Islay Distillery & Visitor Centre

  • Client: Anderson Floor Warming
  • Project: New Visitor Centre, Bunnahabhain Distillery, Islay
  • Services: 140sqm of Mapei Topcem onto Underfloor Heating

IFT was appointed by Anderson Floor Warming & Renewables to install flooring as part of the £10.5 million, three-year refurbishment programme at Bunnahabhain, which aims to transform the Islay distillery and visitor centre into a world-class whisky destination.

IFT installed 140m² of Mapei Topcem screed onto an underfloor heating system at the new visitor centre at the Bunnahabhain Distillery on Islay. Following this, we sanded the Topcem, vacuumed clean then applied Mapei Primer SN with a full blinding of coarse silica sand. 10mm of Mapei Ultratop Industrial was then applied and allowed to cure for 2 days, before adding one coat of Mapefloor 52W then a final coat of Mapefloor 58W to provide a finished floor.

This job was a huge logistical challenge for the IFT team as there is no suitable sand source on the island. To combat this we used Buildbase on Islay who brought in bulk bags of washed concrete sand from the mainland at our request and the Topcem was taken across by Hebrides Haulage. This was all arranged during IFT pre-start visits to the island, working together with local labour working on the site asking them about sand sources.

Anderson Floor Warming and Renewables are responsible for the heating and plant works to serve the new Bunnahabhain Distillery Visitor Centre, on Islay, with Integrated Flooring Technologies sub-contracted to carry out the screeding works and floor finishes for the project. The screed used in this case was Mapei Topcem and the floor finish was a 10mm Mapei Ultratop Industrial with a Mapefloor sealant, both of which were laid professionally and to high standards, with IFT being highly co-operative and adaptable to the issues arising with construction work on the islands. The products recommended by IFT were very suitable, being fast drying (which allowed for the programme to be reduced due to the fast drying properties of the screed) and were cost effective solutions to the clients requirements.

Lewis Robb, Project Engineer, Anderson Floor Warming & Renewables