Work Wonders With Carpet Tiles
Flooring can play an important role in the workplace:
burmatex structure bonded carpet tile ranges of lateral, zip and code were used in Inverclyde Council offices, Scotland.
The expansive colour options and complementary product ranges offer a simple way to introduce elements of colour and design in a hardwearing finish.
Within the main office, a quarter turned background of zip steel cable is interspersed with detail, using multiple colours of lateral in two highlight greys (diamond dust and carbon steel) and two blues (blue monday and turquoise mountain). These contrasts work to break up the large, open office into functional segments, creating islands of colour and different accent bars.
Entrance ways and corridors have adopted a simple quarter turn layout, using a random distribution of lateral blue Monday, turquoise mountain and carbon steel with a striking impact – while stairways feature a complementary shade of code metal shock. The blue and grey scheme is continued throughout the building, with the lateral, zip and code ranges offering harmonious colour palettes.
With their exclusive structure, these ranges introduce a textured appearance, while maintaining the exceptionally hardwearing, BREEAM A and A+ rated burmatex standard. www.burmatex.co.uk
Desso and Philips have partnered to develop pioneering and patented Luminous Carpets.
Think moving images, the latest news broadcast on the floor, personal greetings for important guests, all changeable at the click of a button.
The Luminous Carpet allows businesses to display videos, infographics and logos under foot. It can also be used to share and celebrate an occasion, highlight an important guest – or simply inform visitors of the current waiting time.
On a more functional level, it can provide directional information, the latest business news or highlight emergency exits. The solution is designed for high traffic areas and comes in different colours, shapes and sizes, enabling highly flexible application of the new technology. www.desso.co.uk
F Ball subfloor preparation products were used in the refurbishment of luxury office space in Manchester City Centre.
Contractors specified the highest quality products to complete the 720sq m flooring installation at Empress Business Centre, to the aesthetically pleasing standard required to showcase the building for existing and potential customers.
Contractors from Goulson Furnishing Fitters, Stockport, first removed the existing carpet tiles from all communal areas including stairs, corridors and the main reception area.
The suitably dry and clean floor was then prepared with a coat of Stopgap P131 Primer, before a 3mm thickness of F Ball’s Stopgap Green Bag 128 was applied in the areas that required slight smoothing.
New carpet was then installed using Styccobond F3, which is marking its 50th anniversary this year. The product is a water-based rubber/resin compatible with nearly 70% of all floorcoverings in the F Ball Recommended Adhesives Guide.
It is said to offer excellent wet grab and an early build up of strength for the carpet in all areas, including the impressive open plan reception area.
Stuart Goulson, md at Goulson Furnishing Fitters, comments: ‘We regularly use F Ball products as they guarantee the high quality finish and performance our customers expect from us.’ www.f-ball.co.uk
Forbo carpet tiles in a combination of Tessera and Westbond were specified to transform 12,000sq ft of empty office floor space in Dublin into a modern, invigorating working environment for I.T. Alliance Group and its subsidiary, Auxilion.
Peacock designer Jean Feeney based two interior design schemes on a similar concept to reflect the association between the businesses, but employed different colourways to communicate their individual brand identities.
The inspiration for her designs, which introduce bold and colourful circular breakout areas throughout the workspaces, came from the IT Alliance and Auxilion logos which both incorporate circular graphics.
‘Auxilion’s floor of the building houses a youthful IT team, so colours and finishes were fresh, with relaxed breakout areas for group discussions,’ said Jean.’ The IT Alliance floor keeps a similar concept but the colour palette changes to suit the corporate brand.’
Tessera Teviot carpet tiles were specified as the core floorcoverings in the main office areas (charcoal for Auxilion and deep ocean for I.T. Alliance), while Westbond Colour fusion bonded carpet tiles in contrasting corporate colourways were employed to create breakout areas.
Teviot loop pile tiles, which are manufactured from 100% Aquafil polyamide and boasting a high castor chair rating, are said to be suitable for use in busy offices.
With a minimum order quantity of just 1sq m, Westbond Colour tiles offer specifiers the opportunity to differentiate with shade and texture and introduce highlights, accents and colour pops without generating unnecessary waste.
All Forbo floorcoverings were installed by Dublin-based interior fit-out and refurbishment specialist, TQM. www.forbo-flooring.co.uk
Gradus offers a range of carpet tiles designed to work well alongside each other, coordinating or contrasting to help differentiate various parts of the office floor. This includes new Streetwise, designed to be installed randomly. The carpet tiles have a textured aesthetic and come in five colours, including grey, blue and beige.
Gradus’ Lafite Connect range offers another contemporary and versatile solution. Featuring a range of complementary designs, the yarn is carefully blended across each design, providing creativity and flexibility.
Lafite Connect Space in a linear design in four colours is the latest addition to the range. Carpet tiles in this range can be installed either quarter turn or brick bond.
Lafite Connect range can also be used with other Gradus carpet tiles, such as Emphasis, to create visually stunning floor designs. www.gradusworld.com
Interface installed its ocean-inspired Net Effect at Standard Life’s office in Dundas House, Edinburgh, in a recent refurbishment. The building had a major refurbishment in 2003 with Interface floors, earning the British Council Award for best corporate workplace in Scotland the same year.
When the Atrium required an update in 2013, Standard Life approached Interface again. As a large central space, open to all four sides of the building and visible from all floors, both visual impact and practicality were key.
Carpet tiles from the Net Effect One collection were in complementary grey tones, featuring three different textures that, when installed, reflect the moment the sea foams into the shore, creating a wave-like effect.
Alison Morrison, workplace designer at Standard Life, said: ‘The Atrium is used and seen by everyone in the organisation, so we wanted to make the most of the space. We were supported by the design team at Interface to formulate a creative scheme and also received help when briefing the contractors on how to install the product.’
Reflecting on the final result, Alison concluded: ‘The design has been successful, well received and certainly a talking point among employees and visitors alike. You can really see the ocean pattern, particularly from the higher balconies, and it works well with the architecture.’
RAK Ceramics has introduced a new range of matt and Lapatto porcelain floor tiles. New Surface is available in a 60×30 and 60x60cm contemporary design, in 10 on-trend mottled stone-effects, from crisp off-white and sandy tones, through grey and earth shades, to dramatic ‘Night.’ All designs are said to create a sleek, natural effect, whilst offering multiple performance benefits.
New Surface tiles can be installed indoors and outdoors, offering the opportunity for seamless installations. Colour options include Ash, Bisque, Charcoal, Cool Grey, Copper, Earth, Mid Grey, Night, Off White and Sand; each design is offered in a matt or semi-polished Lapatto finish.
Practical Surface benefits include resistance to water, stains, abrasion and impact, making the new range suitable for kitchens, bathrooms and high traffic locations.
The tiles are also said to be frost and fire-proof, are pre-sealed. Once installed, a further application of sealant is recommended to protect the grout joint, after which the floor is reportedly easy to maintain by sweeping, vacuuming or mopping, using a pH-neutral cleaning product. www.rakceramics.co.uk
T&R Floor Covering Distributors has introduced the Fusion Flooring range of resilient products. It includes 15 wood and stone effect designs said to be suitable for office environments, from high traffic reception areas to stylish, individual workspaces.
As well as providing an authentic surface finish, the floors also provide R10 slip resistance and a host of environmental benefits, including on average 40% recycled content, low VOC, 100% recyclable and an A+ Generic BRE rating.
Fusion Flooring’s Wood Collection includes 11 wood plank designs, including Royal White Oak to deep-toned Willow Brown Oak and measuring 184.2 x 1219.2mm.
The Stone Collection incorporates four designs: Ivory Limestone, Organic Fossilstone, Urban Concrete and Black Riven Slate, each measuring 457.2 x 457.2mm. All floors feature a bevel effect on all four sides, which adds depth and detail to the finished look. To add further definition, Fusion grouting, marquetry or feature strips can be laid between the square tiles or planks.
All Fusion Floors are suitable for applications from heavy-traffic commercial to residential, and are offered with a 10-year commercial/15-year domestic guarantee.
They are available from extensive stock for standard two-day delivery or next day, by request, alongside a wide variety of accessories, including screeds, adhesives, tools and workwear. www.trflooring.com
This article has been reproduced from the Contract Flooring Journal. You can find them at www.contractflooringjournal.co.uk.