Some big strides forward on flooring, from the latest recycled carpet tiles to low-energy underfloor heating and a fast-drying solution for Southend’s refurbished Cliffs Pavilion


Floor refurbishment

Floor preparation products from F Ball and Co were chosen to refurbish the 700m2 main auditorium floor at Cliffs Pavilion in Southend-on-Sea. Stopgap P131, Stopgap 500 Micro and Stopgap 700 Superflex were used to prepare the area for the new floor coverings, and then a 25mm plywood subfloor was installed and primed using Stopgap P131. The products were chosen due to their fast-drying qualities as the project was of a time-sensitive nature.
F Ball and Co


Carpet tiles

Forbo Flooring Systems has launched two new ranges in their Tessera carpet tile collection: Layout and Outline. The new low-level loop ranges can work together or separately and are manufactured with over 60 percent recycled content by weight. Layout has a choice of 32 different colours and tones, whereas Outline offers eight organic linear designs to choose from. The products have BRE Green Guide to Specification ratings of A and A+.
Forbo Flooring Systems

Oak flooring
The Attiro accessible oak flooring from Kingspan Access Floors has been chosen for the cafe area of a new building at Sheffield Hallam University. The product was specified as the project was on a tight schedule and Attiro flooring can be walked upon as soon as it is laid. The timber is supplied from FSC approved sources. Attiro comes in a range of shades and lacquer options.
Kingspan Access Floors


Joint repair

Permaban has launched a repair system for damaged floor joints in warehouse and industrial buildings. Based on the existing Signature armoured joint, the Permaban Signature AR is designed to replace damaged saw-cut joints and floor sections damaged by forklift truck wheels. The half-hexagon design of the product allows heavy vehicles to cross the joint even at 90⁰ without causing damage to the joint.

Wall and floor grout
BAL has launched a Anthracite shade to extend its Micromax2 range of wall and floor grouts, available in 2.5kg, 5kg and 10kg bags. The formulation of the product enables it to be applied into gaps as narrow as 1mm, as well as joints as wide as 20mm. BAL Micromax2 is available in 10 colours and has a 25-year guarantee.

Floor paints
Watco has launched the Fastcoat series, with new floor paints, anti-slip paint and a primer. Instead of using traditional epoxy resin based solutions, Fastcoat relies on Polyaspartic resin, which the company says enables faster drying times, easier application and a longer lifespan. The floor is ready for light traffic within six to eight hours and back to normal in 12.

Entrance area carpet
Diamond fibre-bonded carpet from Heckmondwike FB was chosen for the DHL stand reception at Twickenham Stoop stadium, south-west London. The Diamond carpet was chosen due to its hardwearing qualities, required as the reception has a high footfall. The carpet is available in six colours, with the option to integrate bespoke logos and designs.
Heckmondwike FB

Primary school floorboards
Some 3,300m2 of Polyfoam ECO Floorboard Extra from Knauf Insulation was specified by Sheffield City Council for two new primary schools. The products were chosen due to their thermal performance: Polyfoam ECO Floorboard Extra has a U-value of 0.20 W/m²K and a thermal conductivity of 0.033W/mK. Knauf Insulation

Levelling compound
Birmingham Children’s hospital chose ARDITEX NA, a self-smoothing, protein-free, latex-levelling compound, to refurbish its cafe floor and reception area. The hospital required a fast-setting product to enable it to finish the project as quickly as possible. Adhesive residue from the previous floor was still present but ARDITEX NA was applied over this as it does not require priming or mechanical preparation.


Underfloor heating

Underfloor heating from Gaia has been installed at a residential development of 45 apartments in London Square Eastcote, Middlesex. Gaia’s “wet” underfloor heating system was chosen because the developer was looking for a low-carbon renewable solution with low energy consumption. Hydronic fixing strips and pipework were laid over solid concrete floors, which were of precast beam-and-block construction. After this, the pipework was encased in the floor screed.