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Durability and attractiveness are key features of flooring in offices

FOR more than 40 years, NBS has been a highly regarded and widely recognised standard for specification. Today it’s at the forefront of BIM development and adoption.

In December 2016, as the business continued to grow, the company set about investing more than £5.8m redeveloping its home, a grade ll listed building in Newcastle, The Old Post Office.

Dating back to the 1870s, the iconic building was originally built as the main post office in Newcastle. A full refurbishment was required to meet the demands of this thriving business. Ward Robinson was appointed to design the interiors of the project and turned to Desso to supply the flooring.

Desso’s Fuse and Fields carpet tiles were selected to create what’s described as a bold and vibrant design, which would allow the character of the listed building to shine through, rather than competing with it. 2,370sq m of Fuse and Fields were installed throughout the building.

A warm grey colour palette was selected to provide a neutral backdrop for the brighter punches of colour used in the furniture and the dramatic graphic wall-coverings used on the feature walls.
The colours were also chosen to tie in with the newly launched NBS branding.

‘Working with listed buildings can be challenging, however blending the character of the old building with a new, fresh and contemporary interior scheme was incredibly rewarding,’ comments Jackie Dent, director at Ward Robinson.

‘I’ve worked with Desso for many years and I chose this brand again because, as well as the product being just right for the project, I know and trust the quality of Desso products. The finished result looks fantastic!’

Desso Fields is available in 16 colour combinations, while Desso Fuse is available in seven. Both collections come with Desso EcoBase® as standard backing.
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SUBFLOOR preparation products from F Ball and Co have been used in the refurbishment of luxury office space in Manchester City Centre.

Contractors specified the highest quality products to complete the 720sq m flooring installation at Empress Business Centre, to the aesthetically pleasing standard required to showcase the building for existing and potential customers.

Contractors from Goulson Furnishing Fitters, in Stockport, began the installation by removing the existing carpet tiles from all communal areas including stairs, corridors and the main reception area.

The suitably dry and clean floor was then prepared with a coat of Stopgap P131 Primer, before a 3mm thickness of F Ball’s Stopgap Green Bag was applied in the areas that required slight smoothing.

New carpet was then installed using what is said to be the industry’s most recognised carpet adhesive, Styccobond F3, a water-based rubber/resin product compatible with nearly 70% of all floorcoverings in the F Ball Recommended Adhesives Guide.

The product is claimed to have offered excellent wet grab and an early build-up of strength for the carpet in all areas, including the open plan reception area.

Stuart Goulson, md at Goulson Furnishing Fitters, says: ‘We regularly use F Ball products as they guarantee the high quality finish and performance our customers expect from us. We use Styccobond F3 in almost all our projects, simply because nothing can beat it.’

Founded in 1886, F Ball and Co says it’s the UK’s leading manufacturer of flooring adhesives and floor preparation products for the contract flooring industry.

With a broad product portfolio including floor smoothing underlayments, repair compounds, waterproof surfaces membranes, flooring adhesives and primers, F Ball claims to deliver superior customer service through its network of more than 120 wholesalers throughout the UK and Ireland. In addition, the company’s ‘recommended adhesives guide’ (RAG) matches adhesives to more than 5,500 brand name floorcoverings from over 200 international manufacturers.

Extensive in-house testing facilities and research and development laboratories at the company headquarters in Cheddleton, Staffordshire, enable F Ball to continuously enhance the technology and quality of its product range.
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MODULAR flooring specialist Interface says it’s provided a vibrant and colourful flooring design for Manchester Pride’s city centre headquarters.

Taking inspiration from the colours of the rainbow flag – a prominent symbol for the LGBT community – the charity wanted to inject bright colours into the space to reflect the energy and enthusiasm of Manchester Pride’s employees.

‘The old office was a dull, grey and uninspiring place to work in,’ commented Mark Fletcher, ceo, Manchester Pride. ‘We wanted a complete overhaul of the design to create an open-plan work environment with an eye-catching and inspiring interior design scheme.’

Following the refurbishment, an open-plan office featuring a desk and breakout area replaces the previous layout.

For the main desk area, skinny plank carpet tiles from Interface’s Polichrome collection are laid in a herringbone format to create what’s described as a bright and beautiful rainbow pattern.

The use of a grey Limestone colourway from Interface’s Human Nature collection in the break out area, helps achieve a striking contrast to the vibrant working zone.

The design, by Architectural studio, architecture:m, includes glass fronted meeting rooms on either side of the combined desk and breakout spaces.

Mark Percival, director, architecture:m, commented: ‘For such a positive and inspiring organisation, we needed a design that reflected its personality, and would create a real infectious buzz in the office.
‘The flooring scheme pulls the whole office design together, while helping to zone the small space, delineating the work and relaxation areas. The bright Polichrome range reflects the creative energy of the organisation, while the deeper pile Human Nature collection breaks up the room, providing a subtler breakout area where staff can retreat and relax.’

Mark Fletcher concluded: ‘Now, with support from Interface and architecture:m, we have a vibrant, versatile space that’s a pleasure to work in. The design injects some much-needed colour into the office and our staff say the design even boosts their mood and productivity levels. We’re absolutely thrilled with the result.’

Interface says it’s a worldwide leader in the design and production of modular flooring products that combine beauty with functionality and environmental credentials to help businesses and organisations bring their design vision to life.

The company says it was one of the first to publicly commit to sustainability, when it made its Mission Zero pledge in the mid-‘90s.

Mission Zero represents the company’s vision of becoming totally sustainable – and ultimately restorative – by 2020, Interface says. It adds that it influences every aspect of the business and inspires the company to continually push the boundaries to achieve its goal. Since then, Interface claims to have developed and implemented radical innovations, taking the company beyond the realms of what was thought possible and making significant progress towards its goal.

Interface has two European manufacturing facilities in Scherpenzeel, Holland, and Craigavon, Northern Ireland, which collectively produce about 14m sq m of carpet tile per year.
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2017 is bringing with it innovative and imaginative trends that focus on not only colour, but shapes, textures and materials.

We still look to nature for inspiration, particularly for raw, tactile texture, but more than ever the line between the handcrafted and technology is blending to produce outstanding designs.

The juxtaposition of nature and modern architecture provides the perfect inspiration. Concrete cityscapes and botanical references that keep us close to the natural world are very prevalent this year.

Across the board colour is being welcomed in to office spaces and particularly in flooring, says Amtico. Walls commonly held the monopoly but with innovative new colours and designs available in the market colourful floors are becoming increasingly popular.

As the role of the office space develops and evolves, so too does the design. It’s understood that design can play a key part in communicating a brands ethos and personality.

Now with innovative technological developments providing colours and designs, when specifying flooring for an office space, the key thing to ask is: How will this space be used? From this you can look at where certain areas may experience high footfall and distinguish which areas are key for making an impact and which need to be conducive for meetings and conferences.
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OFFICES are a big thing…literally. Total office construction just in central London alone is at an eight-year high, but the market is now turning towards refurbishment rather than new build says a survey from Deloitte.

It is major office refurbishments, rather than new-builds, that are fuelling this latest wave of construction. Refurbishments account for 28 out of the 40 new starts and highlight the opportunity that developers can deliver into a market that still has low levels of available office space.

With more than 70 years’ experience of innovation and development, international flooring and interior specialists Gerflor describes itself as one of the largest vinyl flooring manufacturers in Europe.
It has what it says is a wide portfolio of products ideal for a vast array of office applications whether it’s for newbuild or refurbishment.

Suitable for a host of office environments is Gerflor’s Creation LVT collection which is claimed to provide stunning looks coupled with great performance.

Designed for medium traffic areas for light commercial use at one end is the LVT Creation 55 range, and for the heaviest footfall at the other end of the spectrum is the 2016 Red Dot Creation 70 collection.
Creation 55 is said to be a perfect match for moderate traffic areas in commercial environments including offices, hospitalities, restaurants, reception areas, boutiques and housing.

It has a 0.55mm wear layer and is now available in 61 designs with seven different sizes in tiles and planks.

The Creation 70 & Creation 55 ranges are completely recyclable, REACH compliant and treated with PUR+ surface treatment, providing what Gerflor describes as excellent cleaning characteristics and improved resistance to scratching.

Their looselay CLIC System’s unique vertical interlocking format is said to allow this product to be laid quickly over most existing surfaces, with no need to close premises during refurbishments saving time and money.

As office newbuilds and refurbishments take centre stage in many urban locales the need for the right solution for the flooring requirements is deemed to be crucial. Ideally suited to meet these challenges head-on for a broad selection of office environments is the Taralay Impression Control range from Gerflor, according to the company.

In 2016, Gerflor won the coveted CFJ/CFA product of the year category with its Taralay Impression Control range.

This safety flooring collection is said to be suitable for refurbishments and newbuilds. A multi-purpose floorcovering available in 2m sheet format with a Group T wear rating, it’s 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 realistic woods in contemporary colours and modern all over designs.

Taralay Impression Control also has a Pendulum Test value +36, meets HSE guidelines (BS 7976-2), a surface roughness of >20 RTM-RZ and R11 ramp test value (DIN 51130), together with providing 24 design-led colourways and is suitable for healthcare, education, retail, public spaces, offices and other commercial interiors.

Taralay Impression Control is also said to offer a hygienic solution thanks to a UV cured PUR surface treatment for easy cleaning and maintenance. With the Protecsol Control surface treatment it’s said to be easy to clean, is 100% recyclable, offering a state-of-the-art flooring solution for a myriad of applications.

Some offices require a quiet atmosphere. Saga2 from Gerflor, which is a fast-track looselay tile, provides the durability of a compact tile with the comfort of an acoustic tile.

Saga2 overcomes the difficulty of many irregular sub-floors and prevents their indentations transferring to the surface.

Saga2 is said to be quick and easy to install, has a durable 4.6mm thickness with a reinforced calandered inner layer to accept subfloor un-evenness and provides sound impact insulation (15dB). Saga2 also comes with the Protecsol treatment and is also 100% recyclable.

Houseology in Glasgow was born out of the architectural and design practice, Occa-Design. When the company moved offices in Glasgow city centre it took over a space in a converted mill building and renovating it from top-to-bottom it would need flooring products that could adhere to its design-led ethos.

The Creation range from Gerflor was said to be the perfect choice and has provided the Houseology office with what’s described as beautiful flooring for its reception, social hub, circulation spaces and meeting rooms.

Julie Paterson, senior interior designer from Houseology comments, ‘This sublime look is enhanced by the Gerflor Creation Deep Forest flooring which our designers chose, owing to its warm tone and chic aged effect which complements the stylish industrial edge.’
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