Facing the challenge and opportunity to install over 500 000 square metres at one of the world’s largest malls.
A landmark renovation project at one of the world’s largest shopping malls featured the installation of over 500 000 square metres of Flowcrete Group’s polyurethane deck coating materials.
The Dubai Mall refurbished the surface of its car parking facility, which is one of the most expansive in the Middle East and North Africa region with over 14 000 spaces across three separate high-rise buildings.
The award-winning Deckshield polyurethane deck coating system, from global resin flooring specialists Flowcrete Group, was specified for all levels of the multi-storey structure. This system was chosen for its ability to maintain a smooth and colourful finish when faced with operational demands such as constant vehicular traffic, structural movement, fuel and oil spillages, thermal variations, abrasions and wear.
Located in the 20 billion-dollar Downtown Dubai complex, The Dubai Mall holds the record for the world’s largest retail centre based on total area, hosting 635 retailers and attracting over 750 000 visitors each week. “We’re really proud of the surface that we supplied for this iconic Dubai location, as we had to overcome numerous challenges to ensure a high-quality finish,” says Vik Vithlani, Flowcrete Middle East Sales Director. “Appearance was a vital factor, as the car park is the first impression many visitors will have, however, the floor also needed to be robust and hard-wearing. This combination of aesthetic appeal and durability is a key characteristic of Flowcrete Group’s resin floor solutions.”
During the five month project, over 540 000m² of Flowcrete Group’s Deckshield ID and ED coatings were installed across basement, lower ground, intermediate and exposed top level decks of the breath-taking structures. These systems create a waterproof membrane that sharpens light reflectivity and can enhance interior visuals with attractive colours.
Before the new floor could be applied, the previous system had to be raised and disposed of. Voids where wheel stops had been removed also had to be filled in before the Deckshield material could be laid on top, a task which required over 80 000kg of non-shrink grout.
The Deckshield range has proven to be a popular choice for large-scale construction projects in the Middle East.