South Africa’s Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, situated in the fast-developing Menlyn region of Pretoria – Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, is an award-winning super-regional shopping centre. 

After effecting a R2.5 billion redevelopment, Menlyn Park set a new standard by becoming the second biggest mall in Africa.

To facilitate the opening of a new gym in the mall, BKV Holdings was contracted to refurbish the existing floor. BKV understood the importance of a quality underlayment in order to achieve a smooth flooring finish. With this in mind, they opted for Sika’s self-levelling screed, Sikafloor®-200 Level. Their primary challenge in ensuring a 100% level floor, considering a substantial 2500 m2 had to be refurbished, was that time was limited to one week.

To prepare the floor, the existing tiles were lifted, along with the mechanical removal of the remaining tile adhesive layer. Once this was complete, and the floor cleaned, Sikafloor®-01 Primer was used as a primer and bonding agent on the existing concrete floor. Sikafloor®-200 Level was then applied as a self-levelling screed for the underlayment of the final floor.

Sikafloor®-200 Level is ideal for filling, smoothing and levelling of suitable substrates; before applying either parquet, ceramic tiles, seamless resin floors, textiles or elastic floor coverings.

Up to 900 bags of Sikafloor®-200 Level were required to get an even 10 mm screed layer across the floor. After a setting time of 4 hours, the floor was ready for covering with a combination of rubber mats and tiles, chosen specifically for the gym environment.

Another significant challenge occurred towards the end of the application of the Sikafloor-200 Level when a burst water pipe sprayed water over the newly laid screed. To the product’s credit, there was no damage at all.

Sika and BVK Holdings succeeded in establishing a perfectly smooth underlayment and delivered a perfect floor in the tight deadline.

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