Smet Building Products Ltd – delivering excellence in supply and service to the Tower at GWQ, Brentford in London

Smet Building Products Ltd – delivering excellence in supply and service to the Tower at GWQ, Brentford in London.

The company, which is based in Newry, Northern Ireland, has been awarded the supply of innovative SMET LiteFlo® Lightweight Alpha Hemihydrate Screed in partnership with Sub-Contractors, Plastering Contractors (Stanmore) Limited.  Plastering Contractors (Stanmore) Limited is one of the UK’s leading Drylining, Screeding and Facade Specialist Subcontractors. With an annual turnover of £52m, they have worked with the majority of the largest developers and Main-Contractors in the South East of England*.




Great Western Quarter

Smet Building Products Ltd are proud to supply and be associated with this prestigious project, the iconic final phase of the acclaimed Great Western Quarter in Brentford. Extending to nearly thirteen acres, the Masterplan for Great Western Quarter creates a mixed-use development comprising almost 800 private and affordable apartments, shops, restaurants, a pub, health club, art gallery and crèche. There will also be a hotel and apart-hotel within a new landmark 25-storey double-skinned tower, featuring a full-height light sculpture**.  SMET will supply 14,000 m2 of SMET LiteFlo® Lightweight Alpha Hemihydrate Screed to the project with completion in 2014.

LiteFlo® is really unique in the industry, offering a plethora of benefits over traditional lightweight screeds. Currently, lightweight screed is solely available in a semi-dry application format; whereas LiteFlo® is pump applied – and it’s this ‘pumpability’ – combined with excellent flowability which makes this lightweight screed particularly unique.  LiteFlo® has literally brought the industry up off its knees, making it possible – for the first time – to pump apply lightweight screed in large volumes, without the need for additional levelling compounds after application.

The significant reduction in weight, combined with excellent pumpability makes LiteFlo® ideal for timber frame builds, suspended timber floors, high-rise towers, apartments and multi-storey buildings.  Joris Smet, Director of Smet Building Products Ltd, tells us how the company’s innovative, CE marked LiteFlo® Lightweight Flowing Floor Screed combines improved thermal performance with reduced environmental impact, making it possible to install underfloor heating (UFH) in applications where it may have been ruled out – such as restorations, renovations, retrofits, multi-storey and timber frame buildings.

‘SMET LiteFlo® is undeniably unique, being the first pumpable, lightweight, calcium sulphate based flowing screed available,’ Joris says,  ‘It’s made from specially selected aggregates, making it 30% lighter than conventional flowing screed, meaning less material is required per m2. Additionally, LiteFlo’s low weight enables UFH to be installed in multi-storey timber frame buildings at reduced thicknesses, meaning UFH could be retro-fitted without substantially raising floor levels.’ Joris says, ‘When LiteFlo® is mixed on site to create a self-levelling, pumpable screed, it takes up water much more readily than a conventional screed, mixing smoothly and almost completely crystallising – up to 95% in 24 hours. Furthermore, LiteFlo® can be placed in reduced thicknesses, thereby delivering improved floor U-values.’

SMET LiteFlo® Lightweight Flowing Floor Screed complies with EN 13813:2002 and is CE marked.  It may be applied as a levelling screed directly onto a load bearing floor, unbonded on a separating barrier (polythene) – or as a floating floor and can be used in conjunction with UFH or cavity floors. Its excellent flowability means full encapsulation of UFH pipes. The fully dried screed should be finished with a floor covering, such as tiles, linoleum, wood, parquet, cork or carpet.

Smet Building Products Ltd has a pool of Smet Supported Partners who can install any residential, commercial, industrial, new build or renovation project across the UK and Ireland. State-of-the-art SMET LiteFlo® Lightweight Flowing Floor Screedis designed for application at thicknesses of between 20 and 90mm and conveniently supplied to site in pre-mixed bags (27kg).

At a glance benefits of SMET LiteFlo® Lightweight Flowing Screed

·         Lightweight, high yield, 43kg @ 40mm thickness

·         30% weight reduction compared to normal CA screed

·         70% weight reduction compared to traditional Sand & Cement

·         Smooth Laitance Free Finish

·         Pumpable

·         Under Floor Heating – Full Encapsulation

·         Perfectly Level Floors  – every time

·         German Made

·         CE Marked

·         EN 13813: 2002

Joris Smet, Director of Smet Building Products Ltd, explained the company’s success in securing such a high profile project.  “We pride ourselves on executing the highest levels of customer service to our Smet Supported Partner,   Plastering Contractors (Stanmore) Limited.  By providing this level of customer focus, Smet Building Products Ltd demonstrates best-practice in construction partnerships.”

“The guaranteed ‘just-in-time’ method of supply means continual and consistent quality of product delivered right on site exactly when it’s needed”, said Joris Smet, Director of Smet Building Products Ltd

Why Choose Screed Products from Smet Building Products Ltd?

Bringing European Innovation at SMET

SMET is dedicated to delivering the leading names in flooring materials direct from mainland Europe to Ireland and the UK.  The company’s strength is in delivering a comprehensive range of innovative high quality calcium sulphate and cement based self levelling floor screeds, compounds & binders, supported by exceptional customer service.

Partner in Construction

The complete range of innovative quality flooring materials are backed up with the expertise of a technical adviser. With SMET, customers become Smet Supported Partners. SMET continue to delight their Supported Partners by being site-focused, providing them with flooring industry specialists who will deliver exceptional customer service. The company don’t believe in ‘sell and forget’, the SMET policy is to continue to monitor the scheme to ensure a first class finish.

Innovation in Partnerships

As true innovators, SMET became the first company in the UK and Ireland’s construction industry sector to partner with the NBS National BIM Library. Businesses adopting BIM will have a key advantage when contracts are being agreed, leaving non-adopters suffering.  The UK government has endorsed BIM, whereby all new government sponsored construction projects must use BIM from 2016. This will ensure SMET remains at the forefront of innovation, streamlining and efficiency improvements in the construction industry.  Further, SMET demonstrates commitment to excellence by ensuring all flooring products have NBS specifications alongside the new BIM objects and are CE marked.

A Guarantee for Quality

SMET recognise that, as a supplier of superior quality building products and services, they must ensure operations are carried out to the highest of standards.  In order to achieve this, SMET operate a BSI registered EN: ISO 9001:2008 quality management system which defines working procedures and processes.  Similarly, Smet Supported Partners can rest assured that quality is our priority with all flooring materials CE marked and complying with EN 13813:2002 and EN 13454:2004.

‘We pride ourselves on continually delighting our Smet Supported Partners with innovative products and systems, backed up by exceptional customer service’, Joris Smet, Director of Smet Building Products Ltd