Old Parliament House, Canberra
INSTALLER: Andrew Nott from S & A Sealant Canberra
Old Parliament House was opened in 1927 as the house of the Federal Parliament until 1988. Today, this significant historical building is home to a Museum depicting Australia’s rich political history. As a heritage building, constant conservation and sympathetic upgrading is required. Recent upgrading included installing a VIP disabled lift by excavating under the main entry stairs.
It was discovered during the excavation that the main entry stairs leaked severely causing minor flooding.
Eric Martin and Associates were commissioned to produce documentation and specifications for the
rectification and upgrade of the main entry stairs.
In January 2011, ARDEX products were specified and used throughout the project.
Following removal of the existing tiles and multiple applications of various membranes, ARDEX LQ 92 was used to re-establish correct falls, followed by two applications of ARDEX WPM 300 and two applications of ARDEX WPM 002 waterproof membrane. Tiles were directly applied to the membrane with ARDEX Optima tile adhesive and grouted with ARDEX FG 8.
Products used for this project
ARDEX LQ 92
Undertile Levelling Compound
- Self smoothing - provides level concrete floors, perfect for tiling
- Polymer modified - can be applied from feather edge up to 25mm
ARDEX WPM 300
(Hydrepoxy) Membrane/ Barrier Coating
- Water resistant, prevents rising damp, efflorescence and withstands hydrostatic pressure
- Excellent adhesion to most substrates including damp surfaces and freshly laid green concrete
ARDEX WPM 002
(Superflex Two Part) Undertile Membrane
- Rapid drying time
- Advanced acrylic – will not re-emulsify
Two-Part Premium Tile Adhesive
- Exceptional bonding - suitable for use over a number of difficult to adhere to surfaces
- Highly water resistant - will not deteriorate in constant water immersion applications such as swimming pools
ARDEX FG 8
Flexible Coloured Grout for Tile Joints 1 to 8 mm Wide
- Strong uniform colour - reduces efflorescence
- Polymer fortified – reduces likelihood of cracking
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