Heckmondwike carpet planks
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Heckmondwike carpet planks

H ECKMONDWIKE says it’s seen a rise in demand for carpet planks in commercial settings, as designers and specifiers look to create ever more inspirational interiors.

Carpet planks, which are sold in a standard 25cm x 100cm size, are available across Heckmondwike’s Supacord, Broadrib, Iron Duke, Night Sky and Array ranges.

Robert Mortimer, national sales manager at Heckmondwike, said: ‘The...

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Quadrant multidisciplinary approach
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Quadrant multidisciplinary approach

WITH broadloom carpet, carpet tiles, luxury vinyl tiles and woven vinyl, Quadrant says its multidisciplinary approach to flooring is beneficial to commercial space designers. Designers and specifiers can apparently create dynamic layouts, changing material for appropriate function or purely for aesthetics, resulting in what the company claims is a beautifully coordinated look that retains design...

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Rawson for offices and  education sectors
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Rawson for offices and education sectors

RAWSON Carpet Solutions, part of WE Rawson, describes itself as a long-established heritage branded UK carpet manufacturer.

As the carpets division reaches its half century of manufacturing, a new brand image is emerging coupled with new designs in fibre-bonded carpet tiles and sheet, entrance flooring solutions and nylon tufted carpet.

Coupled with what Rawson describes as new and exciting...

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Modulyss and Clark Thomson  Insurance Brokers
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Modulyss and Clark Thomson Insurance Brokers

PATTERN and Pixel carpet tiles from modulyss have been used to ‘striking effect’ at the offices of Clark Thomson Insurance Brokers, an independent insurance broker in Scotland.

Specified by commercial interior design and fit-out practice, Amos Beech, the carpet tiles are fitted throughout the reception, hallway, main office spaces and meeting rooms. Chosen in functional grey colourways, Pixel...

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Desso AirMaster Atmos
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Desso AirMaster Atmos

TARKETT has extended its Desso AirMaster Atmos carpet tile collection, reportedly offering architects and designers more creative freedom with six new colour options.

Desso AirMaster Atmos is said to combine inspiring design features with a unique patented technology, designed to improve indoor air quality, reportedly contributing to better health and wellbeing.

The collection is now available...

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Sika and Stick ‘n’ Step
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Sika and Stick ‘n’ Step

FOR Stick ‘n’ Step, its classroom floor is reportedly much more than just something to walk on – it’s also a place where it delivers specialist education sessions.

The charity, based in Wallasey, Merseyside, supports young people with cerebral palsy and helps teach them the necessary skills to help them live more independently.

As a great deal of the classes they run take place on the floor, a...

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Tarkett, Desso and National  Opera Studio
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Tarkett, Desso and National Opera Studio

TARKETT and Desso recently supplied the flooring for the National Opera Studio, said to be the leading opera training organisation in the UK.

The London-based studio underwent a full refurbishment with the aim of creating a more modern, professional space to welcome the variety of artists, staff, music coaches, donors and professionals that visit the studio daily.

Beep Studio were brought on...

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Interface and University  of Nottingham
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Interface and University of Nottingham

INTERFACE has reportedly helped transform the lobby of the University of Nottingham’s Business School South into an inviting, welcoming space.

Taking inspiration from the tranquil surroundings of the Jubilee Campus where the school is sited, the university wanted to create a stylish foyer that put students in the right frame-of-mind for lectures.

Luiza da Silva, interior designer at B+M...

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Gradus and University of Derby
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Gradus and University of Derby

XT STAIR edgings from Gradus have been installed to all core staircases at the University of Derby’s Nunnery Court halls of residence to create ‘a safe and inclusive’ environment.

Situated on Nuns Street, Nunnery Court has recently undergone a major refurbishment to its rooms and communal areas to modernise the fittings, fixtures and décor. The development, which is one of nine halls of...

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Bostik and University of Huddersfield
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Bostik and University of Huddersfield

A RANGE of subfloor preparation products from Bostik has been chosen by Titan Flooring for the development of a new building at the University of Huddersfield.  

Titan Flooring was the main flooring contractor for the £27.5m development, which includes the new six-storey Oastler building that will house the university’s law school and part of the school of music, humanities and media. The...

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Gerflor and Wonderland Studio
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Gerflor and Wonderland Studio

DECIDING on a type of flooring for a space that will be used by multiple children on a regular basis presents several challenges. Designers and specifiers need to find a material that can withstand the rough play and stains that kids can often leave in their wake.

The flooring should be easy to clean so it can be cleaned properly to maintain the health of the environment. The clever money would...

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Uzin and Peterborough Regional College
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Uzin and Peterborough Regional College

VARIOUS Uzin products were used to renovate the flooring in the reception at Peterborough Regional College.

The flooring contractor, Superior Finish Contracts was appointed to remove the old wood block flooring and install the new LVTs after a burst pipe flooded the reception. As the college provides education and training to over 10,000 students and businesses a year, it was extremely important...

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Mapei DPM Mapeproof ESM
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Mapei DPM Mapeproof ESM

MAPEI says it’s a specialist in providing complete systems for successful flooring installations, and this is no different when it comes to flooring in education environments.

Mapei’s damp-proof membrane Mapeproof ESM is a two-component pure epoxy resin, which is reportedly solvent-free and very low odour, suitable for use as a moisture barrier on cement-based substrates with residual or static...

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Forbo and Longmoor Community Primary School
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Forbo and Longmoor Community Primary School

FORBO Flooring Systems’ Flotex in a host of bright colours has apparently revitalised the classrooms in Longmoor Community Primary School, after two Year One students won the school’s design competition to create a new look for their classroom floor.

Following the competition, Flotex flocked flooring was specified, reportedly owing to its extensive colour palette and hygienic benefits.

The...

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Forbo keeps purple in the picture
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Forbo keeps purple in the picture

FEBRUARY is the month we associate with love. Although the obvious colour that may spring to mind when we think about Valentine’s Day is red; red roses, red hearts and pink champagne, in fact, purple is perfect to be paired with this month as it is indicative of devotion, healing abilities, loving, kindness, and compassion [1].

With purple representing healing and power, it’s not surprising it...

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Weber and Flitwick warehouse project
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Weber and Flitwick warehouse project

MAJOR refurbishment is underway at the Saint-Gobain Weber HQ in Flitwick, Bedfordshire where weberfloor products are being used. The work involves renovation of 240sq m of industrial and commercial floorspace.

The Flitwick warehouse project involves the demolition of the old training workshop to make way for a new product storage area. Here the floor area has been pre-treated and primed with...

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Tekcem Durascreed from Tekfloor
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Tekcem Durascreed from Tekfloor

ONE of the biggest frustrations for flooring and screeding contractors is the length of time a traditional sand and cement screed takes to cure.

The water content of a 75mm floating screed naturally has to be allowed to evaporate sufficiently before even light foot traffic is acceptable, meaning follow-on trades often have to wait weeks before floors are fully dry.  

Nevertheless, UK specialist...

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F Ball and Royal Aberdeen  Children’s Hospital
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F Ball and Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital

F BALL & CO says its Stopgap 300 HD is a fast-drying and rapid-hardening water mix levelling compound, designed for use on absorbent and non-absorbent interior subfloors in areas subjected to heavy-duty trafficking.

It’s claimed to have excellent self-levelling properties and can be hand or pump applied. Low odour and protein-free, Stopgap 300 HD is suitable for use in clinical and...

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Tilemaster’s Super Flow 30
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Tilemaster’s Super Flow 30

TILEMASTER’s range includes 11 floor preparation products, each developed to help solve challenges faced by flooring contractors and tilers.

The products are manufactured in Lancashire and are designed to promote a fast, easy installation, while reportedly providing a host of performance benefits.

New products to join the range include Tilemaster’s ultra-rapid setting self-leveller – Super Flow ...

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Uzin L3 Gold
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Uzin L3 Gold

UZIN L3 Gold, smoothing compound is said to be suitable for refurbishment projects as it can be applied over old waterproof adhesives residues such as bitumen, if hard, sound and well-bonded to the substrate.

It’s claimed by Uzin to be extremely quick setting and floorcoverings can be installed after two hours.

It can also be used under a DPM, is reportedly easy to sand down and flows...

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News Story

Granorte unveils ‘corking new website’

GRANORTE has released a new website, granorte.co.uk, that it says reveals the depth of the company’s abilities in developing unique cork surfaces,…

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News Story

TV triumph for Gerflor

BEING able to change someone’s life or circumstances for the better is a mission TV’S Nick Knowles and his DIY SOS crew have been looking at since…

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News Story

F Ball’s longest-serving employee retires after 48 years

F BALL’s longest-standing employee, production operative, Stuart Corden, has retired after a landmark 48 years with the company. He joined as an…

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Getting tough on dirt with the SEBO BS 360 vacuum cleaner

Setting the standard for dependable performance, the BS range of upright vacuum cleaners from SEBO has an unmatched professional pedigree. The new BS 360 and 460 offers all the benefits of the previous generation, such as a rugged low maintenance...

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Training

All change, please!

Mick O’Flynn ponders why so many of us dislike change despite it being the one true constant.

CHANGE is the only true constant, so why do so many of us dislike it? Is it because it takes us out of our comfort zone and we get concerned about not having the right skills and knowledge to deal with new situations and the associated risks of failure? That’s why I like Henry Ford’s quote above, because it challenges the status quo.

For some people...

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Contractor Profiles

THE GAME OF FLOORS

The installation of sport flooring at the gym in King, London, has led to a very satisfied customer. By DAVID STRYDOM LONDON

BRONDIE McNamara has seen her fair share of poor flooring products – and poor installations. Sometimes she’s had issues with tongue-and-groove, a method of fitting similar objects together, edge to edge, used mainly with wood, in flooring, parquetry, panelling, and similar constructions.

She’s also seen ‘unacceptable...

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Point of View

Advertising: It’s a minefield on the floor

Flooring contractors can do what they want with respect to advertising but by ignoring the rules a tailwind of discomfort is sure to follow

CONSIDER the trouble UK Flooring Direct found itself in with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). An email for the firm stated, ‘OFFER ENDS TOMORROW – HALF PRICE!! HALF PRICE SAVINGS ON SPECIAL FLOORING ENDS MIDNIGHT TOMORROW’.

The recipient challenged whether the claims ‘OFFER ENDS TOMORROW’ and...

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Help and Advice

Whistling while you work

Aziz Rahman on how to encourage whistleblowing in the workplace and avoid corporate fraud

DECIDING to report fraudulent behaviour in the workplace isn’t a decision to be taken lightly. The employee who does report it faces possible alienation from fellow colleagues, and may worry about the effect that any involvement may have on their professional career and reputation.

Often, many turn a blind eye in favour of a quiet life.

In fact, the UK...

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