A Mapei system of flooring products has been specified as part of a major redevelopment at IWM London. Part of the Imperial War Museums, the historic museum has been transformed to mark the centenary of the First World War; the design– created by architects Foster + Partners – improves access, circulation, as well as creating new vistas to the park outside. Mapei’s high performance cementitious flooring system, Ultratop, was chosen to complement the exhibits and provide a low maintenance floor coupled with resistance to heavy pedestrian traffic. All works were co-ordinated by IWM’s Construction Managers, Lend Lease, and Mapei systems were installed by Polished Concrete Designs for ITC Concepts Ltd.
The transformed IWM London includes new world-class First World War Galleries, a newly configured atrium and temporary events space over six floors displaying iconic large objects, new retail outlets and a café opening into the adjoining park. Alongside permanent exhibitions and galleries, new centenary features include Truth and Memory – the largest exhibition of British First World War art for almost 100 years – and a major family exhibition, Horrible Histories®.
Mapei’s flooring system was specified throughout a 5,000m2 floor area. The specified system included Mapei Topcem rapid-drying screed, which hardens within 24 hours and dries in approx. four days, thereby reducing installation times. Mapei Primer SN, a two-component epoxy pre-filled primer, was applied to both existing and new substrates, and technologically advanced self-smoothing cementitious floor, Mapei Ultratop, was then installed. The system provides an anthracite-toned abrasion-resistant surface, ideally suited to the heavy traffic environments.
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