Milliken & LSE
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Milliken & LSE

The London School of Economics and Political Science is one of the world’s foremost universities for the study of social sciences. Having first opened its doors in 1895, this iconic school has become renowned for its prolific academic research and its impressive alumni, which to date includes 18 Nobel Prize winners and at least 34 prime ministers, presidents and premiers.

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Itec acoustics
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Itec acoustics

The primary goal in the design of any education environment is to provide an inspiring place that fosters learning, says Itec Contract Flooring. Flooring has a role to play in this, but not just in the foundation of an aesthetic principle. A floor’s impact reaches further, and it can also help to encourage learning through function.

It is well documented that acoustics can play a significant...

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Gerflor’s GTI Max
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Gerflor’s GTI Max

Nobody in their right mind wants to work or study in a dreary, dusty or crumbling environment… unless of course you relish the idea of Hogwarts. Recent research has found that school settings can have a profound impact on both teacher and student outcomes. The conditions of the schools directly impact on the performance of the students and the flooring element of this plays a huge role, as it’s...

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F Ball adhesives
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F Ball adhesives

This summer, many flooring contractors will face the annual challenge of refurbishing the floors of educational buildings in time for the next school year. With tight deadlines and the highest standards of safety and hygiene required, fast-track products are a necessity in order to bring schools and colleges back into use as quickly and to as high a professional standard as possible. Nowadays, a...

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Interface & Oxford Brookes
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Interface & Oxford Brookes

Competition to win the attention of potential university students has been growing for a number of years, as the value of higher education comes under intense scrutiny. Now institutions increasingly put their ambition to provide a holistic and transformational experience at the centre of their plans for students. This ethos was fundamental to Oxford Brookes’ recent redevelopment of the Clerici...

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BAL & the Kirklees Estate
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BAL & the Kirklees Estate

BAL have worked in partnership with CJ Ceramics and English Heritage for the renovation of a Grade-1 listed 16th Century gatehouse on the site of ‘Robin Hood’s’ Grave.

Located on the historic Kirklees Estate in Calderdale, West Yorkshire, the Gatehouse is a now located on private land and used as a luxury rental residence.

According to local legend, Kirklees Hall is said to the final resting...

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Tilemaster adhesives (1)
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Tilemaster adhesives (1)

Tilemaster’s range reportedly includes fixing materials to suit all tile designs, substrates and settings.  Adhesive options include lightweight, standard, flexible, rapid and semi-rapid formulations, with adhesives specifically formulated for stain-sensitive porous stone and large format tiles. All products are manufactured in the UK and are offered alongside a range of subfloor preparation...

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Kerakoll’s Biogel
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Kerakoll’s Biogel

In 2017 Kerakoll UK launched a new type of adhesive made from gel technology. The range, which Kerakoll says has been a runaway success, does away with all of the different formulations for different substrates and tile types that exist with standard C2 cement-based adhesives. All three of the products in it are said to be suitable for internal and external use on any substrate even deformable...

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Fila’s ‘enhance the beauty
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Fila’s ‘enhance the beauty

Fila’s ‘enhance the beauty’ collection includes three treatments, designed to protect and enhance natural stone surfaces, from marble countertops to limestone pavers.  As well as offering protection against water and oil, enhancing features reportedly include colour revitalization and a wet-look finish, suitable for BBQ areas and outdoor terraces. A special collection promotion will run throughout ...

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UltraTileFix’s ProSealer
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UltraTileFix’s ProSealer

UltraTileFix says you can guarantee a professional finish on your next tiling installation with its ProSealer silicone sealant.

ProSealer is a reportedly neutral cure silicone sealant that provides a highly flexible and water resistant seal in a variety of environments. The neutral cure technology means ProSealer is a suitable choice for sealing areas around metal taps and fixings as well as...

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Solid Gear’s One GTX
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Solid Gear’s One GTX

The One GTX from Solid Gear is a superbly constructed safety shoe with seven integrated layers to deliver excellent comfort and protection, the company says.

It’s designed and built for active professionals who need a highly breathable, light and flexible safety shoe. With a Gore-Tex Surround membrane they’re reportedly fully breathable and ideal for warmer weather and combined indoor/outdoor...

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Snickers work trousers
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Snickers work trousers

Snickers Workwear calls its new work trousers ‘the ultimate solution for working on your knees - delivering optimal freedom of movement and long-lasting durability’.

Available this spring, Snickers’ new floorlayers work trousers and the knee guard system are said to combine to deliver the ultimate solution for working safely and in comfort on your knees.
These new and innovative trousers take the ...

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Hultafors saws
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Hultafors saws

As professional craftsmen know, the company says, Hultafors can deliver just about anything you need for measuring, leveling and marking; striking, cutting and chopping; even prying and wrecking.
That’s why they offer a range of tools that can handle tough applications, last for ages and feel right when you're working on site.  

Hultafors’ HBX and HBS saws are said to be well known for their top...

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Makita tools
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Makita tools

Makita has added three new tools to the 10.8v CXT range in which the compact size of these high performance tools is reportedly proving valuable for confined space operations.

The PT354 CXT pin nailer can fire five alternative lengths of 23 gauge (0.6mm) nails. The magazine will hold 100 pieces of either 15, 18, 25, 30 or 35mm long nails. Key features included in this compact and lightweight 2kg...

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Installation of the month

Gradus adds a touch of luxury (1)

GRADUS’ Luxury Trim System has been installed to help complement the new, modern interior in the bar area at Blunsdon House Hotel.

Located in Swindon, Blunsdon House Hotel is a unique four-star family owned hotel, which consists of 108 bedrooms,...

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News Story

Recofloor celebrates 2018 vinyl flooring recycling champions

‘WE’RE ahead of the game!’ was an appropriate theme running throughout the Recofloor 2018 Awards event at Liverpool Football Club’s Anfield Ground…

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News Story

Floorcoverings market boost from children

THE new 2018 floorcoverings market report from MTW Research suggests the children’s carpet market continues to underpin optimism for the…

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News Story

BAL adds to sales team

BAL says it’s strengthened its sales team with the appointments of Todd Misselbrook and Mark Blamires. Todd joins BAL as area sales manager for the…

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Editor's Blog

Woodpecker on trends

WOODPECKER FLOORING elaborates on trends in commercial flooring and explains why real wood is for real people.

While durability remains a top priority when it comes to flooring for commercial spaces, many businesses today do see their floors as an...

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Training

Academy for Excellence in Flooring: A trainer’s perspective

DAVID Bacchus has been a trainer and assessor at the Academy for Excellence in Flooring since 2015, but his history with the centre goes back to the very beginning, being one of the first installers to undergo the Master Installer programme in 2012.

Quickly recognising the benefits the Master Installer programme could bring his business, including peace of mind and a workmanship warranty for homeowners, David Bacchus attended a training course...

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Contractor Profiles

Re-Born Again

Last month, CFJ spoke with Re-Born Flooring’s director, Ashley Thulborn about his experiences on Forbo Flooring UK’s entrance matting training course. This month, we’re taking a closer look at Re-Born itself: its history, specialties, and goals for the future.

Like many in the industry, Ashley’s career began straight after leaving full-time education, learning the trade on the job.

’I started working in flooring when I left school, initially...

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Point of View

Getting your messages across

If you don’t make your customers aware of all the ways your business can benefit them, they’ll specify you only for the type of work you already do for them.

AS a flooring contractor, you’ll get involved in all sorts of projects, problem-solving and even, developing new solutions to situations you encounter in the course of a working day.

However, if you come up with a new product, a new solution, or a different way of doing things that could ...

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Help and Advice

EN 14041:2018 – (part 2) Emissions and Dangerous Substances

Lucy Cove explains the changes made to the EN14041 standard for 2018

The European Standard EN 14041:2004 detailed the health, safety and energy saving requirements for resilient, textile and laminate floor coverings and was used to evaluate the conformity of products for CE marking and labelling, as required by The Construction Products Regulation (EU) No 305/2011.  In February 2018, an updated version of the standard was published.  One of the ...

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