Flexcrete Technologies Limited has supplied over 10 tonnes of material for the largest construction development currently underway in the City of London.
Monolevel 844SP, a waterproof, engineering grade render, and Monomix HD, a high strength, structural repair mortar, have been used to underpin and assure the design life of the new European Headquarters being constructed in the City for financial software, data and media company Bloomberg L.P. The Foster & Partners scheme will house all of Bloomberg’s London operations and is scheduled for occupation by approximately 2,500 Bloomberg employees in 2017. Covering more than 60,000m², Bloomberg’s new City of London home will include two office buildings connected by a covered retail arcade lined with restaurants and shops. The development also includes the construction of a new entrance to the London Underground Bank Station.
Monolevel 844SP and Monomix HD were applied by specialist contractor Byrne Bros (Formwork) Limited for slab edge trimming and remedial works at the Bloomberg development. Both Flexcrete products are CE marked as Class R4 for structural repairs and will ensure the 120-year design life of the structure. Suitable for the repair, rendering and profiling of vertical, overhead and horizontal structures, Monolevel 844SP and Monomix HD are easily trowellable, have excellent low sag properties and cure to provide high waterproofing properties with excellent protection from acid gases, chlorides and freeze/thaw cycles. Their high bond strength exceeds the tensile strength of concrete and both products are supplied as single component systems, requiring only the addition of clean water on-site.
Bloomberg London is the biggest development in the City’s financial district and during construction work, thousands of Roman artefacts have been unearthed in an archaeological dig hailed as ‘the most important excavation ever held in London’. Archaeologists were able to excavate the area when work began on the Bloomberg development and since then, around 10,000 finds have been discovered by 60 archaeologists – the largest haul of small finds to have ever been recovered on a single excavation in the capital. Items unearthed include coins, pottery, clothes, shoes, documents, lucky charms and other items which date back almost 2,000 years.
The three-acre site, which was once on the banks of the River Walbrook, is also home to the Temple of Mithras, discovered in the 1950’s and the new Bloomberg London HQ will host a permanent public exhibition on the Temple. During construction work of Bloomberg London, over 15,000 tonnes of steel are being used and the concrete basement is supported by some 850 piles. The concrete floors have been poured on-site with the envelope consisting of natural stone, bronze, glass and aluminium.
Flexcrete Technologies Limited is the UK’s leading independent manufacturer of technical mortars and high performance coatings. With origins dating back to 1983, the company manufactures a wide range of concrete repair mortars, fairing coats, waterproof cementitious coatings and decorative protective coatings. With its head office and manufacturing complex based in Leyland, North West England, Flexcrete products are available from stockholding distributors all around the UK. The company also has a global presence through international agents and distributors in 65 countries worldwide with export sales accounting for over 50% of its business.