Squaring off
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Squaring off

INTERFACE has helped workplace interior design and architecture company, c2:concepts, bring its brand to life in a creative refurbishment of its office in Glasgow, Scotland.

We have more than 30 years’ experience in the design of corporate office interiors for well-known businesses worldwide. Therefore, for the refurbishment, we had a very clear strategy in terms of the size and type of space tha…

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An informed decision
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An informed decision

Flooring used in education needs to have various qualities

GEMS Twickenham Primary Academy is the recipient of new cushion flooring from Itec floors, with acoustic and safety products introduced for the combination of design and performance underfoot.

Working with contractors City Axis, more than 700sq m of flooring was specified for installation throughout the school’s key areas.

Acoustic floori…

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Top level
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Top level

Key to successful subfloor preparation is the right choice of smoothing and levelling compounds and underlayments

FLOORING products by Saint-Gobain Weber are used extensively in the educational, healthcare and commercial sectors where volume application is required for high footfall traffic, the company says.
At a new academy in Medway, Kent, BAM Construction, together with The Progressive Group and…

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Installation of the month

Auction house gets makeover

HAVWOODS International has installed Venture Plank Fendi Herringbone Prime Grade Engineered Wood Flooring with a smoked, UV-oiled finish and four-side bevelled edge at John Pye Auctions in Bond Street, London.

CPMG Architects was employed to design the shop, and the designers chose Havwoods to fit out the flooring across the display space.

The brief was to fit a herringbone pattern engineered oa…

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Editor's Blog

Be warned: Inhaling wood dust can get you into a serious scrape

Terry Guilford outlines the health risks when sanding wood floors

I GET asked many questions about floor sanding but recently I was consulted about the dangers of sanding a particular type of timber floor. The client whose floor it was had mentioned to the contractor that the wood in question was known to cause health issues when sanded.

There was no mention of what her specific issues were, but of course whenever there is concern expressed about any form of dust in a health context the natural assumption is that we are talking about respiration issues and possible long term lung damage.

However whilst most people are aware of these problems they are usually less aware of some of the other possibilities.

So let’s consider the five pro…

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Why you should join the NICF

Scott Carter-Dowding writes about being a member of the NICF, including the nature of membership benefits

YOU’VE heard the name, you’ve seen the logo but what do you really know about the NICF? Well I’d like to take this opportunity to maybe answer a few questions or educate those of you who aren’t that sure what we’re about.

In brief, the NICF was set up way back in 1979 coincidently the same year I was celebrating my first birthday and I‘m sorry to say that unfortunately it has lasted longer than my hair.

It’s currently the only not-for-profit trade organisation in the domestic flooring industry with the sole intention of promoting excellence in the fields of installation and promoting …

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Contractor Profiles

No robots just yet

Gary Perry, director of Arcadia Flooring, has a clear and simple philosophy: you’re only as good as the people you work with


YOU’RE only as good as the people you work with says Gary Perry. It’s a belief he has carried with him through the years from when he left school at 16 and was taken on by a London-based company as a flooring apprentice.

Now a director at Arcadia Flooring, in Erith, Kent, Gary is also happy he took the decision to learn a trade.

‘I was simply looking for a start in the construction industry at the time, and was fortunate a flooring apprenticeship was available,’ he says.

‘In the past 15 years, technology has advanced significantly, and will conti…

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Point of View

All change on business rates

Business ratepayers are becoming more alive to the possibility of appeals and aware of the options available to them

THE past two years have brought challenging times for ratepayers and there is little respite on the horizon. With the 2017 revaluation looming, rateable values are likely to increase substantially throughout large swathes of the country.

Together with changes to the appeal system and a raft of unfriendly judicial decisions, business ratepayers are understandably becoming more alive to the possibility of appeals and more aware of the options available to them.

According to Richard New, a real estate litigation partner at Eversheds LLP, ratepayers pay roughly half of what the…

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Help and Advice

Pay cheap, pay twice

Using skills learned from Fita, Brian King helped a customer understand that it doesn’t always pay to go cheap

I RECENTLY got a call from a customer I’d previously done work for on several occasions. She said she wanted a new floorcovering on her hall stairs and landing but something a little different from the usual.
She said she’d seen a picture on the Internet she really liked and wondered if I knew what it was. I told her to email it over and I’d look and see if I could identify it and would call her back.

On receiving the picture, I could see it was a sisal floorcovering and told her I’d come around with sampling and measure up and leave her a free quote.

When I called, I explained to…

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