The complex nature of airports means that architects have to account for a variety of critical operating factors to create a site that can safely manage thousands of people every day while simultaneously maintaining a pleasant, hygienic and well-organised environment.

Specifying the correct floor finish is crucial to ensuring that the airport’s daily activities are properly supported and that the passengers enjoy a high-quality experience. If the screed or finish does fail then not only will it leave a poor impression on passengers, but it could also expose the airport to serious health and safety risks.

Public-facing areas, such as flight check-in and baggage claim, need floors that work with the interior design scheme to create an enjoyable, welcoming ambience. Seamless resin terrazzo, epoxy and methyl methacrylate (MMA) systems are able to provide an attractive aesthetic while withstanding the heavy volume of foot and trolley-wheeled traffic.

Away from the public’s line of sight is an intricate web of hangars, catering areas, transport services, multi-storey car parks, maintenance buildings and more. Each of these areas will need a floor tailored to its specific challenges, which could include ultra-hygienic surfaces for food preparation spaces, the ability to resist harsh chemicals or the strength to hold out against point loading from extremely heavy apparatus and vehicles.

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