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  • Writer's pictureKev Johnson

Case Study: Enhancing Connectivity and Safety with Deckshield SF at Manchester Media City Bridge

Manchester Media City Bridge Introduction:

In the heart of Manchester, the iconic Media City Bridge stands as a crucial link for pedestrians and cyclists. To elevate this essential pathway into a safer and more enduring space, a groundbreaking project was undertaken by 4m Floors using Deckshield SF—a remarkable three-component, solvent-free, polyurethane-based primer and binding agent.

4m Floors UK - Manchester Media City 550m2 Deckshield Project

550m2 Manchester Media City Bridge
4m Floors UK - Manchester Media City 550m2 Deckshield Project

Navigating Complex Terrain:

The Media City Footbridge strategic placement, connecting key areas within Manchester, meant it needed to endure a continuous flow of pedestrians and cyclists. With the aim of elevating its resilience and safety, the decision was made to utilize Deckshield SF—a solvent-free polyurethane-based primer and binding agent renowned for its durability.

Meticulous Planning: The success of the project hinged on a meticulously planned and executed methodology. The process began with thorough surface preparation, ensuring the bridge's deck was clean, dry, and devoid of any contaminants. Given the bridge's busy nature, this step required strategic scheduling to minimize disruptions to foot traffic.

Installation of Deckshield - Optimal Performance: Mixing the Deckshield SF components—Mix Base A, Hardener B, and Filler C—demanded precision. A 110-volt slow-speed mixing drill and paddle ensured through blending, resulting in a uniform mixture primed for optimal performance. The addition of the accelerator was a crucial step in accelerating curing times and minimizing inconvenience for bridge users.

The Application: The bridge's exposure to heavy foot traffic and varying weather elements necessitated a robust application process. Deckshield SF was skillfully rolled onto the surface, layer by layer, ensuring a consistent and even spread. The calculated rate of 1.5kg/m² optimized the product's efficacy, creating a foundation primed for further enhancement.

Balancing Safety and Aesthetics: To address the specific challenges posed by the bridge's heavy usage, a textured layer of Chinese bauxite, ranging from 1-3mm, was cast over the wet Deckshield SF. This dual-purpose approach—providing enhanced grip for pedestrians and cyclists while preserving the aesthetic appeal—struck a harmonious balance between safety and visual allure.

Longevity: As the day transitioned into night, the curing process commenced, uniting the applied materials and fortifying the bridge's structure. The decision to allow overnight curing played a pivotal role in ensuring the longevity and durability of the Deckshield SF application.

Overcoming Challenges: This project wasn't without its challenges. The bustling nature of the bridge meant every decision had to account for pedestrian flow and minimize disruptions. The weather's unpredictable temperament posed another hurdle. However, by employing a well-structured timeline and meticulous planning, the project managed to surmount these obstacles.

Conclusion: The Media City Footbridge transformation was a testament to strategic planning, expert execution, and innovative materials. The deployment of Deckshield SF, tailored to meet the demands of heavy foot traffic and varied weather conditions, resulted in an enduring pathway connecting communities. This project showcased the fusion of methodology, product efficiency, and engineering ingenuity—highlighting that even in the face of bustling activity and the elements, resilient infrastructure can be realized.

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