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The Shard: Floors

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From ceramic floor tiles to vinyl floors and external decking, a list of products specified in Renzo Piano’s tower

The offices in the lower section of the Shard have composite floor decks and the hotel and apartments on the upper floors have post-tensioned slabs. The spire structure on the upper levels is entirely steel. The mechanical systems do no rely on under-floor plenums and displacement ventilation.

Floor finishes will form part of the fit-out works for the offices, the hotel and the restaurant, but Renzo Piano Building Workshop is responsible for the design of the floors in the office lobbies, the lift cars and the landlord areas and specified access floors in certain areas such as IT rooms. Toilets have raised floors rather than screeds, which reduces loading. Some of the back of house areas, such as IT rooms have access floors.

The main external public viewing area on the 72nd floor has timber decking and an additional viewing area is proposed above this, with extruded aluminium decking.

Grant Bannatyne, architect, Renzo Piano Building Workshop


Ceramic floor tiles in office toilets
Royal Mosa ‘Quartz’ range

External decking to upper service levels
Cross-cut extruded aluminium profile

Flooring in public areas and office toilets cubicles
Pale European oak

Raised access floors in back of house areas
Kingspan Access Floors RMG 600

Vinyl floor finishes to back of house areas
Altro Classic 25

Timber flooring
Blackbutt, Eucalyptus moluccana

Floating screed to ground floor entrance lobby
Isocrete Isopol SBR Standard on Isocrete PP Fibres reinforcement on Visqueen 1200 gauge polyethylene sheet
www.flowcrete.com, www.visqueenbuilding.co.uk

Bonded screeds
Isocrete Self Level Plus with Arbo Adshead Ratcliffe Arbomeric MP10 sealant on Isocrete primer

Granite flooring
30mm Kuppan green flamed Indian granite with Lithofin MN Stainstop sealant, Mapei Keraflex Maxi adhesive and Arbo Arbosil XL 1099 soft joints
www.lithofin.de, www.mapei.co.uk

Vinyl floor tiles to back of house areas
Armstrong Imperial Texture tiles with Styccobond F46 adhesive by F Ball & Co and Gradus SO 100 skirting
www.armstrong.com, www.f-ball.co.uk, www.gradusworld.com

Epoxy resin flooring plant rooms
Sikafloor 161primer, 91base coat and 264 Sealer to station loading dock, all by Sika

Floor paint
ICI Paints Glidden Floor Paint

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