In the largest ever project carried out by Flowcrete South Africa to date, three of the company’s specialist flooring systems have been installed at the iconic Soccer City Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg.

Set to be viewed by millions of people across the globe, the stadium is the venue for several of the key games during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, including the opening and closing matches.

Beating off stiff competition, Flowcrete secured the specification for 90,000m² of its flooring systems to be installed.

“This is a major milestone in our history and we are very proud to be associated with this landmark project,” says Flowcrete South Africa Managing Director Ian Harrison.

At Soccer City, Flowcrete’s Deckshield polyurethane deck-coating system was selected for installation in the external walkways and the new players’ tunnel.

“Deckshield provides a durable and fully trafficable surface capable of withstanding the heavy foot and vehicular traffic expected at the stadium,” says Harrison.

The only system of its kind to be certified to the stringent American Standards Testing specification ASTM C957, the Deckshield deck-coating systme is also waterproof and UV stable, providing protection against the elements.

In order to provide a sound, level substrate for the Deckshield, a high strength semi-cementitious screed known as Isocrete Self Level Plus was installed first, and in the stairwells and changing rooms, Flowcrete’s Flowcoat Cascade flooring system was installed.

The three specialist flooring systems were locally produced and supplied from Flowcrete South Africa’s manufacturing facilities to international specifications. The entire installation was carried out by Flowcrete South Africa's licensed contractor, and local firm, Sealcon.

Flowcrete also worked on a second World Cup venue, the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, where over 2,700m² of its Flowcoat Cascade system was installed.

Formulated to a special colour specification, Stadium Grey, and with integrated slip resistance, this flooring system was applied in all the food and beverage areas as well as the washrooms.

Both flooring system projects were carried out in accordance with an intensive construction schedule in order to deliver the facilities in time for the grand opening.