Downtown Palmerston North
successfully trials Global Safe New Zealands's
new space age floor coating
Downtown is situated on Broadway Avenue
in the heart of
the Palmerston North's CBD. Originally built and opened in 1990 the centre
underwent a major refurbishment of its vibrant national and international complex in 2003.
With 22 specialist retailers, 10 food out-lets in its food court, 10 cinemas and a multi-storey public car park it has foot traffic of around 3.5-4.million visitors each year. With such a high number of people
using the facility keeping
the complex looking in pristine condition is a full time job. Whilst floor surfaces may look good when they are first laid, it requires
constant rebuffing and recoating to keep it that way, which can be an expensive exercise.
Like many good managers, keeping costs down without sacrificing quality is paramount when running such a popular mall and Greg Key, the centre manager of Downtown is no exception. He was very keen to find a product that could not only
protect the floor surface but provide customers a non slip surface without sacrificing the clean polished appearance. Unfortunately, until recently there were no products on the market
that could fulfill both criteria.
However, when Global Safe NZ approached Greg about a new clear protective non slip surface coating product, called WearMax, he was very keen to undertake a trial to test the product under real conditions. The product has been developed using breakthroughs in technology from the NASA space program. By utilizing specially developed ceramics it is possible
to create a protective layer that shields
the floor surface whilst creating a non slip surface for pedestrian traffic, eliminating the need for any waxing whatsoever.
Greg opted for trialing the coating in a number of small but high traffic areas to test how well the product would work under such tough conditions. The treatment was completed, with little disruption to visitors, and both Greg and the malls visitors are very pleased with the new clear coating.
“For some time we have had problems in wet weather with a slip hazard on the vinyl flooring. We wanted to retain the look we had on the floor
and with the new WearMax treatment we have been able to
keep the look and drastically reduce the potential for slips. Until Global Safe NZ came along with the new WearMax treatment, we had been looking at a very expensive removal of the existing flooring and
installation of non slip tiles. We are extremely pleased
to date with our investment. The Malls cleaning program has also benefited from this new coating. Scuff marks are now easier to remove and the floor no longer has to be buffed each week saving the centre time and money.”
Greg Key, Centre Manager