The Savoy Hotel
ARDEX UK were delighted to work in partnership with Mega Marble Limited, one of the UK’s leading specialist fabricators and installers of Natural Stone and Quartz, to assist with the completion of the vast £220m restoration of London’s iconic Savoy hotel.
Managed by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, the 268-room property on the Strand boasts nine signature suites and a newly created two-bedroom Royal Suite. Gordon Ramsay has returned to the Savoy Grill and the hotel’s banqueting rooms are already hosting events for up to 400 guests. Additional reception space is available in the new Beaufort Bar for up to 150 guests.
Mega Marble sourced, fabricated and installed a selection of their luxury marble and stonework throughout the public areas within the hotel, including the River Restaurant, Beaufort Bar, Thames Foyer, Upper Thames Foyer, Front Hall, Reading Room, Cloakrooms and lift cars.
To commence this prestigious project, ARDEX A 35 Ultra Rapid Drying Cement was used to screed the floor areas. ARDEX A 35 can be walked on after only 3 hours and is dry enough to receive floor finishes after just 24 hours, regardless of thickness. A wait of at least a month would have been required before a standard cement/sand screed would be hard and dry enough for further work to proceed.
ARDEX X 7001 Rapid Drying Pourable Floor Tile Adhesive in white was used to fix the floor tiles – incorporating ARDEX’s unique ‘RAPDRY FORMULA TECHNOLOGY’ it virtually eliminates the possibility of staining in moisture sensitive natural stone. ARDEX X 7001 has a pourable consistency that facilitates solid bed fixing, and can be walked on and grouted just two hours after fixing.
One such area where ARDEX X 7001 was used to great effect in this project was the famous Front Hall, which has been spectacularly renewed to its former glory with a newly laid, intricate design of black and white marble tiles, co-ordinating with columns clad in the same material. The installation continued under a 4 metre arch of Carrara marble leading down stairs, with marble panelling in the same material, through to The Upper Thames Foyer. Mega Marble’s work continues through the Thames Foyer to the famous River Restaurant where sparkling walls in Star Galaxy granite, and diamond patterned floors in Crema Marfil and Star Galaxy granite are simply stunning. ARDEX S 16 White Rapid Hardening and Drying Natural Stone Tile Adhesive with ARDEX E 90 Admix was used to fix the wall tiles, and once again incorporates RAPIDRY FORUMLA TECHNOLOGY to eliminate the risk of water staining.
Commenting on the project, Rafi Mimoni of Mega Marble said, “We work in many of the UKs most prestigious hotels, and our luxury marble and stonework products demand the very best in terms of adhesives. ARDEX have developed a range of tile fixing products that exceed expectations, and enable us to maintain our reputation for excellence. We were delighted with the results at The Savoy”.
Products used for this project
Ultra Rapid Drying Cement for Internal Screeds
ARDEX A 35
- Walkable in 3 hours
- Receives floorcoverings after 24 hours, regardless of thickness
ARDEX S 16
Flexible Rapid Set Tile & Stone Adhesive
- Minimises the risk of water staining, curling and warping in moisture-sensitive natural stone
- Tiles can be trafficked and grouted 2-3 hours after fixing
ARDEX X 7001
MICROTEC® Flexible Rapid Set Pourable Floor Tile & Stone Adhesive
- Pourable consistency ideal for solid bed fixing large format floor tiles
- Ideal for tiling onto wood-based sheets and boards
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