Forbo - Speaking of bespoke
Calming colours and patterns have reportedly helped to create a special environment for mothers and babies at Glan Clwyd Hospital. Forbo Flooring Systems’ Sphera Element has been specified throughout the Mother and Baby Unit, due to its bright and fresh appearance, high-performance and durability. Easy to work with, the Sphera sheets were laid throughout the unit and hand cut to shape to create butterfly designs.
Specialist healthcare designers, IBI Group, were tasked with designing the hospital unit.
Cristina Tegolo, designer at IBI Group, who designed the ward said: ‘I had previously been introduced to Forbo’s new Sphera collection and its ability to be cut into shapes to create bespoke designs, so it was the perfect choice for the project. We opted for a plain and clean looking base colour, Mortar, then for the various butterflies we chose Teal, a mustard-like shade Amber and Yellow Green, a bright green colour.’
These colours were chosen for the butterfly pattern due to them having serene connotations flowing throughout the corridors and into the equipment rooms, acting as a wayfinding tool.
The first of three brand new homogeneous vinyls to be produced in Forbo’s new custom-built £17m factory, Sphera Element is long lasting, as the SMART-top surface finish is said to ensure that it has a high resistance to chemicals, scratches and stains, suitable for an environment which will experience heavy footfall and wheeled traffic. It delivers bright and saturated hues, resulting in striking colour tones, many with reportedly high light reflection values (LRV). Moreover, it features phthalate-free manufacturing and low emissions.
Forbo’s Eternal Wood was also installed in the cot rooms in the natural shade Limed Oak, with bright coloured Sphera butterflies laid on top pinpointing the numbered cot bay stations.