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Cardiff Castle

As part of Cardiff Castle, Firing Line is a museum comprising collections formerly exhibited at the Castle in the Queen’s Dragoon Guards Museum and the Welch Regiment Museum. The museum is dedicated to the history of the 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards and The Royal Welsh, and is located within the Interpretation Centre at Cardiff Castle in Cardiff city centre, Wales.

Ecoflor were honoured to be asked for our input in to floor finishes capable of providing a seamless look whilst being hard wearing and comfortable underfoot. The clear choice was our Liquid Vinyl system. As a 3mm comfort resin system, Liquid Vinyl has a permanently flexible surface whilst still being incredibly resilient.

When surveyed, it quickly became apparent that the basement concrete installed was not suitable to receive a 3mm resin finish and we were contracted to install a 50mm levelling screed prior to our resin finishes.

The logistical challenge was one that we do not usually encounter. We had to get deliveries of pre-mixed screed across the Castle’s drawbridge and through the main gateway arch. Then offloaded onto a polythene-sheeted loading area (to protect the historic cobbles), manually shovelled through a smoke hatch in the pavement down a chute to the basement, where the screed would then be wheel-barrowed by hand to the laying zone for our floor screeders. No mean task when you consider that 42 tonnes were delivered over two days and loading areas cleared of polythene before 10am when the first castle visitors arrived!

The installation of our Liquid Vinyl system after the screeding was the easy part, with standard installation over 5,000 square feet taking just 4 days.

His Majesty The Prince of Wales officially opened Firing Line which has since gone on to be an incredible success.

For visitors to Cardiff, we can highly recommend a visit to Cardiff Castle’s Firing Line, which traces the history of Welsh soldiers at war and gives an insight in to why ordinary people are prepared to do extraordinary things and carry out outstanding acts of bravery.


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