Tarkett - Carpet tiles

WHEN the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) moved into its new HQ it set out to design a space that would embody its core values of creating a circular economy. This meant designing an innovative and inviting space, while keeping sustainability at front of mind.

Interior specialist, Action Workspace, was brought in to manage the design, specification and installation for the fit-out. With the project brief focusing heavily on the use of recycled or recyclable material, Action Workspace worked closely with the LWARB to ensure total transparency when it came to making sustainable material choices.

For the flooring, this was a particular challenge. Lead designer at Action Workspace, Lisa Humphries, comments, ‘While commercial carpet tiles have moved on quite a lot in terms of recyclability at end of life, smooth flooring is still catching up. We were therefore on a mission to source flooring that would meet both the design and sustainability requirements.’

Tarkett provided the solution with its complementary range of Desso Fuse & Fields carpet tiles and iD Inspiration loose lay LVT, said to satisfy both the aesthetic design ambitions and the sustainability requirements.

Thanks to Tarkett’s ReStart programme, this choice reportedly aligned perfectly with the LWARB’s circular economy principles. The take-back scheme is dedicated to a collection of flooring at the end-of-life, so that it can be recycled and reused as a new resource.

Desso Fuse and Fields carpet tiles, equipped with Cradle to Cradle certified EcoBase backing as standard, were specified in light grey and green tones to add a splash of colour to the boardroom. For the main entrance, kitchen area and walkways, iD Inspiration loose lay LVT was selected in a dark grey hue creating what Tarkett calls a a stylish and professional, yet practical solution for the scheme.

Jessica Brodrick, from the LWARB, comments: ‘We wanted to lead by example with this project by showing how you can opt for sustainable materials, without compromising on quality design and functionality. We are all very happy with the results and hope it will inspire others to make more sustainable design choices to bring us all one step closer to achieving a truly circular economy.’
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