber, the leadingUK formulator and manufacturer of innovative, high specification materials and system solutions for the construction industry, have been installed at the £29 millionStroodAcademy, a new secondary school inMedway,Kent.  The Academy is providing outstanding facilities for pupils from September 2012 offering just 1500 places for which intake has been oversubscribed since 2009.  The project includes a new sixth form block and vocational centre, now named the Inspiration Centre. 

The design and build contractor, BAM Construction, together with The Progressive Group and Saint-Gobain Weber, devised the flooring system for this new build facility.  Over 150 tonnes of weber.floor 4150 fine flow commercial screed has been installed achieving an economical solution for this large application area of over 13,000m².  weber.floor 4150 fine flow is a standard drying, cement based screed for levelling and smoothing concrete substrates.  It can be applied at thicknesses from 4 – 30mm and is ready for foot traffic in 2 – 4 hours allowing fast and convenient access for other trades.  It is ready to receive a final floor covering in 1 – 3 weeks following installation.

Stuart Groom, project manager, BAM Construction, says: “We have extensive experience in building educational facilities. In the past five years our design and construction teams have provided new and refurbished campuses worth over £1.8 billion forUKschools, academies, colleges and universities.”

Saint-Gobain Weber flooring products are used extensively throughout many of these projects and to date over 300,000m² of weber.floor 4150 fine flow commercial screed has been successfully installed in educational, healthcare and commercial sectors making it one of the company’s most popular flooring products.

Tony Cooney, estimating manager, The Progressive Group, reports: “We are always happy to use Saint-Gobain Weber flooring systems as they have unrivalled quality and a wide product choice.  Equally, they are made in Great Britain which helps product conformity, competitive pricing, availability and fewer delivery miles so meeting our sustainability objectives. As a Category 1 supplier to BAM we are able to advise on product selection and application techniques and our experience with weber.floor products gives us every confidence in their application and longevity.”

The Academy, which replaces the oldTempleBoysSchoolandChapterGirlsSchool, has won the prestigious 2012 Medway Culture Design Award in the New Build sector.  Judges said that the £26m project ‘raised the bar in excellence and design’ and was commended for being ‘wholly innovative in its approach to construction, sustainability and renewable energy, with Medway’s first wind turbine in a school.’

More information about weber.floor products is available from Saint-Gobain Weber on 08703 330070, or 028 9335 2999 in Ireland, or visit www.netweber.co.uk to receive a copy of the Flooring Systems handbook.  A free download of the new weber.app for iPhone and iPad users is also available from the iTunes app store and from Google Play for smartphones and tablet users.

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