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We settled on mint green as the optimum colour as it would really complement the sports line markings that were added to the new floor
Dave Moran, managing director of Roberts Flooring, said: “The school had previously had an unfortunate flooding incident which caused their current timber sprung sports floor to swell and become defective.” On the new specification, Moran said: “We approached Gerflor to help propose a suitable solution and it was decided that their Taraflex Performance 9mm-thick sports flooring system would be the best answer due to its versatile range of applications as it was suitable for a sporting and educational environment. “We settled on mint green as the optimum colour as it would really complement the sports line markings that were added to the new floor.”

W: www.gerflorsportsflooring.co.uk

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When the floor of the multi-functional sports hall at Holly Lodge Girls’ College in Liverpool, Merseyside, became worn, the search for a new surface quickly led to the natural choice of Gerflor for a premium solution offering the users at the facility optimum comfort, safety and performance. After considering the range of products available, Taraflex™ Evolution was selected as the most appropriate and versatile for the huge range of sports played within the hall.

Holly Lodge caters for over 1,200 students aged between 11–19 years. The four-court badminton hall is used by the students and let out to other organisations in the evenings and at weekends. Consequently, the demands on the floor are huge with the sports played ranging from five-a-side football and badminton to cricket and trampolining.

Gerflor visited the college and worked through the various flooring options with staff to ensure the best product was selected. Taraflex™ Evolution was a natural choice, as it is ideal for multi-sports halls whilst providing safety and comfort.

Importantly, it provides a 32% force reduction in accordance with EN 14904 standard for indoor sports floors. It is available in 15 colourways and two wood designs. Although Gerflor regularly puts clients in touch with contractors, the college’s own contractors undertook the installation. The process was relatively easy: the old floor was stripped back to the concrete slab, the surface latexed and the Taraflex™ Evolution laid. Taraflex™ Evolution incorporates a number of innovative features including dynamic double-density CXP (cellular extreme process) foam backing for unparalleled comfort, and D-Max, a multi-layer surface to ensure maximum performance throughout the product’s lifetime.

A glass fibre mesh reinforces the product, contributing outstanding dimensional stability and improved indentation resistance while allowing free floating installation. Triple-action Protecsol® benefits the facility in terms of easy maintenance.


Learn more about Gerflor solutions, ask for a free sample or speak to a specialist by calling 01926 622 600, emailing contractuk@gerflor.com or visiting gerflorsportsflooring.co.uk

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It’s for this very reason that Bolton School in Lancashire would specify Gerflor’s world-renowned Taraflex® sports flooring for their main sports all and their top-performing Tarasafe Ultra for two of the changing rooms.

David Laskey, deputy head of estates at Bolton School, said: “After an extensive consultation period with the heads of boys’ and girls’ sport, which included visits to a number of other schools who have recently had different floor finishes installed, a full tendering process was carried out. Several different flooring types were considered and the decision to use Gerflor was ultimately determined based on the performance and cost comparisons.”

Several different flooring types were considered and the decision to use Gerflor was ultimately determined based on the performance and cost comparisons

Bolton School chose on this occasion to appoint Stockport-based Recreational Coatings. Ross Johns, commercial director of Recreational Coatings commented: “Taraflex® Comfort was specified for their main sports hall because it suited the user and activity type at Bolton School. We had to ensure the sub floor was 100% perfect prior to installation. We have been installing Taraflex® for many years and are used to working with this outstanding product.

The changing rooms at Bolton School would need flooring that could deliver safety and be extremely durable to be able to handle the amount of usage envisaged. The Tarasafe Ultra range from Gerflor was specified. Tarasafe Ultra is a specialist slip-resistant vinyl safety flooring inlaid with mineral crystal particles, as opposed to industry-standard carborundum giving a brighter appearance.

Ross Johns concluded: “Gerflor is our ‘go-to’ supplier for vinyl flooring products, both in sport and gym environments. Gerflor’s products are excellent quality and they provide a great service.”

David Laskey added: “I’m extremely pleased with the final result as it has revitalised the sports hall and provided us with a modern multi-purpose sports complex floor.”


Learn more about Gerflor solutions, ask for a free sample or contact us to speak to a specialist today by calling 01926 622 600, emailing contractuk@gerflor.com or visit www.gerflor.co.uk for the latest innovations.

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St Columba’s is one of Scotland’s highest-achieving schools, ranked within the top 10 independent schools in Scotland.

The school’s 19th-century building is situated in Kilmacolm, close to Glasgow. It was the need to replace the flooring within its junior school’s multi-purpose hall and two corridors located within the school’s 1970s building extension that has brought the refurbished areas into the 21st century.

Extremely high standards were a priority when carrying out the two flooring renovation projects under the management of St Columba’s newly appointed facilities manager. Alasdair McGregor said: “The hall is an all-round area that is regularly used for activities like assemblies, exams, parents’ evenings and for the younger pupils’ games and gymnastics lessons.

“We therefore needed an equally all-round, multi-purpose flooring to cater for this diversity and to replace the old and unsightly tiles which were in very poor condition. As I had worked with Virginia Harris of Gerflor in a previous appointment, I knew I could rely on both her expertise and the reliability of Gerflor’s products.

“We ascertained that Gerflor’s Taraflex® Multi-Use was the flooring product most suitable for the hall renovation as it combined the aesthetic, hardwearing and safety characteristics we wanted.

“Whereas Gerflor’s Mipolam Elegance vinyl sheet flooring with the best abrasion resistance group T rating and high stain resistance for heavy traffic use was ideal for our busy corridors. We designed the whole assembly hall around the flooring! I’m really delighted with the result and everyone who uses the school comments on it.”


To get more information about Gerflor solutions, order a free sample or speak to a specialist, call 01926 622 600, email: contractuk@gerflor.com or visit: www.gerflor.co.uk

[post_title] => Scottish school redesigns junior hall around new flooring [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => scottish-school-redesigns-junior-hall-around-new-flooring [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-08-27 10:26:47 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-08-27 09:26:47 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://ie-today.co.uk/dashboard2/?post_type=articles&p=20060 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 17174 [post_author] => 43 [post_date] => 2019-04-05 00:00:32 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-04-04 23:00:32 [post_content] => In the spring of 1977, when the Ford Fiesta was first launched, and Fleetwood Mac’s album Rumours hit the charts, Bill and Dick Laslett purchased an overgrown orchard at Polo Farm, Canterbury, Kent, igniting a sporting dream which turned into a flourishing reality. Today, their facilities have expanded to become a premier sporting venue and centre of excellence and are regularly used by the local community including Canterbury Hockey, Tennis, Cricket and Croquet Clubs, together with Canterbury Christ Church University, and a host of local schools, local businesses and members of the public. Their vision of a long-term facility sharing partnership has also enabled them to build a brand new multi-sport indoor centre with thriving junior sections in all their sports, with numbers almost reaching 1,000 children. They currently have almost 2,000 members across their six clubs. The age range of members is spread between three and 90. In truth, there’s something for everyone. Ensuring that the club would have a sports surface that could provide both performance and versatility for a host of activities would be top of their agenda. They would also require a sports surface that could provide both bright colours and wood effects, whilst also delivering a future proof solution. This stringent set of, ‘only the best will do’ specifications would ultimately lead the Polo Farm Sports Club to choose Taraflex® Sport M Performance from international flooring specialist Gerflor. Jayne Scott-Kilvert, manager of Polo Farm Sports Club, commented: “We built our new sports hall back in September 2015 which has rough floor dimensions of 50 x 40m. This was in conjunction with Canterbury Christ Church University who under the terms of the agreement use many of the facilities here during the weekdays. “Our primary aim when specifying the floor was to provide a world class surface for both indoor hockey and cricket. The Taraflex® Sport M Performance floor has now been down for over two years and we are extremely pleased with it. It runs very true for hockey, enabling a very high calibre of match to be played. Our cricketers have been amazed with the surface with both England and Kent players commenting on the perfect bounce. Also, not having to put down mats is a huge bonus for them.” Taraflex® vinyl sports flooring has been used in many international and local sporting events and is available in 17 colours and three wood-effect designs. The Sport M Performance product offers a P2 category shock absorbency 35% to 45%. Taraflex® is recognised for providing durability, safety and comfort without impairing performance. The range also offers greater than 45% force reduction, making it unrivalled in the marketplace in terms of offering comfort for users. Taraflex® meets the EN Standard of 22196 for anti-bacterial activity (E. coli - S. aureus - MRSA) (3) returning >99% levels of growth inhibition. The product is also treated with Protecsol®, which renders polish redundant and is triple action meaning no polish is ever required, it contributes to easy maintenance and is anti-friction burn and slide/grip. Taraflex® has a double density foam backing and with another bonus, it’s environmentally-friendly. Taraflex® Sport M Performance from Gerflor meets the EN 14904 Standard for indoor sports surfaces, and very importantly for the Polo Farm Sports Club due to the important cricketing element of their facility, Taraflex® Sport M Performance is also English Cricket Board (ECB) compliant. The Taraflex® ‘point elastic’ flooring has a higher comfort factor than ‘area elastic’ floors and reduces the risk and severity of injuries. Taraflex® is also available with the Dry-TexTM System which is perfect for new construction or refurbishment projects with damp subfloors. Jayne Scott-Kilvert concluded: “The Gerflor Taraflex® flooring also provides a perfect surface for the numerous other sports that are played there such as netball, handball and football. This is the first time we have used Gerflor flooring and we would certainly recommend it to other sports clubs.”  Contact us for a free site survey.
Learn more about Gerflor solutions, ask for a free sample or speak to a specialist today by calling 01926 622 600, emailing contractuk@gerflor.com or visiting www.gerflor.co.uk for the latest innovations. [post_title] => Gerflor continues to ‘perform’ for Polo Farm Sports Club [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => gerflor-continues-to-perform-for-polo-farm-sports-club [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-04-02 09:27:00 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-04-02 08:27:00 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://ie-today.co.uk/dashboard2/?post_type=blog&p=17174 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 16581 [post_author] => 43 [post_date] => 2019-02-28 00:00:25 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-02-28 00:00:25 [post_content] => Early years learning is where the backbone of education begins and delivering an environment that provides younger children with the necessary infrastructure to support good practice in sports, communal areas or teaching rooms is an essential element in the education mix. Work on the brand new £10.8m flagship school Pencoed Primary School has now been completed with the school bell ringing for the first time at start of the autumn term. When pupils walked through the doors it was the first time that the whole primary school has been on one single site since the old school was built in the early 1900s. For more than a century, there were separate infant and junior sections.  When the school needed flooring for this massive new-build project they turned to international flooring specialists Gerflor to deliver a fantastic selection of fit-for-purpose, future-proof solutions.  The installation would fall into the capable hands of Floor Furnishings based in Cardiff.  Nick Jefferies, managing director at Floor Furnishings, commented: “We initially had an enquiry through BAM Construction which was then specified through the architect to us.” The range of specified Gerflor products would be extremely varied and include their award-winning Taralay Impression Control and Taralay Impression Comfort, their Tarasafe Ultra and Ultra H2O complemented by an amount of Mural Calypso shower wall, together with some 300m2 of Taraflex® Multi-Use sports flooring. [caption id="attachment_16588" align="alignnone" width="1000"] With over 70 years’ experience, Gerflor has honed their expertise in safety flooring to produce the highest standards of safety and durability.[/caption] With over 70 years’ experience, Gerflor has honed their expertise in safety flooring to produce the highest standards of safety and durability, coupled to delivering stunning, beautiful designs that are both inspirational and eye-catching. In 2016 Gerflor won the CFJ/CFA Product of the Year category with their Taralay Impression Control safety flooring range.  Jason Burton MCIAT, principal architectural assistant at Bridgend County Borough Council commented: “We have a long-standing working relationship with Gerflor formed over years of specifying and dealing with their products. They have many design options within each range, affording us the opportunity to be as creative as possible. Their pre-sales and specification support are exemplary and after care equally so.” Changing rooms and showering areas in many educational locations can often be wet and slippery environments and that’s where Tarasafe Ultra H2O from Gerflor is the ideal solution. Intended for traditional barefoot spaces where there are continuous wet areas, Tarasafe Ultra H2O also offers a shod solution, providing a perfect blend of flooring applications for those areas where wet flooring conditions can be an issue. Within Gerflor’s other top performing Tarasafe vinyl safety flooring range there are over 80 finishes available to choose from. They are reinforced with a glass fibre grid and are suitable for use in all areas of heavy traffic where slip-resistance, durability and hygienic conditions are required. On specification criteria Nick Jefferies said: “We have used Gerflor products on numerous occasions and try to specify them wherever we can and are always very pleased with the final result.” Commenting further on the project Jason Burton added: “We have used Gerflor many times and were delighted with the outcome. We had numerous discussions with the headteacher, and the colour and finish selections were co-ordinated with a lot of the loose furniture options that the school selected. Overall the result has been very well received.”
Please contact Gerflor now for a free site survey. E: contractuk@gerflor.com T: 01926 622600 W: www.gerflor.co.uk
  [post_title] => Top marks for Gerflor at new £10m Welsh primary school [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => top-marks-for-gerflor-at-new-10m-welsh-primary-school [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-02-26 11:28:21 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-02-26 11:28:21 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://ie-today.co.uk/dashboard2/?post_type=blog&p=16581 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 15869 [post_author] => 43 [post_date] => 2019-01-15 00:00:54 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-01-15 00:00:54 [post_content] => The Manchester Grammar School (MGS) was founded in 1515 by Hugh Oldham, Bishop of Exeter, to provide ‘godliness and good learning’ to the poor boys of Manchester. The school proceeded to build a reputation as one of the country’s leading educational establishments, a position it still holds today. Sport is at the beating heart of this prestigious educational centre of excellence with their new sports hall providing a facility second to none. The previous sports hall was damaged during severe weather in 2014 and in its place a new two-storey facility has been built. The solution supplied by international flooring and interiors specialist Gerflor for this new sports area was pivotal in furnishing a high-quality sports solution that provides comfort, safety and a high degree of performance. Stockport-based Architects WAJW, after many meetings with the school, specified some 1,250m2 of Gerflor’s Taraflex® Comfort and Performance in Lagoon and Oak colours for the main hall and upstairs junior hall areas. The process of selection entailed a number of Taraflex® samples being laid to highlight the product’s enormous comfort and safety qualities. After a visit by Gerflor’s UK Technical Manager, Nicholas Egan, the die was cast. Taraflex® Comfort was the preferred flooring solution as it also provided a flooring that would not need an extra matting layer, enabling cricket to be played directly on the Taraflex® surface.
Taraflex® is making a real difference this year at the Rio Olympic Games as the chosen flooring for the handball and volleyball courts
The fitting of this top-end performing sports flooring fell to Premier Flooring Solutions Ltd. Established in January 2008, Premier Flooring Solutions Ltd are an independent company based in Swinton, Greater Manchester. Since trading they have gained relationships with a number of clients primarily in the retail shop-fitting refurbishment sector and the construction industry. They take great pride in the quality of their workmanship with their staff being trained to highest standards. Shaun Davies, Managing Director, Premier Flooring Solutions Ltd, said: “We were originally sent the tender from Walter Carefoot and Sons, Builders and as it was a sports flooring project this was a perfect fit for us. Gerflor products were chosen as the project required a high-quality sports floor which Gerflor are renowned for. We have used Gerflor products on numerous occasions and found them to be really easy to fit and lay.” Taraflex® from Gerflor has been used in many international and local sporting events and is available in 17 colours and two wood-effect designs. In fact, Taraflex® made a real difference at the Rio Olympic Games as the chosen flooring for the handball and volleyball courts. The Comfort product supplied to Manchester Grammar is in the P2/P3 category meaning fewer bumps, bruises and friction burns for the students and users. In fact, it provides three times the standard abrasion resistance required. It also meets the EN 14904 Standard for indoor sports surfaces and is ECB compliant. Taraflex® is recognised for providing durability, safety and comfort without impairing performance. The range offers greater than 45% force reduction, making it unrivalled in the marketplace in terms of offering comfort for users. In 2015 former cricket international Mike Atherton OBE returned to his old school, Manchester Grammar, when he opened the new sports hall. The former England cricket captain unveiled the new state-of-the-art sports hall. Mike Atherton said at the time: “Sport has always played a fundamental role in MGS life and this has been reflected by the number of talented sporting figures the school has produced across such a wide range of disciplines.” He added: “This facility will provide an excellent venue for MGS to host other schools, for pupils to hone their skills and to one day go on to represent their school, county or even country. I’m proud to have been asked to come back and officially open the sports hall which will be used by the school for generations to come.” Taraflex® also meets the EN Standard of 22196 for anti-bacterial activity (E. coli – S. aureus – MRSA) (3) returning >99% levels of growth inhibition. The product is treated with Protecsol®, which renders polish redundant and is triple-action meaning no polish is ever required, it contributes to easy maintenance and is anti-friction burn and slide/grip. Taraflex® has a double density foam backing and as another bonus, it’s environmentally friendly. Gerflor offers a number of installation solutions for Taraflex® including the Eco-Fit System which allows for a fast track, free floating installation. Taraflex® is versatile enough to be used in various multi-specialist applications and affordable for all new projects and refurbishments. This sports flooring solution is used within the education, community, leisure, health and fitness sectors. Shaun Davies concluded: “We would certainly use Gerflor products again.” Learn more about Gerflor solutions, ask for a free sample or speak to a specialist by calling 01926 622 600, emailing contractuk@gerflor.com or visiting gerflor.co.uk for the latest innovations. [post_title] => Bowled over with Gerflor [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bowled-over-with-gerflor [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-01-07 17:22:11 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-01-07 17:22:11 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://ie-today.co.uk/dashboard2/?post_type=blog&p=15869 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 15453 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-12-02 14:12:04 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-12-02 14:12:04 [post_content] => Bolton School is one of the oldest schools in Lancashire. The origins of the boys’ school can be traced back to at least 1516 when the Bolton Grammar School for boys was recorded as being ‘a going concern’. In 1644 it was endowed by Robert Lever and so began a long and close relationship with the Lever name. Sport flourishes at Bolton School and the staff know only too well that keeping fit and focused is a great boon to aid learning. International flooring specialists Gerflor have in-depth sports knowledge and expertise that makes them the market leader and ideally positions them as the preferred sports flooring supplier to the education sector. It’s for this very reason that Bolton School would specify Gerflor’s world-renowned Taraflex® sports flooring for their main sports hall and their top-performing Tarasafe Ultra for two of the changing rooms. David Laskey, Deputy Head of Estates, Bolton School, said: “After an extensive consultation period with the Heads of Boys’ and Girls’ Sport, which included visits to a number of other schools who have recently had different floor finishes installed, a full tendering process was carried out. Several different flooring types were considered and the decision to use Gerflor was ultimately determined based on the performance and cost comparisons.” Bolton School chose, on this occasion, to appoint Stockport-based Recreational Coatings. With over 30 years’ experience of installing sports surfaces in Olympic, Commonwealth, World and European events throughout the UK and beyond, Recreational Coatings are an expert in this field, with all installations undertaken by their own highly skilled staff. Ross Johns, Commercial Director of Recreational Coatings, commented: “Taraflex® Comfort was specified for their main sports hall because it suited the user and activity type at Bolton School. We had to ensure the sub floor was 100% perfect prior to installation. We have been installing Taraflex® for many years and are used to working with this outstanding product. Taraflex® Comfort is a P3 category sports flooring, ideal for a variety of sport and leisure activities. Offering a high level of shock absorption, minimising the force of impact on the body and reducing long-term injury risk. Taraflex® offers a wide range of colours and is suitable for a variety of applications and has been used by the largest international sports federations (volleyball, handball, badminton, table tennis) for decades. Through partnerships with these federations Gerflor has been present at the Summer Olympic Games since 1976. It’s an Olympic pedigree stretching back over an incredible 42 years. Taraflex® is available in 17 colours and three wood-effect designs. The range also offers greater than 45% force reduction, making it unrivalled in the marketplace in terms of offering comfort for users.
CASE STUDY
Client: Bolton School Location: Bolton, Lancashire Installer: Recreational Coatings End user: Pupils, staff, public Product: Taraflex®, Tarasafe Ultra Colours: Lagoon, Sapphire Area covered: 780m2
Taraflex® meets the EN Standard of 22196 for anti-bacterial activity (E. coli – S. aureus – MRSA) (3) returning >99% levels of growth inhibition. The product is also treated with Protecsol®, which renders polish redundant and is triple-action, meaning no polish is ever required, it contributes to easy maintenance and is anti-friction burn and slide/grip. Taraflex® has a double density foam backing and with another bonus, it’s environmentally friendly. Taraflex® also meets the EN 14904 Standard for indoor sports surfaces. It is ideal for renovation works and the Dry-Tex™ System is perfect for new construction with damp subfloors. Ross Johns added: “This project was very technical and labour-intensive. We removed the old timber sports floor, installed a 70mm screed and then the Taraflex® sports flooring. We finished the hall with game lines.” The changing rooms at Bolton School would need flooring that could deliver safety and be extremely durable to be able to handle the amount of usage envisaged. The Tarasafe Ultra range from Gerflor was specified. Tarasafe Ultra is a specialist slip-resistant vinyl safety flooring inlaid with mineral crystal particles, as opposed to industry-standard carborundum, giving a brighter appearance. It also comes with a tough PVC wearlayer and meets HSE guidelines. Tarasafe Ultra is reinforced with a glass fibre grid and is suitable for use in all areas of heavy traffic where slip-resistance, durability and hygienic conditions are required. Benefiting from Sparclean® surface treatment for extreme resistance to soiling and staining it is also treated with an anti-bacterial and fungicidal treatment. Tarasafe Ultra comes with a 12-year warranty and is also 100% recyclable. The range has a maximum hygiene rating meeting the EN Standard 22196 for anti-bacterial activity (E. coli – S. aureus – MRSA) (3) returning >99% levels of growth inhibition. Ross Johns concluded: “Gerflor is our ‘go-to’ supplier for vinyl flooring products, both in sport and gym environments. Gerflor’s products are excellent quality and they provide a great service.” David Laskey added: “I’m extremely pleased with the final result as it has revitalised the sports hall and provided us with a modern multi-purpose sports complex floor.” Learn more about Gerflor solutions: ask for a free sample or speak to a specialist today by calling 01926 622 600, emailing contractuk@gerflor.com, or visiting gerflor.co.uk for the latest innovations. 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Becket Keys Church of England School is a free school established in Brentwood, Essex in 2012. It was the first Church of England secondary school to be established as part of the free schools’ programme. Their aim is a simple one – to provide a high-quality education in a caring, Christian environment in which each student is known, valued and encouraged to achieve his/her best individual potential. In addition to addressing the academic and spiritual needs of the students, their overall fitness and wellbeing is catered for by a state-of-the-art sports hall where a variety of activities are enjoyed. It’s an area where international flooring specialist Gerflor has made a positive difference by supplying some 680m2 of their outstanding high-performance Taraflex® sports flooring in ‘Oak’ for the refurbishment of the sports hall. Nina Chapman, Finance and Contract Manager, Becket Keys Church of England School, said: “The flooring was chosen by the architects. The addition of our logo provides a professional touch and we are delighted with it.” The need to appoint an architect who had the experience and talents to deliver a top-quality design and finish would be paramount. At Colchester-based Ingleton Wood Architects their commissions range from large-scale new build and refurbishment projects to smaller value design and construction work. As a practice, their goal is to add value at every stage of development, from initial survey and concept planning through to the design, engineering and fit-out of interior spaces. Charlie Holmes, Chartered Building Surveyor from Ingleton Wood, said: “Becket Keys Church of England School had an existing sports hall which was coming to the end of its lifespan. Ingleton Wood LLP helped Becket Keys to apply for funding through the Condition Improvement Fund for Academies.” He went on to add: “We had used Gerflor flooring for a previous scheme and were very happy with the quality of their products.” Charlie Holmes also commented: “The flooring looks brilliant, and our local area Gerflor representative helped the school complete a design which incorporated the school’s logo in silver.” Mr Scott-Evans, Headteacher at Becket Keys Church of England School, said: “Sport is incredibly important to us here at Becket Keys and we only want to see our students using the best equipment and flooring. Gerflor were recommended to us by our architects and they have delivered on everything that we hoped for. We knew what we were looking for and Gerflor worked hard to try and meet our specific requirements. Our students are excited about using our new sports hall and are rightly proud to have access to such professional facilities.” Gerflor have more than 70 years of experience with their Taraflex® sports flooring. It offers a wide range of colours and is suitable for a variety of applications. Taraflex® sports floors have been made since 1947 and used by the largest international sports federations (volleyball, handball, badminton, table tennis) for decades. Through partnerships with these federations, Gerflor has been present at the Summer Olympic Games since 1976. It’s an Olympic pedigree stretching back over an incredible 42 years. Taraflex® is available in 17 colours and three wood-effect designs. The Performance product offers a P2 category shock absorbency of 35% to 45%. Taraflex® is recognised for providing durability, safety and comfort without impairing performance. The range also offers greater than 45% force reduction, making it unrivalled in the marketplace in terms of offering comfort for users. Learn more about Gerflor solutions, ask for a free sample or speak to a specialist today by calling 01926 622 600, emailing contractuk@gerflor.com or visiting gerflor.co.uk for the latest innovations. [post_title] => Taraflex® flooring impresses at schools [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => taraflex-flooring-impresses-at-schools [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-11-29 15:56:17 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-11-29 15:56:17 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [9] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2760 [post_author] => 14 [post_date] => 2016-03-18 00:00:00 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-03-17 23:00:00 [post_content] =>

Suitable for most contract and housing installations, it comprises an impressive SAFETY IN WOOD and SAFETY IN DESIGN offer of realistic woods and modern designs for where a safety flooring solution is needed but looks count.

100% recyclable, Taralay Impression Control is a high performance, easy-to-clean and maintain, 2mm thick compact vinyl flooring that is slip resistant to ≥36 HSE standards and R11 rated. Plus its 20RTMRz micro surface roughness measurement indicates a low slip risk in wet conditions.

Taralay Impression Control is manufactured to Gerflor’s exacting environmental standards and policies, including life cycle analysis, at its ISO 14001 certified production sites.

For more information please call 01926 622600, email contractuk@gerflor.com or visit www.gerflor.co.uk

 

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Fitness centre, sports hall and gym designs are starting to show more much more character, and the choice of sports flooring can play a major role in aesthetics – and, of course, safety. Sport England still state that the floor and its performance is the most important aspect of any design.

Whether you're designing a new facility or redesigning an existing one, never underestimate the impact that flooring can have in terms of design, sustainability and safety. Flooring must be practical and affordable, and meet the specific programme and application needs – but it must also be safe and user-friendly.

From professional stadiums to college recreation centres, early-years multi-use halls to senior-school sports halls, the primary concern in the specification of sports and athletic surfaces is still the prevention of injuries. 

This comes as no surprise, of course, in professional sports where athletes are paid huge sums of money to perform. An injury that takes them out of the game is money out the window. In community and school sport, though, something more important is lost: the user’s ability to exercise and enjoy time with their peers.

With innovation such a key factor in sport, it’s no surprise to see that products developed in conjunction with major sporting federations are now tweaked to make them suitable for the mainstream. To take a parallel example, motor racing technology from five years ago is now commonplace in many road cars: you can now buy a Vauxhall Corsa with a rally-car gearbox. Is it, then, any surprise that you can have a sports floor used at the Olympics, redesigned to withstand the daily pressures of a primary school hall? A floor that copes with rolling loads means that rolling out even dining equipment is no issue and, more importantly, wheelchair users can still make use of these facilities.

Although the financial considerations are not there, the same levels of safety are true for educational establishments, from primary schools right through to universities. A school is responsible for keeping its students safe, and thoughtful specification of sports flooring is one way in which it can do this. We can’t control what footwear pupils use, or how well they are able to avoid injury: but we can, with careful specification of the best products available, optimise the flooring they will be using.

Sustainability is also key here. In sports facility management, energy efficiency, sustainable technologies and careful use of resources are all continuing to gain in importance. A good ecological balance, sustainable building materials and consistently implemented accessibility measures allow both private and public operators to differentiate themselves from the increasingly fierce competition.

One of the reasons that durability matters is the way in which deteriorating floors harm the user experience. On an emotional level, members might be put off from joining or staying with a gym that has worn or scuffed flooring. But what matters even more is whether the flooring protects their physical wellbeing.

Impact absorption is a huge factor in gym environments and flooring manufacturers have stepped up to the plate in the past decade or two. Impact is still one the biggest causes of injury, but manufacturers have now developed flooring that offers huge impact protection, while also taking into account other key criteria such as design and sustainability.

David Carter is a Sports Specialist with flooring manufacturer Gerflor.

Contact: www.gerflor.co.uk

 

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We settled on mint green as the optimum colour as it would really complement the sports line markings that were added to the new floor
Dave Moran, managing director of Roberts Flooring, said: “The school had previously had an unfortunate flooding incident which caused their current timber sprung sports floor to swell and become defective.” On the new specification, Moran said: “We approached Gerflor to help propose a suitable solution and it was decided that their Taraflex Performance 9mm-thick sports flooring system would be the best answer due to its versatile range of applications as it was suitable for a sporting and educational environment. “We settled on mint green as the optimum colour as it would really complement the sports line markings that were added to the new floor.”

W: www.gerflorsportsflooring.co.uk

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