London School of Economics and Political Science and Gradus
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London School of Economics and Political Science and Gradus

GRADUS is contributing to safety for students at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Situated in Houghton Street, Central London and originally constructed in the ‘20s, the Main Building of the London School of Economics and Political Science has recently undergone a restoration project to the north-eastern side of the building, which saw the installation of a new staircase.

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University of Bristol and Interface
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University of Bristol and Interface

CARPET tiles from Interface have been used by the University of Bristol in its refurbishment of the former landmark Habitat store in Clifton.

Working closely with AWW architects, the university has transformed this Grade II Georgian building into a learning hub.

The study spaces have been designed to provide various learning environments, from quiet study to bookable meeting rooms and social int…

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Jasper Sanders + Partners and Forbo
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Jasper Sanders + Partners and Forbo

MANCHESTER design studio, Jasper Sanders + Partners has used various Forbo products in a combination of bright colours to create an energetic and enriching environment for the tenants of Bristol’s latest student accommodation development.

New Bridewell offers students contemporary studio-living and a range of facilities, including social spaces and quiet study areas, in the heart of Bristol city …

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Heckmondwike FB and Supacord
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Heckmondwike FB and Supacord

HECKMONDWIKE FB, a UK manufacturer of fibre-bonded carpet, has reported an increase in demand for its renowned heavy duty Supacord range for use in educational environments.  

The company attributes this rise to schools seeking carpet with anti-fraying properties.

Jeremy Broadhead, commercial manager for Heckmondwike FB, said: ‘With pressure on schools to choose durable, long lasting carpet solu…

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Polyflor and Newton Leys Primary  School & Nursery
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Polyflor and Newton Leys Primary School & Nursery

WOOD effect safety flooring from UK vinyl flooring manufacturer Polyflor was recently selected for an £8m newbuild school project, Newton Leys Primary School & Nursery in Milton Keynes.

About 1,200sq m of Polysafe Wood fx PUR safety flooring was installed at the primary school by Leicester-based flooring contractors Westcotes Flooring working with main contractors Willmott Dixon.

Newton Leys…

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Drill Hall Library and Desso
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Drill Hall Library and Desso

DRILL Hall Library is a modern student resource and computing centre in a grade 2 listed building for the three Universities at Medway partners, the University of Greenwich, the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University. But its historic origins extend back to 1902, when the Drill Hall was first built.

Originally designed as part of the Royal Navy Barracks in Chatham, the navy wo…

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Gerflor Taralay Impression Control range
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Gerflor Taralay Impression Control range

THE safety of school flooring and its performance in delivering a safe underfoot environment is becoming more focused as the size of some schools increase way beyond their original design in terms of pupil numbers.

Government legislation covering local education authorities requires that every part of a school shall be such that the health, safety and welfare of occupants are reasonably assured. …

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Bostik Laybond Vinyl adhesive
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Bostik Laybond Vinyl adhesive

BOSTIK says it has a wealth of experience in supplying flooring preparation products and adhesives to professional flooring contractors working in the education sector.

Its adhesives portfolio includes the Laybond Vinyl adhesive, which is said to be suitable for use in learning environments.

Bostik’s Laybond Vinyl adhesive is reported to have a new and improved formula to provide extra tack and …

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F Ball and Southborough High School
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F Ball and Southborough High School

A RANGE of high performance floor preparation products from F Ball has been used in the refurbishment of Southborough High School in Surbiton, Surrey.

F Ball’s Stopgap Green Bag smoothing underlayment and Stycco Flex flexible tube adhesive were used to create what has been described as a professional, lasting finish for the main corridor of the school.

By using products from F Ball, contractors …

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BAL and Richard Alibon Primary School
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BAL and Richard Alibon Primary School

BAL has helped mosaic artist Tamara Froud transform a primary school dining hall with installations designed by pupils and taking inspiration from the school’s values.

A fixing solution of BAL adhesive and grout provided Tamara with the perfect materials to permanently fix ornate Cinca ceramic mosaics to a 6-sided, T-shaped concrete pillar at Richard Alibon Primary School in Dagenham, Essex.

Tam…

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Altro and Hewlett Packard campus
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Altro and Hewlett Packard campus

A 30-YEAR-OLD building, previously part of the Hewlett Packard campus in Bristol, was selected for renovation to become the University of the West of England (UWE) Future Space.

The building is to be used by research and development project teams to nurture start-up companies working in the fields of robotics and smart-controlled machinery and vehicles.

The project was awarded to BAM Constructio…

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Junckers and Highgate Junior School
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Junckers and Highgate Junior School

ARCHITYPE specified Junckers solid hardwood flooring for two areas at the new Highgate Junior School. After winning a competition, the architectural firm designed co-ed learning facilities in line with Passivhaus principles.

Designed to achieve a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ standard, the H-shaped building is arranged around a central top-lit circulation space, which features 325sq m Junckers Wide Board Oa…

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Itec and Bristol’s Fusion House
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Itec and Bristol’s Fusion House

ITEC Contract Floors says it provides installers with a single source for their education flooring needs, whether acoustic, decorative or safety flooring, or a combination of the three, is required for the job at hand.

Itec says it’s long set the benchmark for versatility in its sheet vinyl portfolio, with collections such as Concept Woods and isafe becoming what it describes as strong customer f…

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Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital and Forbo
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Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital and Forbo

SYMBOLIC of the outside world, the colour green surrounds us. It’s the shade of plants, trees, grass and nature in general – and for this reason is one of the first colours we recognise as children.

Colour psychology research has shown the colour green relates to balance, harmony and growth and ultimately creates equilibrium between the head and the heart [1].

What’s more, green is very much on-…

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Polyflor Bloc PUR
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Polyflor Bloc PUR

POLYFLOR BLOC PUR is a collection of solid colour sheet flooring in a spectrum of 16 colours.

Designed to provide a subtle backdrop or a bold, modern statement in the retail, leisure and commercial sectors, UK manufactured Bloc PUR is said to be a high performance heterogeneous sheet floorcovering with a textured matt finish.

Developed after feedback from the marketplace revealed a desire for a …

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Itec Contract Floors
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Itec Contract Floors

SAYING it brings a splash of colour to commercial spaces, Itec Contract Floors claims to provide acoustic and decorative flooring that celebrates a brighter outlook to prove practical performance flooring can be fun and stimulating too.

The lime green found in the Optimise acoustic flooring collection delivers up to 19dB of sound reduction and is joined by other brights, from citrus orange, pill…

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Dominique Ansel Bakery and  Solus Ceramics
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Dominique Ansel Bakery and Solus Ceramics

SOLUS Ceramics says it’s added a touch of flavour to the new Dominique Ansel Bakery in London, the first European location for the world-renowned pastry chef, with the installation of floor-tiles.

Dominique’s vision for his London bakery was a design aesthetic that not only brought a sense of wit, humour, and old-school charm to afternoon tea, but also reflected the surrounding London landscape.…

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Market Place, Bolton and UltraTile
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Market Place, Bolton and UltraTile

A MULTIMILLION pound redevelopment of Market Place in Bolton opened in late 2016 featuring an exclusive Light Cinema complex. Helping create this trendy, VIP entertainment experience, DM Tiling installed porcelain tiles using UltraTile.

Commercial tiler DM Tiling was contracted to complete this 700sq m project in under four months.

The areas to be tiled included the high trafficked foyer, toilet…

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St George’s Hall and Craven Dunnill
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St George’s Hall and Craven Dunnill

ST GEORGE’s Hall, part of the Unesco Liverpool Heritage Site, is said to be a neoclassical masterpiece. When constructed, the encaustic tiled floor was claimed to be the largest Minton pavement in the world at more than 30,000 individual pieces.

Today, the tiled floor is undergoing major restoration and the first roundel panel is completed by Craven Dunnill Jackfield, claimed to be the only compa…

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Fila Salvaterrazza
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Fila Salvaterrazza

FILA’s protection range includes a new consolidating treatment developed for worn paving and pool areas. New Fila Salvaterrazza is designed for stone, porcelain, ceramic, agglomerate and concrete surfaces.

The ready-to-apply treatment consolidates, without forming a film, allowing surfaces to breathe. It then prevents future water penetration, as well as mould and efflorescence formation. The hig…

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Kerakoll Biogel
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Kerakoll Biogel

KERAKOLL has launched a type of adhesive made from gel technology. ‘Gone are the different formulations for different substrates and tile types that exist with standard C2 cement-based adhesives: with Biogel adhesives there are only two choices that have to be made – powder-form Biogel No Limits or two-part Biogel Extreme,’ the company says.

It adds that both are suitable for internal and externa…

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Mapei Topcem
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Mapei Topcem

MAPEI’s Topcem is a rapid-drying special hydraulic binder which is a cement replacement and mixed with graded aggregates and water. Mapei Topcem can reportedly be foot-trafficked within 12 hours and is suitable for the installation of ceramic tiles after 24 hours, stone after two days and resilient floorcoverings and wood after just four days irrespective of the screed’s thickness.

Screed contain…

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S1 range from Norcros Adhesives
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S1 range from Norcros Adhesives

SYNTHETIC polymer fibres are now being brought into the development of ceramic tile adhesives and floor preparation products. These technological innovations lie behind the ‘advanced range of tiling adhesives and levelling products on the market today’ – the S1 range from Norcros Adhesives.

The technology behind the range is reinforced polymer technology (RPT) – viewed as the next stage in the e…

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X-treme from F Engel
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X-treme from F Engel

SAID by F Engel to be recognised ‘the world over’ for its range of comfortably fitting, stylish and practical workwear, the company adds that it has built further on its reputation by introducing a collection of slim-fit, stretchable work trousers which ‘allow wearers to be especially comfortable in any work situation – and look and feel smart at the same time’.

Called ‘X-treme’, the trousers are…

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Wolff specialist grinding machines
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Wolff specialist grinding machines

WOLFF has developed a range of specialist grinding machines which, it says, have the ultimate level of quality and innovation.

‘Our NEO 230 and NEO 400 grinding machines for example have adjustable grinding heads which enable closer work to walls,’ says Wolff. ‘Our powerful grinding machines also allow floors to be prepared quickly and easily. For a free demonstration, e-mail info@wolff-tools.co.…

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Hultafors’ next-generation spirit levels
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Hultafors’ next-generation spirit levels

HULTAFORS’ next-generation spirit levels are now available in the UK with, the company says, a new modern design, better-focus vials for easier reading and end protectors with an anti-slip function.

‘It’s always been Hultafors’ mission to give professional tradesmen and women the best quality tools for optimal onsite performance, the company says.

‘That’s why the company’s high-quality spirit le…

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Snickers’ Solid Gear Hydra GTX  Safety Shoe
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Snickers’ Solid Gear Hydra GTX Safety Shoe

THE Solid Gear Hydra GTX Safety Shoe is new from Snickers with its BOA closure system for maximum comfort.

‘Nowadays, good safety shoes are part-and-parcel of a day’s work onsite – just like good working clothes and quality hand tools,’ the company says.

‘It really isn’t worth wearing cheap boots that make your feet feel as though they’ve been in leaden diving boots all day. That’s why it’s impo…

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Snickers knee protection
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Snickers knee protection

WITH long-term knee injuries so common among professional tradesmen, Snickers patented knee protection system is said to deliver the ideal solution – to the most stringent EU standards.

‘Leading the way in reliable and certified knee protection for professional tradesmen and women, the new D30 Kneepads deliver the most advanced knee protection available today,’ says the company.
‘With superior cus…

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New Fila care kit
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New Fila care kit

FILA has introduced a care kit for ceramic and porcelain tiles. It includes three products, for easy cleaning after laying, stain protection of joints and ongoing maintenance.

The kit is said to promote safe and effective maintenance, with the product trio contained in a sturdy, cardboard carry box – suitable for retailers and as a ‘leave behind’ care kit in new installations.

Fila’s new kit con…

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Installation of the month

Stamp of approval

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, The Old Post Office.

Dating to the 1870s, the iconic building was o…

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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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Training

Be better with bespoke training

CARPETRIGHT, said to be the UK’s largest flooring retailer, and trade-only kitchen specialist, Benchmarx, part of Travis Perkins have undergone staff development programmes at the Academy for Excellence in Flooring.

With a total of more than 600 stores across the country, the commitment of these companies demonstrates the importance of training in business development.

Both companies used the academy to develop a programme that meets differing needs. Working with Carpetright’s training manager, Graham Powell, the academy developed a programme for the retailer’s sales employees covering product and common questions encountered in an ‘ask the expert’ format.

The requirements of Benchmarx, …

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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

By CAROLINE HARDY

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

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 ‘ENDS MIDNIGHT TOMORROW’ were misleading and could be substantiated. The ASA upheld the complaint in August 2015.
Others in the sector, including United Carpets (April 2014), Flooring Megastore (March 2016), Wood & Beyond (February 2012) have fallen f…

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Help and Advice

Green is the new black

Nicholas Egan highlights the eco credentials of vinyl and points out that any flooring manufacturer worth its lentils needs to be clear about their commitment and environmental vision

THERE’s no doubt that vinyl as a floorcovering is evolving continuously. It’s a product that lends itself extremely easily to providing designers with an outlet for their creative juices. Think of a colour or pattern and it can be replicated in vinyl. However, getting there by way of research and development is no easy path as some lesser quality manufacturers have found out to their chagrin.

Vinyl flooring is robust, easy to maintain and very durable. Manufactured in many parts of the world vinyl flooring is…

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