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Mapei systems level & fix at Teesside’s new ‘World Duty Free’

Mapei floor preparation and fixing products were recently specified for an extensive floor installation at Teesside International Airport’s first duty free store, ‘World Duty Free’. The project was completed by Ian Costello Tiling for main contractor Wharton Construction. It forms part of an extensive refit at the Darlington airport, designed by architects Corstorphine & Wright.

The multi-million-pound refit included major changes to the airport’s check-in, security and departure areas, with the addition of a landside Skybar and cafe alongside ‘World Duty Free’. Construction of additional office space is nearing completion, alongside and a courtyard extension.

Works by Ian Costello Tiling spanned the 172.7 sqm retail area and included installation of granite tiles. During preparation of the subfloor, Mapeguard UM 35 – a waterproofing, uncoupling and anti-fracture membrane – was applied between two applications of adhesive, to accommodate potential stresses and enhance bond strength.

Fibre-reinforced screed, Mapei Ultraplan Renovation Screed 3240, was used to level subfloors and tiles were fixed with Mapei Granirapid – a rapid-drying cementitious adhesive designed for fast-track installations and particularly suited to heavy traffic environments. The installation was completed with Mapei Ultracolor Plus – an anti-efflorescence, quick-setting and drying polymer-modified grout, featuring water-repellent DropEffect and mould-resistant BioBlock – and Mapesil AC mould-resistant silicone sealant.
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