Building On Quality and Tradition For Thwaites Brewery
Following the announcement by Daniel Thwaites that the company is to move to the Sykes Holt site, near Mellor Brook, relocating from its current town centre site, main contractor Barnfield Construction selected Ultrasyntec as the preferred flooring partner.
Moving the horses too!
Thwaites has been brewing beer since 1807, and the new site will bring the brewery, stables (housing the company’s elegant Shire horse team), head office and heritage centre into a single location, around five miles from its current home in Blackburn town centre.
Barnfield Construction are currently on site developing this brand new facility for the local brewing giant and presented Ultrasyntec with the opportunity to lay the new floor, specially designed to meet the very specific challenges of today’s brewing processes.
Floor integrity and strength an important consideration
The integrity and strength of the floor is vital, as the new brewing area will house huge stainless-steel fermenting casks weighing in excess of 5 tonne when fully filled. In addition, with the flooring subjected to rigorous wash downs alongside the various fermenting processes, high levels of chemical resistance are required, alongside the ability to withstand everyday wear and tear from beer barrels rolling along the floor.
A floor designed for performance and hygiene
At the initial planning stage, it was resolved that following preparation work and a primer coat, a heavy duty polyurethane screed laid at a thickness of 9mm provided the appropriate solution, capable of handling the different processes.
In addition, the perimeter walls would have a 150mm rendered upstand to create a hygienic, seamless flow. In line with the hygiene requirements, all drainage has been manufactured using 316-grade stainless steel, with a load class C for the drain covers capable of withstanding heavyweight wheeled traffic such as forklift trucks.
The entire project covers a floor area of 580m2, which was completed within a seven-day time window to match construction requirements on site. The work is expected to keep the beer flowing and the traditions going for many years to come!