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Communal Walkway Refurbishment


Queens Crescent is a bustling retail street situated in London’s Kentish Town. The roof area above the Post Office building, which also served as a communal walkway area with access to the upper level of the adjacent buildings, had been suffering from leaks. To add to the issues, the aged promenade tiles had worn and become a slip hazard when trafficked. Looking for a lasting waterproof solution that can also provide heavy duty anti-slip surfacing, the client turned to Polyroof for a solution.

To minimise access disruption to the upper level adjacent buildings, the client had organised a 5 day window for the waterproofing and surfacing works to be completed. The main contractor had removed the old paving slabs and membrane back to the concrete deck underneath and carried out repairs to create a level surface.

Project Details

  • Project Size: 66m2

  • Polyroof Approved Contractor: Emperor Roofing Ltd

  • Location: Queens Crescent, London

  • Project Type: Refurbishment

  • Sector: Public

  • System Installed: Polyroof Protec System

Starting on a Monday, Emperor Roofing began by priming the concrete surface to create a sealed non-porous substrate. With its quick-curing properties the Polyroof primer was ready to be over-coated only 30 minutes after its installation.

A specialist twin-pack epoxy metallic primer was applied to metal detailing sections, including ducting vents and the intricate balustrade detail alongside the communal stairwell, which also formed part of the specified works. Local reinforcements were carried out to these details involving taking Protec resin and PolyMat 450 up by 150mm before applying the full waterproofing system. Upon completion the balustrades are to be re-painted, with the paint being taken over the waterproofing membrane to create a neat detail. A key advantage of liquid systems in general is there ability to seamlessly seal around complex detailing; in this instance, quite simply the balustrades could not have been sealed effectively using a traditional waterproofing technology.

Among liquids Polyroof Protec enjoys exceptional fast detailing speeds, where its formulation allows it to rapidly break down the chopped strand mat reinforcement and neatly moulds around the detail it is covering.

To the left of the stairwell the Protec system was chased in at a height of 150mm above the level of the stairs. The termination point of the waterproofing membrane was sealed with mastic to create a fully weatherproof detail. The Protec system was dressed onto the wall abutments to the main areas but left self-terminated as new render is to be applied to the walls and taken down over the top of the Protec system.

After local reinforcements were completed the main waterproofing system was applied to the walkway and stair areas. The two-coat Protec system was able to be rapidly installed with its 30-60minutes cure times, meaning the project was comfortably ahead of schedule by the time it was complete.

Next the designated anti-slip areas were carefully masked off, leaving the exposed waterproofing to the roof perimeters, detailing and vertical sides of the step and stairs. A third coat of Protec was applied to the masked sections and, whilst the liquid was still wet, 0.7-1.2mm quartz sand aggregate was broadcast into the resin. Once dried, the aggregate is embedded within the membrane and lose sand was brushed off and collected to be re-used. In order to provide an extra-tough surface that sealed that aggregate in place, a coating of PolyFinish was applied over the aggregate in the client’s choice of light grey.

The whole installation was completed on the Thursday, one day before the deadline. Considering the very small window to apply the system, the attention to detail and quality of workmanship was outstanding. The client was suitably impressed with the works which greatly exceeded their expectations and elevated the appearance of the area far beyond that of the old construction.