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Flooring faces bigger challenges in most healthcare locations:

Bostik Laybond products have been used by Orchard Flooring on new build and renovation projects for Avery Healthcare, a provider of residential and nursing care homes across the UK. One recent project was in Stoke-on-Trentwhereanew residential care home offers 61 residential beds with provision for nursing care.

Orchard worked with Bostik technical support department to assess products most suitable for the 3,300sq m of floorspace, This involved a site visit, which confirmed that a damp proof membrane was required for some of the space. Since time was a key factor, Bostik Screedmaster Rapid DPM was used.

To level the floors, Screedmaster 2 Ultimate smoothing compound was selected. This is a two component, protein-free low odour latex product for smoothing sound, uneven floors. When mixed it reportedly provides 6sq m coverage while offering excellent workability.

Michael Day, operations manager of Orchard Flooring commented: ‘For major clients such as Avery, time is money and so getting the job done to a high standard within deadlines is crucial to our continued work

with them.

‘We rely on Bostik’s combination of reliable product quality and excellent technical support.’

Flowcrete usesPolygiene in its Flowfresh range of seamless resin and terrazzo Mondéco systems. Developed with chemicals and performance materials company Perstorp Chemicals AB, Polygiene is described as emitting ions of silver, which break down the cell walls of harmful micro- organisms. This helps prevent the spread of harmful bacteria, viruses and yeasts. The system is said to be locked into the resin matrix of the flooring system for maximum efficiency.

Polygiene is claimed to be capable of killing MRSA and C.Diff – as well as other types of bacteria on contact. This ability to control salmonella and E-Coli offers benefits for hospital food preparation areas. The process is said to be invisible and remain active throughout the lifetime of the product, even when damaged or worn, unlike coatings or surface treatments.

Gerflor wasinvolvedintherefurbishment of Liverpool University Dental Hospital, part of the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust. The 240sq m common room, divided into two areas by a glass panelled partition, is used by600 dental students and staff.

Gerflor’s Creation Wood Plank Buxton Oak was installed throughout the ‘soft’ seating area and defines the main circulation space within the ‘hard’ seating area. The flooring highlights the dining areas by rectangular inlays comprising a band of Creation Mineral Smart Ivory tiles infilled with a panel of Taralay Indiana Guinea. The edges of the room feature borders of Creation Mineral Smart Ivory.

The installation was technically challenging due to the integration of tile and plank products. Minimisation of waste from offcuts and choice of products had to satisfy requirements of wear resistance and low maintenance.
For high-traffic areas the choice was Creation decorative planks, described as bevel edged with highly grained and embossed surface textures adding to authenticity and sophistication. They reportedly benefit from a polyurethane surface treatment (PUR), making maintenance easy.

Taralay, dubbed a durable and easy to maintain sheet flooring, is said to offer ultra low whole life costs due to Protecsol surface treatment which eliminates the need for polishes.

It is also designed to have excellent chemical and stain resistance, and hygienic benefits due to Sanosol anti-bacterial and fungicidal treatment.

M a p e i manufactures adhesives and other products suitable for highly sensitive healthcare environments. These include Mapeproof 1K Turbo DPM; Eco Prim T and Eco Prim Grip primers; Latexplan Trade, Ultraplan Eco, Ultraplan renovation screed levelling compounds in addition to the Ultrabond Eco adhesive range.
These products are reportedly designed to deal with the high concentration of traffic and pollutants faced by hospital flooring.

The materials are said to be EC1 low-emission of VOC ensuring a safer application for installers and surrounding environment, whilst performing to the highest standards.

They are designed to guarantee hygienic quality standards are met, both during the installation and subsequently after floorcoverings are applied.

M o h a w k has introduced Hydrosphere, a new commercial carpet range designed for demanding healthcare locations, available in 24 shades. Featured in the new Elements collection, Hydrosphere uses qualities of SmartStrand fibre, partly made fromcorn.

Said to deliver softness as well as robustness, the new range offers the durability of nylon. Its impervious backing is designed to prevent moisture penetration while featuring built-in stain and soil resistance that will never wear or wash off, says Mohawk. It claims that spillages can be cleaned with just water.

‘Hydrosphere is a new choice for healthcare environments; its soft pile is especially suited to care homes, hospices and in-patient facilities that want a homely feel rather than use harsher contract carpets,’ says Howard Lindsay, Mohawk’s RVP international sales UK, Ireland, Iceland and South Africa.

‘The impervious backing combined with the inherent toughness of SmartStrand fibre is also a major benefit in terms of cleaning and maintenance.’

Polyflor products were specified at two healthcare facilities in South Yorkshire. Polysafe Wood FX Acoustix PUR in Rustic Oak, Pearlazzo PUR in Lilac Bloom and Mint Crisp were installed at Sheffield Central Clinic, while Sheffield Children’s Hospital chose Polysafe Modena PUR in Aventurine shade for its accident and emergency ward and with Forest FX Acoustix PUR for its waiting rooms.

Modena PUR vinyl includes clear aluminium oxide designed to ensure the product complies with HSE and UK Slip Resistance Group Guidelines, achieving 36+ in the Pendulum wet test and a surface roughness of 20 microns and above.

All 14 shades are protected by Polyflor’s cross-linked and UV cured PUR for reported maintenance cost savings of up to 60%.

Modena PUR is said to fully meet the requirements of EN 13845, the European standard for safety flooring and achieves a BRE Global Generic A+ environmental rating for healthcare.

Several Polyflor products were also installed at Bucklesham Grange, a luxury care home in Ipswich, part of the Hallmark Care Homes Group. Camaro and Kudos were widely used, whilst Polysafe Ultima and Hydro were laid in all restroom and kitchen areas.

Camaro comprises 15 wood effect finishes and four different plank sizes while the 15 stone effect tiles are divided into three vinyl tile sizes.

Meanwhile, New Camaro grouting strips are available in five coordinating stone grout colours while four new Marquetry Strips have been designed to help create an authentic detailed wood floor installation.

For a bolder, more graphic look Camaro feature strips come in seven solid colourways designed to be inlaid with tiles and planks.

Modena PUR and Camaro are suitable for recycling in the Recofloor vinyl take back scheme.

Uzin productswereusedto install flooring at the new entrance and reception in Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Due to this sensitive environment, Uzin NC 160 Special Edition levelling compound was used to keep emissions to a minimum.

The £2.7m new reception and conference facilities mark the start of an £11m refurbishment project
over five years. NC160 Special Edition has been awarded an EC1 R Plus classification for very low emissions.

Not only does it meet environmental requirements such as BREEAM, it is also claimed to provide exceptional coverage despite its size. The 20kg bag also makes the transportation easier and safer for flooring contractors.


For further information on any of the products mentioned, contact the suppliers directly. And please remember to tell them that you read about their companies in CFJ:

Altro 01462 489308
Bostik 01785 272727
Flowcrete 01270 753000
Forbo 0844 822 3928
Gerflor 01926 622600
Mapei 0121 508 6970
Mohawk 01480 479830
Polyflor 0161 767 1122
Uzin 01788 530080

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