When the historic Russell Hotel was refurbished before reopening as the Principal London Hotel in spring 2018, the tiling contractor chosen to fit out the bathrooms and public washrooms was Chiltern Contracts, who in turn specified Kerakoll products for their “ease of use and eco credentials”.
Kerakoll has adopted a GreenBuilding philosophy and tries to apply that to everything it does, from the construction of an ecologically-friendly R&D facility, to the development of new green products and the improvement of existing ones.
Kerakoll has developed an independently certified GreenBuilding rating system to show how eco-friendly each of their products are and are working on getting CFP certification for the whole range.
The company also strives to make the products as easy to use as possible and the award-winning Biogel adhesives are a prime example of this.
Biogel, the recent recipient of The Tile Association’s 2018 Innovation Award, is a new type of adhesive manufactured using gel technology. Unlike standard adhesives, the range can be used on any substrate and any material and is loved by tilers as it holds its shape, avoiding the need to mix the adhesive more stiffly for large tiles, has a long pot life and fully wets the tile back so ensuring a strong structural bond.
A total of 338 guest bathrooms, designed by Tara Bernerd & Partners, were tiled. Calacatta Cremo marble was used for all floors and skirtings in both mosaics and larger tiles, while the walls were covered in a mixture of crackle glazed Metro tiles and Calacatta Cremo.
Time was a factor on parts of this project so Kerakoll UK’s project manager recommended the use of some of the company’s fast track products: Keracem Eco, a screed that supports foot traffic after 8 hours and can be tiled after 24 hours in standard conditions; Biogel Revolution, the rapid-set version of the Biogel range that is ready for foot-traffic and grouting on floors after 3 hours and grouting on walls after 2 hours; and Fugabella Eco Flex which is also rapid setting as well as having a high degree of flexibility.
In areas where the work was not so time-critical Biogel No Limits, the standard set version of the range, was used with Fugabella Eco Porcelana 0-5. Fugabella Silicone was applied as a sealant throughout.
The results speak for themselves: fast, problem-free, tiling giving a beautiful finish for this luxury hotel.
Tara Bernerd & Partners
S & T Interiors & Contracting
Chiltern Contracts Limited
Kerakoll UK Ltd
T: 01527 578000
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