The station’s original floor tiles had started to crack and move, which is problematic when the facility has to cope with 60,000 daily commuters. The site’s operators recognised that a refurbishment solution was required which would create a hard-wearing, non-slip and highly decorative finish.
The chosen flooring system would have to be rapidly installed overnight to ensure minimal disruption to the commuters. To achieve this, the architects used 2,650m2 of Flowcrete Australia’s Flowfast SRQ in a range of bespoke, vibrant colours. The fast curing methyl methacrylate formulation of the Flowfast range means that these floors can fully cure in as little as one hour.
This system allowed the City of Perth Train Station to install a new floor that was specifically tailored to the station’s difficult working conditions within the small window of time that was available to them.
The designers embraced the artistic potential of Flowfast SRQ to create one of the largest pieces of public artwork in the country; secure in the knowledge that the system’s durable nature would protect the floor’s visual impact. The eye-catching new surface was designed to mirror the station’s interconnected network of tracks, cables and lights. The designers used the oil painting technique of underpainting, using complementary colours to enrich the depth of the floor’s aesthetics.