Tate Library, Streatham – RonaScreed 4 Day Overlay Quick Drying Screed and RonaFloor Epoxy DPM


RonaFloor Epoxy DPM was used to provide a surface DPM to a concrete base before application of RonaScreed 4 Day Overlay Quick Drying Screed at a refurbishment project at the Tate Library in Streatham.

Tate Library

The Tate Library in Streatham opened in 1890; its building was funded by philanthropist Sir Henry Tate. In 2014 the impressive looking building underwent a 1.4 million renovation. The project returned some of the buildings original features, such as a barrelled ceiling with a large skylight which made it a more welcoming place to read or work in. A new community space was built for staging of art exhibitions, theatre productions and other community events.

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Ronacrete Approved Contractor CCS Drywall Ltd installed over 250 square metres of RonaFloor Epoxy DPM in the library complex; kiln-dried sand was scattered into the surface of the second coat to provide a key. RonaScreed 4 Day Overlay Quick Drying Screed was then bonded to the cured DPM with a Ronafix and Portland cement slurry primer. RonaScreed 4 Day Overlay Quick Drying Screed was selected because of its quick drying and early strength gain, allowing early return for site traffic and early application of floor finishes, thus preventing a long delay waiting for the screed to dry and strengthen.

RonaFloor Epoxy DPM provides a surface damp proof membrane which reduces water vapour permeability. It can be used prior to the application of a Ronacrete bonded screed such as RonaScreed 4 Day Overlay Quick Drying Screed and can reduce the length of a construction program because it removes the necessity to wait for a concrete floor to dry before applying a screed.

RonaScreed 4 Day Overlay Quick Drying Screed is a screed additive that is used to significantly reduce drying time, to allow the early laying of floor coverings. The reduction in drying time allows screeds to be laid later in the construction program, reducing the risk of damage to the screed and in the case of a compressed program it helps to allow construction to be completed on time.

The application of RonaFloor Epoxy DPM and RonaScreed 4 Day Overlay contributed to the speed with which the renovation project was completed and the residents of Streatham had to wait just six months before they could enjoy the benefits of the new library facilities.

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EcoPath MT for the First Tee at Enfield


RonaDeck EcoPath MT was used to provide a slip resistant surface for golfers waiting at the first tee at Enfield Golf Club.

The loose gravel waiting area next to the first tee at Enfield Golf Club was causing maintenance problems; the gravel was migrating to grassed areas and it became muddy and slippery in wet weather, a particular problem in the winter months. RonaDeck EcoPath MT was specified to provide a slip resistant, attractive, easily maintainable waiting area for golfers and spectators. The area also needed to be accessed safely so the design included a set of steps, surfaced with RonaDeck EcoPath MT, leading down to the tee.

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As its name suggests RonaDeck EcoPath MT is a sustainable resin bound surfacing system, incorporating rubber granules which are produced from recyeld truck tyres. It is also porous; applied to type 3 aggregate, the permeable construction is SuDS compliant. As well as helping the environment, this permeability prevents surface ponding, an important consideration for this project.

Ronacrete Approved Contractor Flintstone Solutions placed the vulcanised rubber granules and kiln dried aggregate into a clean, forced action mixer. The two parts of the RonaDeck EcoPath MT resin were mixed with a drill and helical mixing paddle attachment for 30-45 seconds. This resin was poured into the mixer and blended with the aggregate/rubber until it was evenly coated.

RonaDeck EcoPath MT was applied to the prepared base of compacted Type 3 aggregate, levelled and smoothed with a float. The surface was allowed to cure and was ready for foot traffic within 24 hours.

RonaDeck EcoPath provided a visually attractive and slip resistant surface for golfers and spectators to wait on while they watched the first shots being played

Enfield Golf Club RonaDeck Eco Path MT

Enfield Golf Club RonaDeck Eco Path MT

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A modern path for a medieval castle


 

Conisbrough Castle

Conisbrough Castle

RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing with Beige Pearl aggregate was laid to 285 square metres of car park and 20 square metres of footpath at Conisbrough Castle, Doncaster.

Conisbrough Castle is a 12th century Grade I listed castle, one of the country’s best examples of medieval architecture, featuring a rare Norman hexagonal keep. The castle was closed for six months for major redevelopment work amounting to £1.1m. The project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage and Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council and included a new visitor centre, larger education and exhibition rooms, interactive displays, improved access, signage and parking.

The new visitor centre was built onto an existing Victorian lodge and the surrounding park was landscaped. The car park and the area in front of the centre and its surrounding path were surfaced with RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing by Ronacrete Approved Contractor Route One Highways.

New media centre Conisbrough Castle

New media centre Conisbrough Castle

The RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing System was supplied as a two-component UV stable polyurethane resin and a blend of kiln-dried aggregates; the two resin components were mixed by Route One with a slow speed drill and paddle before being added to a forced action mixer containing the Beige Pearl aggregate blend. The RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing was spread to level and the surface was smoothed with a steel float. RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing was applied at a thickness of 15mm on the path and 18mm in the car park.

RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing satisfies SuDS requirements, allowing rainwater to quickly and easily drain through the porous surface.  The surfacing is tested to BS 8204-6 and this test shows the risk of slip to be low, an important factor to consider at a busy tourist attraction. RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing is also suitable for wheelchair ‘traffic’ as wheels will not sink and get caught as they do in loose gravel paths.   The resistance of the resin to ultra-violet light ensures that the resin will not yellow or darken and will remain elastic, lengthening the service life of the system.

By improving the access and parking facilities at Conisbrough Castle, RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing has played a role in a major redevelopment project that will bring history alive to thousands.

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Second RIBA Approved CPD for Ronacrete


Ronacrete the UK market leader in resin bound surfacing has joined the RIBA* CPD Providers Network and can now offer a second RIBA Approved CPDs to architect firms.

The CPD entitled SuDS Compliant Permeable Paving Resin Bound Surface Systems has been assessed by RIBA and categorised under the core curriculum subject.

Designing and building it: design, construction, technology and engineering

Climate: Sustainable Architecture, Knowledge level, General awareness.

The learning outcomes from the CPD will be a knowledge, awareness and understanding of:

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  • resin bound and tree pit systems
  • benefits of permeable paving
  • substrate build-up
  • SuDS
  • resin and aggregate selection
  • various test methods
  • specialist contractors

RIBA Roadshow

SuDS Compliant Permeable Paving Resin Bound Surface Systems will be presented by an industry expert from the Ronacrete technical team at the Sustainability Special RIBA roadshow on 5th November in London. Bookings for the roadshows can be made by visiting http://www.ribacpd.com/cpdroadshow.

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“Our technical team has a wide knowledge gained from years of experience in the construction industry which makes them industry experts, this is reflected by Ronacrete having another CPD assessed and approved by RIBA and I am sure any architect firm will find the CPD both informative and interesting. We are currently working on CPDs relating to other products and applications and hope to be able to offer more subject areas in the near future.”

Daniel Osen, Managing Director

Guide to Specifying Modified Screeds

Ronacrete can also offer the RIBA Approved CPD Guide to Specifying Modified Screeds; this will be presented at the RIBA roadshows at Milton Keynes on 9th December.

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In house CPD

Our technical team are also happy to present the RIBA Approved CPDs in the workplace. Further information about RIBA CPDs and other CPDs available can be obtained by contacting Ronacrete on 01279 638700 or email tech@ronacrete.co.uk.

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Waterproofed Basement for Caffè Nero


In brief

A basement in North London which had not been used for some time needed to be waterproofed as part of a conversion project.

The project

The basement of Fairfax Mansions on the Finchley Road in North London had not been used for some time although it had previously housed a café. The building was being converted into a branch of the coffee house chain Caffè Nero and the basement needed to be waterproofed as part of the overall conversion. Harrison Waterproofing was contracted to carry out the waterproofing work.

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Ronafix Mix E

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Product and application

After discussion with the Ronacrete technical team, Harrison Waterproofing recommended that Ronafix Mix E should be used to provide a BBA Approved, durable high strength waterproof render to the basement walls. Harrison Waterproofing prepared the surface by scabbling with a bush hammer to provide a mechanical key for effective bonding of the render; glass fibre mesh was used locally over brickwork of uncertain quality. Ronafix admixture and Portland cement were mixed to produce a slurry to prime the brickwork and the first layer of render.  Ronafix was used as the gauging liquid to produce Ronafix Mix Design E, a blend of Portland cement, sharp sand and Ronafix admixture.  The render was trowel applied in two layers; day joints in the render were positioned so that joints in the second layer did not coincide with joints in the first layer, to ensure there was no direct path for water ingress through joints.

Conclusion

The basement was given a new surface finish using Ronacrete Ronafix Mix E polymer modified render, providing a securely bonded durable waterproof render, ready for interior decoration.  Ronafix site batched polymer modified renders (including Mix E) are covered by BBA Certificate No. 85/1651.

Ronafix Mix E is also available as Ronafix Pre-packed Tanking Render.

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Positive news about the Ronacrete CPDs


It is always good to get feedback on your performance particularly when it is good. We asked people to assess our CPDs against these criteria:

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  • Technical content
  • New/valuable information
  • Length of presentation
  • Organisation of the CPD

Each criteria was ranked excellent or very good.

Here are some of the things people had to say.

 Very helpful representative

 Very good (and unusual) to have someone presenting a CPD who has very good technical knowledge as opposed to being a sales rep.

I really enjoyed this presentation…very easy to listen to and it was great to see the sample materials and where the products have been used.

 The two RIBA Approved CPDs A Guide to Specifying Modified Screeds and SuDS Compliant Permeable Paving Resin Bound Surfacing Systems can be booked here. For other information about the CPDs we offer visit our website.

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Ronacrete joins RIBA CPD Providers Network


Ronacrete have joined the RIBA* CPD Providers Network and can now offer a RIBA Approved CPD to architect firms.

The CPD entitled Guide to specifying modified screeds has been assessed by RIBA and categorised under:

Core Curriculum Subjects

Designing and building it:  design, construction, technology and engineering

Knowledge level – General awareness

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Ronacrete will be presenting the CPD at the RIBA roadshows later this year on 28th October in Crawley and 9th December in Milton Keynes.

“Our technical team have a wide knowledge gained from years of experience in the construction industry. I am very pleased that this has been recognised by RIBA and I am sure any architect firm will find the CPD both informative and interesting. We are currently working on CPDs relating to other products and applications and hope to be able to offer more subject areas in the near future.”

Daniel Osen, Managing Director

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