Modern floor design for university
LOCATED at the university’s Colchester campus, the Innovation Centre is part of the Knowledge Gateway research and technology park. The research and technology park has been developed to drive growth in north Essex and will host more than 50 start-up businesses. The £12m Innovation Centre houses the digital creative studio, where Gradus carpet planks have been installed, and will showcase technologies such as artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and virtual reality.
Gradus put together the floor plan design in conjunction with the university. Urban Myth carpet planks were installed in the main studio in colours Lead (dark grey), Steel (light grey) and Sapphire (blue). Installed in half-drop, the planks create a walkway and are used to form a gradual transition of colour across the floor which helps define specific zones in the studio space. Additionally, Gradus Brickworks and Emphasis carpet tiles were installed in separate offices.
‘The studio is all about creativity, reflecting the vibrant creative industries in Colchester and the wider area, so we wanted a floorplan that would deliver the practical benefits of carpet tiles, and also embody the values of digital innovation,’ explains Matt Brown, project manager, capital and development team, the University of Essex.
‘That’s exactly what we’ve got with the Urban Myth solution from Gradus – a dynamic carpet floor scheme which helps visitors and occupants identify which areas of the floor are used for which purpose.’
Gradus also supplied Essex University with Elite stair-edgings and a large quantity of skirting for The Copse – a new-build accommodation block for undergraduates. ‘STM7510 Stratum skirting in colour Snowdrift delivers a low-maintenance, cost-effective alternative to wood skirtings and was ideal for installation around the gentle curves in the building,’ says the company.
Dan Bowen, carpet specialist at Gradus, comments: ‘We worked closely with the University of Essex to ensure we delivered the right solution for their requirements. Our Urban Myth range is available in both tile and plank format, and the random design offers versatility and the opportunity to create innovative and exciting floor schemes.’