Grace Construction Products’ Preprufe® waterproofing membrane has been chosen to provide unrivalled water protection to complex piled foundations at the US $400 million Port Baku Residences in Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan’s capital Baku, on the Caspian Sea, is playing a huge part in the country’s growth with a number of major construction projects – including the Port Baku Residences. Designed by Broadway Malyan and built by Pasha Construction, the mixed used development comprises 375,000 square meters of residential and retail space across three separate towers each standing 32 floors high.

With a basement built to approximately nine metres deep and a total area of 28,000 square meters, and partially piled foundations comprising 1,500 piles. As the ground water table sits at -2 metres, Pasha Construction required a waterproofing system which would provide zero water tracking, watertight pile details and combat the high level of ground water from the Caspian Sea.

Grace’s Preprufe waterproofing membrane provided a proven, practical and reliable waterproofing solution with a fast and easy installation. Designed with synthetic adhesive layers, Grace’s patented Advanced Bond Technology™ enables concrete to aggressively adhere to Preprufe, forming a unique intimate seal which prevents any water migration between the waterproofing and the structure and substantially reduces the risk of leaks.

The company also supplied its Bituthene® LM liquid-applied waterproofing membrane – which cures to form a tough seamless rubber-like waterproof layer –to ensure watertight continuity of the fully bonded system. Grace’s specification was completed with the application of Grace BT Plug and Preprufe160R to prevent leakage from the anchors across 8,000 square meters of diaphragm walls.

The piled foundations at the Port Baku Residence development is set for completion by end of 2012.

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