When the existing MMA car park deck systems began to age and fail at their Premium parking short stay car park at the South Terminal, Gatwick Airport Limited knew that the facility had to be upgraded to maintain their highest level of customer standards. Since taking ownership of the airport in 2009, Gatwick Airport has invested between £15 to £20 million every month to upgrade facilities to achieve the best possible passenger experience.
Ecoflor were tasked with the full re-decoration of all soffits, drop beams and vertical surfaces using high performance anti-carbonation coatings along with the full re-decoration of all in-situ fittings. The existing MMA and epoxy build up deck coatings were to be removed from the car park decks prior to a new high performance flexible intermediate deck system being applied.
All works had to take place in a live car park environment with 45.1 million passengers using the airport annually.
The heavy preparation required to remove the existing deck coatings could not create significant noise disruption and vibration was to be kept to a minimum. With the deck being on level 2, all surrounding car parking levels were to remain open to the public during the works and there could be no disruption to guests in the adjoining Gatwick Hilton.
Ecoflor carefully devised a system that allowed the wall coatings to be sprayed without overspray being an issue. Specialist heavy duty diamond grinding with HEPA filtration and sealed Longopac dust collection allowed the removal of the existing resin car park coatings in a dust free environment with low vibration and noise levels ensuring car park activities continued throughout the process without issue.
The icing on the cake was the chosen deck system. Traffic 500 is a fast cure polyurethane intermediate deck build up system with cure times allowing for same day inter-coating which speeds up installation, but with no odours unlike most current fast cure car park systems. This allowed Ecoflor to install the deck coatings without any working time restrictions bringing the overall project time down to the shortest possible option.
With a satin finish UV resistant top coating, the Traffic 500 system has remarkable anti-skid properties giving a safe, useable surface with aesthetics that surpass the MMA surface it replaced.