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Press Article Published 20/11/09 – Kier converts to Flexidry

Sector: Education – schools Site: Longbenton Campus Newcastle

Smart decisions by Kier North Tyneside will enable the construction of Longbenton Campus to get ahead of programme and introduce improvements in sustainable practice.

The design and build team managing the construction of Longbenton Campus in Newcastle have made a smart decision by changing the design specification of the entire floor screed installation at Longbenton Campus.

Contracts Manager for Kier North Tyneside Peter Dixon was instrumental in changing the specification from a free flowing anhydrite screed and replacing it with the well established and leading FlexiDry F1 floor screed system.

Peter commented “Having considered the drying timelines and other performance data of the original Anhydrite Screed System, we soon realised the floors would take 90 days to dry which would seriously adversely impact the overall construction programme. An alternative approach was needed. An early decision was therefore taken by our design and build team to change the original specification from the traditional anhydrite screed to the well established high performance FlexiDry F1 screed system.

We took this executive decision having consulted the underfloor heating and floor screed contractors by asking them to consider the best alternative approach before making the decision to adopt a fast 7 day dry option which would address the actual installation timelines required on the Longbenton Campus site.

Both the underfloor heating contractor and CSC Screeding Ltd recommended FlexiDry F1 which we learned also provided the added benefit of allowing light foot traffic after 12 hours enabled better compaction properties which in turn significantly improves thermal conductivity over and above the original anhydrite system. This subsequently enabled our project teams and sub – contractors to better plan the installation of the Underfloor Heating System, improve the performance by the screed install teams at CSC Screeding Ltd as well as the interior partitioning and eventually finished floor installation contractors to get ahead of programme.”

All in all, FlexiDry has enabled the design and build teams at Kier North Tyneside to take significant positive step changes in the whole approach to both the UFH and floor screed installation. This has been achieved by proactively considering alternative screed options in close collaboration with the UFH contractor and the floor Screeding contractor CSC Screeding Ltd.

This has been achieved through a collective value engineering approach which will ultimately help towards perfect deliver at the Longbenton Campus in Newcastle and contribute to improving sustainable practice due to the improved thermal conductivity properties of this latest innovation in screed science.

Related press article links associated with Longbenton Campus & Kier North Tyneside

  • Spencer Warner, Managing Director of CSC Screeding Ltd comments on the company’s position as the UK’s leading approved installer of the high performance FlexiDry F1 screed system and benefits this will bring to the construction projects across the Education Sector.
  • Simon Bateman – General Manager FlexiDry Global Ltd on the company’s commitment to support the construction of schools across the Education Sector and the emerging BSF programme. ( FlexiDry Global’s commitment to sustainable building and perfect delivery across the UKS Education Sector )
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