Refurbishment - nora

NORAPLAN floor tiles have provided what’s described as aesthetics, acoustics and safety for the first school building developed under a motorway.

Notting Hill Prep School in Ladbroke Grove, London is a split site school, with three separate buildings. There was a need to build a new school building, but the constraints of the urban landscape posed a unique challenge - it would need to be built under a motorway.

Hanson Architects was approached to deliver this unique building. Facing considerable technical challenges, it was able to design and build an independent, acoustically separated structure below the concrete framed Westway, next to the Hammersmith and City tube line.

In 2018 the new school building was officially opened and contains the school’s dining hall, kitchen, music department, art department, administration and gym.

The look of the floorcovering throughout the new building had to be modern and in keeping with the other school sites. With continual heavy footfall, the floor must offer high resistance, durability and functionality.

‘noraplan sentica was the perfect choice as it’s ideally tailored to all of these challenges,’ says the company.

‘Providing a comfortable atmosphere and R9 slip resistance in an understated design, noraplan sentica enhances the new school building by creating an interior that feels good and performs beautifully.’

nora says its floorcoverings are renowned for their ergonomic advantages. ‘Durability and underfoot comfort comes as standard owing to the durable elasticity of the rubber, meaning they can withstand heavy and continual foot flow.

‘noraplan stone tiles were installed throughout the school building to provide walking comfort, shock absorbing properties and lifelong elasticity, ensuring pressure on the joints and spine is noticeably reduced.

‘Noise reduction is also a key feature of noraplan stone, offering 6-8dB sound absorption to significantly reduce walking noise and provide comfortable acoustics within all the new departments. Strong and long-lasting, noraplan sentica and noraplan stone will ensure the flooring stands up to the demands of a busy school.’

nora continues: ‘nora floorcoverings are incredibly wear-resistant, owing to the dense, closed surfaces. Coupled with easy maintenance and cleaning, these floors will look as good as new after years of intensive usage and with no coatings required, they’re the most cost-effective long-term solution. This is why they’re used in numerous educational buildings and other public buildings with high footfall such as airports and museums.’

For any school, the safety and wellbeing of its pupils is paramount and Notting Hill Preparatory School is no exception. ‘nora floorcoverings are classified as fire-toxicologically safe according to the German standard DIN 53 436,’ says the company. ‘They’re free of PVC, phthalate plasticisers and halogens. With numerous sustainability and Green Design certificates such as Blue Angel and BRE A+ rating, nora is a safe choice for schools.’

Notting Hill Preparatory School adopts a ‘thinking school approach’, committed to developing a passion for learning in its pupils by delivering dynamic and inspiring teaching. The environment of the new school building has to be conducive to these goals.

Owing to the talents of Hanson Architects and the quality and design of nora floorcoverings, the new school building is one of inspiration and creativity and has been recognised as such by the AJ Retrofit Awards 2018.
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