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

There’s a serious killer under your feet!

ABESTOS causes 4000 deaths each year, according to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). Many of these are current or former floorlayers. And, overall, the numbers of lives taken by this lethal product are increasing.

These figures alone should act as a stark wake-up call to anyone who doesn’t take the dangers of asbestos seriously.

As asbestos was such a popular building material in the UK from the 1950s to the mid-1980s, and asbestos cement products were still in use until 1999, it can be found in any building built or refurbished before 2000.

Tradesmen working on sites predating the millennium are likely to encounter this lethal material in pretty much every nook and cranny, with the more obvious areas including under flooring, wall c…

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Drying times of smoothing compounds

When installers are told by manufacturers why something hasn’t worked, many feel like they’re being fobbed off – even when this isn’t the case. Matt Bourne explains.

THIS month I thought as winter is here I’d write something more technical than usual. However, while I’m going to try to keep it as technically friendly as possible, there are many other factors that need to be considered. I hope I can cover the most common issues and reasons.

So, my subject for this month is drying times of smoothing compounds. The phone calls that FloorSkills receive this time of year tend to be more technical calls from installers asking for help. Manufacturers have their own technical lines, which I urge a…

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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

Wetter doesn’t make it better

Jim Coulson provides a timely reminder about moisture content

EVERY so often, I like to re-visit a topic that I haven’t talked about for a while and this time, as it’s still winter, I think it’s very likely most buildings in which flooring is being installed, will have the heating on.

I don’t necessarily mean underfloor heating: just the normal central heating in a building needs to be taken into consideration; especially now this time of year, when outside temperatures are low and the insides of buildings are warmer and drier.

It isn’t always appreciated that wood-based products will still contain some moisture: even those timber items that ‘feel’ dry to the touch. Perhaps that’s a surpr…

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