New conglomerate tile flooring at Gatwick airport is plane sailing

A major project to lay around 7500m² of new conglomerate flooring and screeding at Gatwick North Terminal has been completed by National Federation of Terrazzo, Marble and Mosaic Specialists (NFTMMS) members DMC Contracts and In Opera Group.

According to Federation spokesperson Brian James, this is a perfect example of NFTMMS members successfully completing a project in a high profile, high footfall area.

“Our experience of dealing with large infrastructure projects, our database of skilled tradesmen and our ability to help with design interfaces all played an important part in us winning the tender to lay the tiles,” explained DMC Contracts Sales Director Conor McCann.

To ensure both the quality of the installation and that testing was undertaken at all stages, DMC Contracts introduced Inspection and Test Plans which were administered for each bay of work that was completed.

The tile chosen for the flooring by the client, Gatwick Airports Ltd, was manufactured by fellow NFTMMS member, In Opera Group, and has been used at Gatwick for more than 15 years.

“We developed a special mix and tile for Gatwick that has allowed them to keep the same base but change the colour, according to the location,” explained In Opera Group Sales and Marketing Director Enzo Favro. “The material was chosen for its flexibility in terms of dimensions and has passed the most stringent tests as passenger levels are in excess of 5000 people an hour.”

The installation processes involved screeding, incorporating movement joints, applying adhesive and laying the tiles. Throughout the installation the floor was thoroughly checked to ensure that there were no sudden irregularities, undulations, steps, ridges, bumps, ripples, rocking or lipping.

The main contractor for the project was Balfour Beatty.

The NFTMMS represents companies who wish to maintain and improve the standards of craftsmanship and technical control on which the industry depends. It includes companies involved in terrazzo, mosaic, marble, granite, limestone and quartz and NFTMMS members freely offer technical advice and assistance with specifications. Visit the website at for more details.