In 2014, Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life, the University of Glasgow and the National Library of Scotland formed a partnership to transform the historic venue into an exciting new centre of cultural excellence that would showcase collections, engage in teaching and research as well as provide a health and fitness centre.
With such a demanding client brief and the physical constraints of a listed building, the project’s architects worked with the best stakeholder groups and partners to deliver a design solution that would maximise the building’s potential. In order to provide a high strength screed that could cope with the stresses of heavy foot traffic, Flowcrete UK supplied 1,750m2 of heavy duty Isocrete K-Screed to create a robust floor buildup for the main reception. Proprietary additives were incorporated within the screed material, producing an earlier drying time and ensuring that the flooring project was completed in a faster timescale than a traditional screed system would allow.
To achieve a visually appealing floor finish, 1,600m2 of the seamless resin terrazzo system Mondéco Mirrazzo was applied over three floors in the main reception, café, corridors and transitional areas in a light silvery grey colour that matched the structure’s natural interior design scheme. The resin element for the ground floor main corridor included 65m of Mondéco coving to a height of 400mm. Mondéco Mirrazzo was then applied to the feature wall in the reception area to a height of 2,200m.
In selected areas, an asymmetrical two-tone effect was achieved by applying a darker shade of grey along one side of the corridor that blended seamlessly up the wall. Light-reflective aggregates within Mondéco Mirrazzo convey a luxurious appearance.