Thanks a million NHS

F. Ball plays its part in supplying one million meals to NHS front line workers.

F. Ball is delighted to have played a part in the success of, an initiative dreamt up by former McLaren boss Ron Dennis CBE and his daughter Dr Charlotte Hall, an NHS anaesthetist, to provide one million nutritious, free meals to NHS staff over a three-month period as they have fought the coronavirus pandemic.

F. Ball supported the initiative by donating floor preparation materials and adhesive to install temporary flooring at a former aircraft hangar in Bicester that was transformed into a food distribution centre for the project.

In announcing the success to partners and supporters, said: “In a mere 92 days we – and of course that includes our amazing pool of 1,800 volunteers in Bicester – delivered a massive seven million food items, one million meal packs and 72,000 soothe & care boxes to 53 hospitals across the country.

“We cannot thank you enough for everything you’ve done over the last three months to support and promote the work of Salute the NHS. It would not have been possible without you and your colleagues.

“To mark the end of the campaign, Ron and the team have put together an official video, which we feel captures the positive spirit and energy of everything achieved. The video can be viewed here.

The business-led initiative brought together a group of leading food, logistics, packaging and other specialists including supermarket giant Tesco, which donated the food for the meals. The ‘BOOST’ meals have been fulfilled at the purpose-designed facility in ‘Hangar 113’, a former aircraft hangar, now an events space at the Bicester Heritage site.

Heritage setting
The installation of vinyl safety flooring over a 1,500 m2 area of the aircraft hangar – now an events space at the Bicester Heritage site – was undertaken by flooring contractors John Butler Contracts of Nottingham.

Because the hangar is a designated heritage building, only minimal preparation work could be undertaken on the building’s existing concrete floor before the vinyl floorcovering was installed. After sweeping clear the floor area, JB Contracts installers used F. Ball’s Stopgap 460 Exterior Rapid Repair Compound to fill in a small number of damaged areas of the subfloor that were considered to be hazardous to health and safety.

The fast-setting repair mortar is specially designed for use in damp conditions and has excellent freeze/thaw resistance when used in external environments.

Contractors then installed multiple sections of F. Ball’s loose lay Stopgap Isolator Membrane over the entire 1,500 m2 floor area, securing abutting sheets of the membrane with Stopgap Jointing Tape.

Stopgap Isolator Membrane is an impervious laminated sheet that is designed to provide a moisture barrier to damp subfloors, which cannot be prepared using alternative, liquid based solutions because the floor is contaminated or needs to be returned to its original state afterwards, such as those in heritage settings.

The sheet provides a sub-base for the installation of vinyl, linoleum and rubber sheet floorcoverings. Nodules on the underside of the sheet create an airspace to allow water vapour from the subfloor to migrate to the edges, normally into a dry wall or ventilated skirting.

The JB Contracts team installed Gerflor Tarasafe vinyl safety flooring, provided by commercial flooring specialists, Techfloor, based in Blackburn, over the isolator membrane, using F. Ball Styccobond F46 pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive to firmly bond it in position. Adjacent vinyl sheets were then welded together to prevent water ingress, with plastic trims fitted to the edges and adhered to the concrete subfloor using double-sided tape.

Commenting on the project, F. Ball Managing Director Mark Hughes said: “We’re delighted to have been involved in such a fantastic initiative as, helping to support the incredible work of the doctors and nurses putting themselves on the line as they battle through the coronavirus crisis. Well done to everyone involved, it’s a great achievement.”