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Versatile Vinyl

Vinyl has multiple guises, including safety flooring, decorative flooring and also with the convenience of LVT:

Amtico flooring was chosen for the Sears Balcony Champagne Bar at Selfridges, in Birmingham. Situated on the fourth floor, this eatery offers diners views over the city’s shopping district.
Local design firm, Harrison, refurbished the existing restaurant, working closely with Selfridges’ in-house team. Harrison specified a bespoke Amtico floor, using a combination of products from the premium Signature range, which features a combination of tile designs, laying patterns, borders and motifs, to create custom design flooring.
The Signature collection includes 188 products in a variety of wood, stone and abstract designs and comes with a lifetime warranty.
The flooring used in Sears Balcony Champagne Bar features Signature Quill Sable-AR0W8040, Quill Kohl-AR0W8050 and Quill Gesso-AR0W8060, using Herringbone laying pattern.
Recently launched, the Uniquely Amtico concept is about allowing the customer to create beautiful flooring unique to them. There is a choice of tile designs from the Spacia collection, including different product combinations and laying patterns from the Signature collection.
Uniquely Amtico includes 188 products from the Signature Collection (RRP £70sq m), mixing wood, stone and abstract tiles, with design options including laying patterns, borders and motifs. Spacia offers a palette of 96 products described as accessible and hard-wearing, while combining practicality with innovative design (RRP £37.50sq m).
Richard Hopkins, Amtico’s UK marketing manager, said, ‘We pride ourselves on delivering high quality, designer-led products and we are continually looking to innovate. Our new proposition was developed to help customers choose the most exciting flooring concepts and inspirational design ideas that will give them the edge when creating a beautiful new floor.’
The company’s website allows customers to order up to six free product samples at one time and also features flooring ideas and design options, plus a ‘Room Visualiser’ to introduce different products and laying patterns to help choose the best new flooring design in virtually any room. Details of independent UK stockists are included.
David Clouting, is the UK’s largest distributor of the LG Hausys vinyl flooring range, claimed to be one of the most powerful and fastest growing brands in the world.
LG Hausys has heavily invested in technology to create what it describes as a superb range of vinyl floorcoverings designed to work in an array of demanding environments from schools and offices to hospitals and retail outlets. The range includes flooring with acoustic properties, design flexibility, safety and good slip resistance, durability, cost effectiveness, wear resistance or ease of installation and removal.
LG Hausys vinyl flooring range comes in a wide range of colours and designs in sheet or tile formats. All these options are said to be available at a cost effective prices.
Forbo Flooring Systems says its new Step safety flooring collection demonstrates that design does not have to be compromised to achieve enhanced levels of pedestrian safety.
The entire collection of R10, R11 and R12 rated products has been updated and most ranges now incorporate Step safety crystals embedded throughout the wearlayer.
This allowed Forbo to launch brighter, fresher looking designs, while guaranteeing slip resistant characteristics throughout the lifespan of the product.
Step meets prevalent UK slip standards; wet Pendulum test >36 and >20 surface roughness, as well as EN1385 for sustainable slip resistance.
New modern colours, calming patterns and all over abstract designs are said to add a more contemporary feel to the R10 rated Surestep range, broadening its appeal in retail environments and commercial and public spaces where water contamination might occasionally cause slip hazards.
SafeStep R11 and R12 ranges reportedly bring a fresh, less industrialised look to areas with increased slip risk due to continuous contamination from substances such as oils and fats.
Completing the collection are Safestep Aqua and Surestep Laguna said to offer attractive slip resistant flooring solutions for all ‘wetroom’ installations, including continuous wet barefoot areas and zones subject to barefoot and soft shoe-wear use. These ranges feature the same neutral pastel shades and complement each other.

Gerflor flooring was chosen for the St Austell outlet of independent electrical goods retailer HBH Woolacotts.
Helen Morse, senior designer at design, shopfitting and management consultancy AM System, was responsible for the 18,000sq ft West Country store. She specified Gerflor’s Creation luxury vinyl tile and plank (LVT) range with its 89 realistic wood and mineral finishes to define spaces, without obvious walkways, which would showcase the goods in similar settings to customers’ homes and create a cafe and cookery demonstration area.
Wood-effect Creation Moon Island planks were used to create lounges and apartment floors, while Creation Marble Modena was used for white goods on the ground floor.
The darker Creation East Side mineral tiles and wood effect Buxton oak planks were specified for audio-visual spaces and office environments. The work was done by Bodmin Flooring Centre.
Helen Morse says: ‘The vision was to create an apartment on a mezzanine floor to encourage visitors, as it’s hard to get people upstairs.
‘ It looks fantastic and when you get up there there’s also a cook shop, a cafe area with space for cookery demonstrations, and eco appliances.’
She adds: ‘Because it’s a big space, it could take a strong finish so we kept it pale, with whites and greys, and got the flooring to work a little harder. I liked the Creation colour palette; the timbers look authentic.’
Usually specified for public and commercial areas needing a sophisticated look while coping with high footfall, Gerflor launched its new range of Creation luxury vinyl tiles and planks after listening to customers’ ideas and demands.
The range has many products with bevelled edges for added realism and includes seven design concepts and three modern themes. With a 0.7mm wearlayer and an overall thickness of 2.5mm for added durability, Creation’s good looks are underpinned by an abrasion group T rating.
The application of Gerflor’s PUR+ surface treatment as standard is designed to allow for easy cleaning and improved resistance to scratching, while claimed to significantly delay the need for wax and provide excellent resistance to chemicals.
Harvey Maria works extensively with architects and designers on projects using its commercial grade luxury vinyl tiles. A recent project involved working with award winning specialist exhibition design company, Studio MB, on an installation for Yorkshire Museum, Eboracum, Face to Face with the Romans, which opened to rave reviews.
The project involved a refurbishment of the Roman Eboracum exhibition at the Yorkshire Museum & Gardens in York as part of a restoration of this listed Georgian building. The first gallery and main entrance hall provided the key to both the restoration and the enhanced visitor experience.
Surrounded by double height Corinthian columns under a restored roof light that bathed the hall in natural light, this area was required to impress visitors on arrival, helping them to orientate to the different galleries and introduce the first narrative, the founding of modern day York (Eboracum) by the Romans.
The solution required the creation of a floor map in the centre of the great hall, depicting the Roman Empire at its zenith, allowing visitors to locate York and the influence of Rome.
The map can be walked on and viewed from the three sided gallery on the first floor. The colour rendering and detail had to be replicated in a product that had the durability and lifespan to meet the client’s expectations.
Harvey Maria, which offers a bespoke flooring design service to meet individual specifications, had to produce and encapsulate the floor map from Studio MB supplied artwork files. It was delivered on time and on budget and has proved to be a tremendous success for the museum and for the visiting public.
The floor map illustrates the history and evolution of the Eboracum empire and acts as a reference point to other aspects of the exhibition. Harvey Maria used commercial grade cushion sheet vinyl product in a 4m wide roll.
Harvey Maria has also launched a new look website offering an enhanced user-friendly experience for interior designers & trade customers. The site is designed to be easy to navigate and showcases the company’s latest collections clearly and comprehensively, including visual explanations and detailed technical information, to make product selection and ordering easier.
The site’s photo galleries are bigger and more comprehensive so that users can see more photos of Harvey Maria flooring in situ. Product information is presented in an accessible and intuitive way and a comprehensive array of technical documents can be downloaded.
Trade sample ordering has been added, allowing professional clients to order multiple free trade samples. The site also encourages more social integration between users. The Harvey Maria blog has been updated to share the latest flooring news, advice and tips and encourages customers, interior designers, retailers and contractors to share photos, and ideas.
Itec Contract Floors has launched its Itec Roll Back promotion that rewards contractors with Amazon vouchers for the purchase of full rolls of Itec decorative, acoustic and safety flooring.
With up to £30 in vouchers to be earned on selected rolls, Itec Roll Back contractors are free to spend their vouchers on any of the millions of items in the Amazon store. With no limits, the more you buy the more Amazon vouchers you can earn.
The Roll Back promotion is only available to contractors purchasing full rolls from participating Itec distributors from now until September 30, 2014.
‘When others are sunning themselves on sandy beaches, or enjoying wine in the evening, flooring contractors often have to work tirelessly, trying to meet the timeframes of shutdowns and school holidays so we felt they deserve something back,’ says David Bigland, sales director, Itec Contract Floors.
To begin earning Amazon vouchers, contractors only need to purchase qualifying full rolls of Itec flooring, including all isafe safety floor collections, as well as the Concept Wood and Atom ranges and Axento and Silento acoustic flooring.
Claim forms and more details are on the website:
Karndean Design Flooring supplied over 1,570sq m of flooring for a new purpose built care home at Whitby Court, North Yorkshire, for residential and nursing care specialist, The Fisher Partnership.
Inspired by a nautical-beach theme, the new build project features an indoor beach, using the exotic grain of Da Vinci Kenyan Tigerwood, against the inviting pebble effect of Michelangelo Navarra Chalk, a dedicated train room featuring Knight Tile Caribbean Driftwood, as well as a glamorous hair salon displaying Knight Tile White Painted Oak.
Alongside Da Vinci Spirito Limestone in a purpose built kitchen area, Knight Tile Pale Limed Oak in adjoining walkways and Knight Tile White Painted Oak in various bedrooms.
‘We were always looking to create an engaging and interesting space for residents,’ commented Jenny Fisher, business estate manager, at The Fisher Partnership.
‘As well as being hardwearing and easy to maintain, our flooring choice needed to offer the wow factor.
Immediately impressed with the project portfolio, we selected natural wood effect flooring to complete our look against distinctive concrete designs.
‘We’ve had some amazing feedback from residents and visitors alike, and we wouldn’t hesitate to specify Karndean in the future.’
Whitby Court is the town’s first purpose-built ecological care home and aims to provide person-centred care in a tranquil environment.
Mapei has introduced a new high performance adhesive to its eco adhesives range.
New Ultrabond Eco 4 LVT is a high temperature, solvent-free, fibre-reinforced adhesive designed for bonding of internal LVT and PVC floors, and semi-flexible vinyl tiles. Its smooth formulation is designed to promote fast, safe application on a wide variety of substrates, providing a high initial bond for rapid flooring fixing.
The product is a synthetic polymer-based adhesive in water dispersion suitable for conventional absorbent substrates, in normal humidity levels. It reportedly has a smooth, paste-like consistency for easy trowel application.
Once applied, the adhesive is said to form a tough, flexible film onto which surfaces can be bonded with a 10 to 30/40 minute timeframe.
The product is suitable for floors subject to heavy pedestrian traffic, including the passage of wheelchairs, such as contract office, health, hospitality and retail environments, as well as domestic applications. It can also be applied onto subfloors containing underfloor heating systems.
In addition to installation and high performance features, Ultrabond Eco 4 LVT is also said to provide a number of safety benefits. Being non-toxic, its solvent-free composition reportedly presents no hazard to users or the environment, and no precautions need be taken for storage.
Mapei’s Ultrabond Eco range includes six products, for bonding all types of materials, from ceramics and stone, to resilient and textiles.
Polyflor responded to the needs of architects and designers last year by producing a ‘first of its kind’ flooring range, Expona Control.
Combining the design benefits of a luxury vinyl tile (LVT) with the performance of a HSE compliant safety floor, Expona Control reportedly offers sustainable wet slip resistance for the life of the product.
Achieving 36+ in the pendulum wet test, 20 microns of surface roughness and conformance to EN 13845 50,000 cycles abrasion test, it offers the same tried and tested slip resistance credentials as Polyflor’s established Polysafe ranges.
Expona Control has been developed for use in public areas where there is a risk of spillage or temporary surface water that could make the floor unsafe.
Designed for use in front of house or heavy commercial locations where high decorative appeal and sustainable slip performance are key, typical applications of Expona Control include bar and restaurant areas, supermarkets, department stores, schools and universities.
The incorporation of Polyflor’s PUR technology provides an easier regime for maintenance staff and a reduced need for energy, power, water and chemical consumption.
Unlike traditional safety floor, Expona Control is complimented with a range of inlay strips allowing for countless design possibilities.
Tiles and planks from the wood and stone collections can also be installed side by side to delineate rooms and create zonal areas, allowing the creation of bespoke floors.
All Polyflor vinyl flooring is 100% recyclable via the Recofloor recycling scheme and contains up to an average of 40% recycled content.
Tarkett has expanded its Safetred range following a survey it undertook among 1,000 people.
Particularly worrying for employers, 23% of people polled would consider suing their place of work if they fell on the premises.
Public sector institutions don’t get off lightly either, with the survey revealing that nearly 20% of people would sue a hospital while 11% would consider legal action against a school.
To help prevent slips Tarkett is expanding its Safetred safety range to offer a complete solution for floors and walls. There are two new collections, Safetred Ion and Aqua. Ion is available in Linen and Contrast. Linen comes in 14 colours with a woven pattern effect designed to be more homely.
Contrast is a decorative, three dimensional, multi flake effect safety floor suitable for entrances and corridors and available in six colours.
Safetred Aqua range has an improved specification that includes a specially designed top embossing, as well as aluminium oxide particles. This makes the Aqua range suitable for both wet and dry areas, especially for the leisure and hospitality industry.
Both Aqua and Ion are manufactured in the UK and come with a full range of complimentary impact resistance wall coverings and accessories.
With an TRRL Pendulum test of >36(R10) slip resistance, Ion and Aqua is safety flooring that don’t look like safety flooring, so it is suitable for living areas and bedrooms in places such as care homes, hospitals and in social housing.
These new additions to the Safetred range are said to expand the possibilities of what can be done with safety flooring and provide the functionality and accessories that are increasingly in demand.
Among the questions in the Tarkett survey was on Brits in various organisation who would consider suing if they were injured in a fall:
1. Supermarket – 33%
2. Train station – 23%
3. Place of work – 23%
4. Cinema – 20%
5. Hospital – 19%
6. Local authority – 16%
7. Gym / leisure centre – 15%
8. Pub restaurant – 15%
9. School – 11%
10. Corner shop – 11%
The survey involved 1,000 people and was carried out in June 2014.

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