Project Location: West Ham London Underground Substation

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Concrete Cover Enhancement on London Underground Substation

Enhancement of Cover to Freshly Laid Ground Floor Slab


West Ham London Underground connects to the Circle, District, Hammersmith and City, Jubilee Underground lines and the Docklands Light Railway. It is a busy transport hub in East London and was made one of three transport ‘hotspots’ feeding the London 2012 Games. As part of plans to strengthen the rail network and upgrade the power supply, a new substation was built at West Ham London Underground. The new substation is designed to help power the rail system and facilitate the introduction of new trains, increased capacity and improvements such as air conditioning and electronic signage.

During construction of the substation, a new ground floor slab was installed totalling approximately 500m². However, low cover was detected on the concrete and an economical and practical solution was sought to enhance effective cover and ensure that the design life of the ground floor slab was achieved and extended.

The Solution

Cemprotec EF Primer was first used to prime and seal the substrate prior to the application of Cementitious Coating 851, a high performance, two component, waterborne cementitious modified polymer coating which provides reinstatement of effective cover on precast and in-situ reinforced concrete, enhancing durability to achieve specified design life. A 2mm application of Cementitious Coating 851 is equivalent to 100mm of good quality concrete. Being cement based, it chemically reacts with the substrate to form an integral part and has a design life equivalent to that of the concrete to which it is applied. 851 can be applied to green concrete, exhibits minimal hazard during application and is non-toxic when cured.

Cementitious Coating 851 is ideal for the structural waterproofing of concrete, resisting positive and negative pressure under a 100 metre head. It forms a hard, highly alkaline coating which not only protects concrete from the effects of aggressive acid gases, moisture and chlorides, but also has greatly enhanced chemical resistance. CE marked in accordance with BS EN 1504, it is also compliant with LU Standard 1-085 ‘Fire Safety Performance of Materials’ and independent tests carried out by the VINCI Construction Technology Centre have proven that 851 will resist chloride ion penetration for at least 25 years.


London Underground


Global Rail Construction Ltd