Gerflor & Streetly Academy

THE flooring in a commercial kitchen or food production area needs to endure far more abuse than in a domestic setting, says Gerflor. The heavy traffic created by the constant traffic of kitchen and waiting staff can take a heavy levy over time, so commercial flooring needs to be hard-wearing and fit for purpose. It must also be able to withstand very high temperatures and provide a non-slip surface for the safety of staff.

Gerflor says it has honed its expertise in safety flooring to produce the highest standards possible for kitchens and food production areas, helping to provide a secure and protected catering environment for staff and visitors alike.

The Taralay Impression Control flooring collection from Gerflor is suitable for a variety of commercial kitchen new builds and refurbishments where high volumes of footfall are expected and there is a need for safety and slip resistance. A multi-purpose floorcovering available in 2m sheet format with a Group T wear rating, it’s said to be suitable for a host of heavy traffic environments where slip resistance is a must.

Available as a dual collection: safety in wood and safety in design, the range includes reportedly realistic woods in what Gerflor calls contemporary colours and modern all over designs. Taralay Impression Control is also said to have a Pendulum Test value +36, meet HSE guidelines (BS 7976-2), a surface roughness of >20 RTM-RZ and R11 ramp test value (DIN 51130), together with providing 24 colourways. Taralay Impression Control also reportedly offers a hygienic solution thanks to a UV cured PUR surface treatment for easy cleaning and maintenance. With the Protecsol Control surface treatment it’s easy to clean and 100% recyclable, says Gerflor.

The Streetly Academy in Sutton Coalfield is said to offer a full and varied curriculum enriched by its sports college status to enable every child’s learning to be adapted to their specific needs. When it came to refurbishment of the academy’s flooring needs, choosing the right products would be crucial, says Gerflor. Being truly fit for purpose and delivering overall lifetime cost savings was a parameter not to be ignored.

The overall design of the project was placed the hands of Halesowen-based architects Gould Singleton. Stephen J Bullock, partner, Gould Singleton commented, ‘the slip resistance was very important in a number of key areas such as the kitchens, stores and staff WC’s where there is greater risk of fluid spillages. Gerflor’s Taralay Impression Control has a slip resistant finish which complies with the Health and Safety Executives pendulum slip resistance test giving a low slip potential of greater than thirty-six and a surface roughness measurement, again giving a low slip resistance greater than twenty’. Stephen concluded by saying, ‘Taralay Impression Control from Gerflor delivers a range of colours that give clean, contemporary lines which were put to the students of the academy to make the final choice for the finishing colours’.