Mapei sets the scene at Gatwick Airport Station

February 12, 2024

Mapei renovation and tiling systems have been used as part of an extensive redevelopment at Gatwick Airport Station.  The project, which was carried out by DMC Contracts for Costain, included construction of a new second concourse and airport entrance, doubling available space for passengers accessing the airport terminal.

Before the pandemic, more than 21 million journeys were made through Gatwick Airport Station every year, and those passenger figures are rapidly recovering.  Providing a ‘bigger, better and brighter’ space, the new concourse is the size of eight tennis courts and has created 500m2 of extra space in the existing station concourse. The upgraded station is fully accessible to all passengers and includes eight new escalators, five new lifts, new stairways and widened platforms, as well as new information areas, wide ticket gates and a dedicated passenger assistance point.

During DMC Contracts’ surface preparation, cracks in the existing concrete screed were first repaired with Mapei Eporip solvent-free epoxy adhesive. Mapeproof One Coat surface damp proof membrane was then applied, to suppress residual and construction moisture, followed by Mapei ECO Prim T Plus – a very low VOC universal acrylic primer. The surface was levelled with fibre-reinforced levelling and smooth compound, Mapei Ultraplan Renovation Screed 3240 

Prior to tiling, Mapetex system anti-fracture membrane was bonded to the substrate with Mapei Ultralite Rapid Flex S1 adhesive – a rapid-setting, low dust flexible, lightweight one-component adhesive.  

During the final fix, Mapei adhesives were used to install the 600 x 600mm porcelain tiles: Mapei Keraquick S1 quick-setting and Mapei Keraflex Maxi S1 deformable cementitious adhesive.  The tiles were then grouted with Ultracolor Plus - Mapei’s anti-efflorescence and mould-resistant quick-setting and drying polymer-modified grout and all perimeters, intermediate and construction joints were filled with Mapesil AC mould-resistant pure silicone sealant. 


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Products mentioned in the article

EPORIP
EPORIP
Two-component solvent-free epoxy adhesive, for repairing cracks in screeds. Suitable as a primer for tiling metal surfaces. Where to use:…
MAPEPROOF ONE COAT
MAPEPROOF ONE COAT
Two-component, single coat application, damp proof membrane for controlling residual and constructional moisture in cementitious…
ECO PRIM T PLUS
ECO PRIM T PLUS
Universal acrylic primer for all absorbent and non-absorbent substrates
Ultraplan Renovation Screed 3240
Ultraplan Renovation Screed 3240
Ultraplan Renovation Screed 3240 is a fibre reinforced self levelling compound, designed for use in the refurbishment of existing floors in…
ULTRALITE RAPID FLEX S1
ULTRALITE RAPID FLEX S1
Rapid setting, low dust, one-component, flexible lightweight S1 wall and floor tile adhesive. Non-slip. Suitable for ceramic, porcelain and…
KERAQUICK S1
KERAQUICK S1
High-performance, quick-setting, deformable cementitious adhesive with no vertical slip for ceramic tiles and stone material stable in the…
KERAFLEX MAXI S1
KERAFLEX MAXI S1
High-performance, deformable cementitious adhesive with no vertical slip, extended open time, excellent workability and Low Dust technology…
MAPESIL AC
MAPESIL AC
Pure, mould-resistant, acetic silicone sealant with BioBlock ® technology for movements up to 25%.

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