SPORTS facilities, health clubs and fitness facilities are starting to show more personality and flooring can play a key role. Whether you’re designing a new facility, or redesigning an existing one, it’s worth keeping in mind the influence that flooring can have on overall aesthetics, sustainability and performance.
This ability to create a bespoke design or effect is key in the overall planning and layout of many retail and office environments.
Creating a truly unique look is becoming a bigger priority and as the catalogue of products on the market continues to develop, consumers will be faced with more options than ever before, which makes a bespoke look much more accessible to a host of clients.
It’s a fact floor surfaces are a major visual element in most facilities and will have a significant impact on the internal environment for the user.
The use of bespoke logos and water cutting on flooring design also creates brand awareness and re-enforces the sales or corporate message.
Gerflor says it’s at the very forefront to R&D when it comes to supplying the manufacturing support and products to enable this bespoke look and feel for a wide range of their clients and installers.
With its My Taralay service, customers can choose from 150 colours which provides more than 400,000 combinations.
This system allows a customer to select a design from four Taralay designs, then select a colour from a palette of 150 colours, which in turn provides this huge range of combinations. It’s the ideal way to visualise a project and provides the perfect platform to show clients the ‘look’ before ordering, says Gerflor.
The other added benefit with the Gerflor systems is that by water-jet cutting Gerflor says it can create bespoke designs and logos which further enhances the choices for designers and specifiers. It’s a real boon when a facility wants to customise its ‘look’.
When the Whitburn Community Centre run by West Lothian Council, 20 miles west of Edinburgh wanted a flooring with better shock absorption qualities than wood, could provide and deliver the required level of safety and comfort together with being able to accommodate their own designs and logo they turned to Gerflor to deliver the solution.
The Taraflex Sport M Evolution for Gerflor now installed in the main hall is used particularly for 5-a-side football, badminton and netball. Centre coordinator Janette Wood commented: ‘The reaction has been fantastic. It’s still a firm surface, but there’s more ‘give’. The footballers have said it’s gentler on the knees and much better to run on.’
The icing on the cake with this installation however was a 4sq m community centre logo designed by a local child and created by Gerflor from nine different colours and inlaid in the centre of the main hall. Jeanette Wood added, ‘the logo looks fantastic and really helps to bring the main hall alive’.
Eastwood High School in Newton Mearns, Renfrewshire, Scotland is a spacious centre for learning with classrooms wrapped around a central atrium and hub.
With so many people passing through, architects Cooper Cromar insisted on flooring that looked fantastic, but would be very hardwearing and easy to clean.
Ian Churcher, architectural technologist at Cooper Cromar, turned to Gerflor. ‘With more than 70 years of design-led technological innovation, he knew Gerflor would be able to deliver to a very rigorous brief,’ the company says.
After consulting Gerflor, Ian Churcher specified the Tarasafe Ultra range of specialist slip-resistant vinyl safety flooring.
A product that’s inlaid with mineral crystal particles, as opposed to industry standard carborundum. This gives a brighter appearance, it also comes with a tough PVC wearlayer. It meets the EN Standard of 22196 for antibacterial activity (E coli – S aureus – MRSA) (3) returning >99% levels of growth inhibition for optimum hygiene and easy maintenance. Tarasafe is 100% recyclable.
Ian Churcher said at the time, ‘We’ve used Gerflor before for education and fire station projects; we know the products offer outstanding performance. They have an extensive colour range for designers to work with which mean that we can select and design our own flooring blueprint.’