Peak performance for sporting trio

Sports and leisure centres need the right flooring to meet the demand and strain put on them.

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· Credit: Paul Zanre

Mapei floor systems have been installed at three leisure complexes, in Fife and Aberdeen. They include a new £18M regional sports academy in Glenrothes - The Michael Woods Sports & Leisure Centre, Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre and the new Aquatics Centre at Aberdeen Sports Village. All Mapei products were installed by Architectural Ceramics for main contractor, GRAHAM Construction.

Located on the former site of Fife Institute, The Michael Woods Sports & Leisure Centre provides competition-standard facilities for community use, including extensive swimming, dryside and outdoor amenities. Nearby, Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre includes swimming, gym and dryside amenities, as well as a multi-activity children’s play centre. The largest complex - Aberdeen Sports Village - is a premier sport and exercise centre, that hosts a range of world-class sporting facilities.

The floor specification at Glenrothes and Kirkcaldy included Mapei Mapescreed 704 and screeds containing Mapei Topcem binder; a high performance, fast-drying hydraulic binder which reduces installation time to 24 hours for ceramic and two days for stone tiling. Mapei Mapeprim SP synthetic resin-based and solvent-free primer was then applied. Mapei adhesives - Keraquick, Keraflex, Kerapoxy and Adesilex P9 - were used to bond a variety of ceramic surfaces, throughout wet and dryside areas, at all three centres. Mapei Ultracolor Plus - a fast setting and drying flexible grout - was then applied, providing anti-efflorescence, water-repellent and anti-mould properties essential in a leisure environment.

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  • · Credit: Paul Zanre
  • · Credit: Paul Zanre
  • · Credit: Paul Zanre