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The education sector makes a number of demands on flooring:

Branagan Flooring ,a member of the CFA, is helping the University of Manchester to reduce waste and cut costs with a portfolio of six carpets and six carpet tiles for high and medium traffic areas. Sourced from a UK supplier, these are all 100% recycleable with some recycled content.

The initiative is to be expanded to cover vinyl flooring. Branagan Flooring is contracted to provide and maintain floorcoverings for lecture theatres, classrooms, offices and corridors after winning a European tender in 2006.
Branagan Flooring is a member of Recofloor vinyl take back scheme, encouraging fitters to recycle their vinyl waste at its Sharston HQ.

www.branaganflooringltd.co.uk

CFS Carpets hasalarge range of fibre bonded carpet tiles and sheet, for the education sector. NewTyphoonandNewChinook ranges are described as extremely hard wearing due to the robust rib construction. Both are said to be easy to maintain, and well suited for heavy traffic areas like classrooms, corridors, staff rooms and foyers.

Carpet and Flooring holds large stocks and offers 24 hour UK wide delivery.

www.cfscarpets.co.uk

D e s s o carpet tiles were chosen for the new building at St Benedict’s 6th Form College in Alcester, Warwickshire, by TSH Architects, aiming for a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating.

Neo and Essence ranges were used in the 2,050sq m block, built on a green belt within a conservation area and a 200-year flood plain.

Neo from Desso’s Carpetecture Colour Dimensions collection has a fully recyclable EcoBase backing based on the company’s Cradle to Cradle philosophy. The range was used in the circulation areas, where its bold and bright irregular colour lines are set against a dark backing. Deep steel coloured Essence carpet tiles were used in the classrooms.

Lester Whitby, project architect at TSH Architect, says: ‘Desso’s Neo range fulfilled our green criteria, while its bold colour accents helped define the different spaces. Essence brought a unifying feel to the scheme used across all three floors.’

www.desso.com

Gradus suppliedstair edgings, barrier matting and Stratus carpet to the new Walkden High School, Salford, Manchester, rebuilt as a multi-million pound specialist language college last year, as part of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.

To help reduce slip and trip accidents, the main entrance and all side entrances were fitted with Esplanade 1500 primary barrier matting with a walk-off area in Boulevard 1500 secondary barrier matting, both in Tempestas (black) for a co-ordinated system.

Esplanade Plus primary matting was chosen for the entrance from the playing fields to protect and prolong the lifecycle of surrounding coverings. Selected with Nightfall (black) wipers from the Boulevard 6000 range, the heavy scraper is designed to ensure optimum dirt removal while the patterned design disguises the effects of soiling. Installed in all classrooms, Stratus carpet in Flint (grey) is said to combine durability, functionality

and design.

To ensure safety between floors, all staircases were fitted with ADM1 aluminium stair edgings. Jet (black) slip-resistant inserts were selected to help reduce the risk of slips and define step edges by providing a suitable colour contrast with the floorcovering. The ADM1 profile measures 55mm on both tread and riser to meet guidelines in the building regulations guidelines.

www.gradusworld.com

InterfaceFLOR worked with Oakhurst Primary School, Swindon, to kit out its new building. School principal Dale Burr comments: ‘We chose InterfaceFLOR for the project because, on top of the company’s sustainability credentials, the innovation and flexibility it offered through its products were just what we needed to bring to life our ideas.’

InterfaceFLOR designer, Hannah Harper, explains: ‘Individual colour selection is imperative to make a design scheme successful – in this case, a smart choice of textures and a mix of colours helped us to meet the school’s brief.’

Most classrooms utilised the non- directional Straightforward, a microtuft product claimed to prove that less is more. The low pile weight is designed to achieve a balance between hard flooring and carpet, while being extremely durable. It comes with InterfaceFLOR’s Cool Carpet guarantee, whereby all carbon emissions generated throughout the lifetime of the product are offset.

Straightforward was complemented by the more textured Lima, a multicoloured collection offering a range of bold shades. Products were selected to inject vibrancy into the scheme.

www.interfaceflor.co.uk

Karndean supplied480sq m of Van Gogh, Auckland Oak and an inlaid compass logo for Bedford Girls School dining hall and reception area. Before the refurbishment the areas were served by carpet tiles, but the architect reportedly recommended more durable and stylish materials with Karndean Designflooring meeting the brief.
In addition a compass style centrepiece was chosen for the bottom of the stairwell.

Sonia Natus, estates manager of Bedford Girls School says: ‘Karndean Designflooring products combine appearance and practicality. Having wood effect flooring lifts the space and compliments the style of

the building.

www.karndean-commercial.co.uk

M a p e i offers rapid setting products to comply with construction time constraints in school building. Mapeproof 1K Turbo is a single component surface DPM that can reportedly be overlaid within one hour. Latexplan Trade is a levelling and smoothing compound that is claimed to allow light foot traffic in under 90 minutes and can receive all types of floorcoverings.

Mapei also offers fast setting adhesives for all types of coverings. The company considers the well- being of pupils, staff and installers by manufacturing these products to within the EC1 accreditation for low emissions of volatile organic compounds.

nora says its flooring is designed to meet all the challenges of education buildings. Made from high quality sustainable raw materials, nora rubber floorings are said to have excellent acoustic values, while being highly dirt repellent and easy to clean, with outstanding fire protection properties. Rubber flooring is described as slip resistant, warm underfoot, permanently resilient, combining high walking comfort with anti-fatigue properties.

nora says its products do not contain any PVC, plasticizers (phthalates) or halogens e.g. chlorine and are toxicologically safe in the event of a fire; while also naturally bacteriostatic and fungi static to prevent infection with the dense and closed surface allowing easy and economic cleaning without the need for coatings etc. nora flooring have reportedly received seven environmental awards including BRE A rating and Blue Angel award.
nora stairtread system offers an all in one step, nosing and riser with DDA compliant safety strips and up supplied three products for tiling installations in the new £20m Chetham School of Music.

Protecting tile installations in the atrium and a recital room are threshold profiles from Schlüter- Schiene and Reno ranges whilst Trep stair nosing profiles were installed on staircases around the building. The Tiling Company carried out the installation.

surfaces and protect the outer edges of ceramic and natural stone floor coverings from mechanical impact, while Schlüter-Reno series is said to create a smooth transition between adjoining floorcoverings at different heights, protecting exposed tile edges.

All profiles are available in different heights and finishes, such as brass, aluminium, anodised
to 12db sound reduction. Over 300 designs, surfaces and colours with matching accessories are offered with no minimum order quantity.

Polyflor adhesive-free SimpLay loose lay vinyl tiles were installed in the Avril Robarts Learning Resource Centre, at Liverpool John Moores University, which houses books and online catalogues, while offering services
including learner support, enrolment, student finance and counselling.

The tiles in Limed Concrete and BlackConcrete,installedby Cunningham Brown of Widnes, incorporate a sweeping walkway design. They were reportedly specified for allowing easy access to the subfloor services and can be installed directly over the existing floor, ensuring minimum downtime and disruption to students.

Featuring a 5mm gauge and 0.7mm wearlayer, the product is said to offer the flexibility to highlight specific floor areas and easily change the floor design if required. The thicker gauge is said to facilitate 9dB sound impact reduction. A PU surface treatment is designed to aid maintenance and reduce lifecycle cleaning costs. www.polyflor.com

aluminium, stainless steel and brushed stainless steel.

Schlüter-Trep stair nosings and tair profiles are designed to improve afety on stairs and protect stair
edges from chipping and cracking. These are available in a variety of tyles, heights, materials and
finishes. www.schluter.co.uk Tarkettsupplied750sqmof iQ Granit flooring for the restaurant
extension at the new Freebrough Academy for business and enterprise near Middlesbrough.

The restaurant provides a school breakfast club, break time snacks and lunch, with a large seating area. Theoriginalflooringspecification was for carpet tiles, but Redcar and Cleveland Council changed this to vinyl. CarpetCraft Flooring, which did the installation, reportedly recommended Tarkett iQ range.

Granit is claimed to offer exceptional lifecycle costs with outstanding quality, performance and design characteristics. It features a third generation PUR surface reinforcement guaranteeing no wax or polish is ever needed. The iQ Granit construction reportedly allows the full restoration of the looring surface to its original appearance with dry buffing.

The flooring was supplied in two complementary colours . Tarkett’s new multicoloured weld rods completed

the installation.

www.tarkett.com

Ultra Floor part of the nstarmac Group, supplied floor preparation products for 3,000sq m of vinyl flooring in classrooms, laboratories and wet areas at Landau Forte Academy QEMS. Tamworth. Flooring contractor Stuarts Industrial Flooring, Tamworth, used Ultra Floor Prime IT N water based polymer emulsion primer and Ultra Floor Level IT two, two part latex self levelling compound.

Prime IT N is reportedly suitable for use over non-porous substrates such as synthetic screeds, chipboard, steel, damp proof membranes, asphalt and other hard adhesive residue.

It issaid to be easy to use and safe to apply, with a drying time of approximately one hour depending on the porosity of the substrate and working conditions. It was used in classrooms, laboratories and wet areas prior

to levelling.

After priming Level IT two was applied by trowel to the substrate. This product is said to combine excellent flow characteristics with strong adhesion properties. Its formulation is free from ammonia, creating a very low odour material for confined areas such as classrooms. It is designed to compensate for shrinkage, is polymer modified and free of protein.

The leveller, achieving thicknessesofupto10mmdeepand suitable for use under a DPM, is reportedly ready to receive foot traffic after only 2.5 hours.

www.ultra-floor.co.uk

Schlüter-Systems

supplied three products for tiling installations in the new £20m Chetham School of Music.

Protecting tile installations in the atrium and a recital room are threshold profiles from Schlüter- Schiene and Reno ranges whilst Trep stair nosing profiles were installed on staircases around the building. The Tiling Company carried out the installation. Schieneisdesignedtofinishtiled surfaces and protect the outer edges of ceramic and natural stone floor coverings from mechanical impact, while Schlüter-Reno series is said to create a smooth transition between adjoining floorcoverings at different heights, protecting exposed tile edges.
All profiles are available in different heights and finishes, such as brass, aluminium, anodised aluminium, stainless steel and brushed stainless steel.

Schlüter-Trep stair nosings and tair profiles are designed to improve afety on stairs and protect stair
edges from chipping and cracking. These are available in a variety of tyles, heights, materials and
finishes.

www.schluter.co.uk

Tarkett supplied750sqmof iQ Granit flooring for the restaurant extension at the new Freebrough Academy for business and enterprise near Middlesbrough.

The restaurant provides a school breakfast club, break time snacks and lunch, with a large seating area. Theoriginalflooringspecification was for carpet tiles, but Redcar and Cleveland Council changed this to vinyl. CarpetCraft Flooring, which did the installation, reportedly recommended Tarkett iQ range.

Granit is claimed to offer exceptional lifecycle costs with outstanding quality, performance and design characteristics. It features a third generation PUR surface reinforcement guaranteeing no wax or polish is ever needed. The iQ Granit construction reportedly allows the full restoration of the looring surface to its original appearance with dry buffing.

The flooring was supplied in two complementary colours . Tarkett’s new multicoloured weld rods completed

the installation.

www.tarkett.com

Ultra Floor, partofthe nstarmac Group, supplied floor preparation products for 3,000sq m of vinyl flooring in classrooms, laboratories and wet areas at Landau Forte Academy QEMS. Tamworth. Flooring contractor Stuarts Industrial Flooring, Tamworth, used Ultra Floor Prime IT N water based polymer emulsion primer and Ultra Floor Level IT two, two part latex self levelling compound.

Prime IT N is reportedly suitable for use over non-porous substrates such as synthetic screeds, chipboard, steel, damp proof membranes, asphalt and other hard adhesive residue.

Itissaidtobeeasytouseandsafe to apply, with a drying time of approximately one hour depending on the porosity of the substrate and working conditions. It was used in classrooms, laboratories and wet areas prior

to levelling.

After priming Level IT two was applied by trowel to the substrate. This product is said to combine excellent flow characteristics with strong adhesion properties. Its formulation is free from ammonia, creating a very low odour material for confined areas such as classrooms. It is designed to compensate for shrinkage, is polymer modified and free of protein.

The leveller, achieving thicknessesofupto10mmdeepand suitable for use under a DPM, is
reportedly ready to receive foot trafficafteronly2.5hours.

www.ultra-floor.co.uk

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