Location: London

Sector: Leisure


Project Description:

This extensive project at the Museum of London, one of the world’s largest urban history museums, involved a £20 million investment in the new Galleries of Modern London and the Clore Learning Centre. The new permanent exhibitions transport the visitor through the capital’s tumultuous history from 1666 to today, through five galleries and 7,000 objects. The installation of a number of BASF resin flooring systems by Surtech enabled the museum to use different flooring finishes in the same environment as a holistic part of each new exhibition area. The ability to provide many solutions from a single source was a crucial contribution to the creative continuity of each area’s design.

The Challenge:

Aesthetics and performance crucial to the specification:

  • Hygiene and cleanability also essential
  • Different areas needed to meet different aesthetic demands
  • Varying substrates, some extremely old
  • Durable, comfortable flooring needed to minimise footfall noise

The Solution:

The comprehensive range of MASTERTOP® and UCRETE® resin flooring systems available enabled BASF to supply six different finishes, some in geometric designs in different colours, providing flooring solutions over 2300 m2 throughout the new galleries. One of the museum’s highlights, the Lord Mayor’s Coach, built in 1757, is on permanent display on a MASTERTOP® floor when not in use.

Substrates on the project included new screed, new concrete, new cantilevered concrete and 100 year-old-tiles (the design team did not want to remove these because of their age and therefore overlaid them with MASTERTOP® 1325/REG).

The original specification for the City Gallery floor where the Lord Mayor’s Coach was to be exhibited, was MASTERTOP® 1250, a rigid quartz filled screed. However, the insulated sub screed in this cantilevered extension had cracked along the centre line of each supporting beam. The screed manufacturers “stitched” the cracks but they soon re-appeared.

BASF recommended changing the floor finish from MASTERTOP® 1250 to MASTERTOP® 1324 elastomeric, crack bridging polyurethane with a flake finish. The challenge then became to match the colour scheme and 10 samples of various background/flake combinations were submitted until the designers were happy with a bespoke solution selected from these samples. The floor has performed well despite ongoing structural movement in the substrate.

Advantages At A Glance:

  • Wide range of decorative systems
  • Performance characteristics met all requirements
  • Track record of successful museum installations
  • Flooring systems formulated for sustainability and low emissions

Customer Satisfaction:

Following on from the Museum of London project, MASTERTOP® 1325 was also installed at the Florence Nightingale Museum at St Thomas Hospital in London by Surtech, based on the recommendation of the construction company involved thanks to its success at the Museum of London.