From Realtà Mapei International n° 64 - 11/7/2017

The ARC Campbelltown Fitness and Swimming Centre

New ceramics have been installed in the sporting heart of a local council in the city of Adelaide.

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The public swimming pool in the City of Campbelltown – a city in South Australia just a few kilometres to the east of Adelaide – has reached a new standard following the upgrade of the ARC Fitness and Swimming Centre.

A winning mix of creative design, a keen eye on the needs of users of the centre and comforts of the latest generation, have all enabled a centre to be created that provides a combination of welcoming surroundings, fun and excitement.

Today’s ARC Swimming Centre is an aquatic centre with an indoor, heated 25 metre pool with eight lanes, a children’s pool, a sauna and a relaxation area. The complex also has a bar, a gymnasium, a fitness centre, an infants’ centre, five squash courts and multi-functional playing courts for basketball, netball and volleyball.

A large-scale refurbishment with Mapei products playing a key role to waterproof surfaces and install new ceramics.



Work on the installation of new tiles in the 25 metre indoor pool, the children’s pool and on the water features in the recreation area started with removal of the old tiles and cleaning of all the surfaces.

KERAPOXY two-component, acid-resistant epoxy mortar was used to restore the expansion joints, while MAPEBAND TPE, a special tape in TPE, was used to form elastic, waterproof seals in the expansion joints and cracks subjected to movements.

EPORIP two-component, solvent-free epoxy adhesive was also used for these operations to monolithically seal the cracks in the screeds and the second pours in the rigid, waterproof joints.


The floors around the swimming pool were sealed with MAPEGROUT FAST-SET rapid-setting and drying, shrinkage-compensated, fibre-reinforced mortar for restoring concrete and sealing surface cracks.

The surfaces used by swimmers were treated with PLANICRETE SP (available on the Australian market), which is used as an admixture to make highly adhesive, cementitious slurry. The same slurry was also used to form a bonding interface for the two successive layers of MAPELASTIC SMART two-component, high-elasticity cementitious mortar, which is used to waterproof balconies, terraces, bathrooms and swimming pools.

PLANITOP FAST 330 rapid-setting, fibre-reinforced cementitious levelling mortar for internal and external surfaces, which can be used to integrate areas from 3 to 30 mm thick, was applied where required to level the reinforced concrete and make it suitable (after just 24 hours at +20 °C) for the successive application of the waterproofing product MAPELASTIC SMART.

To guarantee the maximum integrity of the sides and bottom of the pool before installing the tiles, MAPETEX SEL, a special, non-woven, macro-perforated fabric used to reinforce waterproof membranes, was integrated into the MAPELASTIC SMART membrane.



Non-slip tiles (119x244 mm x 9 mm thick) were installed on the surfaces around the swimming pool using KERABOND PLUS adhesive mixed with ISOLASTIC 50 elasticising latex for cementitious adhesives (available on the Australian market) which, when used instead of water, improves the characteristics of the adhesive.

Other tiles specifically made for swimming pools were installed with KERABOND PLUS + ISOLASTIC 50, such as special shaped tiles to form a grip around the edges of the pool and on the surfaces of the grates on the wet platforms.

The same adhesives were also used to bond the tiles on the walls, on the steps and on the skirting.

The product chosen to grout the tiles in the swimming pool was ULTRACOLOR PLUS high-performance, anti-efflorescence, rapid-setting and drying, polymer-modified mortar with water-repellent DropEffect® and mould-resistant BioBlock® technology, which is used to fill grout lines from 2 to 20 mm wide.

MAPESIL AC solvent-free, pure, mould-resistant, acetic silicone sealant was then used to form perfectly elastic seals in the expansion joints in the walls and floor.

With more than 2,000 m2 of surfaces to be waterproofed and then used to install new tiles, 1,000 m2 of surfaces to be levelled, 440 m2 of concrete to be repaired, 1,060 m2 of cementitious screeds and 1,500 m of joints to seal with silicone, the key product for the final phase of installing the new tiles in the swimming pool was GRANIRAPID, a specific two-component, high-performance, rapid setting and hydrating deformable adhesive.

Indeed, thanks to its high bond strength and rapid-drying property, GRANIRAPID is particularly suitable for quick refurbishments and for areas that need to be put back into service immediately.



The product chosen to install the new tiles in all the service areas was TIXOBOND FINE S1 deformable, non-slip cementitious adhesive with extended open time, which is available on the Australian market.

The large format floor tiles in these areas were installed with white KERAFLEX MAXI S1 high-performance, deformable, non-slip cementitious adhesive with extended open time, Low Dust technology and very low emission of volatile organic compounds (VOC), particularly suitable for installing large format porcelain tiles and natural stone.

Before installing the new ceramic, all the damp surfaces in the service areas were waterproofed with MAPEGUM WPS rapid-drying, elastic, liquid membrane, which is used to waterproof internal surfaces.

The tiles in these areas were also grouted with ULTRACOLOR PLUS and the expansion joints were sealed with MAPESIL AC.

Project data sheet

Yard inddor swimming-pools
Location Adelaide, Australia
Subcategory Aquatic Centre
Built in 2016
Opened in 2016
Application supplying products for waterproofing and installing ceramic tiles
Start and finish date 2016
Application Type Floor/wall coverings
Client Campbelltown City Council
Contractor company Sarah Constructions Pty Ltd
Installer companies Commercial Ceramics and G&G Tiling
Architects Design Inc.
Specialists involved Design Inc.
Project Manager Robert Maiolo
MAPEI Coordination John Francis (Mapei Australia)
Realtà Mapei Tags: #SwimmingPools #renovation #ceramics

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