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Sports flooring has specific demands made on it by different activities:

Escape Fitness provided a custom designed floor for the all-new £1m gym in Ribby Hall Village’s Health Club, in Wrea Green Lancashire. The gym was officially opened by Roger Black MBE.
The flooring sits within the spin cycle area and sprint track and features zoning designs for the free weights and strength areas.
What sets the flooring apart from others is the Pavigym system comprising tiles which are finished by hand to achieve the desired colour and thickness.
Paul Lipscombe, Escape’s international flooring project manager, said: ‘Being a design led project there were numerous challenges that we faced in order to recreate the project designs. The colours and designs meant we had to set out the different zones of the gym before we could start to install any of the flooring.
‘The circle running tracks and spin zone were a particular test as we had to make sure the flooring design was square to, and equidistant to, the curves of the walls and pillars in that area to create the flowing design.
‘The hard work was definitely worth it though as the finished installation is truly stunning and a real USP for Ribby Hall Village.’
Mark Leech, senior manager of sport & leisure at Ribby Hall Village said: ‘We pride ourselves on design excellence and quality in our offering to our members. Our new and award-winning gym ensures we offer an unbeatable and interactive training experience to users of all different abilities and interests.’ www.escapefitness.com
Flowcrete says its award-winning sports flooring FlowSport delivers a high performance composite surface, designed for areas including gymnasiums and indoor sports venues.
As well as functional benefits, the system reportedly also offers environmental incentives, with 60% of FlowSport’s composition based on recycled vehicle tyres.
The system is also said to eliminate glare and light reflection, be easy to clean and maintain, while providing a cushioned effect that delivers generous spring and give in the floor. Court lines and area markings can be applied in internationally recognised colours and FlowSport can be installed in conjunction with Flowcrete’s Isowarm underfloor heating system for maximum comfort.
Alan Dean, md of Flowcrete UK, said: ‘FlowSport provides a resilient, seamless and durable finish, which is both abrasion and impact resistant.
‘It offers a great platform for sporting environments, providing a robust, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally sensitive finish, and a choice of bright colours.’ www.flowcrete.co.uk
Gerflor supplied two Taraflex sports floors to replace ageing wooden surfaces at Whitburn Community Education Centre. Gerflor’s Eco-Fit System enabled the new floors to be laid quickly over the old ones, reducing closure time and loss of income.
Flooring contractor Kirkton Flooring, of Livingston, took just a week to lay 450sq m of Taraflex Sport M Evolution in Blueberry in the main hall and 250sq m of Taraflex Multi-Use 6.2 in Wood Natural in the smaller space.
West Lothian Council, which runs the community centre, 20 miles west of Edinburgh, in conjunction with the management committee volunteers, wanted something with better shock absorption qualities than wood and which would also give users the confidence that the floor could provide the required level of safety and comfort.
Gerflor reports having provided Taraflex sports floors to every Olympics Games since 1976. While wooden floors are ‘area elastic’, deemed safe for certain types of impact and loading, other impacts, particular for lighter weight users such as children, are uncomfortable due to the hard surface. Taraflex’s ‘point elastic’ flooring is said to have a higher comfort factor than ‘area elastic’ floors while reducing the risk and severity of injuries arising from falls for children and adults.
The Taraflex Sport M Evolution in the main hall is used particularly for 5-a-side football, badminton and netball and centre coordinator Janette Wood commented: ‘The reaction has been fantastic. It’s still a firm surface, but there’s more ‘give’. The footballers say it is gentler on the knees and much better to run on.’
The Taraflex Multi-Use 6.2 is used for everything from Zumba and Judo classes to roller-discos, as well as the Old Time Dancing group who who were used to stepping out on a wooden floor.
Janette Wood added: ‘They were really surprised at how good it was, and very flexible.’
To top it all a 4sq m community centre logo designed by a local child and created specially by Gerflor from nine different colours and inlaid in the centre of the main hall.
Taraflex Sport M Evolution is available in 17 colours and two wood-effect designs, it has P1 category, 25 to 35%, shock absorption and is 7mm thick.
Available in five wood effect designs,Taraflex Multi-Use 6.2 also has P1 category shock absorption, indentation resistance two times greater than required by EN Standard 14904, abrasion resistance three times the Standard’s requirement and excellent resistance to static and rolling heavy loads. Both surfaces are supplied with Protecsol and Sanosol surface treatments.
Protecsol is designed to offer safe grip, reduced risk of friction burns and easy maintenance, while Sanosol is said to guard against bacteria and mould. www.gerflor.co.uk
Junckers has supplied specialist sports floors and subfloor systems to no fewer than five of the venues for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, including in the main stadium, the Emirates Arena.
Junckers premium sports flooring systems reportedly provide a complete solution to all sports flooring needs, for multi-use, ball sports, dance and performance, conforming to all standards.
The floors are said to combine player safety with outstanding ball response, cost-effectiveness and ease of installation, helping to simplify specifier choices. www.junckers.co.uk
nora supplied rubber flooring for a new sustainable building at the University of Cambridge, one of the oldest universities in the world, dating back to 1209. Steeped in history both academically and architecturally, the university continues to grow with the first of several new installations, a prestigious sports centre.
This architecturally stunning building, designed by Arup Associates, was built with sustainability as a top priority. Only materials with excellent environmental properties were chosen. noraplan sentica rubber sheets and tiles from the German rubber flooring specialist were selected for the gymnasium and circulation areas within the vast sports building.
The choice was based on the material’s high durability and hard wearing quality. Said to have pleasant warmth underfoot and excellent acoustic properties, nora flooring is also claimed to be devoid of any PVC or plasticizers.
Certified with the Blue Angel eco-label, nora is also said to benefit from low VOC’s, providing a superior indoor air quality. The flooring is also described as dirt repellent and naturally bacteriostatic and fungistatic.
The extremely dense and closed surface reportedly allows easy and economic maintenance which can be cleaned and polished using no chemicals, just water.
Located on the West Cambridge campus, the 6060sq m state-of-the-art Sports Centre provides world-class facilities and caters both to individual athletes and teams of all abilities. An excellent BREEAM rating for the new sports centre. With further refurbishment projects in the pipeline nora systems has established itself as a firm choice for flooring by the university. www.nora.com/uk
Pallmann says it has lacquers that are designed to use for sports floors. The company’s training courses run by experts explain the five steps to cleaning and maintenance for wood floors. The sessions provide hands-on training for all aspects of wood floor maintenance and it’s free to attend! For more information or to book contact Pallmann on 01788 530080.
Its wood floor installation systems are described as ‘failsafe’ when used correctly. That’s why it offer a two years warranty for those attending each of its Five Steps training sessions for installation, renovation and maintenance of wood floors.
www.good-for-wood.com
T&R Floor Covering Distributors supplies a range including seven Kährs sports floors, in a variety of wood species.
All floors are available from extensive stock, for standard two-day delivery or next day, by request.
They are also offered alongside a range of accessories, including start/end boards, underlay, trims and maintenance products.
Kährs Activity system is available in Beech, Hard Maple and Oak, and features an ‘all-in-one’ construction for floating installation.
Integral shock-absorption and reinforcement properties are said to eliminate the need for battens and fittings, providing the high performance of a traditional sports floor, whilst greatly reducing installation time.
All designs reportedly comply with both DIN and new EN Standards. Boards measure 2423x200x300mm. Three more Kährs Multisport floors are offered in Beech FSC, Maple FSC and Oak FSC, in a 2200x189x22mm format. www.trflooring.com

This article has been reproduced from the Contract Flooring Journal website. You can find them at www.contractflooringjournal.co.uk.