Gerflor - Offices

OFFICE design has evolved over the years and the move towards a more open-plan and creative environment has stolen a march on the closed-off smaller, intimate and cloistered spaces we have seen in the past.

There’s no doubt that the flooring element of this change has placed a crucial role in ‘lighting-up’ the overall feel-good factor of many UK offices. Workplace design has an impact on staff retention and this is a good indicator flooring has a huge part to play in contributing to the overall office environment and that flooring design and form can truly make a difference.

The Creation LVT range from Gerflor has been scooping accolades in both the UK and Europe, the company says, winning the coveted 2017 CFJ/CFA Product of The Year category. It’s said to be a beautifully crafted collection of luxury vinyl flooring products, ‘setting the market alight with its innovative designs, textures and suitability for a host of high profile projects’. It’s extremely tough and durable, and Creation 55 is suitable for medium traffic areas for both contract and residential applications including offices, hospitality, restaurants, reception areas and boutiques, Gerflor says. Creation 55 is available in three installation types including; Dry Back, X’Press and Clic formats. The Creation 55 range offers wood and mineral finishes in tile and plank formats with bevelled edges.

In addition to this, the looselay Clic system’s vertical interlocking format reportedly allows this product to be laid quickly over most existing surfaces, with no need to close premises during refurbishments. It is suitable for the retail, hotel, hospitality, administration, leisure or domestic sectors. With a 0.55mm wearlayer the Creation 55 range is said to be 100% recyclable, REACH compliant and treated with PUR+ surface treatment, providing excellent cleaning characteristics and improved resistance to scratching.

Situated directly opposite St David’s hospital in Cardiff, the W2 office refurbishment development provides an ‘elegant yet modern’ suite of residential and office units.

The re-modelling of the flooring detail would need to be of the highest standards. The flooring aspect of the refurbishment project covering the offices and communal areas would be suited to international flooring specialist Gerflor’s Creation 55 LVT, the company says.

The installation of the Gerflor flooring would have to be of premium quality to meet the rigorous high standards set by the developer Loftco.

Marcus Howells, managing director of the appointed flooring installers MH Flooring said, ‘We were asked by Loftco to put forward and suggest floor coverings that would complement this project. We suggested Creation 55 LVT from Gerflor as the product’s design, colour bank and performance would meet every requirement for our client.’ Commenting on quality and standards Marcus Howells went on to say: ‘having worked in the flooring industry for over thirty years I've always found that the products of the highest quality are always the easiest to install, and Gerflor’s products certainly fall into that category.’ Marcus Howells ended by saying: ‘We have used Gerflor floor coverings for many years and are currently working on a specification for another office and living space unit where we will once again be putting forward Gerflor solutions for that bespoke project.’

Colour, design and performance are influencing the way refurbishment projects are now being scoped-out, and Gerflor says it is at the ‘coalface’ of this elemental change in that development.