Ha Ha Bar & Grill, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth
Restore My Floor were contracted by Vale Builders (Southern) to assist in the refurbishment of this popular quay side bar and grill. The Ha Ha Bar & Grill, located on the waterfront of Gunwharf Quays boasted a service area of approximately 400 sq metres, with 350 sq metres of timber flooring (Figure 2).
The flooring consisted of a combination of pitch pine herringbone parquet flooring and 160mm wide pitch pine plank flooring. As part of a massive refurbishment project, restore my floor were contracted to repair, re-sand, stain and re-finish the existing flooring. The entire refurbishment project was to be carried out over a 19 day period with the flooring works being undertaken over 2 days.
All of the existing walls in the front of house area were removed to create a completely open bar and dining area. It was necessary in these areas for new flooring to be installed to continue the run of the existing floor (Figure 3).
The existing floor was cut so that header joints on the boards could be staggered. There were also two areas of herringbone floor that needed to be filled in with new blocks (Figure 4). The blocks had to be machined on site in order to match the existing floor.
Once all the repair work had been carried out it was necessary to begin the restoration process by removing the existing finish from the floor. This process was carried out using two types of sander. Firstly the main area of the floor was sanded using Lagler Hummel upright drum sander starting with a 24 grit abrasive. This was necessary in order to remove the old finish and also heel marks and cigarette burns (Figure 5).
The edges of the floor were sanded using Lagler Flip edging sanders. The edging sander enabled the floor to be sanded right up to skirting boards around the perimeter of the floor. This process was started with a 40 grit abrasive in order to remove sander marks left in the floor from the previous contractor (Figure 6).
The floor was sanded up to 80 grit on both the flip and the Hummel. The floor was then sanded using a Lagler Trio finishing sander. The Trio not only helps the remove any sanding marks left by the more aggressive machines but also leaves the floor surface completely clean and smooth ready for the application of finish.
In this case the floor was going to be stained with a dark oak stain. In order to keep some continuity on the project Restore My Floor used a Morrells Light Fast Stain to tie in with the rest of the wood work. The stain was applied by brush and the excess removed with a cloth. This staining process was done in two stages. The plank flooring was stained during the first evening and then closed off to prevent other trades walking over the floor. The second area of parquet flooring was sanded the following afternoon when the rest of the trades had gone home. The designer chose a silk matt finish and once the stain had dried 3 coats of Bona Traffic 2-component lacquer were applied using a bona applicator. Bona Traffic is extremely resistant to wear and specifically designed for use in commercial premises or other areas subject to very high levels of traffic (Figures 7, 8, 9).