Rolls Royce – Chichester
This was a full refurbishment of 14,000m2 of industrial flooring at Rolls Royce’s car assembly plant in Westhampnet, Chichester. Zircon Flooring Ltd established a relationship with Rolls Royce after the original installation at this site in 2002.
As in 2002, the client required a very detailed, high-quality flooring finish, so Zircon Flooring installed a hard-wearing, low-maintenance, rapid-apply, seamless, non-slip, resin system, which proved ideal for a project of this size and profile.
A flooring installation of such magnitude presented a number of challenges which had to be overcome if we were to meet the client’s strict 18-day deadline and ensure minimal disruption to the plant’s day-to-day running. Works had to be scheduled around the client’s manufacturing programme, which required precisely-detailed project management involving Zircon Flooring and Rolls Royce.
To overcome random static charges which can affect sensitive electrical components and wreak havoc on a busy car production line, Zircon provided Sikafloor®-262AS, a three-part electrostatically conductive epoxy self smoothing screed for the floor’s refurbishment. With good chemical and mechanical resistance properties this flooring system is designed to deliver the ultimate in static control and has an excellent reputation in industries where there is sensitive electronic equipment.
For the installation, we prepared the concrete substrate by mechanically shot-blasting and diamond-grinding the surface using dust-controlled methods. Sikafloor®-161 primer was then applied followed by the application of Sikafloor® Earthing Kit, a conductor system comprising copper earthing tapes and points. A layer of Sikafloor®-220W anti-static primer was added, and once cured, the flooring was finished with Sikafloor®-262AS Thixo to a nominal thickness of 2mm.
The result of this intensive refurbishment, which was to deadline and the client’s full satisfaction, is a superb new floor which showcases the versatility and durability of resin flooring. The project is a perfect example of successful collaborative working between contractor and manufacturer. Both Zircon and Sika are proud at having met the end client’s and the facility’s users’ high expectation.
Guy Aldridge, Facilities Management Contracts Manager Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd said, “Well done for a great job carried out with the Production floor installation. I know very well what a challenge it was to carry out this massive task so you should be congratulated for completing the challenge within the tight timescales given.”
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