Tilemaster helps transform underpass to 'art gallery'
14th December 2015
Posted by Angela Fitzhugh

Tilemaster helps transform underpass to 'art gallery'

A Tilemaster Adhesives tile-fixing system has been used to help transform an underpass in Cannock, Staffordshire into a vibrant walkway. Part of Cannock Council’s ‘Changing Places’ scheme, the refurbished subway now resembles an art gallery, with a “now and then” theme featuring local landmarks. More than 100 local artists, schools and community groups helped bring the project alive, with Cannock Council working closely with Amey. All tiles were custom-printed by Tiled Space and installed by Tunstall Tiles and Bathrooms, using Tilemaster preparation products, adhesives and grouts.

Tiled Space’s murals were printed onto fully vitrified weather-resistant ceramic, with scenes reflecting the history of Cannock Chase. The finished installation stretches for 29 metres and covers a total space of over 200m2; it has transformed the previously dark and dingy tunnel into a place where locals now like to linger - and revitalized the main entrance into the town centre.

Tilemaster products specified included two primers, three adhesives and a flexible grout, with each product chosen to accommodate different curing and location requirements, including moisture and traffic vibration toleration. Following removal of existing graffiti-covered tiles, Tilemaster Primeplus was used to prime, seal and stabilize the tunnel walls. Rapid-drying ready mixed Prime + Grip was then applied to provide a textured “+ Grip” surface, before applying three different flexible adhesives – Rapid Setaflex, Standard Setaflex and Ultimate. Grey-toned Grout 3000 was then used to complete the installation, providing a highly durable, moisture and frost resistant joint.