An extensive porcelain installation at BT’s global headquarters has recently been completed by Stone & Ceramic using a Mapei system. The project, at One Braham in Aldgate, East London, features Solus terrazzo, terrazzo-effect flooring and porcelain tiles throughout the reception area, stairs, landings and lift lobbies. It was completed for main contractor, ISG.
Designed by architects, ID:SR Sheppard Robson, One Braham has been created to “embrace agile working, with wellness woven throughout the design”. The flagship location is part of BT’s “better workplace programme” which aims to provide future fit, high-tech workspaces. It houses a workforce of around 3,500 employees, providing flexible workspace, collaboration areas and event spaces, and a ground floor café which is open to the general public.
The terrazzo-effect floor spanned the 800sqm ground floor reception area, 15 stair levels, treads, landings and a further 100sqm client check-in area. Stone & Ceramic used Mapei Mapeguard UM 35 – a waterproofing, uncoupling and anti-fracture membrane – throughout the floor areas. Tiles were installed with Mapei’s Keraquick XL Fibrelite adhesive – described as a fibre-reinforced high yield cement-based rapid setting adhesive – while Kerapoxy Adhesive, a two-component epoxy resin based adhesive, was used to bond tiles to metal staircases.
The lift lobby areas were finished with a large format Solus porcelain design; Stone & Ceramic installed the 1200x600mm tiles with Mapei’s Ultralite S2 adhesive – which the company describes as a one-component, high-performance, highly-deformable, lightweight cementitious adhesive. The installation was completed with Mapei Ultracolor Plus polymer-modified grout. The quick-setting and drying formulation reportedly promoted a fast-track installation and provided numerous performance benefits, including an anti-efflorescent formulation, water-repellent DropEffect and mould-resistant BioBlock technologies.