IN 1992 Huddersfield Polytechnic changed its name to The University of Huddersfield and in January 2014 the University opened Student Central.
This was a £22.5m development which brought together the University’s support services, access to the library, computing facilities, sport and leisure, together with a range of eating and social spaces all under one roof.
Like most red brick universities, the sports and leisure facilities feature very heavily in student life. These sports areas take a hammering and needed to be resilient and functional.
The brief had to offer a suitable solution for an ‘under rig’ flooring area which was positioned directly underneath the sports centres ‘Technogym Omnia’ system. Said to be chosen for its comfort and safety performance properties Taraflex Sport M Evolution from GERFLOR would be the specified product.
Taraflex vinyl sports flooring from has been used in many international and local sporting events and is available in 17 colours and two wood-effect designs.
The Sport M Evolution product offers a P1 category shock absorbency 25-35% and is said to meet the EN 14904 Standard for indoor sports surfaces.
Taraflex is claimed by Gerflor to be recognised for providing durability, safety and comfort without impairing performance. The range offers ‘greater than 45% force reduction, making it unrivalled in the marketplace in terms of offering comfort for users’.
Taraflex is said to meet the EN Standard of 22196 for anti-bacterial activity (E coli – S aureus – MRSA) returning >99% levels of growth inhibition.