Beckworth Emporium is a garden centre with a food hall specialising in local produce, located in Northampton. Recently the company has opened a restaurant featuring 1400sqm of tiling.
The ‘Restaurant in the Glasshouse’ aims to provide an experience where customers can enjoy a relaxed dining atmosphere in the natural light of the glass conservatory space.
Tiling commenced on the expansion and refurb of the premises in April 2021 and was completed by mid-May 2021. Richmond Ceramics was the tiling contractor. The area featured Gladbeck 2WDR004 Mid Grey tiles, 1200 x 600 x 8mm.
The involvement of Norcros Adhesives, via Richmond Ceramics, was said to be key to the success of the project, as it was able to provide a full M40 specification. The job was not straightforward, including several areas which combined old and new substrates. To manage this, the company’s Permalayer Anti-Fracture Membrane was used to compensate for any shrinkage during the curing of concrete.
The use of Norcros Permalayer also reportedly allowed the contractor to start tiling after two days curing time, rather than waiting the 42 days recommended by British Standards. This time saving helped to get the project completed in the tight timescale set out by the client.
Because of the nature of the substrate, Norcros S1 Rapid Set Adhesive was also specified with the aim of providing increased protection against background movement stresses and greater tolerance for a problematic screed.
The company’s 4-Into-1 grout was also specified as it is said to be rapid setting, anti-bacterial, flexible, and water-resistant.
Norcros Adhesives’ ability to specify problem-solving products resulted in a stunning finish to the tiled surface, which totally complements the overall refurbishment project, the company says.
“The client is delighted with the result and is looking forward to welcoming back customers now that the restaurant is open to the public again,” said Gavin Spencer, Director at Richmond Ceramics.