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Burmatex states that it is continuing to enhance the potential of commercial carpeting with its harmonious and flexible product ranges producing innovative design finishes.
A recent relocation project with Ibbotson Architects showcases the application of these product ranges through forming a tailored design, which uses BREEAM A+ rated, tufted balance atomic and the product range of lateral, zip and code. The product includes Burmatex’s structure bonded manufacturing technology with a mix of contrasting textures and colours for striking effect.
With Ibbotson Architects aiming for a neutral scheme with highlight colours, the final palette features calming greys peppered with subtle and brighter shades of orange and black. This understated design is said to highlight and complement the client’s corporate colours covering an area of 136sq m. Varying concentrations of colour are designed to maximise the flow and use of space. www.burmatex.co.uk
Desso AirMaster structured loop pile carpet tiles were used in the refurbished London office of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), the international architectural practice.
With an accent on a healthy interior environment and improved indoor air quality for its employees, along with aesthetics and functionality, KPF specified Desso’s structured loop pile carpet tile, AirMaster, which claims to takes design and functionality to the next level.
With its patented technology, AirMaster is claimed to be able to remove fine dust from the air more effectively than any other flooring.
The German Allergy and Asthma Association has proved that dust is reduced when using carpet over hard flooring. AirMaster is said to be eight times more effective in capturing and retaining fine dust than hard flooring and four times more effective than standard carpet. This is based on tests by GUI, with AirMaster versus standard PVC hard floor and versus standard structured loop pile carpet.
Desso AirMaster is available in 18 colours. The light grey carpet tiles reportedly achieved a subtle but industrial look complementing the natural interior of the practice. Used throughout the 1,000sq m refurbishment, over three floors, the linear pattern of AirMaster helped to accentuate the building’s space. www.desso.com/businesscarpets
Edel Telenzo says an office should reflect the values of the company, providing an inspirational place for employees and leaving a lasting impression on clients. To this end the company offers wool and wool rich ranges, together with Nylon 6, Antron 6:6 and Polypropylene products, offering design, style and functionality for today’s commercial offices, including public space as well as general offices and boardrooms.
Edel Telenzo Carpets, based in West Yorkshire, is the UK subsidiary of Edel Group, a long established carpet manufacturer.
The company’s broad portfolio of products reportedly offer luxury, alongside functionality and are well suited for either heavy or medium contract locations. www.edeltelenzocarpets.co.uk
Forbo supplied 393sq m of Westbond carpet tiles for the new London headquarters of Karmarama advertising agency, which required an interior allowing for ‘a mixture of hard working and fun’.
It incorporated a futuristic colour-changing LED light tunnel leading visitors to the main office. To the right of the tunnel is the reception area and café, whilst on the other side, past a giant red Buddha and a life-size plastic llama, lies the town hall presentation area.
Westbond’s luxurious yarns are said to be blended to order, creating premium quality fusion bonded tiles in an almost infinite number of colourways, with no minimum order quantity. This installation featured geometric shapes made up of bright and vivid shades such as Poppy, Douglas Pink, Marine and Yellow Fever.
The product is said to allow customers to take control of the process of designing luxurious, bespoke carpet tiles with heavy pile weights, in wool or polyamide, for the most prestigious installations.
The flooring installer, PMH Flooring, had a three-tile by three-tile pattern repeat to install by hand. www.forbo-flooring.co.uk
Heckmondwike states that its Array fibre bonded carpet tile range, launched one year ago, is proving popular with commercial buildings.
The range is offered in six accent colours, Blue, Black, Red, Lime, Purple and Magenta. Its pattern incorporates contemporary flashes of colour across the body of the carpet, which complements the six colours from the Broadrib range.
A recent installation was at the Oldham Academy North in Greater Manchester. Here, 1,400sq m of Array tiles in Purple were used to create a strong school identity throughout the new building.
Architects Aedas specified Array because of its mid-width rib design with charcoal background enhanced with a subtle linear pattern in Purple. This delicately complements the strong purple internal walls and external facades.
Array can be enhanced by contrasting colour and texture options from Heckmondwike’s Broadrib range, with a choice of Red, Blue, Purple, Lime, Magenta or Black available in both ranges.
Array is supplied with a 10-year limited wear warranty. The product can reportedly be cut on site without risk of fraying, which allows individual flooring designs to be created and installed with ease.
Heckmondwike FB carpets and carpet tiles are available with full technical support, as part of the service. All fibre bonded products are manufactured by Heckmondwike FB in West Yorkshire, where the company is fully certified to ISO 14001, as part of its commitment to sustainability.
www.heckmondwike-fb.co.uk
Mapei says its Ultrabond Eco adhesives offer a range of options for successful bonding of all types of carpet, linoleum, PVC, vinyl and rubber to a variety of different subfloors.
Designed to give high yield and high initial grab, where required, the solvent-free adhesives are non-staining and certified GEV Emicode EC1/EC1R for ultra-low emissions of volatile organic compounds. They can be safely applied and reportedly do not emit harmful gases during the application and curing process, as well as post installation.
In the office environment, Mapei’s Ultrabond Eco Tack is suitable for the application of carpet tiles. The adhesive is supplied in a rectangular bucket, so a roller can be dipped into the container and spread directly onto the subfloor.
Each 15kg unit reportedly yields between 190 and 220sq m and the product provides a permanently tacky film once dried, allowing removal and replacement of carpet tiles, as required.
Recent Ultrabond Eco Tack applications include a 7,000sq m carpet tile installation by Baker Flooring where the water-based product contributed to a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’. www.mapei.co.uk
Quadrant Carpets has launched its new Essentials collection of cost sensitive carpet tiles. Selected to create a comprehensive catalogue of styles, colourways and textures, the range offers six products providing 62 customer selectable options.
Described as ‘highly functional’ this carpet tiles collection is designed to increase Quadrant Carpets’ capability to offer specifiers and clients products for cost conscious projects, whilst retaining the quality and durability of the company’s wider ranges.
The Essential carpet tile collection includes two new products designed and manufactured in the UK, as well as four of the company’s lower cost products, available in a single box.
James Scully, md of Quadrant Carpets said. ‘Essentials allowed us to work with customers to create a set of practical cost-effective carpet tiles in one collection. This expansion of our range allows us to target different sectors from the high-end executive lines to the price conscious projects.’ www.quadrantcarpets.com

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