IVC contributes to biophilic feel at WSP
IVC’s reported ability to deliver carpet tiles and LVT that create definition in the use of spaces, as well as uphold the biophilic nature of the design, has seen its floor finishes chosen in the Newcastle upon Tyne offices of global engineering firm WSP.
IVC’s US-made Lichen and Zip It carpet tiles were selected for open-plan office areas, receptions and meeting areas, while a selection of Moduleo 55 Woods, Moduleo 55 Tiles and Moduleo 55 Expressive were chosen for OSC, storage areas, walkways, the entrance lobby and bistro. Specified by Glasgow-based designer, Idaco, the floors are said to reflect the nature-inspired finishes used throughout the interior.
Aileen Rooney, Idaco, comments: ‘We chose various floor finishes from IVC to create distinctions in the floorspace. LVT floors for breakout and collaboration areas, Denim carpet tiles in the meeting areas and heavily textured Lichen in the open plan offices. We wanted the floors to reflect the strong biophilic theme running through the space, so looked at IVC’s products taking inspiration from, or replicating wood, moss and stone. We’re delighted with the overall look of the project.’
Lichen, used for open-plan office areas, is a biophilic design inspired by multi-textured lichens and the regenerative role they play within the ecosystem. The textured pattern is made from stain-resistant Duracolor nylon with 30% recycled content with reported permanent soil release technology. With EcoFlex NXT backing, the carpet tile has 56% recycled content by weight.
Zip It, used in two colourways for the reception and meeting areas, is part of IVC’s Denim collection that’s inspired by the casual, timeless look of denim. Featuring a tonal striated background with a chevron overlay, the carpet tile is again made with Duracolor nylon and EcoFlex NXT, achieving 53% recycled content by weight.
In the OSC and storage area, Idaco specified Moduleo 55 Woods in Chester Oak. Says the company: ‘This classic style oak-effect plank features a textured wearlayer and bevels for an authentic look. Delivering impressive commercial performance and with Protectonite for scuff and stain protection and a low maintenance surface, Chester Oak features up to 50% recycled content.’
The company adds: ‘The same specification and high recycled content also benefit the Moduleo 55 Tiles collection with Hoover Stone chosen to deliver practicality in storage walkway areas. Again, with a textured surface and four-sided bevel, this authentic looking floor has a minimal aesthetic for a modern architectural feel.’
In the entrance lobby and bistro, Idaco has turned to IVC’s Expressive collection of what’s described as surprising layout patterns and material effects. Using emboss-in-register technology, where the textured surface exactly replicates the pattern beneath, Expressive floors deliver ‘unparalleled realism’. In the intricate parquet strip effect of Shades, it’s said to be a stunning look that makes the floor a central element of the design in these areas.
In total, 1,770sq m of IVC floors were installed by Active Flooring throughout the offices of WSP: ‘This is the first time we’ve chosen IVC for a WSP project. The client is delighted with the flooring and I’m sure we’ll be using it again soon,’ concludes Aileen Rooney.