Originally opened in 2007, Greenstone Shopping Centre is one of the largest malls in South Africa with over 150 stores covering 85 000m² of retail space. A one-of-a-kind floor, designed by architects Bentel Associates International for the refurbishment of the food court at the centre is being installed using TAL StoneFlow, a fast track, industrial, terrazzo-look decorative flooring system.
The project entails transforming the existing floor into an eye-catching design of large butterflies, ladybirds and dragonflies by using coloured glass aggregates embedded into the seamless, polished screed.
Terrazzo floors can take up to 28 days to cure before grinding and polishing can commence. While terrazzo floors are very popular, time constraints can be problematic. Rapid-setting TAL StoneFlow, a cement-based, self-smoothing, heavy-duty decorative screeding system, offers the solution. It is polishable within four hours of installation and is designed to produce a durable and hard-wearing surface, which is very well suited for this high foot-traffic area in the shopping centre. The product is also shrinkage-compensated, durable and abrasion-resistant, and its seamless, smooth, noise-reducing substrate is easy to maintain.
TAL StoneFlow is available in a wide range of colours and aggregate finishes. To achieve the desired aesthetic, the products and aggregates chosen for this project were manufactured and supplied to specified RAL (a colour matching system) colours. The unique floor is being installed by TAL approved applicator, ThinkFlood Flooring Specialists.
Greenstone Shopping Centre’s extensive alterations and refurbishments, in line with the centre’s “green” theme, are scheduled for completion before the end of the year. The stunning bug floor in the new food court pays tribute to nature. In the next issue, FLOORS magazine will be doing a follow up on the project.
For more information, contact TAL on Tel: +27 (11) 206 9700 or via www.tal.co.za.
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