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THE Trafford Youth Service in Manchester works with and on behalf of young people aged 13-19. They offer advice, personal support as well as exciting opportunities to be involved in arts, music, outdoor activities and various community-based projects. It’s a community ‘fix’ that’s delivering hope to the young people of the area.

The client, Trafford Borough Council wanted a warm, easy to maintain, comfortable floor for a multi-use area in the centre which could be used as a nursery during the day, as well as hosting other activities such as sports at other times.

Jill Carding, head practitioner at The Old Trafford Youth Centre said: ‘We’ve sixteen members of staff in the centre every day, with forty to fifty families using our facilities every week. We regularly see a decent level of footfall and having suitable flooring in the centre is a must for us.’

This challenging remit would suit Gerflor’s Taraflex Multi-Use 6.2. Trafford Borough Council already uses Gerflor’s Taralay products in their primary schools and community centres throughout the Borough, so they were already extremely confident in specifying Gerflor products for this latest project.

The contracting challenge would fall to Stockport-based HVB Flooring. Its knowledge of flooring materials and working relationships with manufacturers such as Gerflor, offers its customers access to various contract and decorative flooring solutions.

And the specification of Gerflor’s Taraflex Multi-Use 6.2 was a flooring solution that HVB had used on many occasions.

Taraflex has been used in every summer Olympics since 1976 and is available in 17 colours and two wood-effect designs. While wooden floors are ‘area elastic’, deemed safe for certain types of impact and loading, other impacts, particularly for lighter weight users such as exercise classes are uncomfortable owing to the hard surface.

Taraflex’s ‘point elastic’ flooring is claimed to have a higher comfort factor than ‘area elastic’ floors and is said to reduce the risk and severity of injuries.

Taraflex Multi-Use 6.2 also has P1 category shock absorption with indentation resistance two times greater than required by EN Standard 14904, an abrasion resistance three times the standard’s requirement and resistance to static and rolling heavy loads providing 25-35% of shock absorption.

Also, the double fibreglass grid helps give better dimensional stability which means it’s less likely to expand or contract too much despite potential temperature fluctuations.

It also has much better dimensional stability allowing the material to be loose-laid as many adhesives are unable to cope with temperature differences.

As highlighted by the Old Trafford Youth Centre project, Gerflor says it has flooring solutions for all types of installation, from nurseries to secondary schools, together with social and community centres. It claims to be a total flooring solution that offers value, longevity, low maintenance and real safety.

Gerflor says Taraflex Multi Use 6.2 is easy to keep clean, maintain and is also very hygienic, meeting the EN Standard of 22196 for anti- bacterial activity (E coli – S aureus – MRSA) (3) returning >99% levels of growth inhibition.

The product is also treated with Protecsol, which renders polish redundant. Taraflex® has a double density foam backing and as another bonus, it’s environmentally friendly.

Jill Carding finally said: ‘We really like our Gerflor flooring. It performs well, is easy to clean and maintain and is a real hit with all our centre visitors.’
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