Old building’s original beauty revived & restored

by Darren
Sika Old building revived Jnl 3 16

Building more than 100 years old is transformed to fulfil modern day needs.

One of Port Elizabeth’s oldest buildings recently underwent a multi-million Rand facelift with Sika products forming an integral part of the operation. At well over a hundred years old, the Tramways building once formed part of the city’s tram network system. However, the building, situated in the Baakens Valley, gradually deteriorated and after being gutted by fire in the late 1990’s, became an eyesore.

As part of a substantial urban renewal programme, the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) decided to transform the dilapidated building. Aurecon, together with Dominic Bonnesse Architects, designed the extensive transformation and, keeping in mind the heritage status of the old building, decided to restore most of the exterior façade.

Since the old floors were in need of replacing, Sikafloor-66 ZA, a solvent-based polyurethane coating that is both decorative as well as protective, was specified in order to keep the restoration as authentic as possible. On completion of the project, contractor Pab Trading had coated the main floor area measuring approximately 1 000m2, with Sikafloor-66 ZA (Clear Matt).

As a feature, one of Sika’s highly decorative, yet economical and easily applied flooring systems was specified for a balcony measuring approximately 20m2. Sika-DecoQuartz consists of a primer coat of Sikafloor-161, a base coat of Sikafloor-263 SL broadcast in excess with Sika PU Coloured Quartz and finally two sealer coats of Sikafloor-169.

Sikafloor-161 is a two-part, solvent-free, low viscosity epoxy resin for normal to strong absorbent substrates while Sikafloor-263 SL is a two-part, multi-purpose binder based on epoxy resin. It is highly fillable and liquid proof with a gloss finish. Sikafloor-169 is a two-part, very low yellowing transparent epoxy resin used as a sealer coat for broadcast colour quartz mortar screeds.

Now that its dilapidated state has been significantly modernised and restored to its previous glory, the grand old Tramways building will once again stand proudly to the north of the Port Elizabeth harbour.

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