Arnolfini Art Gallery
Architects for the redevelopment and expansion of Bristol’s famous Arnolfini centre for the contemporary arts chose a high specification screed system from the Weber range to meet the need for flooring capable of withstanding heavy foot traffic over many years.
Working with main contractor Cowlin Construction, pump screed specialist Evenfloors Ltd, of Cheltenham, prepared the existing concrete floors by priming, reinforcing and installing damp proof membranes where necessary before pumping new base screeds using approximately 100 tonnes of weberfloor 4360 base flow rapid at an average thickness of 45 mm over electrical conduit.
A finishing screed of weberfloor 4610 industry top, a hard wearing self-levelling industrial formula, was then applied at thicknesses of 10mm –15mm in various areas on all three floors, together with stair areas, landings, internal circulation bridges and the café bar, totalling approximately 1,200 m2.
Because of the extent of the refurbishment work being undertaken, the site was frequently congested and Evenfloors Ltd laid the new screeds to accommodate the main contractor’s programme. The Weber screeds provided early curing, which allowed areas to be reopened to foot traffic with minimum delay.
The waterside complex, which has been home to the Arnolfini for 30 years, now has improved and extended galleries, a new education centre, an additional 60- seater theatre, a library/archive facility, bookshop and refurbished café bar.
Architects Snell Associates worked with project artist Susanna Heron to a brief aimed at bringing “light air and space” into the building. Funding for the project has been provided by a variety of public and private sector sources including the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Bristol City Council and the South West Regional Development Agency.