FlexiDry at the new Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford
20 September 2010
FlexiDry fast drying floor screeds are being at the Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford next to the Olympic Park in Stratford.The installation at Stratford City, the largest urban shopping centre in Europe with approximately 1.9 million square foot of retail and leisure space, is using FlexiDry F3 fast drying screed which will be dry to allow the floor tiles to be laid after just 21 days. With the screed depth being specified at +150mm, the screed technicians are installing it in layers which are rolled for compaction and raked for the next layer so the screed is installed ‘fresh on fresh’. Opening in spring 2011, the £1.5billion Stratford City mall, which will have more than 300 shops, already has 70% of the space leased or committed. The shopping centre will include London's first John Lewis department store east of Oxford Street, a huge flagship branch of Marks & Spencer and a major Waitrose supermarket. Australian developers Westfield expect the shopping centre to be the first in east London to attract major international retailers with it being served by Stratford International railway station, with Eurostar connections to Paris and Brussels in around two hours. FlexiDry fast drying screeds are currently being installed in the entrance lobby areas to the shopping centre on top of a Warmafloor GB Ltd underfloor heating system by FlexiDry approved contractor CSC Screeding Ltd. FlexiDry fast drying floor screeds have been developed by a leading construction additive company and is a world standard product that is being adopted across the globe by an increasing number of contractors and screeding subcontractors. The product is just added on site to the screed mix, according to the required improvement in speed of drying. FlexiDry increases the drying speed of the mix allowing construction to be completed more quickly, and following trades to move in sooner; additional benefits from FlexiDry fast drying floor screeds include better performance of underfloor heating; increased compressive strength and a reduction in cement used in the mix.