Flooring in education - Altro
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Flooring in education - Altro

ALTRO says it’s working closely with City of Edinburgh Council to enhance learning environments in schools by using the principles of biophilic design to increase wellbeing, calm and improve learning.

Interior designer at City of Edinburgh Council, Lesley McMillan, has worked with Altro for many years, and has recently completed several school projects using Altro’s Wood Safety range to help...

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Flooring in education - Mapei
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Flooring in education - Mapei

MAPEI has introduced two adhesives into its ‘already extensive range’: Ultrabond Eco MS 4LVT and Ultrabond Eco MS 4LVT Wall. These single component silylated, polymer-based adhesives are designed for luxury vinyl tiles, planks, and as a universal adhesive for most types of resilient floorcoverings.

Ultrabond Eco MS 4LVT is reportedly an integral part of the recently launched Shower Systems 4LVT,...

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Flooring in education - F Ball & Co
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Flooring in education - F Ball & Co

A RANGE of products from F Ball & Co was used to create a floor finish as part of renovations to classrooms and storage areas at Cornwall College Camborne Campus. Delays onsite meant the overall building work was running behind schedule before the subfloor could be refurbished. Flooring contractors from Aztek Interiors selected fast-track products from F Ball to refurbish the 2,400sq m area...

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Flooring in education - Junckers
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Flooring in education - Junckers

A FEAT of architectural innovation, Storey’s Field Centre & Nursery by architects MUMA has won multiple awards, including Riba East Building of the Year, the regional Sustainability Award, Architect’s Journal ‘Design of the Year’, a shortlisting for the Stirling Prize as well as top prize at the 2018 Wood Awards. Said to be built with sustainable, high quality materials, the building features...

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Flooring in education - Interface
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Flooring in education - Interface

THE environment in which students learn, matters because it impacts their performance. Stimulating spaces have the potential to positively influence the way students engage and interact in an education environment.  

This was the inspiration for the latest project between modular flooring manufacturer, Interface, and Kaplan International Pathways. Both organisations share the goal of using smart, ...

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Flooring in education - Nora
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Flooring in education - Nora

WHEN Notting Hill Preparatory School in London needed to expand it brought about a special challenge – the new school building needed to be built underneath a motorway.

Hanson Architects were chosen to deliver this unique building and were able to design and build an acoustically separated structure below the concrete frame of Westway. The building houses the schools dining hall, kitchen, music,...

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How carpet can boost  learning environments
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How carpet can boost learning environments

WITH summer here, it’s now a key time for the refurbishments of schools, colleges and universities.

When carefully planned out, the innovative use of carpet can significantly enhance the environment of any educational facility. By using tile-and-plank in different areas and experimenting with different installation methods, it’s possible to create an exciting and dynamic atmosphere that leads...

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Making spaces into learning places
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Making spaces into learning places

Janet Lowe discusses the need for choosing different floorcoverings for individual departmental areas of education buildings and advises on how contractors can recommend fit-for-purpose solutions.

AS the needs of the education sector are so diverse, HM government’s Education Skills & Funding Agency recently produced a Generic Design Brief for schools which provides broad guidance on the types ...

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The psychology of orange in  workplace design
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The psychology of orange in workplace design

Janet Lowe discusses the connotations of the colour orange and how contractors can use the vibrant hue to evoke positivity in workplace design.

COLOUR is a powerful communication tool. It can impact moods, feelings and behaviours, as well as enrich or inhibit an environment. Here I’ll discuss the connotations of the colour orange and how contractors can use the vibrant hue to evoke positivity in...

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Stone - Schlüter-Systems
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Stone - Schlüter-Systems

SCHLüTER-SYSTEMS provided various trims and movement joints to ensure a damage-free finish for the tiled walls and floors of high-end residential project, Landmark Place.

The 280,193sq ft Barratt Homes development is said to have an enviable position on the north bank of the River Thames, near the iconic Tower Bridge, and boasts 165 one-bed suites, one, two and three bed apartments and penthouses ...

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Stone - Kerakoll
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Stone - Kerakoll

KERAKOLL’s Biogel, the recipient of The Tile Association’s 2018 Innovation Award, is a new type of adhesive manufactured using gel technology. ‘The term ‘revolutionary’ can be overused, but in the case of these adhesives is well-deserved as the Kerakoll R&D team went back to the drawing board to re-invent the adhesive formulations,’ says the company.

‘The most obvious change from...

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Stone - Mapei
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Stone - Mapei

WHEN installing ceramic, porcelain or natural stone there may be a requirement to provide an anti-fracture membrane.

Mapeguard WP 200 reportedly offers a suitable solution, ‘with an ultra thin anti-fracture and waterproofing membrane suitable for the installation of ceramic, porcelain and luxury vinyl tiles, as well as natural stone’.
The membrane comprises of three layers of polypropylene and...

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Stone - BAL
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Stone - BAL

BAL says it’s revolutionising the standard-set category with new adhesive technology, BAL Flex One.

Fixers always want to finish an installation as quickly as possible. Often rapid-setting adhesives are preferred to ensure grouting can begin quickly. However, this can provide challenges during installation.
With its ‘One’ rapid-set technology, BAL has previously helped fixers with its...

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Stone - LTP
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Stone - LTP

LTP’s ECOPROTEC range is said to provide trusted protection and maintenance solutions for the contract and hard landscaping sector. ‘Treatments benefit from the most advanced research in water-based technology and combine high performance with low-odour and low-VOC formulations,’ says the company. ‘They’re designed to care for and treat natural and engineered stone surfaces – inside and outdoors – ...

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Stone - Tilemaster Adhesives
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Stone - Tilemaster Adhesives

TILEMASTER Adhesives’ range includes various fixing options for natural stone, with features reportedly including extended pot-life, stain-resistance and low-water ratios. Products are manufactured in the UK and are offered alongside colour-matching grouts and silicones.

For all types of stone, as well as porcelain and ceramic tiles, Tilemaster Setaflex Semi-Rapid is claimed to provide a flexible ...

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Stone - Vitra
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Stone - Vitra

CARDOSTONE is a new colour-body porcelain collection inspired by the durable Cardoso stone of the Italian Alps. It’s one of several tile ranges from VitrA which derives its inspiration from Natural Stone.
Emulating the natural rock of the mountains, Cardostone reportedly features the quintessential and recognisable white veins of the Cardoso stone.

The tiles are available in natural grey and...

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Stone - F Engel
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Stone - F Engel

REPORTEDLY recognised for its ‘comprehensive range of stylish and practical workwear’, Engel is said to be building further on its reputation with the company’s ‘X-Treme’ collection which includes slim-fit, stretchable work-trousers that apparently give maximum comfort throughout the day, especially while working on any aspect of flooring.

‘The trousers feature a smooth, inner-crotch seam panel...

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Stone - Snickers
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Stone - Snickers

SNICKERS says its newest clothing innovations in its 2019 Snickers Workwear Catalogue include designs and the latest fabric technology innovations. ‘This 200-page catalogue has all you need to know about the UK’s most extensive range of working clothes for professional tradesmen and women,’ it adds.

‘There’s something for every trade you can name in the Snickers Workwear range – AllroundWork,...

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Installation of the month

New lease of energy into office environment

ACREATIVE combination of colourways from Forbo Flooring Systems’ Tessera Layout and Outline carpet tile ranges have been installed throughout the newly refurbished ENGIE offices in Rotherham, reportedly turning the two-storey space into a bright and ...

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News Story

Survey: Carpets not being properly cared for

ONLY 3% of households have their carpets professionally cleaned, against experts’ advice. Despite significant benefits, only 3% of people admitted…

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News Story

JCW Acoustic Supplies takes advice to the trade

WHAT’s the best way of controlling noise in a workspace? What's the best soundproofing system for a project? Part E Building Regs? JCW, which…

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News Story

Shaw Contract heads to Dubai Design District

SHAW Contract has opened a new showroom and office in Dubai, UAE. Located in the Dubai Design District (d3), the space reportedly offers an…

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Forbo names May competition winner

Forbo Flooring Systems has announced the winner of its May #FlooredItWithForbo competition.

Craig Anstey, divisional director at Loughton Contracts, won the competition with this sleek installation, featuring Marmoleum and Allura LVT.

If you want...

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Training

Lifetime workmanship warranty ‘builds confidence’

WITH Quick-Step wood, LVT and laminate floors high-quality products reportedly regarded for durability and ease of maintenance, approved Master Installers are said to be in demand to also provide the assurance of great workmanship.

As the only Quick-Step approved installers, Master Installers are able to offer a lifetime warranty on workmanship that’s fully-backed by the manufacturer. ‘Giving purchasers of Quick-Step floors confidence, this...

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Contractor Profiles

The amazing life of Britain's oldest floorlayer - Chapter Two

In August last year, CFJ learned about one Keith Shenton based in Chingford. After some research, it appeared Keith, at 85, may well be the UK’s oldest floorlayer. We held several interviews with him regarding his life story and decided to serialise it in CFJ.

Keith was born to a policeman in Nottingham on 31 July 1934. He and his younger brother, Martyn, lived a carefree life playing cricket, football and snobs, and collecting birds’ eggs in...

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Point of View

Who is the king?

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.

IN the May issue of Contract Flooring Journal, I explained how you could use ‘Google my Business’ to drive visitors to your website.

This month, in a second look at Google’s free marketing tools, we jump to the other end of the website and look at how you can use ‘Google Analytics’, another free resource provided by Google, to find out how much ‘traffic’ has visited your website.

I have a...

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Help and Advice

Fighting to get in writing

Sid Bourne independent flooring inspector

LAST year I was involved with a dispute where engineered wide plank flooring had been installed into a prestigious restaurant of about 400sq m.

The floor had correctly been fully adhered and was installed to a very good standard; the product was an oiled finish. The complaint was that there were splits through the flooring.

I was appointed as a single joint expert witness by the court to determine the ...

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