Demand for self-levelling screed on the rise

by Tania Wannenburg
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Self-levelling screed from a.b.e. Construction specified for state-of-the-art hospital.

A special self-levelling flooring product is being supplied by a.b.e. Construction – part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group – for the creation of the new Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, currently being built by Group Five in Parktown, Johannesburg.

The state-of-the-art Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital will have a specialised paediatric facility that will provide the children of South Africa with quality medical services, irrespective of their economic status.

According to Ryan Nel, Boksburg-based a.b.e. Flooring Technical Sales Consultant, the company is providing large volumes of its self-levelling compound which can be pumped – marketed by FloorworX as ‘FloorworX Self Leveller’ – to level and prepare 20 000m² of concrete flooring for the application of FloorworX vinyl flooring.

FloorworX Self Leveller, originally developed and popularised by a.b.e. as abescreed SLC P, is a fast-track self-levelling screed which hardens rapidly and is ideal for levelling floors where quick setting is essential. “The screed has several other advantages, including the fact that up to 2 000m² can be pumped daily under suitable conditions, it can be walked on after six to eight hours of being laid in warm weather, and it is protein-free and so does not harbour bacteria,” says Ryan. “Usually vinyl, or other coverings, can be applied onto 10mm thick FloorworX Self Leveller screed after only 24 hours.”

The screed is being applied at the hospital by specialist flooring contractors, H&M Flooring and Universal Flooring.

Peter Jones, a.b.e. National Product Manager: Flooring, says FloorworX Self Leveller has proved extremely popular throughout South Africa and was also specified for other large flooring contracts recently, including the Polokwane Hospital (20 000m²) and the Saldanha Bay Military Academy (also 20 000m²).  

FloorworX Self Leveller is one of a growing range of a.b.e. products manufactured at Boksburg in a special plant with adapted formulas and raw materials to eliminate unhealthy dust emanating from these products when used on building sites.

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