Gerflor & Seymour Distribution

IT seems back in 2017 there was a lack of appetite for speculative new property development in the UK which has consequently fuelled a rise in the number of office refurbishments moving into 2018.

There is however, a sustained level of demand for space in many of the regional cities alongside a lack of stock, which is influencing demand for refurbished office space.

Landlords are looking to invest in building refurbishments to capture rental growth and ensure their product gets to market ahead of the next development cycle. The market is starting to see a ‘new generation’ of refurbishments which offer a higher quality solution than before.

Refurbishments need to add an extra dimension to make them an attractive alternative to newbuilds, and we’re now seeing several landlords spend more on the refurbishments of reception areas/lobbies as well as installing gyms and cafes to give them an extra edge.

Gerflor says with more than 70 years’ experience, it offers a superb range of flooring solutions which combine technical and design characteristics for any room being specified for refurbishment projects.

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

It says it offers designers ‘a superb range of stunningly beautiful LVT solutions with its Creation collection’.

This ‘amazing range’ won the 2017 CFJ/CFA Product of the year and its Creation 70 product scooped the coveted Red Dot Design award last year, which is akin to receiving a ‘Design Oscar’, according to Gerflor.
With a collection of vibrant modern designs, Creation 70 is claimed to be a designer’s dream, providing what’s described as a tough and durable solution and is available in 58 spectacular designs. ‘Equally stunning in looks is Gerflor’s Creation 55 which is a perfect match for moderate office traffic areas,’ the company says. ‘Both ranges offer realistic wood and mineral finishes in tile and plank formats with bevelled edges.’

It adds: ‘In addition to this, the looselay Clic System’s unique vertical interlocking format allows this product to be laid quickly over most existing surfaces, with no need to close premises during refurbishments saving customers time and money. The Creation range is also 100% recyclable, REACH-compliant and is treated with PUR+ surface treatment, providing excellent cleaning characteristics and improved resistance to scratching.’

When Seymour Distribution which is part of the Frontline Group (a joint venture between Bauer, Immediate Media Company and Haymarket Publications) needed to refurbish its new offices in London’s Smithfield Market, it turned to Gerflor to supply about 113sq m of its Creation 70 LVT flooring.

The new Seymour office refurbishment would need to be sympathetic to the existing building’s heritage, where a certain amount of unique planning and design would be required. The remit for this re-design would fall to Blue Jelly, a Windsor-based creative design agency.

Karen Preston, business development & marketing coordinator, Blue Jelly said: ‘Gerflor products are very easy to work with and offer great colour options for the client to work from, which helps the decision-making process on a fast-moving project like this.

‘The Gerflor products were very forgiving, with minimal sub-floor preparation required.’

Karen Preston went on to finally say: ‘Our client is extremely happy with the final completed project and we have selected Gerflor products for several of our other construction projects which we’re currently pitching for.’
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