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CGI of Paddington Scheme in Liverpool

Composite flooring contract for MSCP at Paddington

Raised Floor Solutions’ specialist car park division has secured a substantial composite flooring contract for a new 1,245 space multi-storey-car-park within Liverpool’s £1billion Paddington expansion scheme.

Paddington Village is a 30-acre project located east of the city centre, within Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter Liverpool (KQ Liverpool) Mayoral Development Zone. When complete, it will be a key element in one of the UK’s leading innovation districts and will act as a hub for discovery and advancement in science, technology, education and health.

The new 12-storey car park is located on the Elm Grove site within Paddington Village Central and has been upscaled from its original design to accommodate nearly 300 additional spaces, all of an increased size. On the ground floor of the car park will be a combined heat and power (CHP) energy centre.

The car park has been designed by architects KKA and comprises standard and accessible bays, parking for cycles and motorcycles as well as 12 electric vehicle recharging bays with the capacity to add further in the future. To integrate the building into the Village, KKA has created an active commercial frontage on Smithdown Road.

Raised Floor Solutions will commence composite flooring works on site next month (July 2020) to supply and install 28,750m2 of MD80 XP Kingspan multideck steel decking with engineered ends. It will then install a 160mm concrete slab with traditional A193 mesh reinforcement and a powerfloat finish, in 42 pours over a 12 week period.


Kingspan XP provides three times better corrosion protection than standard galvanised steel, and this advantage increases in more aggressive environments. XP is manufactured using Magnelis®, a flat carbon steel product coated on both sides with zinc aluminium magnesium alloy. The unique 3% magnesium composition provides self-healing on cut edges, scratches and perforations.

Raised Floor Solutions’ specialist car park construction division, Metpark, has supplied and installed Kingspan XP steel decking on several high-profile multi-storey car park schemes in recent months, including Rochdale Riverside, Salt Lane in Coventry, Hungate in York, New Bailey in Salford and the M&S Bank Arena at King’s Dock in Liverpool.


Kingspan Multideck can now be supplied and installed with ‘engineered ends’ adding even greater speed and efficiency to Raised Floor Solutions’ composite flooring service.

Composite Car Park Decking with Engineered Ends

After being cut to length and delivered to site, a decking sheet is fixed to a structural steel frame using shot fired fixings. Traditionally, a galvanised end cap is installed to close off the end of each deck profile. However, by folding and pressing the end of the Kingspan metal deck profile during the manufacturing process to form a slope, these additional components are eliminated, creating time and cost efficiencies in the build programme.

Specifying metal deck with engineered ends also allows a greater volume of concrete to come into contact with the steel beams and around shear studs, therefore improving the overall composite action and performance of the steel frame and is essential where full depth concrete is required.

Engineered end profiles also reduce the amount of grout loss during the casting of the composite flooring slab reducing staining on the steel frame and paint coatings

Raised Floor Solutions is able to offer Customers engineered ends on Kingspan’s Multideck MD60 and MD80, its two most widely specified metal floor deck products using either a standard galvanised finish or Kingspan XP Magnelis® enhanced coating.

Artists impression of Paddington in Liverpool for which Metpark has won the contract to provide composite flooring
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