I took a phone call from one of my regular customers, it was Jack Jago, Director of Norstone UK. They supply various designs of stone cladding used extensively for projects in the UK and worldwide – for more information visit their website https://www.norstone.co.uk/.
Norstone UK supply our LATICRETE® Platinum 254 adhesive to fix their stone cladding onto sand: cement render or Hardie® backer board and we work in partnership with them offering expert help and advice on all aspects relating to the installation of Norstone using a LATICRETE® System Solution resulting in an exclusive LATICRETE® System Warranty.
On this particular day Jack from Norstone UK asked if I could specify a suitable LATICRETE® product to fix Norstone Ochre Blend Cladding onto a fibreglass water feature which was to feature on ITV’s Love Your Garden presented by Alan Titchmarsh. This was of particular interest to me for not only being a fan of the show, but to have LATICRETE® featured on a prime time TV show, is in my opinion the best way to showcase the high performance, trusted LATICRETE® products.
I went to see Chris Drury from The Water Feature Company who were responsible for building the water feature, for more information visit their website – http://www.thewaterfeaturecompany.co.uk/
Chris and I discussed the use of LATICRETE® Latapoxy 300, which is an epoxy adhesive suitable for direct fixing onto fibreglass. However because of time restraints and logistics completing the water feature in time for the scheduled filming of the show, I suggested an alternative quicker and more cost effective solution. Due to the weight of the stone, The Water Feature Company had to fabricate a carcass in their workshop, which could have the cladding fixed to it on site. The carcass was treated over its’ entire surface area with LATICRETE® Hydroban which made it totally impervious to water and acted as an isolation membrane, offering complete protection and ‘Peace of mind’. The feature was then fixed to the garden wall on site in time for the filming. Norstone’s Ochre Blend Cladding was fixed to the water feature using LATICRETE® Platinum 254, using a thin solid bed of adhesive.
The show was aired on the 23rd June 2015 on ITV showing a complete garden makeover which was carried out by Alan Titchmarsh and his team for a young widow, Nina and her very young family as they cope with the tragic death of their husband/ dad Gareth from cancer. The garden was dedicated to Gareth as a memorial space, water was a key element to give the space a tranquil and reflective feel, which was created perfectly by the beautiful water feature, built by The Water Feature Company, protected with LATICRETE® Hydroban, clad with Norstone Ochre Blend Cladding which was fixed with LATICRETE® Platinum 254 adhesive.
This garden is a beautiful memorial and will provide many happy years to this young family and I feel very privileged to have been given the opportunity to be part of it.
To watch the show visit ITV Player on the link below;