Revolutionary Cycle Ramp Into London’s Alphabeta Building

MC Surfaces have been involved with London’s first “cycle-in office”; the Alphabeta Building, which is nine storey, 220,000 square foot refurbished building located between Shoreditch and the City of London.

Designed by the Architects Studio RHE, the Alphabeta Building (formerly known as Triton Court) is intended to connect Tech City with The City of London, and is intended to attract tenants from the tech, media, digital and finance sectors.

Originally home to more traditional City and finance firms, the refurbishment has brought some Hipster-style office perks to the building, including a basketball court. The signature feature is the steel ramp that allows workers to cycle straight through the open front door, through the lobby area and then down to the basement where bike racks await.

alphabeta-building bike ramp

Not only were MC Surfaces involved with the surfacing of the novel bike ramp (widely believed to be a world first, not just a London one), but it was involved with the wider refurbishment of the Atrium area too.


This iconic building in Finsbury Square was completely remodelled by Galliford Try PLC in a contact worth £36 million. The internal ground floor was initially a mish-mash of bonded and unbounded screeds and concrete. The floor was also at different levels, with numerous joints and cracks all over its surface. MC Surfaces had to both repair and then repair the floor prior to a flat and level seamless Microscreed surface being put in place.

MC Surfaces is the exclusive UK user of Microscreed, part of the Solacir Interiors range. Microscreed is a natural mineral material, it is water, rather than chemical based and it combines cement with polymers to give a tough, but flexible surface. This was the material we used throughout our work on the Alphabeta Building.

Microscreed is applied to interior, horizontal or vertical surfaces, and these produce beautiful artisan finishes on walls and floors. It can even be applied to furniture. Each project is bespoke and unique in both colour and effect, and Microscreed’s versatility allows Architects and designers to create beautiful modern seamless design features to walls and floors.

You can see more imagery of our work at the Alphabeta Bulding over on our Pinterest account.

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MC Surfaces at Construction Week UK

MC Surfaces will be at Construction Week UK, which is taking place at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham between Tuesday 6th October and Sunday 11th October 2015.

We will be exhibiting at both the Surface Materials Show and Grand Designs Live Show, looking to meet existing and new clients to discuss their flooring needs.


For the Surface Materials Show, we will be on the SCIN Stand. SCIN are a materials sourcing and advisory gallery based in Clerkenwell, London, at which MC Surfaces also has a permanent display. SCIN are always on the lookout for new materials that will inspire architects and designers in their work.


The Surface Materials Show will promotes the latest surface and material solutions that are available for specifiers, developers and industry professionals, who are looking for that cutting edge innovation in the materials sector that will set them apart from their competitors. Both SCIN and MC Surfaces can provide that edge.


MC Surfaces is based in Barry, South Wales, and we look to develop and promote the most attractive and ingenious seamless surfaces that are available to those who are involved within the construction sector across both the UK and Ireland.


Our methodology is to specify the right flooring that will complement a building’s design or would be the most appropriate material for the intended use of the floor in question. We have already built long term, lasting relationships with approved contractors, and we ensure that only experienced installers work with our products and with our clients


MC Surfaces are also the exclusive distributor for Grace Construction’s Solacir® Interiors decorative concrete products. Of particular note is Solacir® Interiors’ thin profile, lightweight, Microscreed, which is a versatile alternative to polished concrete surfaces. Unlike concrete, Microscreed can be applied to almost any surface including screeds, timber floors and even over existing tiled floors or plastered walls.


In addition to the Surface Materials Show (which takes place only between Tuesday 6th and Thursday 8th October), MC Surfaces will have its own stand at the Grand Design Live show, which is also being held at the NEC between the 8th and 11th October.


Grand Designs Live is the UK’s top contemporary home show and is based on the hugely popular Channel 4 series. Grand Designs Live is also presented by design guru Kevin McCloud. Grand Designs’ TV host. This exhibition is aimed at those individuals who are looking to gain all the advice, inspiration and materials needed to realise their dream home or building. MC Surfaces would love to help make their dreams come true.


MC Surfaces will be found on our stand L20 at Grand Design Live, but we are happy to meet people at either show.


If you would like to book an appointment to see us in advance, please e-mail


You can also follow MC Surfaces on Twitter (via @MCsurfaces) as well as on Facebook and Pinterest, where you can find many examples of our past work for clients such as Harrods and SEB Bank.


We look forward to being part of these two exciting events, and we hope to see you there. Please be sure to come by both the SCIN and MC Surfaces stands to say ‘Hello’.