Gerflor - Refurbishment

ANY ongoing investment in schools’ refurbishment works programmes always has a positive effect in the drive to improve educational standards. Refurbishment should never be considered as ‘the second option’, it should be valued more as an improvement to the existing facilities.

The completion of any refurbishment works ultimately provides better facilities for our children and young people to learn in, and an improved working environment for teachers and other school staff. The fundamental part that sport plays in the overall wellbeing of pupils is now a well-known factor in achieving academic prowess.

Providing a sports surface that is fit-for-purpose, durable and delivers high levels of performance is seen as key in enabling sport to be enjoyed by all.

Gerflor says it has more than 70 years’ experience with its Taraflex sports flooring. It offers a range of colours and is suitable for various applications. Taraflex sports floors have been made since 1947 and used by the largest international sports federations (volleyball, handball, badminton, table tennis) for decades.

‘Through partnerships with these federations Gerflor has been present at the Summer Olympic Games since 1976,’ says Gerflor. ‘It’s an Olympic pedigree stretching back over an incredible 42 years.’

Taraflex is available in 17 colours and three wood-effect designs. The performance product offers a P2 category shock absorbency 35% to 45%.

‘Taraflex is recognised for providing durability, safety and comfort without impairing performance,’ says Gerflor. ‘The range also offers greater than 45% force reduction, making it unrivalled in the marketplace in terms of offering comfort for users.

‘Taraflex meets the EN Standard of 22196 for antibacterial activity (E coli - S aureus - MRSA) (3) returning >99% levels of growth inhibition. The product is also treated with Protecsol, which renders polish redundant and is triple action meaning no polish is ever required, it contributes to easy maintenance and is anti-friction burn and slide/grip.

‘Taraflex has a double density foam backing and with another bonus, it’s environmentally friendly. Taraflex Performance from Gerflor also meets the EN 14904 Standard for indoor sports surfaces. It’s also ideal for renovation works and is available with the Dry-Tex System suitable for new construction or refurbishment projects with damp subfloors.’

Becket Keys Church of England School is a free school established in Brentwood, Essex in 2012. In addition to addressing the academic and spiritual needs of their students, the overall fitness and wellbeing of the pupils would also be catered for by providing a state-of-the-art sports hall.

‘It’s an area where Gerflor made a positive difference by supplying about 680sq m of its outstanding high performance Taraflex sports flooring in ‘Oak’ for the planned refurbishment of the new sports hall,’ said the company.

Nina Chapman, finance and contract manager, Becket Keys Church of England School said: ‘The flooring was chosen by the architects. The addition of our logo provides a professional touch and we’re delighted with it.’

Charlie Holmes, chartered building surveyor from Ingleton Wood said: ‘The school had an existing sports hall which was coming to the end of its lifespan.'

He added: ‘We’d used Gerflor flooring for a previous scheme and were very happy with the quality of its products.’

Charlie added, ‘The flooring looks brilliant, and our local area Gerflor representative helped the school complete a design which incorporated the school’s logo in silver.’

Mr Scott-Evans, headteacher at Becket Keys Church of England School said, ‘Gerflor was recommended to us by our architects and they’ve delivered on everything we hoped for. We knew what we were looking for and Gerflor worked very hard to meet our specific requirements.’
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