A Fila surface care regime has been specified for the new, award-winning Library of Birmingham and adjoining Repertory Theatre. The £189m library , which has a BREEAM-excellent rating, is the largest public building of its kind in Europe.
Fila Cleaner and LEED-compliant Fila W68 were specified for the initial wash, sealing and maintenance of over 1,800sq. metres of Brazilian slate, installed throughout the ground floor circulation areas by W B Simpson & Sons (Midlands) Ltd for main contractor, Carillion.
Designed by Delft-based architects, Mecanoo, The Library of Birmingham is a high-tech architectural structure spread over ten levels and situated in Centenary Square, on the west side of the City. It houses a collection of one million books – including Shakespeare’s First Folio – and since, opening on 3 September 2013, has already welcomed over 1.5 million visitors. Externally, the library comprises a series of glazed box shaped structures clad in a delicate metal filigree, arranged over a glazed ground floor and topped by a rotunda housing the historic Shakespeare Memorial Room. Internally, circular voids lined with books provide a sight line to the very top of the building and, on the ground floor, the Library and Repertory Theatre adjoin.
Four Brazilian Slate tile formats were specified and fixed, by W B Simpson & Sons (Midland) Ltd, in a traditional Romaans Verband pattern. After installation, FILA Cleaner was used to carry out an initial wash. The surface was then treated with Fila W68; a water-based stain-proofing protector, which is designed for internal and exterior porous surfaces. The non film-forming treatment seals and protects without altering appearance – and both products are offered as part of Fila’s Green Line. Fila Cleaner was recommended for ongoing maintenance; the highly concentrated, pH-neutral solution leaves no residue and requires no rinsing at the maintenance dilution.
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