Making a meal of it
Sector Focus

Making a meal of it

Flooring in kitchens and food production areas must be able to withstand spills and frequent intense cleaning

TILE supplier Solus Ceramics says it’s brought a sense of style and individuality to a new and unique sour dough pizzeria in Crystal Palace, southeast London.

Designed by Richardson Studio, Four Hundred Rabbits is a restaurant with an eclectic Aztec twist. Wanting to capture the mood of th…

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With a warm welcome
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With a warm welcome

Apart from aesthetics, entrance matting has other useful functions

BOULEVARD 7000 from contract interiors specialist Gradus is said by the company to be a high-performance secondary barrier mat that features what’s described as an attractive linear design.

The product is manufactured from 100% solution dyed nylon yarn and incorporates a heavy scraper fibre which provides optimum dirt removal and m…

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Good day at the office
Sector Focus

Good day at the office

Durability and attractiveness are key features of flooring in offices

FOR more than 40 years, NBS has been a highly regarded and widely recognised standard for specification. Today it’s at the forefront of BIM development and adoption.

In December 2016, as the business continued to grow, the company set about investing more than £5.8m redeveloping its home, a grade ll listed building in Newcastle,…

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Playing the field
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Playing the field

Some manufacturers specialise in hitting sports flooring for six

THE cycling season is in sight – and spring is already in full-flow! So, it’s the perfect time to get ready for a fresh start. Think detox, healthy eating, getting back into sport and a wind of change blowing through your home.

Quick-Step says it combined all of this at an exclusive core stability training session. Together with prof…

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Installation of the month

Just what the doctor ordered

POLYFLOR vinyl flooring designed to provide dual sustainable slip resistance and improved acoustic performance within a building was recently installed at Downing Drive Surgery in Evington, Leicester.

Designed by BRP Architects of Market Harborough, the refurbished doctors’ surgery features Polysafe safety flooring installed by Excelsior Carpets and Flooring Contractors, under main contractors Oa…

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Editor's Blog

Coral Click entrance flooring

FOLLOWING on the heels of a major ‘refresh’ and extension of its Coral textile entrance matting collection, Forbo has launched Coral Click, an ‘off-the-shelf’ entrance flooring option supplied in what it describes as an exceptionally versatile modular format.

With this tough, engineered (yet metal-free) matting, Forbo says it’s effectively bridging a gap between its other Coral textile ‘wipe-off’ mats and its very heavy duty Nuway entrance flooring ranges which boast aluminum constructions.

Designed for use on its own or in conjunction with other Coral sheet and tile products as part of what…

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It’s all about the partnerships

Mick O’Flynn elaborates on the CFA’s close work with the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS)

OVER the past couple of years, the CFA has been developing a close working relationship with the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) to discuss how the NAS can support our members, particularly those who don’t benefit from CITB support or grants.

With significant changes to apprenticeships and related funding commencing in April 2017, it’s worth knowing we now have a dedicated relationship manager in the National Apprenticeship Service to help us bring the relevant information on apprenticeships to our members, and their advice is free.

The benefits of working with the NAS are that they keep u…

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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

Matters of employment

The court of appeal decides Pimlico Plumbers isn’t self-employed


OVER the past few months, we have seen a flurry cases in the courts debating employment status; whether a person is self-employed, a worker or an employee. You may be wondering why status is so important and the simple answer is that each of these three groups has different rights, with the self-employed benefiting the least, employees the most, and workers sitting in between the two.

Status has come under the spot light recently as many people are finding themselves in short-term flexible working arrangements, without the protection of being an employee - what the media refers to as the ‘gig economy’.

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Help and Advice

Restoring buried hardwood treasure

Craig Pawson reveals the best tips on how best to restore uncovered wooden flooring

ACCORDING to the latest Lloyds Bank Homemover Review, the number of people moving home has fallen 4% – the first decline in five years.

Instead of moving, homeowners are now choosing to renovate their properties. A recent trend sees homeowners tearing up their dated and unwanted carpets to reveal the property’s original hardwood flooring.
Here I’ll reveal the best tips on how best to restore uncovered wooden flooring.

Uncovered treasure  
With house prices increasing, more and more homeowners are choosing to renovate their current abodes. However, whilst the idea of unearthing the property’s original hardwo…

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CFA Comments

A time to consult

Richard Catt explains why CFA members have a stake in the CITB’s period of consensus

IN recent articles, I mentioned th…

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