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Palace Aid National Development Centre

Top-flight Welsh footballers are now honing their skills at the Football Association of Wales’ National Development Centre in Wrexham, North Wales following its recent completion.

Work started on the scheme last August and the complex was expected to be open by the start of the summer. Palace Chemicals products were used throughout the centre after Palace’s client and contractor, West Bank Tiles and Bathrooms, based in Wrexham, was chosen to provide the flooring at the venture. Dominic White, West Bank Tiles and Bathrooms’ Director and Contracts Manager, said 300 metres of natural slate and porcelain slate tiles were used on the job, which covers areas including a reception, hall, and changing rooms. The centre will benefit Welsh football nationally and locally by delivering accessible and high-class training facilities for talented young players and the wider football workforce in North Wales. The development includes two grass pitches, a FIFA quality 3G pitch and off-pitch support facilities, including activation areas, learning suites and changing facilities. 

Eight tilers from West Bank Tiles and Bathrooms worked on the scheme, starting in March and finishing mid-May. West Bank Tiles and Bathrooms used 50 tubs of Palace’s 1-Coat DPM to stop any moisture coming through from the concrete base and wetting the adhesive. Palace 1-Coat DPM is a single coat application, two-component surface damp proof membrane and vapour suppressant supplied in an easy-to-mix dual chamber pack based upon a solvent-free epoxy resin formulation, suitable for interior and exterior applications. West Bank Tiles and Bathrooms also used 50 bags and bottles of Palace Flow-Level, to smooth out the floor. This two-part floor levelling compound is ideal for use when preparing sub-floors to receive decorative floor coverings where it is essential that the smoothest possible level surface finish is achieved prior to laying finishes such as ceramic tiles.

Palace’s Easi-Flex wall and floor adhesive, and Multi-flex adhesive were used to fix the tiles. Easi-Flex is an easy-to-use standard setting adhesive for fixing ceramic tiles, mosaics, marble and natural stone to solid impermeable floors and 15mm plywood overlay. Available in white or grey, it gives a four-hour working time before curing at 24 hours to a fully water-resistant bond suitable for interior/exterior use and locations which are frequently wet. Its long open time and excellent non-slip properties make it the perfect choice for fixing large format wall tiles in circumstances where a ready mixed adhesive would not be suitable. Multi-Flex is a fast-setting cement-based, highly polymer modified, thin-bed ceramic tile adhesive, recommended for fixing all types of ceramic and porcelain floor and wall tiles, including natural stone, mosaics, porcelain and vitrified tiles in interior and exterior locations.

It is ideally suited for application onto timber panels, plywood, waterproof composite boards (18mm exterior grade chipboard) and impermeable surfaces. Multi-Flex gives improved flexural strength, water-resistance and is advised for applications over sub-floor heating. The white version is especially suited to fixing light coloured natural stone or marble. White, whose business was founded in 1970, said the job had been “smooth-sailing”, particularly from using Palace Chemicals products. “We have used Palace’s products for the past two to three years.” He added that the Flow-Level, in particular, was “brilliant” as it was “really easy to use, mixes really well and gives a nice, smooth finish.” “We do quite a lot of commercial projects, but to be associated with something like this, and to be trusted with such a large part of a project like this, is really nice,” concluded White. 

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The Theatre of Diamond Dreams

A mosaic artist had a glimmer of genius when he mixed a Laticrete UK product with diamond dust to create an image of Old Trafford. Renowned designer, and life- long Red Devils fan, David Arnott mixed the expensive particles with the brand’s Spectralock Pro Premium Grout to enhance the metal features on the picture of Manchester United’s famous ground.

Arnott, who grew up a stone’s throw from the stadium – and even had an impromptu street kickabout with former United stars David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, and Lee Sharpe as a youngster – was commissioned to create the piece by a private client. Arnott recalls a childhood memory of playing “lampy”, a game where a football was targeted at a lamp post, and three capped figures joining in. He said one of the guys “whacked the ball straight off the post” twice, from a distance. It wasn’t until David’s sister appeared from their house and shouted ‘That’s Beckham!’ that Arnott and his friends realised they had been having a kickabout with none other than Beckham, Sharpe, and Giggs. Arnott has used diamond dust with Spectralock on previous projects, including the world’s most expensive roulette table, which he made on behalf of designer Debbie Wingham; a chameleon design, a David Bowie piece, and for the pieces of jewellery on a portrait of a client’s wife. 

But these had only used a hint of diamond dust, whereas his football ground creation was “absolutely lathered in it,” says Arnott. A mosaic artist for 17 years, Arnott spent several weeks creating the Theatre of Dreams piece, says: “I hadn’t put massive amounts of diamond dust in some of my previous mosaics. But with this one, now it’s on the wall, it really catches your eye in the light.” “My client loved it. She had seen what I’d done previously with Debbie Wingham and asked: ‘Could you use quite a bit of diamond dust?’ “I told her it was quite expensive, but she said that was fine. It’s for her husband; they are both United fans.” 

Arnott used one tub of Spectralock and experimented by mixing different amounts of diamond dust with the grout until he got the desired consistency and shine. Championing the grout, Arnott says: “I would say Spectralock is the best grout that’s on the market. I’ve used many different grouts and nothing compares. The finish is great, especially working with mosaics, and I know it’s an epoxy but it just cleans up better.” The life-long United fan – who has also created a mosaic of rival Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium – says he received a fantastic response to the Old Trafford piece when he posted a picture of it on Instagram, and many other artists were asking about the products used, including Spectralock Pro Premium Grout. A patented, high performance epoxy grout, Spectralock Pro Premium Grout offers excellent colour uniformity, durability, stain protection, and beautiful, full grout joints in an easy-to-use, non-sag formula.

It is designed for use on ceramic tile, glass tile and stone applications, both residential and commercial. It can be used on both interior and exterior on floors and walls. Ideal for re-grouting applications, Spectralock Pro Premium Grout is perfect for swimming pools, fountains and other wet area applications. Charles Clapham, Managing Director of Liverpool-based Palace Chemicals, which manufactures Laticrete UK products, comments: “The finished piece is just stunning, and the diamond dust certainly adds ‘bling’. David is a fantastic ambassador for all of our products and we are proud to work with him.”

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Laticrete’s Ryder Cup Victory

Brogan Wall & Floor Tiling and S & C Brogan Marble, chose Laticrete UK when it came to installing five new bathrooms and new kitchen floors in a three- storey, five-bedroom house that will be used as a weekend retreat on the Surrey estate that was home to the first Ryder Cup.

The coup for Liverpool-based Laticrete UK came as Graham Brogan of Brogan Wall & Floor Tiling, based in Aldershot, Hampshire, decided to switch from a competitor’s product. Brogan had struck up a great business relationship with Gary Knowles over the previous eight years he was with a competitor of Laticrete UK and decided to ‘follow’ Gary and use the new products he was now championing at Laticrete UK. Laticrete’s products came to the fore for Brogan and his brother Sean, of Guildford-based S & C Brogan Marble. They chose Laticrete 335 Superflex, a high performance polymer-fortified cementitious powder to be mixed with water when fixing all types of wall and floor tile and stone, including low-absorption porcelain and vitrified tiles and natural stone. 

Also available in white for light stone and marble, Laticrete Superflex 335 is ideal when fixing over sub-floor heating and tiles fully immersed in pools or in external locations. Laticrete Superflex 335 mixes to a smooth and creamy paste, has an extended open time of up to 30 minutes and is water and heat resistant. They also used Laticrete Strata Mat, a next-generation, high-performance uncoupling membrane for use under ceramic tile and stone installations, for both residential and commercial applications. Designed to protect the tiling layer from lateral movement & sub floor stress, the unique patent pending design of Strata Mat with its mortar Hydration Vents, creates a strong mechanical bond between the mat and adhesive mortar and allows the mortar to cure faster, allowing for a shorter time to grout.  

Also used on the project was Laticrete Hydro Ban, a thin, load-bearing waterproofing/crack isolation membrane that does not require the use of fabric in the field, coves or corners. Hydro Ban is a single-component self-curing liquid rubber polymer that forms a flexible, seamless waterproofing membrane.  Hydro Ban bonds directly to a wide variety of substrates. It allows for flood testing in two hours at 21°C or higher, bonds directly to metal, PVC and ABS plumbing fixtures and is only 0.5– 0.8 mm thick when cured, when it changes in colour from a light sage to an olive green. Describing the scheme, Brogan said: “We took all the old bathrooms out and put new stone bathrooms in, making them bespoke. We are also putting new stone kitchen floors in too. Trading as S & C Brogan Marble, my brother Sean does all the manufacturing and polishing of the stone and I do all the design of the bathrooms. We work together on projects. We have been working side-by-side since we were kids over 30 years ago.”  

Brogan added that the bathrooms will eventually feature glass showers and vanity units, whereas previously they had been shower trays and ceramic tiling. “We are new to Palace and Laticrete UK,” says Brogan. “They are very good – we are very impressed with the products. Gary is great – he has the expertise and is always helpful. If there is anything we need to know, he is brilliant. He has an absolute passion for what he does and is always there at the other end of the phone.” “Graham used to be a big user of my previous employer’s products – I have known him for many years and used to provide technical support and back-up,” says Knowles. “Since coming on board with Palace & Laticrete UK, he has tried a few of our products and he loves them.”

Charles Clapham, Palace’s Managing Director, said: “It’s a testament to Gary’s professionalism and knowledge that he has been able to bring Brogan Wall & Floor Tiling on board with us. We are delighted that not only have the Brogan brothers’ confidence in Gary that has been built up over the years, but also that they are equally impressed with our products and the fact they are being used on such a prestigious property is an added bonus.”

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The Golden Egg

Showcased next to an egg-shaped handbag worth $6.7 million made by Debbie Wingham – who is famed for creating a series of ‘world’s most expensive’ items for billionaires in Dubai and beyond – at a catwalk event in Los Angeles, the latest creation by mosaic artist David Arnott fashioned a mosaic egg handbag out of more than 2,000 pieces of ceramic tile, £30,000 worth of 24-carat gold tile, Swarovski crystals, diamond dust, and a real black diamond. 

But Arnott says the job may never have been a success without advice from Palace Chemicals and the brand’s MS Polymer High Strength Grab & Fix. As one can imagine, sticking tile to an egg is no easy task. Indeed, Arnott fell at the first hurdle, as the morning after sticking ceramics to a 12in plastic egg, using a strong PVA glue, he found the tiles had fallen off. So Arnott rang Steve Ball, Commercial Director at Palace Chemicals, who advised him to scratch up the surface to make for a better bond, and to then use Palace Grab & Fix

The handbags were showcased at a catwalk by Chile brand Oui Oui bags, which was organised by Wingham and featured designers from all over the world, including Gary James McQueen, nephew of Alexander McQueen. The black diamond was won by a 12-year-old guest in a competition. “Debbie said she was doing something a little bit crazy,” said Arnott. Wingham asked him if he could mosaic over an emu egg, but Arnott said he thought it would crack under the pressure, and came up with the plastic egg substitute. Arnott, who has been a mosaic designer for 13 years, said: “I had a bit of a nightmare at the very beginning. I was using a strong PVA glue and trying to bond it directly to the egg. I left it overnight but in the morning knocked it over by accident and it came apart.”

Arnott said he “panicked” and rang Steve Ball, explaining that he only had three to four weeks to complete the piece and transport it to the States. “Steve said to ‘rough’ up the surface and use Grab & Fix as it will grip to anything. I stuck it on and left it ’til the morning after. I grabbed a piece of tile and could lift the egg straight in the air.” “Steve definitely came to the rescue. I think it would have been ‘game over’. Maybe I would have had to have made the egg out of wood otherwise. I don’t think there’s anything on the market that would have been able to grip to it as well as Grab & Fix. I’ve got a pot of it right next to my bench: any problems and now I just reach for that pot.” Arnott also used Laticrete Spectralock Pro Premium Grout on the piece. He had also used Grab & Fix when he collaborated with Wingham on the world’s most expensive roulette table, which featured $4.5 million worth of diamonds. 

Wingham praised Arnott on instagram, saying: “the beautiful mosaic egg is the largest out of the collection,” adding: “I love how it turned out. David always manages to deliver my redick ideas!” Arnott, who hails from Manchester, is proud of his latest piece, saying: “I think it’s in a different arena, because it’s fashion. You don’t see mosaic cross over to fashion.” Palace Grab & Fix MS Polymer Adhesive provides fixing performance of the highest possible standard by combining unique instant grab consistency with the latest MS polymer technology to ensure instant high strength bonding across the most difficult and diverse range of surfaces. It has initial bond strength double that of most other grab adhesives, and does not require secondary support for most typically encountered high load bearing applications. It can be used internally or externally or even during damp conditions onto wet surfaces, is solvent-free and is available in white or clear.

Laticrete Spectralock Premium Grout is a patented, high performance epoxy grout that offers excellent colour uniformity, durability, stain protection, and beautiful, full grout joints in an easy-to-use, non-sag formula. It is designed for use with ceramic tile, glass tile and stone applications, both residential and commercial. It can be used on both interior and exterior on floors and walls. Ideal for re-grouting applications, Laticrete Spectralock Pro Premium Grout is perfect for swimming pools, fountains and other wet area applications. Palace Chemicals has a fantastic relationship with numerous mosaic artists, offering support and sponsorship, in some cases. Steve Ball said: “When David rang me up explaining his quandary, it seemed a simple solution to suggest. I’m so glad that we were able to ensure another of David’s fantastic creations was able to come to fruition.”

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Hart & Hall Interactive Worm

During the upgrading of St Oswald’s Hospice, Newcastle, Hart and Hall tiling contractors, based in North Shields, were among a number of kind-hearted local businesses that volunteered their services to spruce up the outdoor space. This important resource is used by children up to the age of 18, and young adults aged 18 to 25, from across the North-East, who are battling life-limiting conditions.

Hart and Hall stripped the stone worm – based on the North-East legend of the Lambton Worm, which terrorised local villages of its previous, weather-worn green tiles before priming it with Palace Tilers Primer. The contractors then re-tiled it with stylish black, white and grey 300mm mosaic sheets using Palace Chemicals’ Trade-Flex Wall and Floor Tile Adhesive to stick the sheets to the two-metre wide structure. Palace Trade-Flex is ideal for fixing porcelain, vitrified and ceramic tile and stone to solid surfaces, where exposure to frequent rainfall and a wide range of temperatures is to be expected.

It is a fast-setting grey or white adhesive that allows joints to be grouted as soon as three hours after it sets to give a fully water-resistant, high early strength, bond suitable for locations that are subject to challenging weather conditions. Hart and Hall, which was founded in 1979 and has 14 members of staff and four subcontractors, has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with Palace Chemicals, going back at least 20 years. The tilers were approached by a friend of a friend who was working on groundwork at the hospice and had recommended the firm. Hart and Hall’s Company Secretary, Donna Bradley, explains. “The worm had been there for quite some time. It was getting a little bit old and was in the garden that the kids go out into. We stripped the lead and retiled the worm’s head, did all the edging, and repaved around it. We gave it a fresh new look.” “We’re really glad to have been able to help,” continues Bradley.

The worm helps to cheer the children up. There is now a button that can be pressed to make its eyes flash.” It took a day for the contractors to complete. Alan Thompson, who is a Director and one of the tilers at Hart and Hall, along with Michael Oliver worked on the project. “We jumped at the chance to get involved in helping a local charity,” says Thompson. “It gives us great pleasure to be able to give something back to the community. “The children who use the hospice are really sick – most of them are not going to be going home. It’s great to be able to do something to help cheer up their day.” 

“We used Trade-Flex because it’s hard-wearing and a bit stronger than other adhesives,” notes Bradley. “It is flexible and helps us get around the corners. It helps us work a bit better and it’s frost-resistant.” She said the children at the hospice showed their appreciation by sending Hart and Hall an A4 card they had made, saying thank you for their new play area and revitalised worm, featuring their fingerprints, which they were ‘over the moon’ to receive. The mosaic sheets were donated to the project by Ceramic Tile Distributors for free. Jocelyn Thompson, Children and Young Adults Service Manager at St Oswald’s Hospice, said: “The gardens at St Oswald’s play such an important part of stays for children and young adults who come to us for short breaks and we pride ourselves on our beautiful gardens. 

Unfortunately our ‘Lambton Worm’ sculpture within one of our gardens was out of action for some time, but thanks to local businesses – including Hart and Hall – it has now been restored to its former glory!” “The children we care for particularly enjoy the interactive element of the worm, as it has flashing lights for eyes. This means that the worm is illuminated for the children and young adults to see at all times of day.” Charlie Clapham, Managing Director at Palace Chemicals, said: “We’re glad that our products have been used to help brighten up the lives of poorly youngsters, and proud to have such a long-established relationship with Hart & Hall, a community-minded company.”

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Seagulls Reuse Community Project

It was all hands on deck when Seagulls Reuse (which amongst other things, delivers community arts projects) got more than 300 residents involved to work on a massive mosaic in west Leeds that represents the local area. The 12ft mural, which features the words ‘Armley’, along with colourful hearts and local organisations’ emblems, was unveiled at a special event. It was attended by Laticrete’s James Broadhead and other invited guests, including local councillors and the MP for Leeds West, Rachel Reeves, who scrambled up scaffolding for the occasion.

The artwork has been placed on the gable end of the St George’s Crypt charity shop, which helps the homeless, the vulnerable, and people suffering from addiction, in Town Street, Armley. The mosaic took months to complete, after going out to community consultation and Seagulls then drawing up the vibrant design. Cat Hyde, Project Manager at Seagulls Reuse, said: “The area suffers from a lot of anti-social behaviour and negative press and this was about creating something colourful and creative that people can be involved with to bring a sense of pride to the area. It was about community cohesion and bringing the people together.” Laticrete 254 Platinum was used in the creation of the mosaic. This is a patented, versatile, polymer-fortified adhesive designed specifically for the installation of adhered masonry veneer, stone, and thin brick.

Laticrete 254 Platinum, formulated to be mixed just with water, has a long open time with unsurpassed adhesion and workability. It is excellent for interior, exterior, and submerged applications, as well as providing superior bond to exterior glue plywood (interior only) and concrete. It is billed as the ultimate thin-set for masonry veneer. “In the past we had discussions about the best adhesive to use,” said Hyde. “Laticrete 254 Platinum seemed to be the best choice, especially for durability. This mural won’t be going anywhere.” 

The design was created during community workshops involving residents of all ages, from elderly people to pupils from four local schools. According to figures from the End Child Poverty coalition, 38.4% of children in Armley are in low-income families and 2,400 youngsters are in child poverty. Giving her verdict on the mosaic, Hyde said: “I think it’s brilliant. We’ve had so much positive feedback – it’s been brilliant!” “We couldn’t have done it without Laticrete’s support,” she added.

Hyde says that there are plans in the pipeline for more mosaic schemes, including completing the second half of a rainbow mural at Leeds Market, as well as extending the project in Armley, as “it’s been so well-received.” There is no doubt that Laticrete will be involved in these ventures. Steve Ball, Commercial Director at Palace Chemicals / Laticrete UK, said: “We are delighted to have been involved with Seagulls in such a community-focused project that has helped all walks of life to come together to brighten up the local area and what’s even better, is that it will hopefully be there for generations to come.”

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Diamonds are a Grouts Best Friend

What would you expect to find on the world’s most expensive roulette table? Millions of dollars worth of diamonds, maybe? But Spectralock Pro Premium grout? 

In fact, the maintenance-free, easy-to-use, hard-wearing epoxy grout, along with some $4.5 million worth of diamonds, were the main focus in creating the amazing-looking roulette table that formed the centrepiece of a multi-million-dollar birthday cake made by one of the world’s most expensive designers. Mosaic artist David Arnott was approached by Debbie Wingham, who has previously created the world’s most expensive black diamond dress worth £3.5 million, the world’s most expensive abaya (a cloak worn in the Muslim world), costing £11.7 million, and the world’s most expensive cake, worth £48.5 million: a diamond-encrusted cake for an Arabian client.

This time, Debbie enlisted the skills of Manchester-based Arnott to come up with a piece that combined edible art, mosaics, and diamonds for a client’s son’s 35th birthday. The cake featured a look-alike of the son, edible roulette chips, a roulette wheel and a Gucci man bag stuffed with gold money. Arnott also created the table itself; a roulette wheel and a million dollar chip. The flawless gems included pink and black diamonds; while 35,000 24-carat gold tiles were used and bonded together using diamond dust mixed in with Spectralock Pro Premium. The piece was unveiled at an intimate family party at the client’s home. Using Laticrete products throughout the project, Arnott said: “Spectralock Pro Premium is definitely the only grout on the market capable of adding diamond dust, giving a rich shine to the piece.”

“After seeing my collaboration with Debbie Wingham on the world’s most expensive roulette table, I have had many people asking me where I get my materials from. I use Laticrete and Palace Chemicals for my adhesives and grouts. There’s a reason behind this: I only use the best of the best materials on any mosaic I create for stability. If anyone has any projects for mosaic or tiling coming up I would definitely recommend you use their materials. It’s top quality.” “I was honoured to be part of this project and to work with such expensive materials,” added Arnott. “It is very unique adding diamonds in to mosaics and being able to work on projects without many restrictions, although there is no room for error. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

Available in 52 colours, Spectralock Pro Premium is a three-component system made up of a resin, hardener, and coloured sand. The three-component system means that the installer is always in control of the mixing and can decide how thick the grout is applied. It is also very easy to clean off of the face of the tiles, unlike other epoxy grouts on the market. Spectralock Pro Premium is designed for use on ceramic tile, glass tile, and stone applications, both residential and commercial. It can be used both interior and exterior on floors and walls. Spectralock Pro Premium is perfect for swimming pools, fountains and other wet area applications and provides a maintenance free solution to a grouting requirement. 

Steve Ball, Commercial Director at Laticrete UK, said: “What a coup for David Arnott and what an honour for the Laticrete brand. To be used in this expensive creation is a multi million-dollar endorsement for us and we thank David for being as supportive of the brand as we are of him. A fantastic piece of work to be proud of and we very much look forward to the next big project with David.”

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Laticrete Keeps the Community Beating

An Industry-renowned mosaic artist has chosen Laticrete UK’s ‘solid-as-they-come’ products to make stunning new artwork commemorating the 70th anniversary of the NHS.

UK’s ‘solid-as-they-come’ products to make stunning new artwork commemorating the 70th anniversary of the NHS. Carrie Reichardt’s unique mosaic-based design was unveiled at its new home at the Royal Brompton Hospital and Harefield Hospitals in London on 19th November 2018 as part of the NHS70: Thanks for Everything exhibition. Reichardt, a self-titled ‘craftivist’ of international acclaim, who makes ceramic tapestry, has incorporated hearts made by patients, families, and staff into one of the pieces. Queen of Hearts Princess Diana, a frequent visitor to the Royal Brompton, also features in the work. The hearts used, were all made from clay with help from community arts teacher and Carrie’s friend Linda Griffiths during workshops in the hospitals. Reichardt, who gets her tiles sent from Portugal, refired them and included them in the central piece. She used Laticrete’s Spectralock Pro Premium Grout and Latapoxy 300 Adhesive on the artwork. Latapoxy 300 Adhesive is a chemical-resistant epoxy adhesive that will bond to most sound and clean surfaces. It spreads easily, and cleans with water while fresh. 

Spectralock Pro Premium Grout is a patented, high performance, epoxy grout that offers excellent colour uniformity, durability, stain protection, and beautiful full grout joints, in an easy-to-use, non-sag, formula. Praising Laticrete, Reichardt, who lives in a mosaic-covered house in Chiswick, London, said: “I used them because I had to guarantee it would last and that stuff is solid-as-it-comes resin. As it will be going outdoors in a hospital courtyard, I used what I knew to be the best quality product.” It took Reichardt around a month to complete the three panels, which incorporated vast amounts of research from the hospital archives.

She added: “I was extremely proud and honoured to be able to make a piece. I think it’s really important – now more than ever that we are appreciative of the NHS because we could well lose it,” says Reichardt. “A lot of the imagery I have used shows people protesting over the years. I wanted to show we are thankful: the NHS is not a given, we’ve had to fight for it.” Paying tribute to Laticrete for its support and sponsorship, Reichardt said: “They have been fantastic. They are huge supporters of everything I have done. I met Steve Ball, Laticrete UK’s Commercial Director, at The British Association of Modern Mosaic conference in September. Laticrete has always been hugely supportive of creative mosaic artists. Thanks again to Laticrete for always helping and sponsoring me, and making sure that my work lasts.” 

Karen Janody, Curator at RB&H Arts, the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust’s dedicated arts team, said: “Carrie’s unique aesthetics and her passion for social heritage will make ‘NHS70: Thanks for Everything’ a perpetual emblem to the care provided by our staff – past, present and future – who are dedicated to caring for their patients. It will be a thought-provoking artwork that patients, visitors and staff can appreciate time and again, still discovering new layers of history.” Steve Ball said: “Just like our NHS, Laticrete’s adhesive and grouts are strong, resilient, and tough, so it is quite fitting that Carrie chose Laticrete to complete such a stunning piece for this prestigious exhibition.”

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THIRD PARTY ACCREDITATIONS – What they really mean:

Palace Chemicals Ltd have always been fully committed in securing the benefits of engaging with highly qualified, industry specialised auditors from the BSI routinely to carry out rigorous independent audits & assessments on all our processes, functions & activities. This disciplined approach applies expert scrutiny to validate that we are providing the required outcomes & improvements from all our management systems: Palace’s commitment is further demonstrated by the fact we remain one of the few companies within our sector holding compliance to all three Internationally recognised, Management Systems covering Quality (ISO 9001), Environment (ISO 14001) and Health & Safety (ISO 18001).

This holistic approach requires the dedication of all staff & management in working towards achieving annual objectives for continual improvement, not only in terms of product quality & service delivery, but also ensuring the environmental impact of our processes & activities are monitored and progressively minimised, both in terms of waste minimisation & the development of more sustainable products & process systems.

Finally, the safety & welfare of our staff, operators, customers & end users is of paramount importance, as our health & safety management system continually seeks to reduce & minimise the risks that may arise from process, storage & application of our products.

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Trust Laticrete – Major improvements to Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens.

LATICRETE Spectralock Pro Premium Grout has been used successfully in the joints of a new granite water fountain at Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester. The work was carried out by The Fountain Company Ltd, Derbyshire. For many years Piccadilly Gardens has been the heart of the city centre, it is a heavily used key public space with a footfall of around 310,000 people a week – around 16 million people a year. Under the new proposals there is 2 million GBP worth of investment in improvements to Piccadilly Gardens to make them more attractive and welcoming to families while deterring anti-social behaviour – back to ‘The Good Old Days’ The plans also include a new Pavilion building, introducing family restaurants and cafe bars, creating an opportunity to regenerate a prominent and well used space in central Manchester that is also a thoroughfare to other parts of the city. Having lived in Manchester all my life, I am proud to say Laticrete UK have been involved in creating what is fast becoming one of the most vibrant, exciting places to live, voted a ‘top 10 city in the world to visit’ (Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2016).