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Rapidshield safety lines and symbols

20 December 2011

Clearly visible from the M5, Morrisons massive new £90 million Regional Distribution Centre in Bridgwater, Somerset will be fully operational early in 2012 and will serve all its 65 stores in the South West and South Wales

The striking green building is clad with horizontal panels of various willow colours all inspired by the famous ‘Willow Man’ which stands close by overlooking the motorway.

The Centre has an overall floor area of 760,000 square feet comprising ambient, chilled and frozen warehouses. To ensure the safety of the 1,000 staff employed at the site, over 6,000 metres of safety walkway lines and 500 pedestrian symbols were required.

When fully operational, some 1.8 million cases will be moved through the site each week so with such heavy pedestrian, fork lift and trailer traffic, DLA Architects knew that the long term durability of these lines and symbols was paramount. Selection of the coating used to create them was vital - ‘cutting corners’ on costs may mean that they may fade, and deteriorate and have to be replaced sooner than anticipated - causing massive disruption and costing more money in the long run.

A spokesman for DLA Architects explained: ''After rigorous testing, and comparing various products we worked with the Morrisons team to specify RapidShield. Morrisons had previous experience of the durability and cleanability of RapidShield at other sites and this coupled with the right price and the fact that it could be applied and cured much quicker than conventional coatings, proved to us that we only really had one choice.”

A line marking specification was prepared and Main Contractor Bowmer & Kirkland appointed Certified RapidShield Contractor- Quality Marking Services Limited, who used the latest preparation equipment to clean and prepare the areas for the markings. Special floor masks were used for the line markings and symbols and RapidShield was successfully installed and cured instantly by Ultra-Violet Light after application.

The contract was completed well within the seven weeks allocated for the job and following the initial ‘snagging list’ there was no requirement to re-visit any of the internal markings – a great testimony to the quality of the product and the skill of the applicators.


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