StructureCare, has successfully overcome the elements and challenges installing MMA deck coatings in cold weather conditions at Barnsley. Due to lockdown restrictions, the project was pushed into the colder months. Top deck coatings consisting of a total of 2,514 m2 and internal deck coatings consisting of 15,089m2 were installed during the period July 2020 to May 2021 at The Glass Works - Barnsley Council’s flagship retail, leisure and community development that is transforming Barnsley town centre. Barnsley is a large traditional market and college town in South Yorkshire, England.
StructureCare was appointed as a specialist sub-contractor by Henry Boot Construction to install specialist deck coatings and movement joints throughout the new multi-storey car park which has space for 500 vehicles. The selected system is locally-reinforced incorporating a fleece to accommodate the dynamic movement and cracking in higher risk areas leading to a completely durable solution. As part of the works StructureCare also installed specially-designed stainless steel ACO Drainage as an integral part of the deck waterproofing system.
As the project progressed StructureCare were also awarded a structural waterproofing package. This involved applying our Blueshield PmB to the exposed areas of the market podium totalling around 1,800m2.
Mat Clarke, Contracts Manager, Henry Boot Construction explained that the car park deck coatings installation was pushed into the colder months, partly because of Covid-19 restrictions, so there was a change of specification on the lower decks of The Glass Works car park from a system incorporating PU technology to an alternative market leading MMA based product. The methyl methacrylate (MMAs) were used because they have lower working temperatures than polyurethane (PU) systems.
MMAs are attractive because of their high tensile strength, and they also have excellent impact and peel strength. Other attractions are variable cure times and high toughness, along with good flexibility at low temperatures and minimal bond shrinkage.
“The quality of work was very good”, commented Mr Clarke. “The site team and managers were conscientious and receptive to our requirements”. He said he would definitely use StructureCare for similar projects in the future.
Henry Boot Construction is the principal contractor for The Glass Works. This development is expected to create a vibrant town centre with a modern retail and leisure offering, whilst preserving Barnsley’s traditions and history. Phase one is now complete and includes new shops, Barnsley Markets, Market Kitchen, and Library @ the Lightbox. The second phase is expected to be completed in September 2021 and will include the development of 100,00 sq ft of retail space; 25,000 sq ft of food and drink units; and 90,000 sq ft of leisure facilities, including a state-of-the-art 13-screen Cineworld and a Superbowl UK bowling alley.
The works were completed to everyone's satisfaction with Clayton Davis, Project Manager, StructureCare explaining:
"I am delighted with the end result the deck coatings look fantastic. The Henry Boot team were a pleasure to work with throughout the project and were totally understanding when it came to switching to an MMA based deck coating.”