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ADEY - Gloucester, UK - Facet, Coastline and Polished Concrete LVT

ADEY - Gloucester, UK - Facet, Coastline and Polished Concrete LVT

Milliken

A combination of two cushion backed modular carpet designs - Facet and Coastline and one LVT floor covering Polished Concrete have been specified to colour zone this impressive warehouse transformation project by Wylde IA. Milliken's 10 day delivery service and Comfort Lite cushion backing, for acoustic performance, were key factors in the specification of these floor covering products.
BMJ, London, UK - First Call, Polished Concrete and Wireframe

BMJ, London, UK - First Call, Polished Concrete and Wireframe

Milliken

BMJ transformed its London office into a more flexible and dynamic, ‘smart hub’ style workplace. A combination of Milliken's carbon neutral LVT and modular carpet floor coverings have been define the various collaboration areas, meeting spaces and workstations. This installation is a great example of the flexibility of modular floor coverings and in managing acoustics in a largely open workspace.
BPP - Unexpected Purpose (Carpet), Polished Concrete and Heritage Wood (LVT)

BPP - Unexpected Purpose (Carpet), Polished Concrete and Heritage Wood (LVT)

Milliken

For this busy educational building with high footfall, the Unexpected Purpose modular carpet offers rich saturated colour and excellent wear performance. Its Comfort Lite cushion backing also provides additional sound absorbency, particularly important for the quiet study areas in this building. The LVT floor coverings provides the recreational areas with a hard wearing, practical solution and the perfect urban aesthetic.
Concrete Kitchen Worktops

Concrete Kitchen Worktops

LIVING CONCRETE LTD

On this fast turnaround project we worked closely with Clarke Penman Architecture to manufacture and install polished concrete kitchen worktops and splash-backs.Concrete worktops are extremely strong and durable and designed to withstand busy family use. These were cast to the client’s individual and unique specifications using our BTX Ultra High Performance Concrete mix with a hydrophobic agent to limit moisture absorption. The worktops were cut to fit various kitchen appliances and then treated and sealed to make them stain proof.Spanning over 6 metres, separate large BTX concrete panels were carefully assembled on site and fitted with brass sink and taps by our experienced team. The finished effect is a modern, industrial look that complements client’s design style and blends perfectly with the raw plastered walls and concrete floors, which together create a truly unique and highly functional kitchen.
Concrete Worktops, Office Canteen

Concrete Worktops, Office Canteen

LIVING CONCRETE LTD

Project: Manufacture and installation of concrete worktops at the office canteenClient: Everybody’s Music ManagementMaterials used:  Bespoke BTX GRC 2500 x 65 x 30 mm precast and hand polished concrete worktops in Silk Mist finish.Three large concrete panels; each 2500 mm long and 650 mm wide with side returns; were installed by the Living Concrete team in the communal office space at Everybody’s Music Management offices in North London.The worktops were cast to the client’s individual and unique specifications using our BTX Ultra High Performance Concrete mix with a hydrophobic agent to limit moisture absorption. The worktops were cut to fit various kitchen appliances and then treated and sealed to make them stain proof. Concrete worktops are extremely strong and durable and designed to withstand high level of use.
Fluid Concrete Floor Installation

Fluid Concrete Floor Installation

LIVING CONCRETE LTD

On this high profile development project the Living Concrete team worked to very tight deadlines installing 580m2 of self-levelling FluidConcrete flooring throughout the house. FluidConcrete has a smooth, Polished-Concrete-like finish, that makes it perfect for a modern, minimalist design that can be easily combined with materials like wood and ceramic and it is also suitable for under-floor heating. It can be applied to interior surfaces, with no need for joins or breaks.The large format bespoke Plain and Corner concrete panels were cast to the client’s individual and unique specifications using our BTX Ultra High Performance Concrete mix with a hydrophobic agent to limit moisture absorption. The panels were cut to fit around the staircase and walls and then treated and sealed to make them stain proof.The finished effect is a modern, spacious look that complements client’s design style and creates a truly unique and highly sophisticated space.
Regeneration Project – King St Link, South Shields

Regeneration Project – King St Link, South Shields

LIVING CONCRETE LTD

Project: Manufacture and installation of 200m2 of oversized bespoke GRC GAP wall panels. Client: Harris Partnership Architects, Kirkland & Bowmer, Muse Developments, Nexus, STC Project scope: Installation of 200m2 of 20mm x 3500mm x 1500mm GRC BTX concrete wall cladding panels in Tempest Grey colour to new and existing masonry walls and steel frame. The oversized bespoke GAP concrete panels with mitred edges were manufactured using GRC concrete, which is lighter and stronger than traditional concrete. The panels were fixed with anchor bolts and specialist adhesive to ensure extra secure installation and later polished and treated with specialist anti-graffiti coating.
MicroConcrete Installation, HKR Hoxton, London

MicroConcrete Installation, HKR Hoxton, London

LIVING CONCRETE LTD

Project: Large scale MicroConcrete installation to the reception walls at HKR Hoxton apartment block in London.Client: Tolent ConstructionMaterials used:  Grey colour MicroConcrete coating was hand trowelled in layers to a final thickness between 2 and 3mm and wax polished to achieve a satin finish.This was a large scale renovation project by Tolent Construction of a brand new residential building located on Hackney Road. The MicroConcrete Grey coating was hand applied to the walls in reception area of approx. 160m2.MicroConcrete is a great alternative to traditional polished concrete, and at a minimal thickness and weight it produces a seamless, continuous finish. Like MicroCement it can be applied to interior and exterior surfaces, without the need for joins. It can also be applied over existing surfaces. MicroConcrete is a smoother finish and is more slip-resistant than MicroCement.
Lululemon - Vancouver, Canada

Lululemon - Vancouver, Canada

Ardex Ltd – Flooring, Tiling & Screeding products

Lululemon specified ARDEX polished Concrete Topping (PCT) as it gave them the complete freedom to accomplish almost any design they desired whilst still offering a durable retail floor system.
RANSOMES DOCK APARTMENTS - LONDON

RANSOMES DOCK APARTMENTS - LONDON

Ardex Ltd – Flooring, Tiling & Screeding products

PANDOMO provided the unique subtle character of polished concrete combined with a seamless, hard wearing floor finish. Products used: ARDEX A 38, PANDOMO® Floor, ARDEX R 3 E, ARDEX EP 2000, ARDEX P4, ARDEX K 80
Expona Design chosen for architects office

Expona Design chosen for architects office

Polyflor Ltd

Hardwearing luxury vinyl tiles from Polyflor’s Expona Design range were recently installed at the busy Klein Architects offices in Auckland, New Zealand. The Dark Grey Concrete design was chosen for the new office fit out. The flooring was installed by Comfloor flooring contractors. Ricky Lam, Senior Associate at Klein Architects commented, “This design was chosen, as it has a similar visual texture and colour as polished concrete while retaining its integrity as a unique aesthetic. The tile format means individual modules can be easily replaced if damaged."
External seating solutions required at New Police HQ

External seating solutions required at New Police HQ

Furnitubes International Ltd

The new Northamptonshire Police HQ development required various external seating at the front entrance to accommodate staff and visitors. Furnitubes' Mesa concrete blocks were ideal - whilst providing seating provision, the heavy duty blocks also act as a security barrier to the main entrance. Eight Zenith seats were supplied in a satin polish finish with WPC slats, as well as the addition of Contor Wall-Top seating platforms to the walls that surround the building.
Chiswell Street

Chiswell Street

Armourcoat Ltd

The recent refurbishment of 4 Chiswell Street by Ben Adams Architects includes Armourcoat’s Istria polished plaster wall finish. Situated close to the historic Bunhill cricket ground in Islington, this once tired office building has been re-imagined as a modern and open workspace.Entering through an impressive new façade and front entrance, the architect’s design includes a double height reception space bathed in natural light. A sculpturally fluted wall finished in Istria polished plaster and custom terrazzo floor continue a circular motif repeated throughout the design. With exposed services and stylish use of concrete colours, the structure has been transformed into a contemporary and relevant commercial building with a distinctive urban feel. Named after the characteristic building stone of Venice, the Istria polished plaster finish is made from a combination of slaked lime and recycled marble powder. Available in contemporary range of 72 colours, the Istria finish is full of ingrained surface movement and creates a matt or honed stone appearance. Tonal variation and surface movement within the finish complements other natural materials including wood, stone and fabric. Photography: © Edmund Sumner
Stockport Exchange

Stockport Exchange

Artform Urban Furniture Limited

Stockport Exchange has been undergoing extensive refurbishment since 2014 with improvements to the train station, a new multi storey car park, new retail and leisure facilities as well as office buildings.The external area surrounding the buildings is completely pedestrianised with a combination of paved walkways, grass plots, and raised concrete edging for plants and trees. Artform Urban were asked to provide their popular Stone Benches. The unique design and polished finish invites users to interact whether to rest or to climb and play.
22 Worple Road

22 Worple Road

Maxwood

CLIENT: Confidential ARCHITECT: Buckley Gray YeomanMAIN CONTRACTOR: Collins ConstructionSITE DURATION: 5 MonthsBased in Wimbledon with 40,000 square foot office space 22 Worple road is a contemporary style building was designed by Buckley Gray Yeoman. It has a Scandinavian feel with exposed concrete ceilings and beams, feature tube lighting, and polished plaster walls combined with modern fittings to provide a calm, metropolitan setting. Maxwood was appointed to create the same look and feel within the washrooms and designed a space that is serene with a hospitality feel. This is created by having individual mirrors hanging on picture rails above the vanity units and bespoke coat hooks. Having used concrete ceilings in the reception and communal areas bringing the same material into the washrooms with a concrete vanity trough ties the buildings together. ​PRODUCTS SCOPE:Mystiq cubicle systemUrinal Maxwall WC duct panels in Basalt GreyXante Cast Concrete Vanity TroughBespoke mirror with an antique black trim with hook and chain2 Tier Lockers and benching
Storm Model Management, London

Storm Model Management, London

Planet

Storm Model Management is renowned for finding, developing and managing careers for some of the world's top modelling talent. In the heart of the London office, on a polished concrete floor, Planet Partitioning created a striking stadium meeting room using p20 curved glass at both ends and linear joints between the partitioning to ensure a crystal clear, flawless, flush finish. By curving the partitioning channels carefully and then manufacturing and engineering the glass to fit, Planet achieved an excellent curved glass partitioning effect. Eclipse sliding doors were used for the lobby area, ensuring a seamless look throughout the space.
Elegant form and functional excellence for dramatic new Perthshire residence

Elegant form and functional excellence for dramatic new Perthshire residence

Rundum Meir (UK) Ltd

A Rundum Original bespoke garage door provided the ideal solution for a stunning new contemporary home on the banks of Loch Tummel overlooking Perthshire’s famous mountain, Schiehallion. The building envelope’s dramatic parallel walls of sawn Caithness stone and polished concrete flank both sides of the house, with the property’s northern end featuring a dramatic main sitting room surrounded by two-storeys of frameless glass. An elegant Rundum Original side sliding garage door features to maintain the external beauty of the property, hand crafted to a bespoke design in Germany using Western Red Cedar.
The Sainsbury Exhibition Gallery at the World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre (WCEC)

The Sainsbury Exhibition Gallery at the World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre (WCEC)

Howe Green

Architect Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners specified Howe Green when they required a unique, reliable access solution for the WCEC. Howe Green designed and manufactured a circular access cover in 316-grade stainless steel. The bespoke cover offered a stylish and discreet solution, capable of withstanding 40kn load and meeting the specification for aesthetics and performance. Each box section of the cover had built-in cable access and voice/data plug-in points. Slotted steel lids were made for when services were in use. The access covers also accept coloured polished concrete inserts made to match the surrounding Ed Lazenby floor.
4 Kingdom Street, London

4 Kingdom Street, London

Washroom Washroom Ltd

Washroom's off-site service allowed the design to be carefully fine-tuned prior to installation on site for this prestigious office refurbishment project. Washroom's full height Alto toilet cubicle doors were specified with a real wood veneer finish, stained to match the solid Douglas fir timber panelling in the reception area. The bespoke polished cast concrete vanity units feature integral waste bins and Tego hinged mirror units above. For the new staff shower and changing room area Washroom's full height Alto FENIX shower cubicles were installed along with Z style Forza SGL lockers.
Rockfon does digital for DocuSign Dublin HQ

Rockfon does digital for DocuSign Dublin HQ

Rockfon

To help meet the client’s architectural ambitions and acoustic challenges, Rockfon acoustic ceilings were specified. In designing its new HQ DocuSign wanted to break down barriers and find new ways of working to empower employees. Open plenum ceilings, polished concrete floors and warm timber express the space’s raw, contemporary architecture. Crina Toderic – Henry J Lyons, “…a number of meeting rooms had one solid wall with the remaining three being glazed. It was agreed Rockfon® Mono® Acoustic be installed for its high sound absorption. Being completely seamless, the system allowed us to easily integrate with the rest of the interior aesthetic.”
Adding new light dimensions to world-leading astronomy discovery centre

Adding new light dimensions to world-leading astronomy discovery centre

Armourcoat Ltd

The £20.5m First Light Pavilion at The University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank is leading the way in technologies beyond its focus on astronomy, using innovative materials from Armourcoat.The National Lottery Heritage Funded Pavilion is a new discovery centre which has already won awards for innovation (1). It will house a permanent exhibition on the history of Jodrell Bank- now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built by Kier Construction to JM Architects’ brief, the new attraction features what is believed to be the largest reinforced concrete dome in Europe.Designed to appear as a natural hill in the surrounding landscape, the dome of the building matches the size and scale of the bowl of the nearby Lovell Telescope, Jodrell Bank’s most famous landmark. The building is partially buried beneath earth and grass, leaving a stunning curved entrance façade which includes a meridian line linking the structure to the skies above. The client aspired to maintain the walls exposed internally to celebrate the uniqueness of the in-situ concrete, showcasing the versatile colour and texture of the raw material.jmarchitect’s solution was a combination of materials by surface finish specialist Armourcoat. The result is an insulated render that looks like concrete- with an added dimension that adds a decorative polished finish to the façade.Armourcoat’s team applied an initial layer of custom shaped EPS to the building’s curved exterior, then finished with Armourcoat PPX system to achieve an ETAG 004 compliant external wall insulation (EWI) system.Olga Vlagkouli, JM Architects, commented,“The concrete had to be insulated and the client wanted exposed concrete internally which meant we had to insulate externally and then weather protect the insulation externally. At the same time the client wanted a concrete feel; due to the complexity of the geometry Armourcoat allowed for the material to be worked on site to offer the desirable effect.”Added Kier Construction Project Manager Ryan Southern,“The finished entrance looks stunning. The PPX limestone render curves and bounces the light, creating a smart artistic impression. It’s a fitting welcome to visitors to this first-class attraction that demonstrates Jodrell Bank’s world-leading place in the history of astronomy.”Armourcoat EPS includes graphite which enables it to reflect 20% more radiant heat than standard EPS. This optimises the thermal performance of the building, meeting or exceeding current Building Regulation requirements.Armourcoat PPX system comprises a limestone render custom-formulated for the project, to achieve the degree of flexibility in the coating to enable seamless application across the complex geometry of the curved façade. Based on Armourcoat’s market-leading polished plaster finishes, PPX incorporates hydrophobic polymers and reactive pozzolans, forming a sustainable, decorative, weather-resistant, vapour permeable layer. The finishing top-coat contains almost 60% recycled content.Photography: Jonathan Banks
3D Concrete Tiles

3D Concrete Tiles

LIVING CONCRETE LTD

Manufacture and installation of bespoke white concrete kitchen worktops and concrete cladded central island. The large format concrete panels were wrapped around the central island with 3D concrete tiles completing the design. All worktops and tiles were fitted using mechanical and chemical fixings.
Concrete Outdoor Furniture

Concrete Outdoor Furniture

LIVING CONCRETE LTD

On this fast turnaround project we worked closely with Apteriors; Interior Design and Furniture Specialists and McLaren Construction to manufacture and supply outdoor concrete furniture for new multipurpose recreation and study area for New Regent’s College in London. Living Concrete supplied 4 large Let’s Dine Concrete Tables and 12 concrete cube seats with oak cladding which were assembled on site and finished with a specialist sealant. Product Spec: Let’s Dine Table Size: height 70cm x length 200cm x width 100cm Finish/ Colour: Mist Hand-cast GRC concrete Indoor and outdoor use
Concrete Lamp Shades

Concrete Lamp Shades

LIVING CONCRETE LTD

Project: Manufacture and installation of 10 bespoke concrete pendant light fittings for newly refurbished London gym and changing rooms. Materials used: Hand-cast concrete sphere shaped lamp shades with hand applied metallic internal finish and stainless steel fittings. We were asked to manufacture 10 bespoke extra large sphere-shaped concrete pendant lamps with hand applied metallic internal finish and stainless steel fittings. Product Spec: Size: diameter 47cm, shade height 28cm, maximum suspension height 120cm Weight 6.25kg Finish/ Colour: Rough finish – GREY Cable / cord : Herringbone brown linen Ceiling rose : Concrete GREY Colour temperature: 3000k LED WARM WHITE
Concrete Reception Desks

Concrete Reception Desks

LIVING CONCRETE LTD

Project: Design and manufacture of 2 reception desks and browser in GRC cast and sprayed concrete with brass finishes for ROMO GROUP. Materials used: Hand cast and sprayed GRFC concrete in Silk Mist finished with brass detailing. For Romo’s flagship store in London’s Chelsea Design Centre, the Living Concrete team were faced with the challenge of converting complicated geometrical designs into two precast reception desks and a browser. The single casts were made offsite, with each being over four meters long. They were treated and sealed to make them stain proof.
Entrance Concrete Cladding

Entrance Concrete Cladding

LIVING CONCRETE LTD

Project: Manufacture and installation of bespoke 3D GRC cladding panels in Tempest Grey colour and Silk finish Client: Morgan Lovell Materials used: Panels were produced using BTX GRC high performance concrete in 3 meter length and only 20mm thickness. Bespoke 3D BTX GRC high performance concrete cladding panels were installed by Living Concrete to the famous 10 Old Bailey entrance. The panels were 3 meters in length each but only 20mm thick. Panels were double fixed to a steel frame and sealed in a Silk finish.
Concrete Stairs at Pennybank

Concrete Stairs at Pennybank

LIVING CONCRETE LTD

Project:  Refurbishment and restoration of 6 flights of concrete stairs and landings at Pennybank Chambers, London     Client: Emrys Architects, DDC LTDMaterials used:  MicroConcrete coating in Grey colour and Satin finishThe Living Concrete team were commissioned by Emrys to refurbish and restore an old concrete staircase. This was followed by hand application of Microconcrete coating with Anti-slip agent around the cast iron step threads which were cast in brass finish.  MicroConcrete coating is especially suitable to this type of artisan restoration and it is ideal for tougher environments such as stairs, shop and office floors, bars, hotels and exteriors with no need for joins or breaks. It can be applied over existing materials which reduces the time needed for application and maintenance.
Cafe Football scores with Armourcoat PPX

Cafe Football scores with Armourcoat PPX

Armourcoat Ltd

Cafe Football, a 140-seat restaurant in Westfield Stratford City, has specified a new external render system from Armourcoat. PPX is a polymer-modified limestone render system suitable for new build and renovation projects, producing stunning honed and textured decorative surface finishes. A GG Hospitality business venture led by former Manchester United teammates Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville, Cafe Football aims to bring an authentic football culture to the dinner table. Designed by Checkland Kindleysides, the atmosphere of the restaurant is warm and welcoming, with hints to football culture running throughout the menu and décor.Armourcoat PPX (Polished Plaster eXternal) has been used to striking effect on the full width external façade, incorporating the distinctive Cafe Football branding used throughout. An urban concrete effect has been achieved with additional layering techniques to achieve the desired look. In addition, large branded planters in the same finish marks out the al-fresco dining space.PPX offers a low maintenance, durable weatherproof coating for building exteriors or areas prone to moisture. A complete PPX External Wall Insulation system is also available to provide outstanding thermal insulation tested to stringent ETAG (European Technical Approval Guidelines) standards.
Outdoor Concrete Kitchen

Outdoor Concrete Kitchen

LIVING CONCRETE LTD

The Living Concrete team are highly experienced at working with leading designers to create bespoke furniture for beautiful spaces. That’s why Charlotte Crosland came to us to discuss the design, manufacture and installation of this stunning outdoor kitchen and entertainment space, housed in a purpose built oak building at her client’s Great Missenden home.We cast a number of items including work surfaces, kitchen cupboards with shelving and drawers, fridge enclosure, BBQ, cast in sink with copper fittings and seatWe used a unique eco concrete mix with a hydrophobic agent to limit moisture absorption and the smooth Silk Mist finish was treated and sealed with Satin Stain protection to make it damage proof. Our high-performance concrete doesn’t corrode or degrade, making it a long-lasting, practical choice that will keep its good looks. It’s fireproof too – a major advantage inside the home, but equally so in an outdoor oak-built structure such as this.
Floating Steps & Concrete Tiles

Floating Steps & Concrete Tiles

LIVING CONCRETE LTD

Project: Cast GRC concrete bespoke floating steps and concrete tiles for private residence in CobhamMaterials used: GRC concrete with hydrophobic agent and stain proof finishThe Living Concrete team were commissioned to design and create 180 square metres of large format exterior concrete tiles to surround the pool area, patio and paths of an exclusive private residence in Cobham.Working closely with the client, we drew up plans which also involved a cascade of floating steps to create seamless access on what was quite a difficult tiered site. Having assessed all the practical and logistical issues, we worked out a tight schedule of measuring, landscaping, pre-cast and on-site casting and, finally, staged installation of all the elementsas well as laying the pool area and surrounds, we undertook on-site casting of fair-faced concrete garden walls in our Storm-coloured plain Rough finish.This project had many challenges in its design and execution and covered a large external area on different levels incorporating very heavy concrete elements – creating this stunning feature.
Concrete Reception Desk at Assembly Rooms

Concrete Reception Desk at Assembly Rooms

LIVING CONCRETE LTD

The Assembly Rooms is a new office block development on a site of a former 1870’s cinema situated on Werter Road, just off Putney High Street.Living Concrete team used an innovative concrete application technique to create ultra-sleek custom-built reception desk for Morgan Cox at Assembly Rooms. A special mix of spray concrete in Mist colour was applied onsite to MDF frame, seamlessly achieving a very complex and detailed design.In addition two large planter units with sitting benches were constructed and finished in the same style.
Concrete Cantilevered Floating Stairs

Concrete Cantilevered Floating Stairs

LIVING CONCRETE LTD

The design comprised of a three-storey-high, bespoke GRC concrete staircase with floating precast steps and landings, all in Rustic Grey finish.For the floors and landings we used Microconcrete coating in Lead Grey colour to create a contrasting effect with the lighter coloured walls and the imposing ceiling suspended fireplace surround was hand coated with Microconcrete in Metallic Bronze finish.
K2 Space Concrete Reception Desk

K2 Space Concrete Reception Desk

LIVING CONCRETE LTD

Project: Bespoke concrete-cladded reception desk for a workspace in South London. Client: K2 SPACE / Glenstone Materials: Large BTX Concrete 3D panels (overlays) in Mist colour and Smooth finish. The panels were cladded over a hard wood carcass. To create an impressive raw industrial look, we used special large format BTX concrete precast 3D panels that were made to K2 Space’s specific design and carefully assembled and finished by our team on site. The results speak for themselves in this stylish modern office space where this stunning 6m long and 1.2 m tall reception desk takes centre stage.
Natural History Museum Darwin Centre ‘cocoon’, London

Natural History Museum Darwin Centre ‘cocoon’, London

Armourcoat Ltd

The Darwin Centre cocoon creates a new architectural icon for the capital, ground-breaking in scale and breath-taking in its originality and creative brilliance.The design features a vast free-standing structure taking the form of an enormous cocoon within a glass atrium. The eight storey high cocoon houses a unique collection of 17 million insects and 3 million plants collected over the last 300 years by scientists including Charles Darwin, Alfred Russel Wallace and Sir Hans Sloane. The building completes the Museum’s life science complex, the Darwin Centre, following the first phase opened in 2002.Design TeamThe response of the architectural design team at C.F. Møller, lead by partner Anna Maria Indrio, was to create an engaging image reminiscent of an essentially organic form. The surface and texture also needed to reflect this, so the subtle sheen of the ivory coloured Armourcoat plaster was chosen. With an intersecting network of ‘silk threads’ that criss-cross the cocoon, the surface allows for movement and provides a visual framework for openings and niches. Armourcoat was specified to devise a unique creative solution combining both the insulation and the final decorative layers. The cocoon performs a genuinely protective job providing thermal mass to inhibit any fluctuations to the internal temperature – essential for the museum’s treasured specimens. The structure also houses state-of-the-art laboratories for 250 international scientists and an interactive visitor exhibition.ConstructionA sixty-five metre long skeletal structure was built by sprayed concrete specialist Shotcrete – the first above ground sprayed concrete structural element in the world. Expanded metal mesh was fitted to the steel re-bar framework and a 250mm thick layer of concrete was spray applied to create a 3,500 m2 raw concrete surface. Armourcoat then applied a resin modified render to the structure to minimize localized variations to the surface, before the polystyrene insulation layer was fixed. Using Dryvit Genesis adhesive and over 16,000 Hilti insulation fasteners, a 50mm polystyrene layer was fitted to the entire surface of the cocoon then covered with a layer of reinforcing mesh bedded into Dryvit Genesis basecoat. To create the silk threads wrapping the structure, a special cutting machine was devised which could cut an accurate slot and create the individual 340 panels which make up the cocoon surface. A total of 5.6km of edge bead was then fitted before Armourcoat’s unique AntiCrack substrate preparation system was applied. AntiCrack is a polymer and fibre modified gypsum skim-coat plaster which creates a first class substrate, keeping the Armourcoat plaster layer in peak condition. Two layers of Armourcoat keycoat were applied prior to the application of the final finish. The finished effect of a giant silk cocoon was achieved using ivory coloured Armourcoat Armuralia polished plaster - an exquisite, smooth finish with subtle tonal variations.The cocoon is a milestone achievement, a unique design and technical solution befitting the historic and social reference of the Natural History Museum. This also is a stunning example of the type of commercial projects now undertaken by Armourcoat, celebrating twenty-five years of creative excellence in 2009.Client: Natural History MuseumArchitect: C. F. MøllerMain Contractor: HBG Construction
Fluid Concrete and Gap panels Installation

Fluid Concrete and Gap panels Installation

LIVING CONCRETE LTD

Large scale Fluid Concrete installation to all floors, window sills and stairs in Cement Grey colour. Oxicrete finish application to bathroom walls in Brown and Terracotta Red finish.Manufacture and installation of bespoke Gap panels in Rough Mist finish to shower walls.Materials used: Large format Gap GRC wall panels in Rough Mist finish, sealed with hydrophobic agent and clear sealant. Cement Grey Fluid Concrete floor coating and Oxicrete wall coating in Brown and Terracotta Red finish.
One in the chamber for concrete specialist as turbine project reaches completion

One in the chamber for concrete specialist as turbine project reaches completion

Whites Concrete

Whites Concrete has supplied a pre-cast concrete chamber for an 11-tonne Archimedean screw turbine installed on the banks of the River Esk in Whitby, North Yorkshire by national engineering and construction company JN Bentley. The Whites Concrete chamber has been constructed using robust Groundwall L-shaped units, to house the 2.9m diameter screw turbine. The latter will operate with up to 4 cumec with a rated capacity of 51.6KW as it generates electricity for Esk Energy (Yorkshire). Esk Energy secured funding towards the cost of the project through a community share issue.

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