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Fisherman’s Church

Channel 4’s programme; The Restoration Man, saw Jackie Robinson and Neil Worrell renovate the old abandoned St Peter’s church, located in the heart of the stunning fishing village of Brixham, into their first home together.

The church, which was built in 1874, had stood abandoned for 5 years so when Neil and Jackie found it, it was derelict, damp and dilapidated. Due to its poor condition, it also needed completely stripping out internally and full restoration throughout.

Three different types of ceramic tiles were used throughout the building, including four different styles and patterns of modern wall tiles for each of the four unique bathrooms. Victorian patterned clay floor tiles in decorative designs for the master bedroom, bathroom and kitchen area and off-white extra large Italian 1.2 metre square tiles throughout the ‘modernist’ basement area.

Norcros provided technical assistance in scheduling their requirements for tiling, substrate materials, grouts, silicone and waterproofing compounds. This was a highly complex specification as the tiling was done to a variety of substrates including plasterboard, chipboard, plywood, blockwork, concrete slabs and existing masonry walls. ‘’Norcros were very helpful technically and the products were subsequently delivered to the site quickly and efficiently’’ said Jackie.

With over 10 tonnes of ceramic tiles used within the finished project, Neil and Jackie are delighted with how they turned out on the finished build.

The products used included;

Tiling Onto A Timber Floor

  1. The first step is to make sure the background surfaces are clean, flat, dry, and strong enough to support the tiling
  2. Remember to prime the back, face and edges of the board with undiluted Norcros Prime Bond. Check for any special preparation for your background
  3. Now you’re ready to start mixing the adhesive. Here we are mixing a 7.5kg bag. Pour cold water into a mixing but at the required level for the weight of powder
  4. Gradually add the adhesive, stirring as you go, blending the mixture into a smooth, lump free consistency. Only mix the amount of adhesive you will be able to use within 30 minutes
  5. Spread the adhesive with a suitable notched trowel
  6. Firmly apply the tiles into the adhesive ribs with a slight twisting action to flatten the ribs to create an even, solid bed of adhesive. It is advised to lift a tile every now and again to check the coverage
  7. The adhesive is rapid setting, so the tiles can be grouted 3 hours later

Tiling Onto A Screed Floor

  1. The first step is to make sure the background surfaces are dry, clean, flat and strong enough to support the tiling. Check for special preparation instructions for your background
  2. Now we’re ready to start mixing the adhesive. Pour cold water into the mixing bucket to the required level for the weight of powder. Gradually add the adhesive, stirring as you go, creating a smooth, lump free consistency. Only mix the amount of adhesive you will be able to use within 30 minutes
  3. Spread the adhesive using a suitable notched trowel
  4. Firmly apply the tiles into the adhesive ribs, using a slight twisting action
  5. It is advised to lift a tile now and again to check the coverage
  6. The adhesive is rapid setting so you can begin grouting 3 hours later

Grouting Wall Tiles

  1. First of all, check that the adhesive is set and the joints between the tiles are clean and dry and clear of adhesive
  2. Apply a protective sealant to porous tiles to prevent discolouring. Trial a small area first
  3. Now you’re ready to start mixing a grout. Using the instructions stated on the packet for the mix quantity measure the water you need for your mix and pour it into your mixing bucket and add the powder to the required level. Stir as you go into a smooth, lump free consistency. Only mix as much grout as you’re likely to use within an hour
  4. Check the grout is well mixed
  5. Now you’re ready to start grouting. Use a grout float to carefully press the grout into the joints and clean off any residues from the surface of the tiles with a damp sponge before the grout starts to set
  6. Once set, polish the towels with a clean, damp cloth to remove any remaining grout film

Barratt/David Wilson Homes

Norcros Adhesives are proud to be the sole national specifier and supplier of adhesive and grouts for all Barratt and David Wilson Home builds. Working closely with both of the companies, as well as on-site with the tiling contractors, tiling systems were developed to suit all installations and substrates whilst keeping to the tight schedules common to all new builds.

The products used included;