Grand Designs Project in East London Features Flowcrete UK
12 Dec 2017
Channel 4’s pre-eminent series on British architecture, Grand Designs, has featured an innovative project that utilised decorative resin flooring and fast curing screed solutions from Flowcrete UK to create a young couple’s ideal London home.
In the latest season of the show Joe Stuart and his girlfriend Lina Nilsson, fed up of renting but unable to buy at London prices, took on the property market to build their own house on a tiny 9.5m x 4m plot near Canary Wharf. Featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs, the smallest London build to date was originally a coffin workshop and cost the couple £73,000 to buy the plot.
It seemed an impossible space in which to build an entire house, however Joe designed a split-level, three ‘half-storey’ home that cleverly maximised space to create a young, trendy and sustainable London residence. The house boasts some impressive green credentials and it was built according to Passivhaus guidelines to ensure that it was as sustainable as possible.
The structure of the home was made in Scotland by construction firm JML Contracts, using environmentally friendly insulated panels, allowing essential thermal efficiency to meet Passive House standards. The home, designed and cut out before being delivered to London and slotted together, incorporated design benefits such as low energy usage, due to the excellent insulation.
With the build several months behind schedule, Isocrete Fast K-Screed Heavy Duty was specified to produce an early drying, high strength screed. This semi-dry cementitious screed incorporates a proprietary additive to accelerate the curing time while also providing excellent moisture control and shrinkage compensation benefits.
The rapid application properties of Isocrete Fast K-Screed Heavy Duty makes it ideal for construction and refurbishment projects where the screed needs to be trafficked or overlaid quickly.
To fit in with the minimalist and contemporary interior design scheme, the polyurethane-based floor coating Peran Comfort was specified in Oyster White due to its matt, self-smoothing, durable and UV resistant properties. The system was ideal for Joe’s design as the light-coloured coating complemented the site’s sleek, modern aesthetics.
Joe could rest assured that the finish underfoot would maintain its seamless nature and crisp colour for an extended period of time, as Peran Comfort has been formulated to withstand the intense conditions within large-scale venues prone to very heavy foot traffic such as shopping centres, hospitals, hotels and offices.
Taking on the role of designer, project manager, labourer and client, in the end Joe and Lina managed to create a place of their own for significantly less than the average property price in the area.
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Notes to Editors
Flowcrete UK has its headquarters in Sandbach, Cheshire and is part of Flowcrete Europe & Middle East, one of the four divisions that make up Flowcrete Group Ltd.
Flowcrete Group Ltd. is a world leader in the manufacture of seamless industrial and commercial resin floor, wall and coving solutions as well as other specialist coating technologies. Flowcrete Group Ltd. is a subsidiary of RPM International Inc. and has international manufacturing facilities in Europe and Africa as well as Central and South East Asia.
Flowcrete supplies world-class seamless flooring solutions to transform environments across the globe including; decorative seamless resins, waterproof car park deck coating systems, seamless resin terrazzo, durable antimicrobial flooring, corrosion protection, self levelling underlayments, underfloor heating and now underfloor acoustic insulation.
Flowcrete's ambitious and dedicated team, led by President Craig Brookes, is inspired by excellence in people, products and service as well as continual innovation and sustainable growth. Flowcrete continues to use its global expertise to introduce environmentally friendly, hygienic and aesthetically attractive floors to create a better and more sustainable world.