Creating the optimum learning environment with carpet

danfloor was chosen for Southbank International School's recent expansion project

Creating an environment that is stimulating, inspiring and welcoming is essential for an education setting and flooring is an important element to consider. Good design within schools and universities can positively effect student learning and teacher satisfaction, and there are many ways in which carpet can benefit an education environment including improved indoor air quality and an acoustically sound environment.

This is why the Southbank International School turned to danfloor UK, specialist manufacturers and suppliers of carpet to the education sector, for their flooring needs during a recent expansion project.

The Southbank International School is home to more than 800 students from over 70 nationalities and provides a high-quality, fully enriching education that is holistic in its approach.

Founded in 1979 the Southbank International School teaches The International Baccalaureate (IB) – challenging its students to excel in their studies and encouraging both personal and academic achievement across the world.

The issue

As the first school in the UK to be approved for all three IB programmes, Southbank has flourished from its humble beginnings in London’s South Bank with just a few dozen students, and is now a renowned multi-campus institution in the heart of London. As a result of its success, expansion of its campus was essential to accommodate growing numbers, hence the opening of Cleveland Street in September 2018, allowing an additional 200 students, aged between 11 to 19 years old, to benefit from the IB experience.

The solution

Spread over six floors, the expansion is an inspiring, state-of-the-art learning environment which has been created with input from students and teachers. Their ideas have come together and created an inspiring environment to help them learn and develop including, living moss walls to bring nature indoors and calming colour schemes.

The new campus also offers IB students the use of specialised classrooms, a large common space on the top floor, study and learning pods and a design technology lab in the basement.

To assist with improved air quality and a reduction in sound impact levels the use of carpet was required in a number of classrooms, corridors and communal break out areas. Wright and Groom Interior Design house managed the project and selected two products from danfloor’s Nordform Collection: Classic XL (a high performing flat woven product) and Eco Weave (a broadloom Nylon carpet with exceptional environmental features).

Eco Weave is made using the ECONYL® nylon yarn which is produced by recovering nylon waste from items such as old carpets and fishing nets from the oceans and turning it into virgin quality nylon. ECONYL® regenerated nylon offers endless possibilities and can be recycled at the end of its life.

Creating collections using the ECONYL® regenerated nylon yarn doesn’t mean you have to compromise on performance as this fibre delivers exceptional performance features including Class 33 heavy-commercial use certification, Colour fast solution dyed fibres, soil and stain resistant properties and when combined with danfloors Ti Bac (a spill safe impervious membrane).

The outcome

Upon installation the school has seen may benefits from the specification of Classic XL and Eco Weave. The durability, appearance retention and cleanability of both products has ensured that the product continues to look like new. Both Classic XL and Eco Weave have achieved the Eurofins Gold Certificate for indoor air quality, which verifies they both have exceptionally low emissions and contribute to a healthy indoor environment.

In summary the products from the Nordform collection offer the following key features:

Extreme durability: certified to British standard classification 33 ‘Heavy Commercial Use’ which enables the products to withstand high volumes of foot and wheeled traffic and intense commercial cleaning.

Appearance retention: manufactured using a solution dyed nylon Eco Weave offers a locked in colourfast system which ensures superior colour and lightfastness even when subject to harsh cleaning chemicals.

Environmental focus: the ECONYL® 100% regenerated nylon yarn is 100% sustainable and infinitely regenerable.

Backing types: the choice of backings for the products offer flexibility for your fitting and installation requirements.


For more information visit www.danfloor.co.uk and request your free sample material.