The new outlet, located in the CWD Building’s 8 ½ shopping mall, offers patrons not only a spacious showroom displaying furniture and home furnishings but also a children’s playroom and food court.
For this project, it was imperative that the building materials would facilitate a functional and safe site for both staff and customers while creating an overall look and atmosphere that reflected IKEA’s global brand and the high standards to which it’s held.
To achieve a floor finish throughout the customer facing areas that would meet these demands, Flowcrete Asia supplied 4,000 m2 each of a fast curing screed, robust epoxy finish and a polyurethane floor sealer. This floor specification was chosen as it would maintain an attractive and effective surface for an extended period of time despite heavy foot traffic, impacts from dropped items, frequent cleaning, wheeled equipment, point loading from displays as well as scratches and scrapes from moving furniture.
First, Isocrete K-Screed was applied to ensure a robust screed layer. Proprietary additives are incorporated within this system to produce an earlier drying time that enables the flooring project to be completed much faster than a traditional screed system would allow.
The screed was then coated with the seamless epoxy system Flowshield SL with a Flowseal UV Matt sealer. The self-smoothing system Flowshield SL creates a decorative, hard wearing finish ideal for environments that require a level, easy to clean surface. A sleek, light grey colour was selected as it matched the interior design scheme and contrasted well with the floor’s black signage.
It took only 30 days to finish the flooring project and provide IKEA with an on-brand, high performance finish in plenty of time for the store’s opening day.