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    Boccia Gerflor Main Image

    Boccia UK specify world class Taraflex® sports flooring from Gerflor.

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    In anticipation of the 2024 World Cups, Boccia UK has made a strategic decision to enhance their training and competition venue with world class Taraflex® Evolution sports flooring.

    Taraflex® Evolution, provided by Gerflor, is renowned for its versatility across various sports and leisure activities, making it an excellent choice for Boccia UK's diverse needs.

    Boccia is a remarkable example of an inclusive activity that has adapted over time to embrace a wider range of participants. Initially designed for athletes with cerebral palsy, it now offers people with various disabilities the opportunity to compete.

    On the association with Gerflor, Greg Baker - Boccia UK’s Performance Director said, “We have managed to agree a partnership with Gerflor who are providing us with their Elite Performance sports flooring at our training camps in Glasgow. What is important for us, is that it's the same flooring that will be used as the playing surface at all the major sporting events we will be attending, around the world in 2024.”

    Claire Taggart and David Smith OBE are both currently world number ones. Claire Taggart commented, “Training on the Taraflex® sports flooring is incredibly important, mainly because all major tournaments are held on this surface.”

    David Smith OBE said, “Being able to use and train on Gerflor’s Taraflex® sports flooring is really important for us a squad. All the major international events use Taraflex® as the preferred surface of choice for World Boccia.”

    David Carter Gerflor National Sales Manager, Sports Flooring said, “Funded by Sport England, we have agreed to supply our world class Taraflex® Evolution sports flooring to Boccia UK for their training camps in Scotland. Gerflor have contributed by funding the costs incurred for the temporary install and removal for a number of camps to ensure the team get the best preparation possible”.

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    Top marks for Gerflor and Gradus at Kings College Sixth Form School, Taunton.

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    When Kings College Sixth Form School, a Somerset-based private school decided on a large flooring upgrade and refurbishment, they very wisely settled on a combination of world class flooring products from international flooring and interior specialists Gerflor.

    The project would comprise a combination of Gerflor’s Urban Myth Carpet Tiles from Gradus for Classrooms, Creation 55 LVT for the Reception and Stairways, and Tarasafe Impression safety flooring for WC facilities, alongside a selection of Gradus accessories, including BasicZ Stair Edging and Boulevard 7000 Matting for the education facility. The overall project would ultimately see 800m2 of new flooring installed.

    The Gerflor Specification Sales Manager at the time of the installation, Chris Pursey said, “Rud Sawers Architects initially specified Creation 55 LVT for the reception and stairways but approached Gerflor to discuss other areas within the project.”

    The installation of the considerable amount of Gerflor flooring and Gradus Accessory products would be the responsibility of Bristol-based Gollop Contract Flooring.

    Matt Donovan, Contracts Manager, Gollop Flooring commented, “This was an iconic project to be involved with. I understand the building is now in full use and the new Gerflor flooring and Gradus accessory products are performing very well. We work with Gerflor and Gradus on many projects and consider them to be some of the best manufacturers in the industry.”

    Rud Sawers, Director, Rud Sawers Architects Ltd commented, “We would definitely choose Gerflor and Gradus again, as they have delivered a high-quality range of products, which are equally matched by their excellent specification and customer service.”

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    Gerflor to the rescue with Libertex flooring for Langford Budville Hall in Somerset.

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    Langford Budville Jubilee Hall was opened in October 2012 by HRH The Earl of Wessex, following 30 years of fundraising. The village lies 2 miles to the Northwest of Wellington in Somerset.

    When the main floor space in the thriving community Langford Budville Jubilee village hall needed a fast-track refurbishment, the Parish Council made the forward-thinking decision to specify 200m2 of Taralay Libertex in ‘Amsterdam Light Grey’ from international flooring and interior specialists Gerflor.

    Commenting on the project Chris Pursey the Specification Area Sales Manager at the time for Gerflor said, “The feedback has been exceptional and immensely positive from the users in the hall, including members of the bowls club who play on it frequently. This installation has transformed the Village Hall, and its rewarding to see that the community will benefit from its investment for many years to come.”

    The installation of the Gerflor Libertex flooring would be the responsibility of Bristol-based Rudge Brothers and James (RBJ Contracts). Jim Heal, Managing Director at RBJ commented,” The Taralay Libertex flooring, which we installed at Langford Budville Village Hall, was remarkably easy to lay and went down in a noticeably shorter time. We were impressed with how quickly the refurbishment happened.”

    David Brown who is a Trustee of Langford Budville Jubilee Hall said,” As a retired architect who has specified Gerflor on many occasions, I’m very confident in the quality of Gerflors flooring products. The final result is really sensational. Personally, I would specify or recommend Gerflor flooring to be used wherever possible for refurbishment and new build interior projects.”

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    Blantyre LIFE care facility specify Gerflor for iconic project.

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    When a brand-new care facility just south of Glasgow, Scotland required a complete solution for its project interiors, the Architect at South Lanarkshire Council turned to international flooring specialist Gerflor to supply a vast range of products that would future proof the clients building for many years to come. This included Gerflor’s world class Taralay, Tarasafe & Taraflex vinyl floorcoverings, as well as Cityscene Carpets and Gradus Barrier Matting & Accessories.

    The new Blantyre facility is part of South Lanarkshire Council’s and South Lanarkshire Health & Social Care Partnership’s commitment to ‘home for life’ has opened its doors to new residents.

    Maggie Smith, Scotland Team Leader, Gerflor commented,” Our initial conversations took place with Thomas Tallan at South Lanarkshire Council back in 2019 / 2020.

    Thomas was looking to specify products throughout the entire building. He was familiar with Gerflor vinyl products and confident with them, however with the integration of Gerflor and Gradus, we could offer him the full package all under one roof.”

    Thomas Tallan Architectural Officer South Lanarkshire Council commented, “I have specified Gerflor and Gradus products on many projects over the years, they have a good offer to fit most environments and budgets without the need to compromise on performance, durability, and aesthetics. Both Gerflor and Gradus also provide excellent specification, technical and customer service.”

    The flooring installation at Blantyre LIFE would be the responsibility of a local company – McGarry Flooring near Glasgow. Craig Stockman, Contracts Director at McGarry Flooring said, “The Gerflor and Gradus products were very easy to work with and fit and are meeting and exceeding expectations for the client. We would definitely choose to work with Gerflor and Gradus products again.”

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    Friar Park Millennium Centre Wednesbury specify Taraflex® sports flooring from Gerflor.

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    The Friar Park Millennium Centre in Wednesbury was in dire need of a fast-track refurbishment for their leisure facility. Their existing Linoleum was unsafe, not fit for purpose, beyond economical repair and would need to be replaced with an alternative and affordable solution. Gerflor’s Taraflex® sports flooring would be specified for this prestigious project.

    The client chose Taraflex® Evolution thanks to it being extremely durable and hard-wearing, whilst not compromising on delivering the necessary safety and comfort for facility users. Over 300m2 of Taraflex® Olympic pedigree sports surface was installed.

    Chris Newey, Gerflor Area Sales Manager, West Midlands said at the time, “The customer is really pleased with their new Taraflex sports floor, which has totally transformed the hall giving it a fresh and contemporary look that will last for many years to come.”

    The installation element of the Friar Park project was undertaken by Birmingham-based Pinnacle Flooring Ltd. Commenting on the installation Aaron Jennings, Estimating Manager, Pinnacle Flooring said, “Our client ‘Friar Park Millennium Centre’ are extremely delighted with the final result. The installation of Gerflor’s Taraflex sports flooring has surpassed the end users’ expectations. We would certainly specify Gerflor products on future projects due their high levels of quality and extreme durability.”

    Julie Jones, CEO of Friar Park Millennium Centre commented, “This iconic refurbishment was absolutely necessary for all the users of the facility today and also the future generations of tomorrow. We are confident that our choice in selecting Gerflor’s Taraflex sports flooring will future proof our building interiors and we would definitely specify Gerflor products for other future projects.”

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    Taraflex® triumph for Gerflor at Pencoedtre High School, Wales.

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    Pencoedtre High School is a large new build high school in Barry, Wales. When this busy school required a brand-new world class flooring surface for its main indoor sports hall, they simply wanted only the best! HLM Architects would specify 700m2 of Taraflex® vinyl sports flooring in ‘Maple’, from international flooring specialists Gerflor.

    Commenting on the project Tony Thorne Gerflor, Sales & Specification Manager South Wales said,” We offered the client the opportunity for a free waterjet logo of their school crest within the sports floor which they happily accepted. The Architect and school were very happy with this as it really sets the sports floor off.”

    On specification and the overall project Angela Sheppard Part II Architectural Assistant at HLM Architects said,” We selected the Maple colour to suit the sports hall to contrast clearly with the multi-sport markings and sit alongside the sports-recommended blue walls.”

    The Interiors Team at HLM Architects said at the time, “Gerflor are our go to for a vinyl sports floor, they are affordable, multi-use and meet the necessary regulations and slip resistance which we have to consider in these situations. Alongside this their customer service is excellent and they have a great range of finishing options.”

    Established over twenty-five years ago Port Talbot-based Craftsman Flooring would be appointed to undertake the full installation of the Gerflor Taraflex® sports flooring.

    Gareth Lewis, Commercial Director Craftsman Flooring stated, “The Gerflor Taraflex flooring was extremely easy to lay and went down without any trouble at all. We are particularly happy with the Gerflor sports flooring as the sports marking applied on top looks stunning. We would definitely specify Gerflor products again.”

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    Taraflex® from Gerflor takes Sport Aberdeen to new heights

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    Sport Aberdeen is an award-winning registered charity committed to creating opportunities, inspiring people, and changing lives through sport and physical activity. When the hall at Get Active @ Kincorth required a world class indoor flooring finish, Gerflor’s Olympic pedigree Taraflex® sports flooring would be the natural choice for this iconic refurbishment. Over 600m2 in Light Cherry would be the specified in a Taraflex® Combi Elastic system that was finished with a Taraflex® Evolution point elastic flooring.

    Euan Beggs, at Mackie Taylor Ramsay the appointed architects for the project said,” Part of this programme was the refurbishment and enhancement of the multi-purpose sport hall within Get Active @ Kincorth, by way of a replacement floor covering and general facility upgrade. By using Gerflor’s complete system of product, we were able to maintain a sprung floor under build and tie back into the existing finished floor level, which reduced the need to carry out additional work and alterations out with the hall itself.”

    Maggie Smith, Scotland Team Leader, Gerflor said, “After discussions about the project requirements we proposed the Taraflex® Combi Elastic system which is a cradle and baton system finished with Taraflex® Evolution point elastic flooring. It’s lovely to see a facility bringing all ages together to enjoy an active lifestyle.”

    Hugh Black, Group Estates Manager at Sport Aberdeen commented, “Sport Aberdeen is delighted with the final result. It has received exceptional feedback so far from customers, members, and sports club users alike, all noting that the floor has a softer under foot feeling. We would definitely choose Gerflor Taraflex® sports products again.”

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    ‘The Show Must Go On,’ as Gerflor donate Taraflex® AE sports floor to Penketh Youth Centre.

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    A Warrington Youth Centre that hosted a live vocal performance forty years ago from Freddie Mercury, who would later go onto to be the frontman of rock legends Queen, has been given some much-needed help by international flooring and interiors specialist Gerflor. As part of Gerflor’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), the company played a positive role by donating an Olympic pedigree Taraflex® Sports surface in ‘Silver Gray’ that would benefit the Community and support Grass Roots for many years to come.

    A Doctor who volunteers and helps to run the Penketh Youth Centre outside of her busy schedule, takes up the story. Dr. Leila Dirir said, “The hall was built sometime in the early 1960's and was funded as a youth club for decades but sadly fell into disrepair in the mid -1990's.”

    Dr. Leila further commented, “Back in Jan 2020 I was called by David Carter, Sports National Sales Manager from Gerflor, who had heard we were a small community youth centre that was struggling and were desperate for a new sports floor.” She added, “It was such an amazing opportunity, that they were offering to donate a brand new Taraflex® Olympic pedigree sports floor.”

    Commenting on the project, David Carter said, “On this occasion, it became clear that a small hall of around 120m2 has much more importance to the community than many larger halls. The existing flooring surface was in a state of disrepair. It looked troublesome but we produced the right solution by supplying and donating our high performance Taraflex® AE system.” David Carter continued, “Its’ something that Gerflor as a company and also myself are really proud to help with. Penketh Youth Centre now have a floor from an Olympic supplier right in the heart of the community.”

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    Gerflor and Gradus wow visitors and staff with stunning install at Sutton Civic Centre

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    The London Borough of Sutton Council wanted to breathe new life into a number of communal areas in their large municipal office building. For this iconic refurbishment, they turned to international flooring and interiors specialist Gerflor to provide an array of spectacular world class flooring that would deliver outstanding durability and incredible eye-catching designs. Gerflor supplied over 2500m2 of Creation LVT and Gradus Lunar Carpet tiles for this major renovation.

    Commenting on the Sutton Civic Centre project Paul Sceats, Specification Sales Manager at Gerflor commented, “At the time the Gradus Lunar collection had recently been launched, it would be an ideal product to consider as the natural and neutral tones would blend extremely well alongside the authentic wood-effect planks of Gerflor’s Creation 70 LVT. The client Rob McNaught used these finishes to very cleverly “sculpt” a walkway through the main carpeted area of the reception.”

    In supplying a superior interiors finish, the Gerflor floorings for this distinguished project would be installed by South-East London- based Specialised Flooring (Bromley) Limited. Ian Hook, Company Director at Specialised Flooring said,” Our client is extremely delighted with the finished result. Specifying Gerflor products, is for us, a natural choice as they offer a vast range of flooring in a fantastic array of contemporary colours and designs, which are suitable for many demanding applications.”

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    Refreshed Creation 55 LVT Essential Collection from Gerflor now boasts new Herringbone designs

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    The Creation LVT range from international flooring specialist Gerflor is an extremely well established, credible, world class brand that continues to appeal to Specifiers and Designers alike. The most popular designs and colourways, are branded as the ‘Creation 55 LVT Essential Collection’. It’s an all -in -one solution delivering inspirational and exclusive finishes, and which for 2023, now includes the stunningly beautiful Herringbone designs. The collection is stocked in UK, for fast delivery, when time is of the essence for building projects.

    When a customised interior is at the forefront of a Designer’s eye, the need to explore the world of possibilities by mixing and matching colours with specific designs really becomes crucial. With Creation 55 LVT Essential Collection Mix and Match options, Designers can combine, contrast, or mix up finishes completely for a unique and customised floor scheme.

    Hannah Parkinson, Product Manager (Gerflor/Gradus) UK commented,” The addition of the new Herringbone designs in our Creation 55 LVT Essential Collection, provides a further design opportunity for Specifiers and Designers alike. Offering even more striking & beautiful new finishes, it is a remarkable enhancement to an already stunning and contemporary flooring collection. Being able to offer increased choices from our Creation 55 LVT range, is where our research and development really delivers more for our customers. It’s a collection that can adapt itself to zoning-out working areas, or to create a feature space within a building environment. An additional bonus is that these references are also stocked in UK, for a fast turnaround.”

    The time has come to feel inspired with a vast variety of design possibilities. The Creation 55 LVT Essential Collection from Gerflor which now includes the sensational Herringbone Design offers a raft of boundless design perspectives, delivering first class quality, on trend, fashion-led designs that are made both accessible and incredibly easy.

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    Gerflor supply over 3800m2 of flooring to complete Cityheart Living student accommodation in Gloucester.

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    When a high-end development of a new residential student accommodation building in Gloucester city centre required over 3800m2 of high-quality flooring, they turned to Gerflor for a complete solution. The world class flooring installed would include Gerflor’s Tarasafe Impression and Tarasafe Standard vinyl safety flooring, Taralay Impression Comfort heterogenous flooring, together with their stunning Creation 55 LVT and Gradus Boulevard 5000 high performance Barrier Matting Tiles.

    Cityheart Living’s accommodation in Cityheart’s Blackfriars Residence is brand new and offers high specification and secure student accommodation to the University of Gloucestershire.

    Midas Group, a multimillion-pound construction group with seven offices around the southwest and Wales, had been appointed by the developers Cityheart Living as main contractors but went into administration in 2022. Vitruvius who are a team of project and construction management consultants swiftly proposed a Construction Management approach to restart the project and were appointed to take over the project.

    Andy Moore, Senior Project Manager from Vitruvius said,” The various Gerflor floorings, as well as Gradus Barrier Matting are performing extremely well. Gerflor’s flooring collections and Gradus Barrier Matting products are credible and well-known in the marketplace for their high quality and competitive pricing, and I have used them on many occasions”.

    John Hughes, Manager, at Cityheart Living Blackfriars Residence commented, “The final finish is really outstanding and both staff and students are enjoying the new aesthetics of the installed Gerflor and Gradus flooring”.

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    When a ‘sports enthusiastic’ family in Gloucester wanted to create a basketball court in their garden, they turned to international flooring specialist Gerflor to supply their world class Sport Court® PowerGame™ Plus tiles in eye catching Black and Red colours.

    This ‘back yard project’ would need the highest standards of fitting to deliver a top-flight finish. The task would be the responsibility of Birmingham-based Bradleys Surfacing Systems

    Tom Bradley, Managing Director Bradleys Surfacing Systems said, “We specified Gerflor’s PowerGame™ Plus outdoor sports surface thanks to its unique construction. The Sport Court PowerGame™ tiles were exceptionally easy and fast to lay.”

    PowerGame™ Plus from Sport Court ® is the safest outdoor court in the world, featuring the lowest skin abrasion of any outdoor court surface and is made of the highest quality materials and UV stabilisers to protect it from wear and tear. Perfect for a host of performance sports including badminton, tennis, basketball, netball and hockey. The patented Double-Tier shock absorbing grid and Lateral Forgiveness™ reduces joint strain and fatigue to help participants play longer and more safely than ever.

    Commenting on this unique project Chris Newey, Gerflor Area Sales Specification Manager, West Midlands said, “PowerGame™ Plus provided this installation with an exceptional playing experience, together with also ensuring a high level of player safety and comfort,”

     

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    Tormarton Village Hall transformation complete with world class Taraflex® Sports Flooring Refurbishment.

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    When the idyllic village of Tormarton nestled in the Cotswolds wanted to transform the main room in their village hall, the committee responsible for organising and specifying a replacement floor would choose Taraflex® Multi-Use from international flooring specialist Gerflor.

    Tormarton has a population of about 350 people from a wide variety of backgrounds. At the centre of village life is the parish hall which provides a blank canvass for a raft of local community activities.

    Stewart Waters, Chair of the Tormarton Parish Council commented, “We specified Gerflor Taraflex® Multi-Use indoor sports surface as it would cater for a variety of needs. The new Taraflex® sports vinyl floor is much easier to maintain and clean and so much brighter than the old, dated tiles.”

    Commenting on the project Chris Pursey, Gerflor Area Sales Specification Manager, Southwest & Channel Islands said,” The existing subfloor consisted of old vinyl tiles, which although were well bonded to the substrate, presented a health and safety risk if removed due to possible presence of asbestos.” Chris Pursey added, “For this reason, we specified that the installation should ideally be over an Isolsport membrane, which left the tiles undisturbed and also enabled the installation to be done quickly with minimal floor preparation.”

    Stewart Waters ended by saying, “We have had lots of positive comments and all parties are really pleased with the refurbishment. We would definitely choose Gerflor flooring again.”

    Taraflex® sports flooring has been fitted at every Olympic Games since 1976. Approved by many National and International governing bodies as a world class sports surface, it is also widely installed within the education, community, leisure, health, and fitness sectors.

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    Collegiate School (Bristol), ‘Bowled Over’ with new Taraflex® sports hall refurbishment.

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    When Collegiate School in Bristol wanted to refurbish their main sports hall, together with revamping the stairs, showers and changing rooms they would specify a mix of high-quality flooring from international flooring specialist Gerflor. The specification would include Gerflor’s Olympic pedigree Taraflex® Performance vinyl sports flooring and their world class Tarasafe Ultra and Tarasafe Ultra H20 safety flooring.

    Simon Crossman Director of Facilities, Collegiate said, “We wanted a bright multi-sport surface and a surface which could cope with ad-hoc school activities such as assemblies, prizegiving’s and summer/leavers balls. Therefore, the floor had to be resilient, take the point loading of a high heel or a chair and not dent or deform in any way which could affect the playing surface. Another requirement was to have an indoor cricket area which didn’t involve laying additional mats. The Taraflex® indoor sports solution delivers this specification in spades.”

    The installation of the Gerflor products would be the responsibility of Bristol-based Knighton Contracts. Lee Knighton, Director commented, “We had absolutely no problems laying down the Gerflor Taraflex® and Tarasafe products and everybody seemed extremely delighted with the final finish of the new flooring installed.”

    Chris Pursey, Gerflor Area Sales Manager, Southwest & Channel Islands commented, “The client is incredibly happy with the final finish and performance of their new Taraflex® sports floor, particularly as the hall is used regularly for indoor cricket. It’s been a rewarding project to be involved in, as we were able to supply the total flooring solutions they were seeking.”

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    Wakefield Grammar School Foundation delighted with new Taraflex® Performance from Gerflor

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    When two top-performing Wakefield schools needed to source high quality flooring for their sports halls they turned to international flooring specialist Gerflor to supply 1300m2 of their world class Taraflex® Performance vinyl sports flooring, together with 1350m2 of Isolsport isolating membrane to complete the refurbishment project. The transformation was completed, and the client is delighted with the refurbishment.

    So, it’s no wonder that specifying a sports floor for both schools that could deliver both outstanding performance, comfort, and high levels of safety for all users regardless of their ages, and sporting ability would be top of their agenda.

    Kent Oliver Estates Manager at Queen Elizabeth Grammar Wakefield said, “We had an urgent need to refurbish our Boys’ and Girls’ tired granwood main sports hall flooring. We engaged with a number of Gerflor’s previous clients, who could not speak highly enough of the quality products installed and the fantastic levels of service provided by the Specification and Technical teams.”

    Wayne Andrews, Gerflor Sports Manager North UK said, “The client is extremely pleased with the final installation. A number of Gerflor people were involved, right from the Specification Team through to high-level management who all agreed how important and unique this project was.”

    Kent Oliver ended by saying, “We would definitely specify Gerflor again. The performance and appearance has surpassed our expectations and we have received nothing but positive feedback from the schools, and other sports hall users.”

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    Gerflor ‘go large’ with 7000m2 installation at Whitby Hospital, Yorkshire.

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    When the local community hospital in Whitby, Yorkshire commissioned a complete re-development and refurbishment of the existing location and buildings, the flooring and finishing throughout the site would need to be of the very highest standards. International flooring specialist Gerflor would supply over 7000m2 of high-quality flooring, together with a selection of Gradus handrails and corner guards for this Procure 22 project.

     

    The redevelopment of Whitby Hospital by the team at Medical Architecture has created a modern health and social care hub which supports the integrated delivery of primary care, secondary care, and community services.

    Louise Drew, Senior Architect, Medical Architecture said, “We chose to specify Gerflor for their outstanding world class flooring products and were pleased that they could also assist us with the wall protection surface needs for the healthcare facility. It was refreshing to know that we could work with both businesses for this iconic refurbishment. We specified the Gradus wall protection solutions, thanks to the innovative products that would enhance the building interiors”. 

     

    Andy Gordon, Gerflor Key Account Manager, Healthcare North commented, “There was approx. 7000m2 of Gerflor products specified to all areas of the building, along with a number of Gradus Wall Protection solutions for the corridors, clinical areas, stairways, wet areas, toilets, together with storage rooms and X-Ray areas. Overall, it was a significant project that would require innovative solutions.”

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    Spectacular success for Gradus Lunar Carpets at Banbury based EV automotive giant.

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    When a Manchester-based interior design company needed to source high quality flooring for their client’s office premises, they turned to international flooring specialist Gerflor for a fit for purpose solution. For this major refurbishment, Gerflor would supply over 1100m2 of Gradus Lunar Carpets, specifying ‘Rook’ and ‘Moretus’ as the colour choices.

    M1NT Studios, on behalf of their client, Mahindra Advanced Design Europe (M.A.D.E), would, through the appointed contractor, FK Restorations - be responsible for the final overall look of the finished project.

    Mathew Fleming, Commercial Director, FK Restorations said, “As the designs were being developed the Gradus Lunar carpet collection from Gerflor, had just been launched and M1NT Studio strongly felt it had a lot of synergies with our design intent.”

    Stephanie Taylor, Director, and Interior Designer M1NT Studio commented, “We loved how the Gradus Lunar Carpet Tiles were unique by taking inspiration from the surface of the moon, it was very much forward thinking like our client. The range of colourways and the competitive price point also made it stand out from the crowd.”

    Lewis Leadeatt, Area Specification Manager, Gerflor Flooring and Gradus Accessories commented,” It was a great pleasure working with the M1NT Studio on the M.A.D.E project. You can clearly see their fun energy and positive spirit infused in their design.”

    Stephanie Taylor concluded,” We would definitely specify Gerflor products again. The support from their specification and technical teams and ability to react quickly to queries was world class.”

     

     

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    Taraflex® Triumph for Gerflor at Colchester Academy

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    When Colchester Academy in Essex required a new sports floor for their main hall and their dance studio, they turned to international flooring specialist Gerflor for an Olympic pedigree solution. For this prestigious education establishment, Gerflor would supply a total of 552m2 of their world class Taraflex® Performance vinyl sports flooring for the sports hall, and 258m2 of their Taraflex® Combi 85 System in Evolution for their dance studio.

    The responsibility for delivering the design and finish for the school’s sports halls would fall to Braintree-based architectural practice- Barker Associates. Ben Jeapes, Senior Building Surveyor at Barker Associates commented, “I have specified Gerflor products in the past and know that they provide excellent quality safety flooring. I am also aware that Gerflor specialise in world class sports flooring and have the option of numerous systems for different levels of performance, or to accommodate different types of sub-floor construction found in refurbishment projects such as Colchester Academy.”

    The installation of the Gerflor products was undertaken by Ipswich-based Cadman Flooring. Kieran Cadman from Cadman Flooring said, “We find Gerflor’s flooring products so easy to install and the support from the specification and technical teams is first class. We have specified Gerflor floorings before and we will continue to do so moving forward.”

    Dan Bowen, Area Sales & Specification Manager, Gerflor said, “Taraflex Performance was chosen for the main sports hall. The school wanted a floor that could be used for sports that require good levels of ball bounce, which Taraflex achieves due to its unique construction. They also wanted a high-quality sports floor that would protect the students from injury. Thanks to the high levels of impact resistance that Taraflex delivers, this requirement was easily met.”

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    Gerflor to the rescue for Welsh College refurbishment

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    When the Coleg y Cymoedd (translated meaning is the College of the valleys) in Wales needed to totally refurbish the flooring element of their campus in Ystrad Mynach (near the town of Caerphilly), they turned to international flooring specialist Gerflor to supply over 1000m2 of flooring for numerous areas and spaces throughout the campus. It was a project that provided Gerflor with the perfect platform to showcase a raft of high-quality flooring solutions ideal for the concerned demanding education environment.

    Tony Thorne, Gerflor Sales and Specification Manager - South Wales commented, “This project started at the specification stage with the Architects Austin-Smith: Lord. Over several meetings, we looked at a number of products to be used in various areas of the building scheme. The installation at the Ystrad Mynach campus is an outstanding example of how a mix of Gerflor innovations can achieve world class results. Mixing gym tiles with sheet vinyl, safety flooring and LVT, yielded incredible results for this college refurbishment project.”

    Mark Bond, Estimator and H&S Manager at Floor Furnishings commented, “The client is extremely impressed with the end results. We regularly work with Gerflor products and recommend Gerflor where suitable, in line with our client’s requirements and expectations. Gerflor’s staff are particularly skilled in being able to work in collaboration and alongside both the end user clients, as well as contractors in achieving an excellent final result that is pleasing to the client and meets the complicated design brief.”

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    Ahead of the Game….Gerflor launch their new Taraflex® Multi-Use Exclusive Collection

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    International flooring specialist Gerflor has launched six stunning new designs with their 2022 Taraflex® Multi-Use Exclusive Collection. It heralds the dawn of a new design era for their Olympic standard world-class vinyl sports flooring.

    Gerflor took a long hard look at the market to develop six new designs which would both excite and inspire designers and architects. The new designs are a real reflection of a modern way of living, together with mirroring key contemporary trends that are prominent in everyday living.

    The new exclusive Taraflex® Multi-Use designs include Pure Concrete, Pure Concrete Lagoon, Pure Concrete Dark and Pure Concrete Blue. These spectacular new designs are also joined by Natural Herringbone and Golden Herringbone wood effect designs with added realism.

    Taraflex® Multi-Use protects users with excellent shock absorption and impact protection of 25% to 35% (complies with EN Standard 14904). It’s also hard wearing enough to protect itself against non-sport demands often found in many demanding education environments, such as the movement of tables, chairs, and exercise equipment. This is due to improved indentation resistance and recovery through Gerflor’s new innovative CXP HD+ foam technology.

    Commenting on the new collection David Carter, National Sales Manager – Sports Flooring, Gerflor said,” Being able to offer our customers a new exclusive collection of Taraflex Multi-Use designs has opened up even more possibilities for designers and architects. Creating six new wood and concrete designs will enhance any sports flooring project whether it is for renovation or a new build.”

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    Gerflor is proud to have been chosen as the Official Flooring Partner of Netball Scotland. International flooring specialist Gerflor together with Netball Scotland will work collaboratively together over the next 3 years, to ensure that Scotland leads the way in selecting the best-in-class indoor sports surfaces.

    Netball Scotland is the National Governing Body of Netball in Scotland, responsible for the governance and development of the sport across the country. Netball Scotland provides opportunities for its membership of players, clubs, local associations, schools, FE/HE institutions, coaches, umpires, officials, and volunteers. Their vision is that one-day netball will be the first-choice sport for women and girls in Scotland and field successful teams on the international stage.

    Geraldine McGuire, Head of Development at Netball Scotland said, “We very much look forward to working with Gerflor, a recognised specialist and world leader in resilient flooring solutions, who not only align with our values but who is committed to sustainable development.”

    Geraldine added, “As we continue to build an infrastructure of places across Scotland to support the growth and ambition of our sport, we are delighted to recommend Gerflor to facility partners for consideration within their plans.”

    Wayne Andrews, Sports Manager - North, Gerflor commented “I have always been extremely impressed with the methodology of how facilities select their sports flooring in Scotland. A clear knowledge displayed by Sport Scotland and the participation of various governing bodies, together with community involvement from local authorities all contribute to a matrix that ensures the flooring surfaces specified and installed are based on a strict selection criterion that meets the needs of the users.”

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    Gerflor and Gradus to showcase a host of sustainable, innovative, hygienic solutions at Healthcare Estates 2022 (4-5th October - Stand F26), Manchester Central.

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    Gerflor and Gradus are delighted to be exhibiting their contract interior solutions for all areas of a healthcare facility at Healthcare Estates (Stand F26). For the first time at this iconic event, the fusion of businesses and innovations will increase the overall product and solutions offered to prospective healthcare specifiers attending the event. The innovations being showcased at the event for all healthcare environments have been developed, through a thorough understanding of the specifications and standards required in this stringent market.

    In a world of extensive choices, it’s crucial that healthcare specifiers have a credible network comprising of the right suppliers at their fingertips, who can deliver not only complete fit for purpose solutions but are also readily on hand to provide a wealth of knowledge and advice built on extensive experience in the healthcare sector.

    Gerflor has over 80 years of credible healthcare experience, as a manufacturer of innovative and high-performance flooring and interior finishing solutions. These hygienic innovations are treated with patented surface treatments that provide an unrivalled level of chemical and stain resistance. The world-class vinyl and linoleum collections are perfectly suited for hardworking spaces, including the intensive movement of beds, trolleys, wheelchairs, and heavy medical equipment on a twenty-four-hour basis.

    Andy Gordon, Healthcare Specification Manager - Floors, Gerflor UK commented, “Exhibiting at Healthcare Estates 2022 provides us with a fantastic opportunity and platform to meet a cross-section of key healthcare professionals. We will be showcasing our ability to provide specifiers with a one stop-shop procurement process from our vast portfolio of products supported by a world-class service. We will also take the opportunity to highlight our latest unique flooring and finishing collections which are all aimed at providing the best all-around solutions for any healthcare facility.”

    Gradus is a manufacturer of comprehensive contract interior solutions, including stair edgings, floor trims, barrier matting and wall protection. Gradus innovations help to create attractive and functional environments, as well as enhance and longevity of a building whilst reducing long-term maintenance costs. Gradus works in partnership with the healthcare sector to ensure buildings are safe and accessible for all users.

    Mitch Dean, National Sales Manager, Wall Protection, Gradus commented, “What a great opportunity to showcase our world-class leading products for healthcare in partnership with Gerflor. We have the full array of solutions and a complete package including supply and fit for wall protection solutions to reduce risk on site. We look forward to meeting our customers and presenting our comprehensive healthcare range some of which includes textured wall cladding, hygienic cladding, handrails, dual rails, combination rails, wall guards, corner guards, bed protectors and door protection that can extend the longevity of any healthcare facility.”

    Healthcare specifiers can future proof their healthcare facilities with proven innovations and access the expertise of the healthcare specification managers. Gerflor and Gradus in partnership with a fusion of products and services can help those involved in the renovation or new build of healthcare projects to select the right products for the right locations on time and to budget. The dedicated healthcare solutions from both businesses require less remedial work and are fit for purpose for the demanding needs of any healthcare facility and reduce overall lifecycle costs and OPEX expenditure. Gerflor and Gradus are ready to assist customers with specifications and provide technical advice, free site surveys, together with trial areas for both new build and refurbishment projects. In addition to this, best sellers of stock are readily available in the UK.

    Visit Gerflor and Gradus on stand F26 to find out more.

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    Welsh wonder for Brynteg School with Gerflor’s Taraflex® sports surfaces

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    Brynteg School in Bridgend, Wales had an urgent need to refurbish their incredibly tired and dated linoleum floor in the main sports hall. The project would be a perfect ‘fit’ for international flooring specialist Gerflor who supplied their Olympic pedigree Taraflex® Performance sports flooring, together with their Taraflex® Bateco protection system.

    The installation of the Gerflor flooring would be the responsibility of Cardiff-based Puma Floors Ltd. Matthew Graves, Commercial Director, Puma Floors Ltd, commented, “We have previously installed both Taraflex and Bateco before, they are extremely easy products to work with. The final result and the sports hall look amazing, and the client is delighted with the final finish. We would certainly choose to specify and install Gerflor again.”

    The main sports hall at Brynteg School also provides sporting facilities for a host of wheelchair sports which makes Gerflor’s Taraflex® the ideal choice when it comes to comfort, safety, and performance. Taraflex® sports floorings are recognised all over the world for all types of sports. cushioned floors, with high IPI values, are key features for sitting volleyball and other sitting sports.

    Commenting on the Brynteg School project Tony Thorne, Gerflor Specification Manager, South Wales said, “This has been a formidable project to be involved in and hugely fulfilling to see our first-class sports surface really delivering on both performance, comfort, and safety.”

    Taraflex® sports flooring has been fitted at every Olympic Games since 1976. Approved by many National and International governing bodies as a world class sports surface, it is also widely installed within the education, community, leisure, health, and fitness sectors.

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    Taraflex® Multi-Use triumph for Gerflor at St Francis of Assisi Catholic College

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    St Francis of Assisi Catholic College in Walsall, needed to replace their existing flooring in their main sports hall, in order to cater for the demanding needs at the facility.

    International flooring specialist Gerflor supplied 650m2 of their world class Taraflex® Multi-Use vinyl sports flooring in Light Grey (Concrete) to complete the refurbishment project to the highest standards.

    Chris Newey, Gerflor Specification Area Sales Manager, West Midlands said, “The existing sports hall floor was in desperate need of refurbishment. The new Concrete effect Taraflex has transformed the look of the hall from a dated school sports hall to a fresh and very modern look.”

    The management and procurement process of the new sports floor would be the responsibility of the Schools Site Manager Bernie McNally who is a former professional footballer for West Bromwich Albion and has also pulled on the green jersey for his home country Northern Ireland.

    Bernie McNally said, “We are delighted with the results and how less intrusive Gerflor’s Taraflex sports flooring was to fit, against digging concrete out which would have been a lengthy, costly, and messy process. Our Headmaster is really impressed with the new Taraflex sports floor, which is performing really well and also looks amazing, the before and after pictures speak for themselves.”

    The installation of the new Taraflex® Multi-Use floor would be undertaken by the Solihull-based FLR Group. Adam Kaid, Contracts Manager, FLR Flooring said, “Gerflor have some of the best options and varieties out there and we are always extremely confident in the quality of their products.”

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    Sporting success at University of South Wales for Gerflor with Taraflex®

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    The University of South Wales (USW) has recently installed 900 m2 of Taraflex® Area Elastic (AE) System vinyl sports flooring in ‘Maple’ from international flooring specialist Gerflor. This high-quality installation was for a replacement floor in the USW Fitzone at their Treforest campus.

    “USW were looking to replace their existing timber sports floor due to damages caused by flooding. As they had an installation at USW Nantgarw Sport Park One of our Taraflex Combisport system they wanted costings to install a similar system at the Treforest site.” Tony Thorne added, “We specified 900m2 of our world class Taraflex AE System, as there was existing equipment which included bleachers and doors. As part of the rigorous specification process, we had to meet the same height as the existing flooring. At Gerflor we have timber sports floors within our portfolio, however following conversations with various stakeholders on the project and due to factors, such as non-sport use and high life cycle costs due to the repeated maintenance needed for timber, we specified Taraflex as the floor finish.”

    Richard Lewis, Capital Projects Manager at USW said,” We decided to replace the existing sports surface due to a previous roof leak that damaged the floor. The Taraflex sports flooring has only recently been installed, but it is already exceeding our high expectations.”

    The installation of the Taraflex® sports system would be the responsibility of Swansea-based Artisan Flooring who have installed Gerflor products on previous projects.

    Lewis Williams, Contracts Manager, Artisan Flooring said, “We would choose Gerflor’s Taraflex again as it’s always been a reliable brand, especially when it comes to sports flooring. It’s a great product to work with.”

    Taraflex® AE systems are area elastic floors consisting of undercarriage construction topped with Taraflex® Surface. Taraflex® Surface is a compact vinyl sheet sports floor covering consisting of a D-Max™ surface - Gerflor’s own complex made up of calendered polyvinyl chloride (PVC) sheets reinforced with a fibre glass grid for high durability and outstanding dimensional stability.

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    Gerflor and Gradus ready to join the debate, on the future of healthcare at European Healthcare Design (EHD) 2022 (Stand 2)

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    On 13-15th June 2022, world-class leading flooring and finishing manufacturer Gerflor will be exhibiting at the European Healthcare Design show, alongside Gradus, a UK manufacturer of high performance contract interior solutions.

    The 8th European Healthcare Design 2022 Congress & Exhibition will be held on 13–15 June 2022 at the Royal College of Physicians in London, UK, and broadcast ‘live’ on SALUS TV to a worldwide audience. Returning to their spiritual home at the Royal College of Physicians, the event features two days of insightful, provocative, and entertaining talks, workshops, and panel discussions.

    With over 80 years’ credible healthcare experience, Gerflor is a well-respected manufacturer of innovative, high performance, design-led sustainable solutions for flooring, wall protection and interior finishes. As hygiene and infection control go hand in hand, with Gerflor’s trusted surface treatments and exclusive patented Clean Corner Systems, decision makers can be assured that their healthcare solutions can stand up to any rigorous maintenance regime.

    Also, on show this year will be a range of Gradus floor and wall solutions. Gradus which is part of the Gerflor Group is a UK manufacturer of contract interior solutions, this includes stair edgings, floor trims, barrier matting and wall protection. As the largest UK manufacturer of wall protection, Gradus offer a comprehensive range of products aimed at providing the perfect solution to protect walls and corners in healthcare settings.

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    Towering triumph for Gerflor’s Taraflex® at Beaconsfield High School

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    Beaconsfield High School, in Buckinghamshire have been delivering a highly successful academic culture for more than over 50 years. Creativity and physical activity are just some of the additional life skills and behaviours that are taught to pupils. When the school wanted to refurbish their main sports hall, the natural choice was to turn to international flooring specialist Gerflor to supply 635m2 of their world class Taraflex® Performance vinyl sports flooring, in Light Blue, to successfully complete the project.

    Chris Stopp, Contracts Manager, Folkspur Flooring Ltd, commented, “Gerflor’s Taraflex sports flooring has really met and surpassed our expectations. The school and sports hall users have passed on outstanding feedback about the final look and feel of the floor. We would definitely specify Taraflex® again, as it’s always our ‘go to’ sports flooring product of choice.”

    Taraflex® Performance is a synthetic indoor sports flooring that can be specified for a wide range of sports applications, in a variety of sectors and is available in an extensive choice of vibrant designs, making it the ideal choice for a host of locations. With a complete range of outstanding sports surfaces that can meet specification requirements for compliance with P1/P2/P3 shock absorption Taraflex® sports floorings are perfect for delivering optimal safety and protection for users, regardless of their age and sporting ability.

    Steve Wilson, Gerflor Specification Manager, South Central said, “Beaconsfield High School are extremely delighted with the outcome of the sport floor refurbishment. The finish is striking and the Taraflex® cushioned sports floor is delivering consistent comfort, safety, and performance on a daily basis for all pupils, students, and teaching staff.”

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    Gradus New Lunar carpet tiles are a big hit for Manchester office re-furb.

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    Corner Block is a high quality and prominent multi-let office asset located in the bustling centre of Manchester. When the design studio AXI required the highest quality flooring for the workspaces within the office areas, they turned to international flooring specialist Gerflor to assist with the much-needed refurbishment. Gradus new Lunar Carpet tile collection in the ‘Moretus’ design was specified, with over 300m2 installed suiting the complex and its users perfectly.

    Sarah de Freitas, Creative Director, AXI Studio commented, “We chose Gradus Lunar carpet tiles from Gerflor because the style was just right, the colour was a perfect fit, and the product was priced competitively and within budget.”

    Inspired by the natural landscape of the moon, Lunar is a perfect choice for commercial offices, a host of education applications and many other contract environments, providing outstanding levels of performance and comfort.

    Lewis Leadeatt, Specification Manager, Gerflor, North-West said, “This was a fabulous project to be involved in. The Lunar carpet tiles look absolutely superb and I’m confident that the product installed will deliver longevity, many years of great service despite the busy footfall.”

    Sarah de Freitas also said, “The Gradus Lunar carpet tiles are easily meeting the clients’ expectations and we are extremely delighted with the final look of the flooring in situation.”

    Gradus Carpets is a brand of the Gerflor Group, manufacturing premium quality carpet tiles and planks, broadloom, and impervious backed carpets.

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    Shrewsbury success for Gerflor with Gradus Carpets at Base Architect office re-fit

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    When Base Architects wanted to re-develop their Shrewsbury office, they turned to international flooring specialist Gerflor to supply a mixture of their Gradus carpet products. The project would include Gradus Latour2 Howden and Dovedale, together with Gradus Emphasis Orange and the Gradus Boulevard 5000 range in colour Moorhen.

    Lewis Leadeatt, Specification Manager, Gerflor North-West said, “We created a design plan for Base Architects through their fit-out contractors Forster Tullet. We had partnered with Forster Tullet on previous projects, and they recommended our solutions to Base Architects.”

    Harry Reece, Managing Director, Base Architects said, “Our contractors recommended the Gradus Carpet collections as it’s soft enough to dampen sound, yet hard wearing enough to be able to withstand heavy furniture and cope with wheeled chairs moving across the floor. The Gradus Emphasis range that was part of the specification comes in ‘Base’ Orange which matches our branding perfectly.”

    In conclusion Harry Reece said, “We are extremely delighted with the Gerflor Gradus products installed at our offices. The final result looks absolutely stunning.”

    Gradus Carpets is a brand of the Gerflor Group, manufacturing premium quality carpet tiles and planks, broadloom, and impervious backed carpets. Using a range of high-performance yarns, Gradus’ extensive range of carpets are suitable for a wide variety of contract applications.

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    Creativity at the cutting edge with Gerflor

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    Gerflor’s Creative Design Service is a unique value proposition for architects, interior designers, and specifiers alike. It allows clients to unleash their creativity and truly customise floor designs, to create a bespoke finish through Gerflor’s advanced water jet cutting technology.

    A vast swathe of sectors can benefit from using the MyFloor Service from Gerflor which includes Education, Healthcare, Offices, Retail, Industry, together with Sport and Fitness.

    It’s a simple process for the designer or specifier, they imagine the design and Gerflor create it with their high-quality, precision water jet technology.

    When Falkirk Council required flooring for Carrongrange School in Scotland they turned to international flooring specialist Gerflor to supply 4000m2 of flooring products that could deliver stunning looks, durability, and performance. By using Gerflor’s water jet cutting service the school was able to have their new logo incorporated into the Gerflor Mipolam flooring installed. Jack Aitken, Education Design Co-ordinator, Falkirk Council commented, “The staff and pupils are absolutely delighted with the flooring design which perfectly matched the flooring concepts designed by our pupils.”

    David Collins-Lafferty, Marketing Manager, Gerflor UK commented, “By utilising and accessing our innovative MyFloor digital water jet cutting service, designers and specifiers across the contract markets can transform their designs into a stunning and striking reality.”

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    Gerflor give budding table tennis players sporting chance in Stoke.

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    The former Boothen Neighbourhood Centre in Stoke has been given a new lease of life thanks to the MESC Table Tennis Club (MESC TTC) who have taken the facility on as their new base. The club, which has been in existence for over 60 years now boasts 90m2 of world class beating Taraflex® Table Tennis Sports floor from international flooring specialist Gerflor in ‘Red’ for their main sports room.

    MESC TTC is a Table Tennis England “Premier Club and it has members of all ages ranging from 8-80+ years of age.

    Malcolm Dawson, Chairman, MESC TTC commented, “The Gerflor Taraflex Table Tennis Floor has completely surpassed our expectations, it not only looks superb but also performs excellently. We are extremely delighted with the final result and would definitely choose Gerflor’s Taraflex Table Tennis Floor again

    Lewis Leadeatt, Specification Manager, Gerflor North-East said, The Taraflex Table Tennis Sports floor is extremely easy to maintain and as there is no need for strong cleaning products or cleaning machines, and because there is never a need re-polish all these elements contribute to its low life cycle costs. It provides outstanding levels of shock absorption and impact protection.”

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    Gerflor LVT and Gradus Carpet triumph at Tunstall Trade Park

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    When the Tunstall Trade Park complex near Stoke-on-Trent had a requirement for over 700m2 of flooring they turned to international flooring specialist Gerflor to supply a mixture of Creation 55 Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT) and Gradus Lafite Connect Space carpet tiles to provide a stunning finish for the project.

    For permanent installations Creation 55 Dryback provides the perfect solution on prepared subfloors and is ideal for new projects. When an installation needs to be removable, then Creation 55 Looselay with its exclusive construction is the answer.

    Gradus Lafite Connect Space features a linear design and is available in both tile and plank format offering variety and the opportunity to produce unique floor schemes.

    Jason Judges, Regional Sales Manager, Gerflor commented, “This was a high calibre project and is an excellent example of what can be achieved when working in partnership with flooring contractors and end users.”

    The installation of this prestigious project would be the responsibility of Sylk Flooring. Matt Hopley, Director, Sylk Flooring said, “We would definitely install Gerflor and Gradus products again. Gerflor’s Creation 55 LVT is a world class product available at a competitive price as are the Gradus Lafite Connect carpet tiles.”

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    Sporting success at Cardiff High School with Taraflex® - Where Champions Play!

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    When Cardiff High school needed a high-quality multi-use sports flooring solution for their main hall, they chose international flooring specialist Gerflor to supply 700m2 of their world class Taraflex® Multi-Use vinyl sports floor. Gerflor also supplied an Isolsport underlay and their ubiquitous Taraflex® Bateco moveable protective covering which would ensure that the Taraflex® sports floor would remain protected during non-sporting activities.

    The contracting responsibility for the sports floor would be undertaken by Cardiff-based Floor Furnishings Limited. Nick Jefferies, Company Director, Floor Furnishings Ltd commented, “Gerflor’s Taraflex sports floor was extremely easy to lay. The Isolsport underlay also supplied by Gerflor, enabled us to lay the Taraflex Multi-Use directly over the existing concrete floor, this was a real benefit as the project was on a very tight schedule, due to the hall being required for exams.”

    The Taraflex® Multi-Use is a P1 category sports flooring, designed for both sport and non-sport use making it ideal for multi-purpose areas. Taraflex® Multi-Use protects users with excellent shock absorption and impact protection of 25% to 35%. Yet it’s tough enough to protect itself against non-sport demands often found in many education environments such as the movement of tables, chairs, and exercise equipment.

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    Gerflor supply 4000m2 of flooring for Europes largest listed building

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    In completing the £21M Park Hill Flats restoration project on a Sheffield housing development Kier Construction and architects Whittam Cox specified 4000m2 of high-quality vinyl flooring from international flooring specialist Gerflor.

    The project would provide a showcase for two of Gerflor’s signature flooring products -the Taralay Impression Compact heterogenous collection and their slip resistant Tarasafe Standard safety range. Both these innovations would prove to be the ideal solution for Beton House which is the third phase of the Park Hill Flats estate.

    In choosing both Taralay Impression Compact and Tarasafe Standard from Gerflor the rigorous specification standards set by Whittam Cox and Kier Construction would easily be met.

    Andy Gordon, Gerflor Area Sales Manager, Northeast commented, “We collaborated with the architects Whittam Cox in the first instance and wrote a specification which included three thousand square metres of our Taralay Impression Compact flooring for the communal areas and one thousand square metres of our slip resistant Tarasafe Standard for the student bathroom areas. The client is absolutely delighted with the final outcome of the Gerflor flooring, and we understand the flooring is performing exceedingly well and meeting all the clients’ expectations.”

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    Gerflor supply 3000m2 of flooring for Procure 22 Healthcare project in Gloucester

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    When Gloucestershire NHS Commissioning Group decided to replace an existing healthcare facility in the centre of Gloucester, over 3000m2 of flooring from international flooring specialist Gerflor was specified to complete the project to the highest standards. The project would demand high quality flooring that could meet and exceed the rigorous demands of this new healthcare facility head on.

    The main contractor Kier Construction would, through Newcastle-based ADP Architecture, specify a mixture of Gerflors’ Taralay and Tarasafe flooring solutions to produce the final high-quality flooring finish that the new build healthcare project would require.

    Gerflor have an enviable history in designing and manufacturing high quality flooring for the healthcare market. It’s a reputation built on expertise, knowledge, and innovation. With over 60 years’ credible healthcare experience, Gerflor is a respected manufacturer of innovative, high performance, design-led, and sustainable solutions for flooring, and interior finishes.

    Andy Gordon, Healthcare Specification Manager - North commented “This was a greatly prestigious project to be involved in, alongside our architectural and installer partners. The client is absolutely delighted with the outcome, both in terms of the fast turnaround of the project and the technical performance of the products installed.”

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    The New Lunar Carpet collection from Gerflor, it's out of this world!

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    Gerflor is pleased to announce the launch of Lunar, a brand-new collection to the Gradus Carpets portfolio. Inspired by the natural landscape of the moon, this stunning carpet collection has a distinguished design and is available in celestial decors that will help to create an extremely stylish and modern interior.

    Its unique designs reflect the mountain ranges of the moon. From the ethereal ‘Janssen’ through to ‘Jura’ and ‘Moro’ the myriad of colour choices stimulated in design by our nearest celestial body will both inspire and delight designers and specifiers alike.

    David Collins-Lafferty, Marketing Manager, Gerflor UK commented, “I am delighted to be involved in the development and launch of this very unique carpet collection. Lunar is inspired by the Moon’s landscape and the realistic finish in warm and calming colours are perfect for creating a contemporary and calming interior. David Collins-Lafferty further added, “Lunar also provides the required comfort that many flooring scenarios require.”

    Lunar is perfect for commercial offices, a host of education applications and many other contract environments.

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    Gerflor's Taraflex® legacy continues its success with Ipswich Basketball sponsorship

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    Back in 2013 when the Ipswich Basketball Academy based at Copleston Sixth Form College (which is home to the Ipswich Basketball Club) needed to refurbish their existing floor, they turned to international flooring specialist Gerflor to supply 700m2 of their world class Taraflex® Comfort vinyl sports flooring which was installed on top of an existing Granwood floor. By overlaying Taraflex® onto the pre-existing surface, the facility was able to quickly and cost effectively rejuvenate its floor, minimising maintenance costs whilst benefiting from long-lasting durability.

    Gerflor believe that supporting sports at the grass root level is imperative to ensure that every player and participant, regardless of age and ability, can become champions within their own right. To this end, Gerflor are proud to announce their 2021/22 sponsorship of the Ipswich Basketball Club. This golden opportunity will deliver a much wider social impact: it will help the players to lead healthier lives, to develop new skills for employment and to further engage with the local community in exercise and sporting initiatives.

    David Carter Gerflor Sports Specialist commented, “We supply hundreds of facilities per year hosting sport at levels that are not awash with money. Ipswich is somewhat unique in how they operate and have shown that with the right investment, players can really benefit and springboard them into the global basketball arena.”

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    Gerflor refreshes its’ World Class Taralay Initial collection

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    Gerflor has recently refreshed and expanded its ever-popular Taralay Initial vinyl flooring range.

    The refreshed Taralay Initial Compact and Comfort collections now have extended colour and design options that are a perfect choice for a host of building interior applications. It is a completely new and unique offer from Gerflor that delivers the latest design innovations coupled to multi formats and multi layering techniques.

    Nav Dhillon, Marketing Manager, Gerflor UK commented, “The recently refreshed Taralay Initial Comfort and Compact collection now provides an even wider choice of stunning designs and colours. Whether it’s the authentic wood or mineral finish required or something more energetic in bold and vibrant colours with specific patterns, this collection is a new force to be reckoned with.”

    The collection now boasts 49 designs and colours available in both compact and comfort formats. A cross section of the portfolio includes stunning, eye-catching spectrum of hyper realistic colours and designs that take their influences from Gerflor’s phenomenally successful Creation LVT and world class Saga2 ranges. The newly extended striking colour palette reflects the enormous success enjoyed by the ‘wood designs’ from the Gerflor Creation LVT collection.

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    Gerflor set to highlight a spectrum of Safe and Hygienic Flooring and Finishing solutions for all Education environments (Stand 205)

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    On 23-24 November 2021 at Glasgow’s SEC world-class leading flooring manufacturer Gerflor will be exhibiting at Learning Places…Scotland’s largest event for Education Professionals.

    Learning Places, Scotland is a truly unique marketplace where manufacturers, distributors and service providers can meet decision-makers, clients, and specifiers, make new contacts, generate leads, discuss new product ideas, and identify current and emerging opportunities in the education sector.

    With over 70 years’ experience, Gerflor is a respected manufacturer of high performance, design-led and sustainable education solutions for flooring and interior finishes. Gerflor is looking forward to exhibiting a comprehensive range of innovations that deliver excellent hygiene properties, provide outstanding wear and stain resistance and offer high acoustic and slip resistant performance.

    The Education Specification experts will also be on hand at Learning Places to offer advice on the most appropriate solutions for any refurbishment, maintenance or new build project.

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    Swansea success for Gradus carpet range

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    Swansea Council has transformed the support it delivers to pupils either outside or at risk of leaving mainstream education by building a brand new £9.64M school. When ‘scoping-out’ the project Swansea Council in conjunction with the contractor, would specify over 2000m2 of Gradus carpet tiles for the flooring element of the project. They would ultimately opt for the ‘Streetwise Design and Stratus designs for the school’s classrooms, corridors and communal areas.

    Cockett (Pupil Referral Unit) PRU school now provides staff and pupils with attractive and functional facilities all on one site.

    Gradus Carpets is a brand of the Gerflor Group, manufacturing premium quality carpet tiles and planks, broadloom, and impervious backed carpets. Utilising a range of high-performance yarns, Gradus’ extensive range of carpets are suitable for a wide variety of contract applications including commercial office, healthcare, and education environments.

    Tony Thorne, Sales & Specification Manager, Gerflor for South Wales said, “The project at Cockett PRU School provided us with an opportunity to not only supply a high-quality solution with our Gradus carpet range but also enabled us to showcase some stunning designs and colours.”

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    Dundee success for Gerflor's Creation 70 LVT with Jon Frullani Architects

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    When Dundee-based architects Jon Frullani wanted to refurbish their own Grade B listed office they turned to international flooring specialist Gerflor to supply 250m2 of their Creation 70 LVT Dryback vinyl flooring in ‘Deep Forest’.

    Creation 70 LVT is a synthetic, decorative, flexible, antistatic abrasion group T floorcovering available in tile or plank, with bevelled edges. It consists in a 0.70 mm thick transparent wear layer, a design film, and a Resilient Comfort Core to provide softness and comfort surface.

    The LVT flooring has been used throughout the practice including the offices, communal areas including corridors, staff break-out areas, recreation space and the kitchen.

    Jon Frullani, Architect, and Company owner commented, “We specified Creation 70 LVT from Gerflor as it was the most suited product for our bespoke requirements. In fact, there is not one level floor in the entire building and the Creation 70 LVT has coped very well in this challenging situation.”

    Maggie Smith, Gerflor Specification Manager, Scotland said, “This was a fantastic project to be involved in. It was clear to me that our Creation 70 LVT Dryback would provide the best-in-class solution for the areas concerned.”

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    Gerflor set to highlight infection control and hygienic solutions for all healthcare environments (stand C14)

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    On 18th-22nd October 2021 world-class leading flooring manufacturer Gerflor will be exhibiting at Healthcare Estates, Manchester Central. The UK’s largest event for Healthcare Estates, Engineers and FM Professionals.

    This returning show, post COVID, provides international flooring and finishing specialist Gerflor with the perfect platform to display an array of healthcare-related solutions.

    Showcasing at the exhibition will be the well-established Mipolam collections which already have an outstanding reputation for their performance in healthcare buildings and settings. The collections include Mipolam Symbioz and new to the family, Mipolam Planet™ and Mipolam Affinity.

    Nav Dhillon, Marketing Manager, Gerflor UK commented, “I am delighted to see the Healthcare Estates Show back on track for 2021. Exhibiting at Healthcare Estates provides us with a fantastic opportunity and platform to meet a cross-section of key healthcare professionals. We will be showcasing our latest Mipolam flooring collections, as well as other unique innovations from within the portfolio which can be used across all areas of a healthcare facility.”

    Come and meet the Gerflor Healthcare Experts, plus discover the latest innovations at Healthcare Estates 2021, Manchester Central 18-22 October on Stand C14.

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    'Terrific in Troon' - Gerflor’s Taraflex® and Tarasafe huge hit at Marr College.

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    Over 4700m2 of Gerflor high performance sports and safety floorings have been installed at Marr College, Scotland. The client required an Olympic pedigree sports floor for their main sports hall to serve a multitude of uses – Taraflex® was the chosen innovation. A trusted, high-quality safety flooring was also required to ensure the safety of pupils, staff, and on-site visitors. Tarasafe Ultra was the natural choice.

    Taraflex® is available in 17 colours and four wood-effect designs and has been used by the largest international sports federations for decades and has been present at the Summer Olympic Games since 1976.

    Tarasafe Ultra is a specialist slip-resistant vinyl safety flooring inlaid with mineral crystals particles, as opposed to carborundum giving a brighter appearance. It also comes with a tough PVC wearlayer and meets HSE guidelines.

    Steven Lees, Gerflor Area Sales Manager, Scotland said, “Our Taraflex Evolution sports flooring was the natural choice for the college when it came to their sports hall. The college sports hall is used extensively for a host of different activities. It’s an environment that’s perfect for Taraflex as it delivers outstanding performance and high levels of safety, protection and comfort for pupils and staff.”

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    Long-lasting legacy for Gerflor Taraflex® at South Bromsgrove High School

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    When South Bromsgrove High School in Worcestershire underwent a refurbishment and expansion programme back in 2007, they turned to international flooring specialists Gerflor to supply over 200m2 of their world class Taraflex® Performance vinyl sports flooring for their main sports hall. It’s a huge testament to the quality of Gerflor’s high manufacturing standards that after fourteen years the Taraflex® sports flooring is still delivering optimum levels of safety and performance and continues to provide users with outstanding amounts of comfort.

    Wayne Andrews, Sports Specialist North for Gerflor commented, “the Taraflex Performance at South Bromsgrove High School is really standing up to the test of time due to its durability, ease of maintenance and use of a multi-sports capability.”

    Taraflex® technology delivers long-lasting high-performance of the products for the lifetime of the floors…a massive boon when long-term planning and budgeting are perceived as being two key considerations for specifiers.

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    Brand new…the Mipolam Planet™ range from Gerflor.

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    Gerflor, a world leading manufacturer of flooring, has added a brand-new range to their already highly acclaimed Mipolam legacy collection of homogeneous flooring

    The Mipolam Planet™ range from Gerflor is a fully flexible, healthy, and sustainable homogeneous flooring innovation, perfect for superior specifications in a vast array of commercial high-end traffic areas. It is ideally suited for busy healthcare and education applications as well as many other contract hard working markets.

    Nav Dhillon, Marketing Manager, Gerflor UK commented, “This brand-new addition to Gerflor’s Mipolam legacy collection enables specifiers to create inspiring interiors that deliver on both looks and performance. The new Mipolam Planet range now also offers Mipolam BioPlanet which is made up of seventeen percent organic materials”.

    In addressing the most rigorous of industry applications the Mipolam Planet™ range is also complemented with a series of ESD EL7/EL5 solutions that provide both static-dissipative and static-conductive floors that meet all ESD control standards.

    The new Mipolam Planet™ range comes with an R9 slip resistance rating as standard, but also available upon request is an R10 option.

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    Gradus Carpets sees success in Blackburn office refurbishment.

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    When the Regent House office space in Blackburn needed to refurbish the whole of the second floor, they chose Gradus Carpets from Gerflor.

    The flooring element of the Regent House refurbishment project would require installation of the highest standards to enable the intricate design to fully ‘shine.’

    Kevin Green. Partner at KG Flooring said, “The flooring, although an intricate pattern, went down in only two days which is rather exceptional.”

    Jason Judges, Gerflor Regional Sales Manager Northwest & West Midlands commented, “The Regent House refurbishment has been a world class project to work on and I'm proud to have played a valuable role in bringing the clients vision and passion to life.”

    Kevin Green added, “Gerflor’s products are outstanding, they also offer excellent value for money with a vast range of designs and colours to choose from. We would highly recommend them every time.”

    Gradus Floorcoverings is a brand of the Gerflor Group and is a UK manufacturer of premium quality carpet tile and plank, broadloom and impervious backed carpets which excel in terms of functionality, aesthetics, and ease of maintenance.

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    Gerflor at forefront of £30.5M transformation of Whitmore High School

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    When Whitmore High School in Barry, Wales were undergoing a massive £30.5M transformation that required over 6000m2 of new flooring they turned to international flooring specialist Gerflor for their specific project needs.

    The contractor for the project would specify a mix of Gerflor’s Taralay Impression Compact and Comfort flooring, together with their pedigree Taraflex® sports flooring, alongside their world renowned Tarasafe flooring products, together with their Mipolam ESD EL7 dissipative flooring.

    Steven Birchenough, Project Manager for the Main Contractor Morgan Sindall said, “Gerflor have a wide selection of flooring products to choose from. We needed a single supplier to provide us with the best-in-class flooring for many areas of the facility.”

    The installation of such prestigious and large flooring project would be the responsibility of CS Flooring, Cardiff. Anthony Mynett, Director, Carpet Services (Cardiff) Ltd commented,” This was a huge project for a new build school installation and the specification of Gerflor products for the vast amount of flooring needed was absolutely the right choice due to the high quality and performance they deliver every time.”

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    Fabulous feat of technical success for Gerflor at Sea Life Brighton

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    In a recent refurbishment of the Sea Life centre in Brighton, international flooring specialist Gerflor supplied 670m2 of vinyl flooring. The project included a fusion of their GTI Max Technical Tiles and Tarasafe Ultra Safety flooring collections.

    Neil Harris, General Manager, Sea Life Brighton commented, “We chose Gerflor’s GTI Max and Tarasafe Ultra products because we needed a fast-track solution for a unique and challenging environment, which sits within a 150-year-old grade two listed building. Gerflor specialists were on hand, having visited the site, they offered the best solution for our unique building and considered all the various environmental factors that we manage.”

    Neil Harris further added, “We would absolutely specify Gerflor flooring again. In fact, some of our on-site partners immediately reached out to Gerflor to highlight their interest in having similar work carried out in other parts of the building. Gerflors’ customer service was also brilliant, with incredibly open and honest communication, with a desire to achieve our needs as a customer at all times.”

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    Gerflor set to delight Housing Specifiers, Landlords and Tenants at Housing Show (stand B15)

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    Gerflor is looking forward to exhibiting a comprehensive range of design-led, cost effective, decorative, and fit for purpose flooring on Stand B15 at the upcoming CIH Housing event taking place at Manchester Central, 7th to 9th September 2021. The event is Europe's largest and most inclusive housing festival.

    Kenny Miller, National Sales Manager, Gerflor UK commented, “It’s great to see the CIH Housing Show back. This hugely popular event provides us with an excellent platform to showcase several of our new collections and to demonstrate our knowledge and expertise in helping Housing Associations and Local Authorities to make an informed decision on their flooring requirements.”

    Gerflor has a dedicated technical and specification team for the housing sector with over 70 years' experience in social housing and new build projects. They will be at the show, ready and on hand to speak to customers about their specific service support needs and any other enquiries.

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    Taraflex® wins repeat specification at Loughborough University Badminton Centre

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    Almost 600m2 of Gerflors’ World class Taraflex® vinyl sports flooring has been installed at Loughborough University. The badminton performance centre decided to bring forward the like for like replacement of Taraflex to ensure they stayed at the top of their game when it came to facilities.

    Originally constructed in 2003, Loughborough University’s Badminton Centre was built with Olympic specification in mind and upgraded in 2011 with Gerflor’s Taraflex® as part of the specification.

    When it came to refurbishing the Badminton Centre once more, Taraflex® was the automatic flooring of choice. Tim Oakey, Project Manager for the Facilities Department, Loughborough University, explains: “As Taraflex® is a very good, approved surface for badminton with the right amount of flex and grip for our players, it was simply a case of ‘why change’.

    Gerflor’s complete Taraflex® Combi 85 System proved to be the ideal solution. This is an ultimate combination comprising a fully height-adjustable cradle and batten substructure overlaid with plywood, finished with a 7.5mm Taraflex® Evolution playing surface. The perfect duo provides one of the highest specification sports floorings available with optimum safety and ball bounce.

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    Long-lasting legacy for Gerflor's Taraflex® at University of South Wales

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    In July 2010, The University of South Wales (USW) in Treforest had the foresight to install 923 m2 of Taraflex® Performance vinyl sports flooring in ‘Maple’ and ‘Blue’ from international flooring specialist Gerflor. This high-quality installation was also partnered with a Gerflor Taraflex® Combisport system for a new building located at their Sports Park. It was a vision that would prove to yield fantastic results for the next eleven years.

    Taraflex® Performance is available in 17 colours and 3 wood-effect designs as standard with an addition of 110 solid colour options available. It offers a P2 category shock absorbency of 35% to 45%. and is also treated with the Triple Action Protecsol® surface treatment so that no polish is ever required for the lifetime of the floor. The Taraflex® Combisport system is ideal for installations requiring a low-profile floor for a vast range of new build and renovation projects.

    Carl Mahoney, Sports Duty Officer, Operations at The University of South Wales commented, “I have been impressed by how little injuries we have had with the Taraflex floor. Having twenty years’ experience in the leisure industry and dealing with regular sporting injuries on the old styles of sports hall floors, I would certainly choose Gerflor Taraflex, as operationally it is also easier to maintain compared to hard wood flooring.”

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    Sport floor renovations in the fast lane

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    As Covid has ravaged the UK, updating sports facilities with fit-for-purpose sport flooring solutions that can provide speedy results has never been more important says Wayne Andrews, Sports Manager - North, Gerflor.

    It has never been more important to stay fit and healthy. For decades, health care professionals have cautioned people about the dangers of obesity. Until recently, too many Brits viewed exercise and visits to the gym as the ticket to a beach body and not the first line of defence against deadly diseases. COVID-19 is finally changing that mistaken belief.

    With the current pressures the need to keep UK citizens as active as possible implies that sports facilities need to make their premises inviting.

    Suitable flooring can be a cost-effective way of rejuvenating these sports facilities as replacing the flooring, which is typically a 600sqm area, really does make a big impression and can provide a much-needed facelift even simply from a change of colour. As renovating is currently more likely than re-building or extending, the refurbishment market in this sector is prospering and offering fast-track product solutions which save time and money.

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    NEWS - Attraction® success for Gerflor at St Fagans Museum Cardiff

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    When St Fagans National Museum of History in Cardiff instigated a recent project to fit-out a new gallery, they needed a flooring innovation that was not only durable but would also look stunning and stand the test of time.

    Specifying 190m2 of Gerflor’s Attraction® range of fast track flooring in ‘Paraiba’, enabled the museums budgets to work hard for them as they needed a flooring product that was going to be durable over the long term, coping with the processes of exhibition installation and take down, and the daily use of the gallery by a stream of high volumes of visitors.

    Tony Thorne, Gerflor Sales & Specification Manager, South Wales commented, “supplying the museum with samples that they could then examine on site, allowed the team to consider them in the context of the intended design and colour scheme for the space and their aim to create a system that could act as a backdrop for a range of planned exhibitions. The colours and designs are a critical factor for their galleries and affects how their visitors experience a space.”

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    Penzance nursery school choose Taralay Libertex from Gerflor

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    Over 100m2 of Gerflor’s newest loose-lay innovation Taralay Libertex has been installed at Alverton Woodland Nursery, Cornwall. The refurbishment solution was a fast-track product that saved the End User significant install time with minimal disruption on site.

    Taralay Libertex provides installers with a rapid, high quality, easy-to-lay flooring product. It’s where practicality meets creative flair head-on to provide a harmonious union. Taralay Libertex is the ideal flooring choice when time really is money, providing up to a 30% saving on installation costs for new builds and renovations as it can be laid directly onto most existing or uneven subfloors.

    Taralay Libertex features a new generation of textile backing across the sheet vinyl range, specifically developed for commercial applications such as education, hospitality and shops, offices, care homes, together with housing and common areas.

    Chris Pursey, Gerflor Area Sales Manager for the Southwest & Channel Islands commented “I was delighted to be involved in this project; this is a great success story utilising our newest innovation which has exceeded the expectations of the nursery”.

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    Refurbishment success for Gerflor’s Attraction® at Mary Immaculate School

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    Over 360m2 of Attraction® interlocking tiles have been installed in the main assembly hall at Mary Immaculate High School, Wales.

    Delivering an outcome that would be both visually stunning and practical for this extremely busy school was a challenge well-met by Cardiff-based Trefoil Interiors, who turned to international flooring specialist Gerflor. Peter Incledon, Senior Estimator at Trefoil Interiors commented,” We chose Gerflor’s Attraction flooring tiles as it can be easily overlayed on a Granwood composite floor. After speaking with our Gerflor representative we were confident in the Attraction product, as it has been successfully installed in several other locations where an existing Granwood floor required a fast-track covering solution.”

    Tony Thorne, Sales & Specification Manager, Gerflor commented,“I am absolutely delighted to have worked on this project alongside Trefoil Interiors. This project has been a great success for such a prestigious educational facility”.

    Peter Incledon also added, “we always recommend Gerflor flooring whenever we can, we trust their tried and tested solutions for all markets.”

    Gerflor's Attraction® range is a perfect solution for renovation, it is a fast track loose lay vinyl tile with interlocking edges which allows for rapid installation and replacement.

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    Scottish sensation for Gradus floor coverings at Argyle House

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    Over 800m2 of Gradus Latour2 carpet tiles have been installed in the prestigious offices at Argyle House, Edinburgh, Scotland.

    The overall management for the transformation of Argyle House would be the responsibility of Edinburgh-based real estate consultants Hollis. When specifying new flooring for the refurbishment programme, Hollis chose 825m2 of Latour2 carpet tiles. Designed from a floor plan service supplied by Gradus based on the client’s inspiration, the project would include Gradus Latour2 in Howden and Alston colours.

    Ben Mack, Partner at Hollis commented, “Historically we have always had extremely positive experiences with Gradus. With the addition of the Gradus Design Service that helped us to envision the project, Gradus was the natural choice for this iconic project.”

    Maggie Smith, Business Development Manager at Gerflor also commented, “The design scheme needed to be of a neutral palette which would appeal to potentially any new tenant in the building, so we proposed a modern and contemporary grey theme and alongside this added a vibrant splash of colour around the perimeter. The final finish is impressive, and the client is delighted.”

    Gradus Carpets is a brand of the Gerflor Group, manufacturing premium quality carpet tiles and planks, broadloom, and impervious backed carpets.

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    World class Griptex Collection expands its Core for Housing Renovations

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    Gerflor, a world leading manufacturer of flooring, has recently updated and expanded its ever-popular Griptex range of residential vinyl flooring. Griptex is a warm and comfortable slip resistant vinyl flooring that is specifically designed for housing & renovation.

    The Griptex range now boasts 13 new spectacular designs some of which include Opera Medium – an intricate patterned design for a unique finish. The introduction of some European warmer colourations for woods with added realism in the design and knot of the grain, as evident in Hudson Grey, Empire Dark Brown and Savannah Clear, in addition there are 5 new mineral and tile striking effect designs perfect for inside the threshold for residential kitchen and bathroom applications and any other areas in the home.

    Kenny Miller, National Sales Manager at Gerflor comments, “I am delighted to announce that our world class Griptex collection has been expanded further with the addition of some new and contemporary designs. These latest introductions will appeal to both tenants and housing specifiers alike who require the latest design trends”.

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    Gerflor Group go even ‘greener’ with ‘We Care, We Act’ programme.

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    As a world leader in resilient floor coverings the Gerflor Group is heavily committed to the future generations who will inhabit our World, and are now taking progressive, positive action to reduce their environmental footprint through a strong CSR policy.

    Gerflor are no stranger when it comes to eco-driven policies and manufacturing procedures. For many years Gerflor has been acting positively at every stage of their products’ life cycle and developing sustainable production methods. This new initiative now heralds a new era in future-proofing our planet.

    The Gerflor We Care, We Act programme is a five-step process to be achieved by 2025. Through this programme, Gerflor is committed to progressively adopting ever more virtuous processes in line with a circular economy approach, applied at every product life cycle stage: design, production, use, and second life. It’s a huge environmental challenge for this major player in the PVC floor covering market, but a task that Gerflor relishes.

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    Keeping sport surfaces safe… and on budget.

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    Many primary, secondary, and further educational establishments need safe, cost-reducing flooring solutions that can help lower the risk of injury to pupils says Wayne Andrews, Sports Specialist, Gerflor.

    Education budgets continue to be tight and with fewer new schools being built. Schools that are being built tend to be in accordance with a standard Department of Education template. The notion of every sports hall design being based on its needs is eliminated by having standard specifications copied and pasted from previous projects.

    Point elastic floorings are well suited to both the new building and refurbishment of educational facilities. However, as specialists in flooring for education, we are seeing a great deal more refurbishment with safe, yet cost-effective solutions being needed.

    Point elastic vinyl floorings have been designed by flooring manufacturers to provide shock absorbency but perhaps more importantly impact protection.

    It’s worth noting that Sport England maintain that the floor is the most important part of any facility.

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    Gerflor's Taraflex® and Tarasafe refurbishment success at Plymouth primary.

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    At Yealmpton Primary to the East of Plymouth in South Devon all children are encouraged to be more active during break and lunch times with sports and fitness at the forefront of that focus.

    When the school implemented a refurbishment programme for their multi-use hall and kitchen servery area, they turned to international flooring specialist Gerflor to supply their world class Taraflex® Multi-Use vinyl sports flooring and their Tarasafe Ultra safety flooring. An Isolsport underlay was also supplied by Gerflor, enabling the installer to lay the Taraflex® Multi Use directly over the existing Granwood floor.

    The specification and installation would be the responsibility of Plymouth-based Moss Eco Flooring Limited. John Moss, Managing Director, Moss-Eco Flooring said, “we chose Gerflor’s Taraflex Multi-Use sports flooring as we were laying over an existing Granwood floor.”

    John Moss further commented, “we also specified Gerflor’s Tarasafe Ultra safety flooring in the school’s kitchen area, so a safe flooring product that can deal with spills was paramount in our specification.”

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    Sports flooring helping to re-boot school sports and fitness

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    Design-driven sports floorings that deliver safe solutions for schools coupled with great value are today’s winners, says David Carter, Sports Specialist Gerflor.


    It is not impossible that the COVID-19 pandemic might ultimately be judged as a period which allowed school sport to reboot itself, adjust priorities and emerge stronger and more relevant… and of course sports flooring surfaces will play a huge part in that revival.


    The importance of the school environment in pupil and staff care has been widely recognised in infection prevention and control (IPC). Keeping their communal sports areas clean is not just an aesthetic, but with the current pandemic has now of course become a huge safety issue and sports flooring plays a huge part in that on-going battle.


    Cost-effective flooring solutions in this current coronavirus climate becomes even more relevant as they can play a major role in helping both private and public funded sport and physical activity premises to attract more customers by offering better facilities. The floors need to be adaptable to accommodate different tastes in exercise and sports.

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    Gerflor providing positive pandemic response

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    With the current Coronavirus climate, the importance of healthcare environments is playing a contributory role in fighting off this pandemic. Healthcare floorings with inbuilt clean-ability and disinfect-ability qualities are now improving their response to infection control says Nick Egan, Technical Services Manager, Gerflor.

    Our NHS is currently fighting a pandemic which has taken more precious lives since our huge losses in World War Two. Controlling contamination within healthcare buildings is therefore of upmost importance to healthcare providers. The highest possible standards of flooring that helps stop the march of disease and viruses must continually be met, if not exceeded, to ensure that flow and transmission of infections are kept at bay.

    Surely in this current COVID-19 climate we must utilise all the weapons in our armoury to fight the spread of the pandemic on every front possible...and the correct specification of resilient vinyl flooring that will help is arresting the transmission of diseases and viruses has a big role to play in this battle.

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    Gerflor's new DLW Linoleum range… Creative by Nature

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    The new DLW Linoleum range is proudly manufactured by international flooring specialist Gerflor. DLW Linoleum Inspired by Nature is boldly designed and offers a large selection of breath-taking hues and colours, providing architects and designers with a palette of naturally stimulated colourways. From education through to healthcare, retail, hospitality and corporate spaces, the new Inspired by Nature collection offers beautifully crafted designs that are not only varied and stunning in style, but also environmentally sustainable and deliver impressive performance with reduced maintenance costs.

    Gerflor are the first company worldwide to utilise the Neocare™ high performance surface protection system for linoleum. Neocare™ is a new solvent-free surface protection developed exclusively for DLW linoleum, ensuring that the range has outstanding technical features for healthy and durable use, with easy cleaning and maintenance. The manufacturing process of the new DLW Linoleum range from Gerflor also offers high quality sustainable solutions by using 98% natural (bio-based and mineral) components, 76% rapidly renewable materials, together with up to 40% recycled content. 

    Nav Dhillon, Marketing Manager, Gerflor Flooring UK commented, “our new DLW Linoleum collection for 2021 delivers an unparalleled opportunity for both architects and designers to release their full creative flair with our new enhanced range of colours and designs.” Nav Dhillon added, “Our innovative Neocare protection system applied to DLW Linoleum also offers a fantastic shield against dirt and stains.”

    Click here to find out more about the collection

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    Gerflor support sustainability with Taraflex® at Jersey sports centre

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    When Les Ormes which is Jersey's premier self-catering holiday and sports centre wanted to refurbish an old tennis building by transforming it into four new netball courts they turned to international flooring specialist Gerflor to supply 2000m2 of their world class Taraflex® sports flooring.
    Nathan Maguire, Les Ormes Sports General Manager commented, “the Jersey Netball Team who train and play on the new surface are extremely delighted with its performance.”
    Taraflex® Performance provides excellent co-efficient of friction meaning that twists, turns, stops/starts can be carried out without fear of slipping or gripping and subsequent injuries. The shock absorption qualities of Taraflex® Performance also helps players gain even more enjoyment from the sport.
    Chris Pursey, Gerflor Area Sales Manager, South West, and Channel Islands commented, “it’s excellent to see one of our sports floors being given a second life after it was used at the Island Games tournament five years ago. They can now play a multitude of different sports in the hall and the variety of colours used makes this project so unique.”

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    Cardiff coup for Gerflor with Taraflex® at St David’s College

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    St David's Catholic College in Cardiff enjoys a unique position in educational terms as it is the only Catholic sixth form college in Wales.


    In a recent refurbishment of their main sports hall the choice of the playing indoor surface underwent a rigorous specification process. The hugely important decision would demand that only the best products be used and the final specification would settle on some 610m2 of Taraflex® vinyl sports flooring in ‘Maple’ from international flooring specialist Gerflor.


    Taraflex® is available in 17 colours and 4 wood-effect designs. The improved Evolution product is now even safer, better performing and offers even more protection than before.


    Anthony Mynett, Director, Carpet Services (Cardiff) Ltd commented, “we are the preferred flooring contractor at the college and chose Gerflor’s Taraflex sports flooring as it conformed perfectly to the college’s requirements.” Adding, “Taraflex Evolution is unique as it covers a Granwood floor surface which no other sports floor can achieve.”

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    To infinity and beyond with Gerflor and Glasgow Science Centre

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    The Glasgow Science Centre’s vision is to empower people through learning and engaging with science. With over 350K unique visitors every year, the centre needed to replace the existing flooring throughout the facility.


    During a recent refurbishment international flooring specialist Gerflor would supply a mixture of their hardwearing GTI Max, Attraction® and Taralay Premium flooring that would total 1800m2.


    Graham Rose, Creative Director, Glasgow Science Centre commented, “the Gerflor products had the benefits over their competitors in terms of the high technical specification and an extensive choice of contemporary colours. Being able to lay tiles over our existing sheet vinyl flooring very quickly was a big advantage for a busy visitor attraction.”


    Gerflor's Attraction® range is a perfect solution for renovation, it is a fast track loose lay vinyl tile with interlocking edges which allows for rapid installation and replacement. Gerflor’s Taralay Premium range is unique in delivering a mass coloured design flooring which offers outstanding performance for extremely high pedestrian traffic areas where high footfall is expected.

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    Gerflor’s Creation 70 LVT chosen as crowning glory for Kings House in Leeds

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    Situated within the city of Leeds is the recently refurbished Kings House, which is now a prominent multi-tenanted office building. When it came to the finishing phase of this prestigious structure the look of the flooring would play a pivotal role in the overall aesthetics and performance of the common areas used by the tenants.


    The interior design aspect of the refurbishment would be the responsibility of Wetherby-based Design Tonic Limited. In specifying the crucial flooring aspect of the project Design Tonic would turn to international flooring specialist Gerflor to supply 400m2 from their award-winning Creation 70 Looselay LVT flooring range.


    Amanda Cook Director at Design Tonic said, “we chose Gerflor Creation 70 Looselay LVT products for the common parts of the building because the quality is extremely high, and the competitive pricing of the product suited our scope.”


    The Creation 70 Looselay LVT collection from Gerflor is available in either a tile or plank format with bevelled edges for added realism and over 20 unique and realistic mineral, wood, and stone effect designs, many of which are exclusive to Gerflor. 100% recyclable and is also Phthalate free.

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    Gerflor provide perfect ‘Performance’ for Pembrokeshire community centre

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    The Neyland Community Hub project is on the site of Neyland Athletic Club and includes a new home for the town council and the local library. The scheme was launched in 2014 in response to the loss of county council facilities such as the town's swimming pool, youth club and day centre. A spokesman for the CIC said the hub - now due to cost £2.76m - represented the biggest-ever investment in community facilities in Neyland. Therefore, ensuring that a superior quality flooring was specified for the new facility would be paramount.


    The ideal choice of sports flooring for the Neyland Community Hub would be provided by international flooring specialist Gerflor who would supply some 725m2 of their world class Taraflex® Performance sports floor in ‘Teal’ for the main hall which sees a number of sports activities including indoor cricket.

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    Points of Rupture Exhibition

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    When Somerset House Studios based artist and researcher Phoebe Davies needed a design-orientated flooring that would also help highlight the sport aspects of her first solo show ‘Points of Rupture’ she turned to leading, International sport and vinyl flooring specialist, Gerflor.

    ‘Points of Rupture’ uses video, sound and installation to explore themes of tactility, training and recovery of athletes engaged in contact sports. The concept arose from Davies’ own on-going recovery from a basketball injury in parallel with her research work into contact-based sport with a group of teenage, female wrestlers in Norway.

    Gerflor’s design-led flooring, Taralay, was used in the execution of the design, which references court structures, agility and plyometric drills, alongside return-to-play training.

    “I looked at Gerflor’s products as I needed a wide selection of suitable material to select from and I wanted to use a provider that specialised in design led flooring but also is world renowned in the world of indoor sports.” said Davies.

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    Gerflor to the rescue with Taraflex® for Bodmin Firefighters

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    Bodmin Community Fire Station in Cornwall is a day staffed station with emergency response being provided by two watches plus an on-call crew.

    When the fire station needed a hardwearing, hygienic, and safe flooring solution for their fitness room and gym, they turned to international flooring specialists Gerflor.
    It’s’ Taraflex® sports flooring was supplied and would deliver to the highest standards required by the site users. In acknowledgement of the brave and hard work of Cornwall Fire Service crews Gerflor donated 60m2 of this world-renowned sports flooring in the colour ‘Red’.

    Rob Carhart, Fire Fighter, Green Watch, Bodmin Fire Station commented, “our new Taraflex sports flooring from Gerflor has surpassed all our expectations. It looks fantastic and is great to both exercise and play on. A great boon to our now well-used gym”.

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    Gerflor supports BBC DIY SOS Mildenhall

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    Before BBC DIY SOS came to the rescue, Simon was living in his downstairs living room in a hospital bed with no washing facilities and only a curtain to separate his space from the rest of the house. When East Anglian flooring contractor MBS Flooring was told that the BBC was looking for experienced volunteers it was eager to help.


    Gerflor products are known to BBC DIY SOS as the company has previously supported its projects. Co-incidentally, MBS Flooring, which sources first rate products for its customers’ homes, uses Gerflor products regularly and has an on-going working relationship with the international flooring manufacturer. Happily Gerflor agreed to help out and so Gerflor’s luxury vinyl tile Creation 55 dry back range in ‘Norwegian Slate’ was chosen for the living spaces and slip resistant Tarasafe™ Ultra H2O in ‘Gravel’ was picked for the bathroom.

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    Triumph for Gerflor with Saga2 and Trefoil Interiors

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    The BMSL Group has established itself as one of the leading Recruitment Agencies in the Building Services, Construction, Rail and Engineering industries throughout the UK. The recent refurbishment of its London Headquarters office in the St Pauls area of London required the highest standards in terms of design and world class products.


    Delivering an outcome that would be both visually stunning and practical for a very busy office environment was a challenge well-met by Cardiff-based Trefoil Interiors, who turned to international flooring specialist Gerflor to supply 300m2 of its high performing Saga2 flooring in Mozaic Blue and Rough Textile Grey for a striking effect.

    David Gilbert, Head of Design at Trefoil Interiors commenting on the BMSL project said, “we recommended the installation of Gerflors’ Saga2 vinyl flooring throughout the working space areas which enabled us to create the look the client so much desired. We would have no hesitation in specifying Gerflor products again.”

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    Sports success for Gerflor at Pendle Leisure Centre with Taraflex®

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    In East Lancashire, the local community benefit from a range of leisure and fitness activities supplied by the Pendle Leisure Trust who are the major provider of sport, arts, entertainment and health and community programmes throughout the Pendle area. The Trust is responsible for operating three leisure centres, a spa, golf course, athletics and fitness centre, a theatre and an arts, culture and enterprise centre.

    When the main sports hall floor at the Pendle Leisure complex in Colne near Manchester needed replacing, they turned to international flooring specialist Gerflor to supply 540m2 of their world beating Taraflex® Evolution vinyl sports flooring in ‘Blue’ to deliver the looks, safety and performance they would ultimately demand.

    Bruce Corden, Facility Manager, Liberata Property Services commented, “Pendle Leisure Trust secured grant funding from Sport England with match funding from Borough of Pendle to refurbish the ‘dryside’ facilities at the centre.” On the main challenges surrounding the project Bruce Corden added, “there was a real need to complete the works around the current use of the facility, and with minimum downtime.”

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    Winning solution for Kingham Hill School with Taraflex®

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    Kingham Hill School near the Cotswold village of Kingham was originally built by the Christian philanthropist Charles Edward Baring Young in 1886. Today, with just over 340 pupils, it caters for both girls and boys aged 11-18.

    When it was decided to replace and re-develop the main sports hall at Kingham Hill, the aspects of quality, performance, looks and durability would be pivotal in the final flooring specification. The school turned to international flooring specialist Gerflor to supply 770m2 of its world renowned Taraflex® Performance vinyl sports flooring in Blue and Pink to provide the high performing, multi-use solution it was seeking.

    Catriona Thompson, Bursar, Kingham Hill School said, “The Taraflex® flooring has so far proved to meet all of our expectations, performing well in every guise, whether during a sporting event or children's party. We would definitely look to Gerflor for any of our future flooring needs.”

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    In 2018 South Ayrshire Council appointed main contractor Portakabin to build a proposed new state-of-the-art Early Years Centre in Ayr, Scotland. The £2.2 million Cherry Tree Early Years Centre development now provides the largest modular modern learning environment in Scotland.

    Ensuring that the children and staff would have a safe and comfortable environment was at the forefront of the specification process and needed to include the best quality flooring possible.

    The final choice of products was awarded to international flooring specialist Gerflor, who supplied 300m2 of their Taralay Impression Comfort and award-winning Taralay Impression Control products.

    The overall flooring specification for this new build project was the responsibility of Architect Richard Hirst of South Ayrshire Local Government who commented, “this new flooring has been very well received by the client and we would certainly choose Gerflor products again for other new build or refurbishment works.”

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    LVT remains on trend

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    The result of more brands, more choice, competitive pricing and better than ever design choices is the ever-growing share of LVTs in the flooring market, says Nav Dhillon, Marketing Manager, Gerflor

    In response to the healthy status of LVT flooring over recent years, more brands have been attracted to the market bringing with them greater choice and contributed to prices becoming more competitive.

    The LVT market, being design-driven, is kept fresh by the fact that designs, colours, textures, finishes and tile and plank formats are continually renewed, improved and expanded upon. Innovative new solutions can therefore be provided to the end users who demand the latest looks and to those that need the scope to create interior schemes that attract people like customers, staff or homebuyers, whilst making a good and long-lasting impression.

    As a result, LVT flooring tends to be specified where a high level of design innovation is a crucial element in both new build and renovation projects. Historically this has been mainly in areas like retail and offices where fashion and image are of upmost importance but functionality is essential. However more traditional users of ceramic, wood and alternative floorings, like hotels and other hospitality venues, are increasingly using LVT flooring as an easy maintenance, cost-effective solution, which can also make an interior design statement to encourage people across the threshold and enhance the guest experience.

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    Perfect ‘Performance’ for Gerflor at St Bede’s College with Taraflex®

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    St Bede's College is an independent Roman Catholic co-educational school for children from 3–18 based in Manchester.

    When the school decided to replace the existing flooring in the main sports hall the aspects of quality, performance and durability took centre stage. The new sports surface needed to be multi-purpose in order to be able to host exams and school functions, so therefore needed to withstand varied usage and heavy traffic. The College turned to international flooring specialist Gerflor to supply 590m2 of its world renowned Taraflex® Performance vinyl sports flooring to provide the high performing, multi-use solution it was seeking.

    Noel McGoff, Site Manager, St Bede’s College commented, “replacing the old floor with Taraflex® Performance from Gerflor was the perfect choice as it provided a durable, high performance, safe floor for the range of uses we have today and is a vast improvement on what we had.”

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    Gerflor Evolves its 40 year Taraflex® sport floor hall legacy

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    When Ashington Academy’s sports hall required updating, the school decided to replace its existing Gerflor Taraflex® sport flooring with a ‘like-for-like’ Gerflor flooring as the floor, which was still fit-for-purpose, was a little jaded after four decades of demanding use.

    Given Ashington Academy’s prominent sporting agenda, it turned yet again to Gerflor for a reliable, replacement flooring solution for its hall that is solely used for indoor sporting activities like badminton, sprinting, hockey, basketball and five-a-side football.

    “I could see the benefits of using the same flooring again instead of changing it,” said Andrew Crosby, (Head of Estates, Ashington Academy), who is in charge of the maintenance of all the North East Learning Trusts’ buildings. “After all we’d had the floor in use for over 40 years and hadn’t had to replace it and that’s world class!”

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    Gerflor supply latest concrete design Taraflex® Multi-use to South Coast Gym

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    A short distance from Shoreham-by-the-Sea in the small village of Lancing, South Coast Gym offers classes, personal training, a fuel station and the latest gym equipment all aimed at delivering a healthier, fitter lifestyle for local residents.

    When South Coast Gym Owner Neil Donohue decided to expand the gym’s facilities in order to offer a larger and more extensive facility, he turned to international flooring specialist Gerflor to supply 130m2 of sports flooring that could deliver a high performing, multi-use solution for the studio area.

    Neil Donohue commented, “we decided to use Gerflor’s Taraflex Multi Use flooring. The floor looks amazing as it has blended in brilliantly with the raw industrial look we were looking for. The floor has stood up really well to all types of activities from Bounce, Yoga, Pilates and HIIT classes and is a perfect match for all these classes”.

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    Gerflor see Sheffield school success with Taraflex® Comfort

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    Astrea Academy is a new-build and refurbishment project in the north-east of Sheffield, which in time will become one of the city's biggest schools taking children from nursery age up to sixth form.

    With the expected levels of growth came the need for vision and future proofing for the school’s infrastructure, this included flooring for the all-important indoor sports facilities that the academy provides for both pupils and staff alike.

    The project would see Gerflor supply 550m2 of its Taraflex® Comfort vinyl sports flooring in Teal for the academy’s sports hall, with a further 250m2 in Oak chosen for the gym area. Being a P3 category sports floor Taraflex® Comfort offers the highest levels of comfort and shock absorption to prevent long-term injuries and immediate injuries on impact.

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    When Jazzercise Studio Owner Sarah Sydney-Sheppard moved her business into its own purpose-built facility in the Southernhay area of Exeter she turned to international flooring specialist Gerflor to provide 200m2 of their world-renowned Taraflex® Multi-Use vinyl sports flooring for both the main studio and reception areas.

    Sarah Sydney-Sheppard said, “having previously taught in community halls and schools we decided that we wanted to move our business into its own purpose-built studio and have the highest quality in all aspects. The three most important aspects were the changing rooms, lighting and flooring.” On specification she went on to add, “for us there were three main requirements which included impact resistance in order to look after the joints and feet of our fabulous customers, durability and easy maintenance, together with providing a very high-quality look. Very simply, Gerflor really helped us achieve these ambitions.”

    The project would fall to commercial flooring specialists S. Smith & Sons Carpets. Paul Delmege, Contracts Manager, S Smith and Sons Carpets commented, “We decided to offer ranges from Gerflor who specialise in high quality vinyl commercial floor coverings, including multi-functional sports floors.”

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    Gerflor to the rescue at flood damaged Torquay Boys Grammar School

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    When the school urgently needed to replace their existing wooden floor in their main hall due to flooding, they turned to international flooring specialist Gerflor to supply over 600m2 of their world-renowned Taraflex® Performance vinyl sports flooring.

    Achieving a first-class installation that would be on budget, on time and as importantly, meet the stringent requirements that the school would insist on was a challenge well-met by Plymouth- based Roberts Flooring.

    Dave Moran, Managing Director, Roberts Flooring commented, “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 Dave Moran stated, “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 compliment the sports line markings that were added to the new floor.“

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    Gerflor floorings complete new Axholme North Leisure Centre

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    The completion of a multi-million pound new leisure centre ‘kitted-out’ with no less than five high performance Gerflor flooring products, has boosted the leisure offering available to a rural community in the north of the Isle of Axholme, North Lincolnshire.

    Previously the only leisure provision for residents was an old school hall without a swimming pool, North Lincolnshire Council wanted to help increase the local numbers participating in sport and active recreation by putting in place the right infrastructure.

    Since first impressions count, design-led flooring solutions for the customer-facing areas was decided upon, and, as a result, Gerflor’s Taralay Impression Control fitted the brief by combining the specification qualities of performance and slip resistance along with aesthetics. Installed within the reception, corridors and cafeteria areas, it also unified and enhanced the décor of these hard working, communal spaces.

    A simple to maintain surface was also an important characteristic for the multi-function fitness studio flooring enabling it to be quickly cleaned. Meeting this brief with ease was Gerflor’s Taraflex® Comfort in wood-effect design ‘Oak’: “Being a multi-use space, we needed a hardwearing surface but not a clinical feel or look.

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    Triumph for Gerflor with Taraflex® installed at Nailsworth Youth Club

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    The Nailsworth youth club and its associated community centre in the heart of Gloucestershire are based in a building that has a venerable history dating back to the 1880’s.

    A recent refurbishment, due to the failure of the old Victorian timber floor in the sports hall, saw international flooring specialist Gerflor supply 104m2 of its world-renowned Taraflex® vinyl sports flooring to deliver the performance, looks and future proofing the youth club required.

    Speaking on behalf of Nailsworth Youth Club, Committee Member and Project Manager for the refurbishment Malcolm Saville commented, “the new floor has great appeal to our various user groups, and this means that we are the number one choice of local venues for a wide range of activities. I would certainly recommend the Gerflor Taraflex® Multi Use flooring to others.”

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    Gerflor donates flooring to Blackburn charity as part of BBC DIY SOS project

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    DIY SOS and BBC Children in Need embarked on a truly challenging build, for the young homeless, whom are supported by local Blackburn charity, Nightsafe.Blackburn with Darwen is one of the poorest Boroughs in the country, there may be dozens of young homeless on the streets nightly. Young homeless people are often overlooked, vulnerable and so very much in need of help. Across the UK tens of thousands of young people are sleeping rough or in temporary accommodation each year - it's a growing problem that needs addressing.

    Gerflor, an international flooring manufacturer, which has supported previous building projects carried out by the DIY SOS team by donating high-quality flooring, was only too pleased to assist this latest venture after the production team made a plea for help.

    Gerflor donated approximately 270m2 of Creation 55 Dry Back LVT flooring for the main areas, including living space and bedrooms, and a further 16m2 of its Tarasafe Ultra H2O vinyl safety flooring for the bathrooms.

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    Coastal hit for Gerflor at Atlantic Academy with Taraflex®

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    It’s been years in the making, but Atlantic Academy’s brand-new building at Bucks Cross in North Devon finally opened its doors in September 2018.

    The school has a host of new features including a fully equipped performance space and sports hall.The team at the main construction firm Willmott Dixon recommended sports flooring that would not only be of the highest quality, but would also be suitable for multiple uses, would be fit for purpose and deliver a future proof solution. It would be a challenge well-met by international flooring specialist Gerflor supplying their world-renowned Taraflex® Comfort sports flooring for the sports hall and their Taraflex® Multi-Use sports flooring for the performance space.

    The Construction Manager Michael Mackey from Willmott Dixon commented, “the Gerflor chosen sports floorings are performing really well and delivering exactly the results we wanted”.

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    Quiet Please!

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    The wider use of acoustic flooring is helping us lead quieter lives says Nick Egan, Technical Manager at Gerflor Limited.

    As manufacturers of vinyl flooring solutions for markets including housing, healthcare, sport, education and hospitality, we are aware that acoustic flooring is no longer usually confined to where there are specific noise issues, for example in flats where noise can easily travel from rooms above to those below. Instead, it is increasingly becoming a crucial part of the general specification process to reduce noise levels and increase comfort within new build and refurbishment projects across many sectors.

    The need to increase sound insulation levels may, in part, be attributed to increasing evidence that elevated noise levels have negative effects on health and wellbeing. Exposure to regular and raised sound levels have been known to impair hearing and performance, induce stress and psychological conditions and contribute to heart problems and diabetic illness. It’s even said that children’s language and cognitive development can be impeded if noise interferes with speech and learning.

    Vinyl floorings with excellent performance characteristics and sound reducing qualities that match the requirements of new and refurbishment projects are therefore providing solutions.

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    Attraction® from Gerflor provides perfect fast track flooring for Formica Group

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    Formica Group is a leading provider of branded, designed surfacing solutions for commercial and residential customers worldwide.

    When its North Shields factory had some serious issues with an existing corridor flooring, the company turned to a local flooring supplier to suggest a suitable solution, which ultimately saw Formica Group specifying 300m2 of Attraction® fast track vinyl floor tiles from international flooring specialist Gerflor.

    Gerflor's Attraction® range is a perfect solution for renovations as its interlocking tile edge design delivers a fast track, loose lay flooring installation or replacement.

    Steve Betts, Senior European Category Manager, Formica Group commented, “the innovative Attraction® fast track interlocking tile products are performing extremely well, and I have received many comments to date about how much better the flooring looks when compared with the previous flooring.

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    Sustainability is a high priority in healthcare design

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    Navjot Dhillon, Marketing Manager, Gerflor, explains.

    Today’s healthcare buildings must be environmentally-friendly, highly sustainable places with low CO2 emissions and capable of interaction with both inside and outside environments. But crucially they must also be healthy places that play a pivotal role in the natural healing process by improving patient recovery, bettering staff performance and enhancing the experience of visitors.

    As healthcare providers have a duty of care to ensure that appropriate guidelines are in place, the Department of Health’s Building Notes give best practice guidance on the design and planning of new healthcare buildings and on the adaptation or extension of existing facilities. Product innovation and testing by global manufacturers is helping to provide the best solutions to deliver the outstanding performance that the healthcare industry needs from building products like floorings.

    Understandably, healthcare specifiers rely heavily on flooring manufacturers and flooring contractors to provide reliable, sustainable flooring solutions that meet or exceed requirements. It therefore falls upon manufacturers to test their products to international standards; however, some are going one step further by testing standards in broader terms for risk areas, air quality, cleanability and disinfection.

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    Gerflor King of the Castle in Cardiff with its Creation 70 LVT

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    Cardiff Castle is a Victorian Gothic revival mansion and medieval castle located in the city centre of Cardiff, Wales.

    When Cardiff Castle wanted to regenerate an under-used space within the heart of the historic site to provide a marketing and promotional suite for the city, they turned to international flooring specialist Gerflor to supply 200m2 of its stunning and award-winning Creation 70 LVT Halifax Stone flooring for the new area.

    Marcus Howells, Managing Director, MH Flooring commented, “We were approached by Cardiff City Council to provide a quotation for the renewal of the flooring to the first-floor area of the visitor centre.” Marcus Howells went on to add, “We put forward Gerflor Creation 70 LVT due to its vast colour palette and different effects it creates. We also knew it would provide the required durability for an area with heavy footfall.”

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    Gerflor have 'Eureka' moment

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    A recent refurbishment by Eureka! The National Children’s Museum in Halifax, West Yorkshire was instigated to redevelop their retail visitor area to expand its offer for visitors. It was an expansion plan that would require 400m2 of high-quality flooring from international flooring specialist Gerflor.

     

    The finished project produced an environment truly fit for purpose and would see 300m² of Gerflor’s Taralay Impression Control vinyl safety flooring installed in the café and shop areas, together with a further 100m² of their Tarasafe™ Super for the on-site kitchen facility which services the café.

     

    Rachel Skinner, Head of Visitor Services at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum said, “We've been greatly impressed with the aesthetics and durability of the new flooring in our on-site Café and Gift Shop and the performance of the safety flooring in our busy kitchen.”

     

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    Versatile & future proof vinyl flooring perfect for hardworking office environments

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    Offices must accommodate the smallest businesses with a handful of employees to the largest, corporate organisations with thousands of workers in dedicated high rise office blocks. In fact, the Shard, London’s 95 floor skyscraper standing 309 metres high, is currently the tallest office building in Western Europe. Compare it to a small, open plan office space and the diversity of office accommodation is well illustrated.

    Flexible, design-led offices that provide inspirational environments for people to thrive in, whatever the size, are important to how companies attract and retain staff and how well their workforce performs. Good décor, comfort, light, noise levels, air quality, well planned space and ideal flooring are some of the critical considerations when creating a good place to work in.

    Floorings for new build and refurbishment office projects must therefore be suitable for the changing workspace. Design and colour play a vital role and LVT flooring comes in a plentiful choice from natural looks with modern twists and superior finishes to trend-setting designs for creating imaginative, powerful interiors. These floorings also lend themselves well to branding, multi-purpose and mobile working areas, zoning and promoting the movement and directional flow of a building through the innovative use of pattern and colour.

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    Gerflor provides perfect fast track solution for ‘Jump Jersey’

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    The Les Ormes holiday resort in the St Brelade area of Jersey in the Channel Islands has converted its soccer dome into an activity centre called ‘Jump Jersey’.

    It’s an extremely impressive project which saw international flooring specialist Gerflor supply 1250m2 of their innovative GTI Max interlocking technical tile solution which was used throughout the activity centre as well as the café and reception areas.

    Gerflor has a wide range of products that assist with enabling new and facilities to open as soon as possible, or for premises being refurbished to continue to remain open whilst the work is being completed.

    Steve Le Galle, General Manager at Les Ormes said, “I was very impressed with how quick and easy the GTI Max product was to fit, and the finish is fantastic. We would certainly choose Gerflor products again.”

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    NEWS - Mipolam Symbioz™ a sustainable future proof flooring for hardworking places

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    The market for sustainable flooring is growing and international flooring specialist Gerflor are leading a green revolution with the manufacture of aesthetically pleasing products that meet these eco-challenges by using increased renewable organic raw materials.

    The Mipolam Symbioz™ homogenous range is the company’s first flooring to contain a 100% bio-based plasticiser made of corn and wheat. The range now includes 38 stunning colours overall, with 14 brand new colours supplementing Mipolam Symbioz™ and a further 7 added to the new Mipolam Symbioz™ Nova collection.

    Nav Dhillon, Marketing Manager, Gerflor UK commented, “the refreshed palette of colours now on offer with Mipolam Symbioz™ and the new Mipolam Symbioz™ Nova collection is aimed at giving designers more freedom to creatively express themselves, whilst at the same time delivering outstanding performance that is synonymous with our Mipolam range of products.”

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    The ongoing need for building, extending and improving educational establishments is creating new opportunities for top class education flooring solutions says Navjot Dhillon, Marketing Manager, Gerflor Limited.

    As the population grows, the Office of National Statistics predicts that the number of state school places needed could rise by 1 million in less than ten years. Secondary school numbers are forecast to rise to 3.3 million pupils in England by 2024, along with 4.7 million pupils attending primary schools.

    Unsurprisingly, educational buildings of modular design are a growing sector. With classrooms pre-fabricated off site using specialist materials under controlled conditions, production is considered to be streamlined and some students have been able to move into new schools or extensions to existing schools more quickly.

    Dedicated floorings for education are therefore fit-for-purpose and ready to meet the challenges and changing needs of the many different educational establishments ranging from nurseries to higher education.

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    When the ACCORD Hospice in Paisley, Scotland, needed to modernise its Inpatient Unit, which offers specialist palliative and end-of-life care for people with complex needs along with support facilities for their families, the uppermost driving factors were infection control, comfort and aesthetics.

    The resulting £1.1m refurbishment project has transformed and upgraded the facility bringing a fresh, contemporary feel to what was an outdated 20th century building. This was achieved by implementing thoughtful, holistic design processes and utilising products that both enhance the building and promote patient well-being. Amongst the high-performance products chosen was Gerflor’s Taralay Impression Control vinyl flooring which added an attractive appearance, hygienic qualities and carpet-like impression to the main corridor, lounge, offices and circulation areas, whilst 19db Taralay Impression Comfort provided extra sound insulation within the bedrooms.

    Rather than re-build the Hospice, the building was re-configured within the existing walls and refurbished internally. The new ACCORD Hospice Inpatient Unit now comprises eight single rooms with en-suite wet rooms and space for families staying overnight. Previously some rooms were shared-occupancy and none had en-suite facilities. The rooms also have patios opening to communal gardens which maximise natural light and unite indoor and outdoor areas. Most importantly, the nurses’ station has been repositioned to an improved, central location.

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    Gerflor’s colourful safety flooring for Hull’s Bonus Arena

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    Gerflor’s highly proven, slip-resistant Tarasafe Standard vinyl flooring was found to be the perfect safety flooring solution for the heavy-duty, high slip-risk areas within the City of Hull’s new state-of-the-art, multiple events complex, named the Bonus Arena.

    As quality was not to be compromised by budget, products were needed for the development that could provide exceptional value-for-money. Therefore, straightforward to maintain floorcoverings that met exacting specification criteria and which could handle exceedingly high levels of footfall whilst retaining their aesthetically pleasing appearance were essential.

    Having been put forward for specification by CFI Flooring, Tarasafe’s colour choices were then made in collaboration with project architect AFL Architects and main contractor BAM Construction.

    “The building’s palette of colours was very important to us as this is a venue of entertainment,” said Rita Ochoa, Project Architect, AFL Architects. “We took the unusual step of agreeing colours at the outset to inform us on other aspects of the building and therefore needed products that combined specification, budget and colour requirements.”

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    Gerflor’s Creation LVT leaves lasting impression at Seaside Hotel

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    When the Cliff Hotel in Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, wanted to transform an out-dated breakfast room into a stunning new bar and dining area, MBS Flooring set about proving just how easy and creative one can be with Gerflor’s Creation 55 luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring collection.

    By using Gerflor’s Creation 55 LVT in two colours, Factory and Moma, laid in a black and white chevron effect with hand cut and bevelled curved borders around the bar, we were able to create the look the client wanted at an affordable price,” said Michael Spinks of MBS Flooring.

    Creation 55 LVT is available in 63 stunning mineral and wood designs and 5 plank/tile sizes, many with bevelled edges for added realism, it is a cutting-edge,durable LVT from Gerflor for contract hospitality installations like the Cliff Hotel.

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    Gerflor ‘serve’ up huge success for Hull table tennis club

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    The Goodwin Development Trust is an organisation committed to improving the quality of life within the communities of Hull. Its Octagon Centre is at the heart of the Thornton Estate in Hull, providing a range of services that meets the many needs of the community and includes a state-of-the-art multi-use sports area, providing a range of sports facilities which includes floor space for the Goodwin Table Tennis Club (GTTC) to practise and play on.

    Providing a suitable playing surface for the GTTC would involve a local flooring installer supplying 300m2 of top-quality flooring from international flooring specialist Gerflor. It would prove to be an ideal project perfectly suited to Gerflor’s world-renowned Taraflex® Table Tennis Floor.

    Hull-based Floorcovers UK Limited specialise in commercial/domestic wall and floor coverings. They have a wealth of experience and knowledge in fitting all types of flooring and wall coverings to a high standard.

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    Gerflor flooring solutions for happy landlords & tenants at Housing Show (Stand C10).

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    On the 25th-27th of June 2019 international flooring specialist Gerflor will be exhibiting at ‘Housing’ which is Europe's largest and most inclusive housing festival.

    Housing 2019, the Chartered Institute of Housing’s annual event takes place each year in June in Manchester. With 450 speakers, 400 key exhibitors, 12 streams of innovative content and a footfall of over 12,000 decision makers across three days it is the biggest meeting place for the whole housing sector. The event provides a platform for key stakeholders to come together to discuss, debate, partner, learn and improve the lives of people being housed in the UK.

    As housing associations and local authorities appreciate that the overall welfare of their tenants must come first, they are increasingly turning to quality manufacturers to provide a variety of products that offer design, warmth and above all safety. Gerflor are committed to offering certified social housing flooring which ensures comfort and well-being, whilst meeting strict safety requirements in private or common living areas. Their vinyl flooring solutions also provide high levels of acoustic performance and are available in a collection of designs and colourways popular with tenants.The range of options from Gerflor include solutions for both inside and outside the threshold.

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    Scottish school redesigns its Junior Hall around new flooring by Gerflor

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    St Columba’s is one of Scotland’s highest achieving schools, which is consistently ranked within the top ten independent schools in Scotland. With an Early Years, Junior and Senior School, 700 pupils and national representation at sport, music, debating and public speaking, its standards are high.

    Extremely high standards were therefore a priority when carrying out the two flooring renovation projects under the management of St Columba’s newly appointed Facilities Manager. “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,” said Alasdair McGregor, Facilities Manager, St Columba’s School.

    In a school environment like St Columba’s, building works often need to be scheduled into holiday periods so contractors that can be relied upon to work within the given timescales are essential. Local firm, Muirgroup Interiors, who had previously worked successfully with the school, carried out the refurbishments to include installing 200 sqm of Taraflex Multi-Use (6.2mm) in Wood Grey in the hall and 100 sqm of Miplolam Elegance Raspberry Grey in the corridors, with both areas completed on schedule.

    Both Taraflex Multi-Use and Mipolam Elegance’s patented surface treatments also allow environmentally-friendly, low cost cleaning routines. “Maintenance is very important to us as our floorings come under heavy use. Gerflor supplied the technical details required by our external cleaning contractor. We are very happy with the results.”

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    Gerflor announced as Premier Sponsor of RIAI Awards 2019

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    International flooring specialists Gerflor are proud once again to be the Premier Sponsor supporting the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) Awards Programme 2019. This year the RIAI is celebrating 30 years of the RIAI Irish Architecture Awards, the longest running and most prestigious architectural awards in Ireland.

    Nav Dhillon, Marketing Manager, Gerflor UK commented, “Sponsoring the RIAI Awards as Premier Sponsor in their 30th year is for Gerflor, once again synonymous with our complete commitment to quality, innovation and engagement with the architectural community.”

    Ahead of the award ceremony on June 7th, 2019, the RIAI has launched the Public Choice vote for Ireland’s favourite building, place or public space. Online voting is now open. Public Choice projects are available to view on the RIAI website at www.riai.ie.Voting closes at midnight on Friday, 31st May 2019.

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    Gerflor ready and ripped for Elevate 2019 (stand S40)

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    Elevate is the UK's largest fitness & physical activity trade show. This year’s event on 8-9th May 2019 at Excel London is an unrivalled opportunity to learn more about how physical activity, health and performance connect.

    The show will see international flooring specialist Gerflor deliver the ideal solution for several key areas within any sports or fitness facility including; aerobics and classroom areas, personalised training zones, free weights areas and fitness and cardio vascular spaces, together with reception areas and changing rooms.  This year Gerflor are set to showcase the world-renowned Taraflex® sports flooring range, the fast-track flooring solution GTI Max, together with the award-winning Creation LVT collections, plus it’s tough, strong high impact Powershock 300 rubber flooring solution.

    Come and meet the Gerflor team on stand S40, 8-9th May 2019 at the Excel Centre London.

     For more information about this event or to register click here.

     

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    The spacecraft that brought British astronaut Tim Peake back to Earth from space had a record number of visitors during its display period at the National Museum Cardiff.

    In creating an exhibition area worthy of such a ‘star-studded’ adventure the National Museum of Wales utilised flooring first installed in 2008 and would turn to international flooring specialist Gerflor to deliver a future proof flooring solution that would meet this high criterion. Some 550m2 of Gerflor’s high-performing Attraction® would be specified.

    Simon Tozzo, Exhibition Designer, National Museum of Wales commented, ‘we used Gerflor’s Attraction® range in three galleries as a suite of changeable spaces. The flooring has a been a boon and we also specified it for a high-wear children’s activity centre in our Big Pit museum”.

    Gerflor at RetailEXPO (Stand 6F40) to provide insight into 2020 retail trends and showcase its newest fast track innovations

    Gerflor at RetailEXPO (Stand 6F40) to provide insight into 2020 retail trends and showcase its newest fast track innovations

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    RetailEXPO at London’s Olympia (1st - 2ndMay) is Europe’s leading event for retail technology, design and digitalsignage. Providing innovation, stimulation, thought leadership and relevancy in today's omnichannel market. It’s the must visit event for retail and hospitality organisations looking for the right tools, solutions and advice on how to best run their business.

    RetailEXPO will enable international flooring specialists Gerflor to feature a collection of their latest fast track technical tile flooring solutions, together with highlighting their award-winning design-led luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring innovations that are also perfectly suited to a vast array of applications in the retail environment. 2019 sees the trending in LVT on the increase yet again. RetailEXPO creates an ideal stage for Gerflor this year as they unleash some spectacular brand-new additions to their exquisite Creation 55 and 70 LVT ranges which are being showcased at the event.

    There is also a fantastic opportunity to meet the man who leads the Gerflor creative team Gino Venturelli, Chief Design Director at Gerflor. He will be on the stand available for customers to meet and learn about his take on the new trends and colours for the retail seasons ahead. He will be providing insights into ‘2020 Surface Trends’ and key themes set to impact the retail sector in 2020 and beyond.

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    Gerflor setting imagination alight with My Taraflex®

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    Be inspired by the latest innovation from flooring specialist Gerflor, the launch of digital printing technology to make your sports halls completely ...

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    Leisure Clubs are getting fitter

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    As specialising in the booming UK leisure club industry is appealing to more flooring contractors, the provision of flooring solutions which are fit for the job is essential, says David Carter, Sports Marketing Manager.

    Given the upward statistics in the fitness and leisure market, making fitness enjoyable rather than an endurance seems to be working for the leisure club industry.

    Leisure clubs have an increasing need for a wider spectrum of highly decorative, high-performance flooring solutions to include those best suited to the many different facilities that any one club has to offer. Leisure club owners and managers therefore need floorings that meet the aesthetic and performance criteria necessary for the huge variety of facilities within their clubs. Beyond stunning looks, they must also be immensely practical, straightforward to clean and maintain and relatively quick to install so that existing clubs do not have to lose business during lengthy refurbishments and new clubs can open on schedule. 

     

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    Gerflor will be showcasing their full range of flooring for sports and leisure applications at the Elevate exhibition on 8th-9th May at Excel in London on Stand R40.

    The event provides a perfect platform for international flooring specialist Gerflor to showcase several of their high-performing vinyl flooring products including; Taraflex® which is the most widely specified sports surface in the world. Chosen by top international athletes for its unique construction and technical performance, it has been fitted at every Olympic Games since 1976. The Powershock 300 range is also on show, the high impact rubber solution for fitness, designed to be both functional and hardwearing.

    The Elevate show will also afford Gerflor the opportunity to highlight their fast-track GTI Max and Creation LVT ranges.

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    Tremendous trio of Gerflor’s fitness floorings for Fairlawns Hotel

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    Fairlawns Hotel & Spa is a family-run hotel near Walsall in the West Midlands. A recent refurbishment of their gym facility would see a trio of international flooring specialist Gerflor’s fitness flooring products being specified to ensure that the free weights, cardio and stretch zones would meet the hotel’s high standards. A remit that would be ideally suited to Gerflor’s Powershock 300 and Creation 70 LVT, together with their world-renowned Taraflex® sports flooring.

    John Pette, General Manager, Fairlawns Hotel & Spa said, ‘we needed to bring the existing gym facilities up to date. The gym membership income is vital to our business and increasingly the gym offering is an important part of hotel and spa guests’ requirements.” He also added, ‘Gerflor produce excellent products and the feedback has been outstanding. We have already seen our membership grow substantially.”

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    Footprint for the future

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    A sustainable approach to manufacturing floorings is not an option it’s a necessity says Nick Egan, Technical Manager, Gerflor.

    Floorings that are environmentally responsible are therefore also enhanced, as manufacturers remain dedicated to designing floorings that improve hygiene, indoor air quality, safety, comfort, acoustics and decorative surroundings.

    All vinyl is 100% recyclable, which is a great starting point, and some vinyl floorings are now made with a 100% bio-based that is derived from naturally inherent materials like waste from wheat and corn and which give off less Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Already these products are successfully being used in the retail, research, education and healthcare industries, for example.

    The invention of loose-lay floorings that streamline fitting and eliminate adhesives has also contributed to the quality of indoor air. But where adhesive is required, low-emission, solvent-free acrylic adhesives should ideally be used where appropriate.

    Gerflor prides itself on being an environmentally responsible flooring manufacturer. They set themselves the highest standards when it comes to environmental quality. Gerflor uses recycled materials across all our product ranges. Gerflor’s new generation of looselay products reduces the use of adhesives and facilitate recovery and recycling at the end of the product's life.

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    Gerflor’s fast track solution for Ports of Jersey Terminal

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    In 2017 Ports of Jersey (who operate the airport and ferry terminal) announced a progressive plan to create an integrated arrivals and departures terminal.

    The project could potentially have caused major passenger disruption and possible closure of some airside and landside businesses.  Happily, international flooring specialist Gerflor were on hand to supply their high-quality GTI Max fast track flooring solution that would provide a quick and effective solution with no need for any shutdown of the airport operation.

    Maria Le Tiec, Passenger Services Manager for Ports of Jersey said, “when it came to choose 1600m2 of flooring for the Elizabeth Terminal, Gerflor’s GTI Max flooring was the only way to go.” She added, “It looks amazing, and has completely transformed the terminal. The area now looks smart, bright and very welcoming.”

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    Premium choices & solutions from Gerflor at IPPN Education Expo (stand C3)

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    Education Expo on the 24 & 25th of January is Ireland’s largest trade event for schools attended by companies supplying a range of quality products and services for teachers and schools.

    With over 70 years’ experience international flooring specialist Gerflor are an expert and world leader in providing a host of premium choices and solutions for a vast range of education flooring requirements.

    This year Gerflor will be showcasing their Taralay Impression Control safety flooring, Tarasafe and the Mipolam collections, together with their world-renowned Olympic pedigree Taraflex® sports flooring. Malcolm McClure, Ireland Sales Manager, Gerflor commented, “The IPPN Education Expo is an extremely good fit for us. The event enables us to showcase a large collection of our top-performing products which are ideal for a host of education applications.”

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    Fun and fitness with Gerflor at Bingham Leisure Centre

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    Located in Nottingham, the Bingham Leisure centre is a community-based fitness facility aimed at providing both fun and fitness to enable residents to stay fit, active and healthy. Recently the Bingham Leisure Centre underwent refurbishment and wanted to include their gym area in the overall ‘refresh’. The gym would see international flooring specialist Gerflor supply 120m2 of their fast track GTI Max product and their astounding Powershock 300 sports flooring.

    Alex Jones, Fitness Manager, Bingham Leisure Centre said, “The flooring was incredibly easy to install as it took only two days and went down very easily without any fuss.” He added, “The Gerflor floor is perfect for our gym and is performing very well giving the free weights area extra protection from weights being dropped. We would definitely use Gerflor again for any future jobs”.

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    Knock-out project for Gerflor and DIY SOS

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    Before the devastating Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017, its first floor was home to the Dale Youth Boxing Club which was both a valued local resource and one of the best boxing clubs in the country. The BBC's flagship renovation programme DIY SOS has, with the help of international flooring specialist Gerflor rebuilt this community hub and boxing gym. The new gym was needed a selection of top-flight flooring products to enable the club to re-emerge once again as a vital hub within the community. 

    The installer, Kent-based Arcadia Flooring installed three of Gerflor’s world- renowned sports flooring products - Taraflex® Comfort, Taraflex® Performance and Taraflex® Surface. Seda Sadrettin, Sales Manager, Arcadia Flooring commented, “We are hugely grateful for the incredible donation of Gerflor for the sports flooring”. 

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    Design-driven flooring solution by Gerflor for high-end student housing

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    Built by Robertson Construction and designed by architect Anderson Bell + Christie for Vastint Hospitality, Havannah Houseis a brand new six-storey private, student housing development in Glasgow City, which offers more than just somewhere to ‘crash’ while studying.

    It accommodates 458 students in stylish apartments and en-suite rooms with comfortable modern interiors. Finding the right flooring solution for the living areas within the student apartments was necessary. But one of the criteria was very precise: a contemporary, distinctive flooring design, something that would really stand out, was required. However, durability, acoustic and easy maintenance qualities were also essential requirements.

    Meeting the criteria was international flooring specialist, Gerflor’s, 19db acoustic, Taralay Impression Comfort in Nest Black, which was specified by Vastint Hospitality’s in-house design team with 1500 sqm installed by MacGregor flooring.

    “The reason we chose this particular product was indeed durability but also because the overall design is rather simple with a modest colour base of white and a range of grey. We therefore wanted to introduce pattern into the floor that would give the space a bit of a twist”, said Magdalena Krzyżanowska, Architect, Vastint Hospitality.

    Taralay Impression Comfort is a multi-layered, vinyl flooring with a Very High Density (VHD) foam backing and compact interlayer for where excellent sound insulation, comfort, durability and indentation performance are needed.

    For more information about Gerflor solutions, order a free sample or to speak to a specialist call 01926 622600 / email: contractuk@gerflor.com or visit www.gerflor.co.uk

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    Specified sport flooring solutions are needed in education

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    Improving and expanding physical education facilities is increasingly important to many schools and colleges says David Carter, Sport Marketing & Communication Manager, Gerflor Limited.

    Growing emphasis on the need for greater physical education provision places increased focus on specifying and installing the best possible flooring solution in every educational establishment, according to its needs. But whereas sport and exercise are good for children, this can be reversed by the potential for injury if the surface on which they play on is not fit-for-purpose or appropriate to the activity.

    Timber flooring with a sprung undercarriage remains the most popular choice within multi-use school halls as it is deemed the most durable. Commonly a timber sprung floor is installed in halls predominantly used for exercise as well as activities like assemblies, concerts and exams.

    Whereas timber sprung sports floors are extremely effective at reducing impact injuries when a person of applicable weight is playing a fast-paced game like basketball, they are not specifically designed for multi-use facilities or low impact sport.

    This is because shock absorbency concerns the protection of the body’s interaction with the floor.  Designed to work like a spring, timber sprung floors protect against repeat impact injuries when their inherent shock absorbency benefits work in reaction to the weight of a person’s exertion on the surface.

    Floorings that are winners

    Synthetic indoor sport flooring solutions have been developed to cater for different levels of activity ranging from playtime in general rooms and low impact sport to strenuous competitive games in purpose-built sports halls and gymnasiums. Cutting edge and in vibrant attractive designs and colours, they are therefore suitable for multi-use spaces to elite sports facilities.

    Flooring manufacturers like international specialists Gerflor have invested significantly and developed dedicated, environmentally-friendly sports flooring solutions that are suited to all levels of sport and activity regardless of ability.

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    Outstanding Gerflor flooring solutions for historic Glasgow University Library

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    Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world.

    As part of the university’s overall facility the library plays a huge role in supporting some 28,000 students and 3,400 research and teaching staff in their thirst for knowledge. When a refurbishment of the library’s flooring was needed it turned to international flooring specialist Gerflor to supply solutions that would deliver on performance and design in several areas in the building.

     

    Gerflor is a specialist in the education sector, offering technical and design-led solutions for all rooms and spaces that appear in an educational establishment.

    Product ranges included; Taralay Impression Comfort acoustic flooring, Taralay Element Compact, the award-winning Creation 70 Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) and Tarasafe Standard safety flooring.

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    Gerflor’s Attraction® loose-lay flooring provides cost-saving solution for Welsh primary school

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    When Monmouthshire Council’s St Mary’s Roman Catholic (RC) Primary School in Bulwark, Chepstow, needed a new flooring to replace the old granwood flooring within two multi-purpose halls and a corresponding corridor, something suitable which was both quick to install and cost-efficient was required.

    The solution was found in Gerflor’s Attraction®, a highly durable, loose-lay, fast track floor tile system which could be quickly and easily laid directly over the existing flooring, thereby avoiding the time, cost and mess that would have been involved in lifting the original granwood, which typically creates a lot of dust.

    However, St Mary’s RC Primary School also wanted a robust flooring that was suitable for the school activities that take place in the halls like PE and assemblies. In addition, and in contrast to the previous brown floor, a colourful flooring was required.

    As a result, 300 sqm of Attraction® tiles in Wattaru, a deep and vivid blue were chosen and installed by J&H Flooring.

    For more information about Gerflor solutions, order a free sample or to speak to a specialist call 01926 622600 / email: contractuk@gerflor.com or visit www.gerflor.co.uk

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    Edinburgh charity opts for Gerflor flooring solutions

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    When a health and wellbeing charity needed a new purpose-built building, it also required floorings for its gym and meeting rooms that would contribute to the overall aesthetics and functions of the facility and accommodate the needs of those who use it.

    Thistle’s Centre of Wellbeing in Edinburgh therefore wanted floorings that couple function and style with the necessary attributes. Consequently, floorings for the gym and meeting rooms were specified by project architect 3DReid, provided by international vinyl flooring specialist, Gerflor Limited, and installed by CCG Flooring.

    It was Gerflor’s Taraflex® Evolution in Wood Oak that satisfied Thistle’s clear brief for a good looking, comfortable, hygienic, high performing, durable, easy-maintenance  gym flooring.  It also fulfilled the requirements for a product that could contribute to the warm, welcoming and friendly aesthetic.

    Whereas, R10 slip resistant, 19 db sound rated Taralay Impression Comfort in Blade Clear had the right combination of features for the rooms where Thistle’s lifestyle management courses are delivered.

    For more information about Gerflor solutions, order a free sample or to speak to a specialist call 01926 622600 / email: contractuk@gerflor.com or visit www.gerflor.co.uk

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    Gerflor set new ‘Premium’ path for their Taralay range

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    At international flooring specialists Gerflor they fully understand that ‘premium’ should mean exactly that, and in flooring terms it must deliver a world class quality product that really stands out.

    At international flooring specialists Gerflor they fully understand that ‘premium’ should mean exactly that, and in flooring terms it must deliver a world class quality product that really stands out. The Premium range from Gerflor is truly unique in delivering a mass coloured design flooring which offers outstanding performance for extremely high pedestrian traffic areas including education, healthcare, hospitality, offices, retail and a host of contract environments where high footfall is expected.

    One of the new collections for 2018 and 2019 is Taralay Premium from Gerflor, an incredibly hardwearing and colourful flooring collection for a host of creative spaces with a palette of 80 trendy colours and designs to choose from.

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    Gerflor set to INNOVATE at Lab Innovations (stand H4)

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    The Lab Innovations Show has now established itself on the industry calendar as the UK’s only event dedicated to laboratory professional.

    International flooring specialist Gerflor are well-established in this market. Gerflor have been raising the standards in this sector for over 80 years by delivering new, innovative solutions to meet the stringent demands of the market and its environments embracing; pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, medical devices, together with high technology, research labs and the bio-technology sector.

    Gerflor will be showcasing several high-quality life sciences manufacturing solutions aimed at providing cutting-edge technology for a host of applications which will include their ESD Solutions Mipolam Biocontrol Performance, their Clean Corner System, together with their wall covering solution Mural Ultra, and their market leading fast-installation cleanroom floor - GTI Cleantech.

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    Procure 22 represents the third iteration of the Department of Health Framework providing design and construction services for use by the NHS and Social Care organisations for a range of works and services. Winning any of their annual awards is akin to a being awarded a healthcare Oscar.

    International flooring specialist Gerflor have been awarded Procure 22 framework status with a certificate in the Efficiency and Productivity section for realising efficiencies, and in the Innovation & Product Design division, winning with their Clean Corner System.

    Gerflor are at the forefront of innovation and design in healthcare establishing them as a critical supplier of hygienic flooring solutions for a host of healthcare environments. Gerflor focus on delivering a strong partnership approach and providing efficiency, together with supplying real value for their clients. It’s all about helping their clients to reduce life cycle costs by producing value management rather than value engineering.

    Gerflor has developed the award-winning Clean Corner System which is a patent pending, innovative corner solution. The Clean Corner System technology meets the requirements of professionals in the pharmaceutical industry in accordance with GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) including easy coving with limited and easy welding. The Clean Corner System for contamination control in cleanrooms is watertight, resistant and durable, easy to clean and decontaminate, offering a clean, attractive and uniform finish.

    Procure 22 represents the third iteration of the Department of Health Framework providing design and construction services for use by the NHS and Social Care organisations for a range of works and services. Winning any of their annual awards is akin to a being awarded a healthcare Oscar.

    International flooring specialist Gerflor have been awarded Procure 22 framework status with a certificate in the Efficiency and Productivity section for realising efficiencies, and in the Innovation & Product Design division, winning with their Clean Corner System.

    Gerflor are at the forefront of innovation and design in healthcare establishing them as a critical supplier of hygienic flooring solutions for a host of healthcare environments. Gerflor focus on delivering a strong partnership approach and providing efficiency, together with supplying real value for their clients. It’s all about helping their clients to reduce life cycle costs by producing value management rather than value engineering.

    Gerflor has developed the award-winning Clean Corner System which is a patent pending, innovative corner solution. The Clean Corner System technology meets the requirements of professionals in the pharmaceutical industry in accordance with GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) including easy coving with limited and easy welding. The Clean Corner System for contamination control in cleanrooms is watertight, resistant and durable, easy to clean and decontaminate, offering a clean, attractive and uniform finish.

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    Sports hall success for Gerflor at Bolton School

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    Bolton School is one of the oldest schools in Lancashire. It’s an educational establishment where sport flourishes 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 all and their top-performing Tarasafe Ultra for two of the changing rooms. The installation would involve some 780m2 of Gerflor flooring with game lines also being added as the final touch.

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    Gerflor showcasing 2019 Trends and Collections at Architecture Expo

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    On the 5 and 6th of October the Royal Dublin Society’s (RDS) main hall is set once again to provide the perfect backdrop for architects, designers and specifiers to get to grips with the latest trends in their industries.

    International flooring specialist Gerflor will be showcasing the forecasted 2019 trends and collections and their latest innovations for the contract markets this year on stand C8. The stunning array of Gerflor product on show this year include their new Taralay Premium collection, together with their Creation LVT, DLW Linoleum Marmorette and a range of incredible acoustic flooring solutions.

    Meet the Gerflor team at Architecture & Building Expo, RDS Dublin 4 on 5 &6th October 2018, Stand C8.

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    Good looking solutions

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    Due to advanced combinations of design and technology, LVTs and decorative vinyls are being favoured in sectors beyond what is considered their traditional remit, says Navjot Dhillon, Marketing Manager, Gerflor Limited.

    As contractors, architects, designers and specifiers are continually looking for cutting-edge floorings for projects that must impress, it is the responsibility of manufacturers to closely monitor worldwide trends and interpret them into first-class flooring solutions that couple impressive technical characteristics with innovation in design and performance.

    LVTs have become firm favourites in sectors like offices, retail and residential markets, whilst establishing themselves in, for example, hospitality, education and healthcare sector areas, where design-orientated yet highly functional floorings are needed.

    LVTS and decorative vinyls that embrace decorative trends are therefore challenging some markets to re-evaluate their aesthetic choices - perhaps to be bolder, to demonstrate innovation and dynamism, or simply to enhance interiors making them easier-on-the-eye.

    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 gerflor.co.uk for the latest innovations.

     

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    Class act with education flooring

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    The urgent need for building, extending and improving educational establishments is creating new opportunities for top class education flooring solutions says Nick Egan, Technical Manager, Gerflor Limited.

    As the population grows, the Office of National Statistics predicts that the number of state school places needed could rise by 1 million in less than ten years. The National Audit Office has calculated that £6.7 billion is needed just to bring existing school buildings in England and Wales to satisfactory standards.

    Unsurprisingly, educational buildings of modular design are a developing sector. Manufacturers that design and develop flooring solutions for education are aware that hygiene, resistance and acoustic qualities are mandatory requirements for the sector. Suitable for heavy traffic, safe, easy-to-maintain and sustainable, floorings must combine technical performance with the highest environmental standards and contribute positively to the health and well-being of the building’s users.

    Dedicated floorings for education from flooring specialist Gerflor are fit-for-purpose and ready to meet the challenges and changing needs of the many different educational establishments ranging from nurseries to higher education.

     

    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 gerflor.co.uk for the latest innovations.

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    Bespoke designs and logos can help many sectors ‘cut-it’ in branding and business says Navjot Dhillon, Marketing Manager, Gerflor Limited.

    In today’s competitive world, standing out from the crowd really matters to businesses, organisations and people who want to create their own individual identity and brand. As flooring is an essential component of interior décor, making the floor stand out by incorporating themed bespoke designs, logos and even artworks is an ideal way to develop brand image.

    Vinyl flooring with its endless design possibilities and versatility is a perfect material for creating bespoke designs and logos, and water jet cutting is one technology employed by some flooring manufacturers that utilises detailed precision to cut complex shapes and patterns to form detailed logos and signs with utmost accuracy.

    Flooring specialist Gerflor are at the very forefront when it comes to supplying the manufacturing support and products to enable this bespoke look and feel for a wide range of their clients and installers. With Gerflor’s unique My Taralay service customers can create their very own bespoke ‘look’.

    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 gerflor.co.uk for the latest innovations.

     

     

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    Gerflor ‘power through’ to deliver outstanding Dublin gym

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    Honeypark is a high-end residential apartment development built on the Olde Dún Laoghaire Golf course in Dublin. Apart from the original features of the golf course with its magnificent array of trees, flora and fauna, a multi-million-euro investment programme has now been implemented.

    As part of the projects requirements a gym would need to be installed on the penthouse level of the development. Only the highest quality state-of the art gym flooring would be specified by the contractor and the final choice would be 110msq m of Gerflor’s outstanding Powershock 300 in Dark Grey.

    The designated contractor needed a flooring surface that would deliver noise reduction levels to avoid unacceptable impact sound to apartments below the installed gym area. Powershock 300 from Gerflor did just that.

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    Better healthcare buildings with Gerflor’s flooring solutions

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    Dedicated flooring solutions are helping to make healthcare environments healthier places says Navjot Dhillon, Marketing Manager, Gerflor.

    Flooring for healthcare must tick many boxes in order to provide effective safety and infection control, cost-effective maintenance, lasting good looks and lower environmental impact. It must also meet the demands of different healthcare installations from hospitals to primary care centres and care homes.

    Understandably, healthcare design is increasingly about health and prevention in a broader sense, and the responsibility of creating better, sustainable buildings that are healthy places for staff, patients and visitors.

    Pioneering surface treatments using advanced technology are taking protection control and hygiene to another level. Incorporated into new, seamless solutions with superior infection resistance, they include floorings, wallcoverings, handrails and corner systems, providing an integrated approach to contamination control in clinical environments.

    Gerflor has a wide range of flooring solutions perfect for the demanding and stringent requirements of a healthcare facility and the necessary expertise to assist specifiers with their refurbishment and new build projects.  

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    Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council see the Attraction® in Gerflor

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    The onus on local authorities and borough councils to provide affordable housing has never been greater. It’s a weighty responsibility and one that Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council (Dudley MBC) take extremely seriously.

    In making provision for the increased housing demand Dudley MBC, would as a matter of priority, require flooring refurbishments for several of their existing social housing schemes.

    Dudley MBC approached international flooring specialist Gerflor to supply 20m2 of their fast track GTI Attraction® for a trial area. The requirement was for a hard wearing, durable, and heavy traffic resistant flooring solution for their apartment block corridors that is easy to maintain. In addition, Dudley MBC wanted the flooring to be loose laid to keep sections of the area open and to minimise the time and cost of installation.

     

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    Decorative vinyls and LVTs are pushing new technical and aesthetical boundaries so that both customers and contractors benefit, says Nav Dhillon, Marketing Manager, Gerflor

    LVTs are the fastest flooring trend in the industry providing complete solutions for clients. By using different colours, patterns or tile and plank formats, the flooring can effortlessly define or unite areas within open plan spaces.

    Decorative vinyl and luxury vinyl tiles and planks (LVTs) are practical, durable and straightforward to maintain and install.  They come with the added benefits of exceptional acoustics and slip resistance and are rarely dull in appearance. Ideal for so many contract and residential applications, they are hard to beat when it comes to combining outstanding performance with what’s on-trend in aesthetics for installations as diverse as homes, offices, hospitality and retail, as well as healthcare and education environments.

    Manufacturers such as flooring specialists Gerflor are therefore pushing the boundaries in the design, colour, texturing, finishes and performance of decorative vinyls and LVTs that are not necessarily possible with other flooring materials.

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    Acoustic vinyl flooring solutions for housing

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    In residential environments nuisance noise is usually more bothersome to occupants of homes where impact sound travels from one dwelling to another, especially from rooms above to spaces below.

    The greater use of hard floorings such as wood, stone and wood laminates over carpets and cushioned floorings in homes has also contributed to higher levels of disturbance caused by impact sound on upper floors to rooms below.

    Pioneering vinyl flooring manufacturers such as flooring specialists Gerflor have therefore responded to the need to control impact sound by introducing residential acoustic vinyls with sound insulation levels as high as 19db.

    Cushioned, high performing, easy-maintenance, acoustic residential vinyl floorings with additional benefits such as waterproofing, slip resistance and cost-effective installation are bringing solutions to housing projects.

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    Tremendous 10 years for Taraflex® at Guernsey Grammar School

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    Over ten years ago The States of Guernsey in the Channel Islands wanted to source 500m2 of sports flooring for The Guernsey Grammar School and Sixth Form Centre. They turned to international flooring specialist Gerflor to provide the solution with their world-class, uber performing Taraflex® Evolution sports flooring for their main sports hall. Relying on quality refurbishments that are both future proof and fit for purpose is a key element of this school’s educational buildings requirement.

    The all-new Evolution product is now safer, higher performing and offers even more protection than before. There’s no doubt that Gerflor’s Taraflex® Evolution continues to be the market benchmark in sports floors with optimal durability, comfort and protection offering a P1 category shock absorbency 25% to 35% and a new 7.5mm thickness.

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    Social housing flooring that’s fit for the future from Gerflor

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    Housing is about far more than four walls and a roof. It’s more about environment and the positive or negative impact that it can have on the tenant’s overall well-being.  

    Nobody wants to live in a noisy, drab, drafty or dangerous house, and the flooring element of the living conditions plays a crucial part in delivering the overall feel-good factor for tenants. In the same vain the last thing housing associations and local authorities want are complaints piling up from unhappy tenants about sub-standard flooring.

    At International flooring specialist Gerflor they’re committed to providing the social housing sector with a range of flooring products that deliver fantastic quality, together with providing the all-important levels of comfort, safety and wow-factor. Just because tenants live in ‘affordable housing’ doesn’t mean they need to suffer poor standards of flooring.

    When time means money, and budgets often tight, Gerflor has the ideal solution. The range of options from Gerflor include solutions for a range of applications including wet room and bathroom areas as well as living spaces.

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    Sports flooring specialist Gerflor is proud to announce that their sports CPD, Specifying the right floor when it's a Question of Sport, is now RIBA approved.

    The sports CPD allows companies to attend the seminar on the range of sports flooring that Gerflor manufacture to specify. This includes understanding the standards that need to be maintained in order to meet regulations in aspects such as shock absorption, impact protection and longevity, as well showing participants how to specify flooring that reduces potential injuries.

    When it comes to knowledge, Gerflor is able to pass on over 70 years' experience in the research, development and manufacturing of top-quality sports flooring. Gerflor is recognised as an expert and world-leader in the sports and fitness market thanks to their technical and high-performance solutions.

    To find out more about Gerflor's range of high performance sports flooring, or to book this seminar, visit www.gerflor.co.uk for more information or email them at cpdseminars@gerflor.com

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    World class Taraflex® flooring for Becket Keys School

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    At the Becket Keys Church of England School in Brentwood, Essex 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 well-being is also catered for by providing a state-of-the-art sports hall where a variety of activities can be enjoyed.  It’s an area where international flooring specialist Gerflor made a positive difference by supplying some 680m2 of their outstanding high performance Taraflex® sports flooring in ‘Oak’ for the planned refurbishment of the new sports hall. Gerflor have more than 70 years of experience with their Taraflex® sports flooring which offers a wide range of colours and is suitable for a variety of applications.

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    Living at its best with Gerflor at Housing Show (stand C10)

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    On the 26th-28th of June international flooring specialist Gerflor will be exhibiting at ‘Housing’ which is Europe’s largest housing show.

    As housing associations and local authorities now see that the overall welfare of their tenants must come first, they are increasingly turning to quality manufacturers to provide a variety of products that offer design, warmth, comfort and above all safety. It’s a sentiment that international flooring specialist Gerflor share as they get ready to parade a raft of top quality flooring products aimed at delivering just that.

    On show this year are a selection of Gerflor’s top performing flooring solutions aimed at addressing the needs of the sector including their Tarasafe Ultra H20, Agrippa, Texline and Griptex range of products.

     

    Come and meet the Gerflor team on stand C10, 26th-28th June 2018, Manchester Central.

     

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    British Basketball League appoint Gerflor as official sports flooring partner

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    These days in the UK basketball is played by nearly 218,000 people every week.

    It’s a sport that’s bursting at the seams onto the mainstream stage in a very big way. However, on-going funding for British Basketball has never been an easy task. Despite the difficult funding challenges that face the sport, international flooring specialist Gerflor have embraced the rousing attitude of the commercial leagues to help them grow the sport by being appointed as the official flooring partner for The British Basketball League (BBL) by supplying their world-renowned Taraflex® sports surface which is loved for its performance and safety qualities.

     

    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.

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    A key function of sports flooring is to help protect players from injury and enhance their athletic performance says Nick Egan, Technical Manager, Gerflor

    A sports floor surface is arguably the most important element of a sporting facility to its players, so those that design, build and manage indoor sports premises need high quality and sustainable sports floorings that provide the comfort, safety and performance aspects that are so crucial to everyone taking part in sport.

    Clearly aesthetics, acoustics, hygiene, resistance to wear, easy maintenance and good indoor air quality are key factors to sports venues. But when it comes to reducing the risk of injury, minimising the severity of an injury, should it occur, and helping to prevent both short and long-term impact injuries, then the choice of sports flooring is critical.

    Flooring manufacturers specialising in sports flooring have therefore developed new product innovations to provide the best possible flooring solutions to meet the needs of varying sports facilities and to achieve the perfect balance between co-efficient of friction and easy movement.

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    Fast track all the way for Sixth Form College with Gerflor

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    Whitworth Park School and Sixth Form College in Spennymoor, just south of Durham, provides an environment where they strive for ‘excellence for everyone’.

    The school previously had a new block constructed during the Building Schools for the Future programme. The remaining part of the works required the fitting of new floor coverings to the circulation routes of the old block that would continue to be retained.

    The project would have to be completed quickly to avoid disruption to the education facility. The requirement for a fast track flooring and durable solution would be well-suited to international flooring specialist Gerflor who would supply their amazing GTI Max flooring. This would prove it’s worth in saving both time and money for Durham County Council as there was no need for the school to close with the installation being completed in only four days.

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    Is your floor cleanroom compliant?! Industry flooring by Gerflor.

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    Both flooring manufacturers and flooring contractors have a crucial role to play in delivering cleanroom industrial flooring solutions says Roger Harrington, Industry Specialist, Gerflor Limited.

    As a manufacturer of industrial flooring solutions, to help a room achieve the desired purpose that meet cleanroom standards we are seeing a greater requirement for cleanroom solutions some being the and as a result of need for sophisticated and increasingly small, precision-based electronic equipment.

    Historically, the pharmaceutical industry, which is a large and very important sector big player in the UK, has demanded a controlled atmosphere that can affect and be affected by flooring, where certain levels of contaminants are out of the question. The right PVC floorcoverings are better able to deal with these issues than any other floorcovering materials. Added to which, unlike Resin based floors, they are very simple to repair without having to shut down the area for an inconveniently long, and probably very costly period. Therefore, specifying an appropriate cleanroom flooring and corner system is only the beginning…

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    The Recruit 121 Group is an innovative staffing, sourcing and training consultancy in Cardiff providing highly specialised services and solutions for their candidates and clients.  When Recruit 121 decided to move between floors within their existing building in central Cardiff, they saw this as a chance to devise a unique space where they could work as well as play.

    The challenge to design and complete this task would fall to Cardiff-based D&G Office Interiors who would in turn specify some utterly stunning products from international flooring specialist Gerflor for the kitchen and dining areas of the project.

    The designers decided to specify some 34sq m of Gerflor’s IDA award-winning Taralay Impression Compact which would deliver both the performance and the stunning looks they were seeking on behalf of their client.

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    Floorings for the evolving fitness facilities of the hospitality and leisure industry are in good shape says Nick Egan, Technical Manager, Gerflor.

    Perhaps in response to our increasingly sedentary lifestyles and technologically-driven world, Britain seems more aware of the need to keep fit and healthy as we see an upsurge in leisure facilities like specialist gyms, health and fitness centres, aerobic studios and new concept exercise parks in open spaces.

    Dedicated fitness and spa breaks are as popular as ever and many more hotels are now equipped with gym and exercise spaces as the ‘norm’. In a competitive market, these facilities help to improve the guest experience by providing an opportunity to keep on top of workouts or simply enjoy gentle exercise to enhance their stay.

    The flooring industry has therefore leapt to the challenge to provide the hospitality and leisure industry with new flooring solutions that meet the wide-ranging needs of diverse fitness facilities with differing requirements.

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    Fast-track all the way with Gerflor at Retail Design Expo (RDE) (stand D188)

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    On 2-3rd May 2018, Gerflor, a world class leading vinyl flooring solutions specialist in the retail sector will be exhibiting at Retail Design Expo (RDE). 

    RDE taking place at London’s Olympia is the key industry event for organisations looking for the right tools, solutions and advice on how best to run their retail businesses.

    RDE will enable international flooring specialists Gerflor to feature a collection of their latest award-winning design-led fast-track flooring innovations that are perfectly suited to a host of applications in the retail environment. Their fast track range of products will demonstrate that there really is no need to close a retail premises when a new or replacement floor is required. Gerflor fully understand that from luxury boutiques to supermarkets, flooring can play a pivotal role in creating a complimentary backdrop to a retailer's goods, alongside providing an inviting environment that is enticing to customers.

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    Rich trio of Gerflor solutions perfect for GenesisCare

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    The onus on healthcare design professionals to create buildings that are a great deal more than places to heal is part of a movement towards making healthcare establishments better environments for the patients, staff and visitors alike.

    GenesisCare provides the highest levels of patient-focused care across a network of conveniently located, purpose-built cancer centres. When they needed a new flooring solution for their Windsor facility they chose international flooring specialist Gerflor to supply products that would meet and exceed their expectations.

    The vast swathe of Gerflor products installed would include over 120sq m of Taralay Impression for the chemotherapy rooms, 1200sq m of Taralay Impression Control safety flooring for a host of public areas where slip resistance is a must, together with 200sq m of Mipolam Accord EL7 being installed in the MRI areas.

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    Gerflor set to make an ‘impression’ at Clerkenwell Design Week (stand PB11)

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    The Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) in North London which takes place on 22-24th May has created a showcase of leading UK and international brands and companies, presented in a series of showroom events, exhibitions and special installations.

    International flooring specialists Gerflor are set to thrill the visitors with some stunning examples of how their innovative flooring ranges are making their mark in a host of commercial applications…and in the home too. The event will present Gerflor with the perfect platform to showcase their new Taralay Premium collection being launched in June 2018, plus their International Design Award-winning Taralay Impression and Uni ranges. Visitors will also be able to see, feel and touch a selection of Gerflor’s stunning Creation LVT products.

    It’s a brave new world out there as Gerflor prepare to parade some of their exhilarating flooring designs. Come and meet the Gerflor team on stand PB11

     

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    New flooring solutions for workspaces are making offices better places to work in says Navjot Dhillon, Marketing Manager, Gerflor.

    Advances in technology and a heightened focus on employee wellbeing are having a major impact on office design. This, added to the continued trend for open plan environments with different functional zones, has led to companies taking a more holistic approach to the design of their workspaces.

    Flooring can be a useful tool in creating a contemporary environment that reflects a company’s image, supports innovation and ensures a pleasant work environment which contributes to a happy, healthy workforce.

    Technological advancements, an abundance of in-trend designs in vinyl and fast-track fitting methods have led to luxury vinyl tiles (LVTs) taking this area by storm.  With so much to offer, LVT floorings provide cutting edge solutions for functional spaces to boardrooms.

    With businesses looking for ways to differentiate themselves and retain the best workforce, and with design, performance and eco credentials all high up on the list, vinyl continues to be a product that can deliver.

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    Elevate is the UK's largest fitness & physical activity trade show. This year’s event on 9-10 May 2018 at Excel London is an unrivalled opportunity to learn more about how physical activity, health and performance connect.

    The event provides a perfect platform for international flooring specialist Gerflor to showcase several of their high-performing vinyl flooring products including; Taraflex® which is the most widely specified sports surface in the world. Chosen by top international athletes for its unique construction and technical performance, it has been fitted at every Olympic Games since 1976.  The Powershock 300, 100 and 60 ranges also on show from Gerflor are high impact rubber solutions for fitness, designed to be both functional and hardwearing.

    The Elevate show will also afford Gerflor the opportunity to highlight their fast-track GTI Max and Creation LVT ranges.

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    Gerflor are again Premium Sponsor of RIAI Awards 2018

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    International flooring specialists Gerflor are proud once again to be the headline premium sponsor supporting the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland’s (RIAI) Irish Architecture Awards 2018, the premier architectural awards in Ireland.

    The RIAI is the professional Institute for Architects in Ireland and its mission is to drive excellence in the built environment. Now in their 29th year, the purpose of the Awards is to promote and celebrate the quality of current work by RIAI Members at home and abroad and to create awareness of the contribution that architects make to society for everyone’s benefit. The RIAI Awards are considered by both the public and the profession as the most valued architecture awards in Ireland, resulting in strong promotion of the value of good architecture.

    Sponsoring these awards again, is for Gerflor, synonymous with their commitment to quality, innovation and engagement with the architectural community.

    The programme which started in January of this year called for all entries to be made, and entries will close on 5 March 2018. The Winners will be announced at a gala event on 8 June in the Round Room at the Mansion House, Dublin.

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    Industrial flooring comes ‘clean’

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    Both flooring manufacturers and flooring contractors have a crucial role to play in delivering cleanroom industrial flooring solutions.

    As a manufacturer of industrial floorings that can meet cleanroom standards, Gerflor are seeing a greater requirement for cleanroom solutions, some being the result of increased high technology, sophisticated and increasingly small, precision-based electronic equipment.

    The pharmaceutical industry often demands a controlled atmosphere within Laboratories and Manufacturing areas impacting on flooring where certain levels of contaminants are out of the question. The need to work in a controlled atmosphere, however, extends to other research, development, manufacturing and life science industries like the electronics, cosmetics, food processing, aerospace, automotive and micro-engineering sectors, and anywhere where sensitive processes take place and contamination could be disastrous.

    Industry by Gerflor are able to offer advice on best practice concerning both products and installation. We also offer on-site testing for a ‘peace-of-mind’ evaluation to ensure that the installation is fully welded and watertight.

     

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    ‘Premium’ result for Watford Grammar School with Gerflor

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    Over the years Watford Grammar has required a high-quality level of refurbishment that has had to be both sympathetic in design yet provide future proof solutions that can really make the grade.

    The most recent development has been 500sq m of flooring in the school laboratories on the ground and first floors. This would be a perfect opportunity for the Taralay Premium Comfort and Mipolam products manufactured and supplied by international flooring specialist Gerflor to really make a difference to the school’s environment.

    Gerflor specialise in the education sector, offering high performance solutions that combine technical and design characteristics for any room within the facility. The design of their products support studying in the best environment possible. The constraints of hygiene, resistance and acoustic qualities are part of mandatory characteristics for this market.

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    Today’s healthcare buildings must be environmentally-friendly, highly sustainable places with low CO2 emissions and capable of interaction with both inside and outside environments.  They must also be healthy places that play a pivotal role in the natural healing process by improving patient recovery, bettering staff performance and enhancing the experience of visitors.

    Understandably, healthcare specifiers rely heavily on flooring manufacturers and flooring contractors to provide reliable, sustainable flooring solutions that meet or exceed requirements.

    The impact of air quality by particulate and molecular emissions on the health and well-being of people inside buildings is becoming increasingly recognised. Gerflor’s Ultra Clean Standard was developed as a benchmark for industry. As industry is demanding superior air quality from materials including flooring, testing platforms like this could be applied to healthcare where there is no benchmark at present.

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    Gerflor continues to ‘perform’ for Polo Farm Sports Club

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    The Polo Farm Sports Club in Canterbury Kent formed in 1977 has expanded over the years to become a premier sporting venue and centre of excellence regularly being used by the local community including; Canterbury Hockey, Tennis, Cricket and Croquet Clubs.
    Ensuring that the club would have a sports surface that could provide both on-going performance and versatility for a host of activities would be top of their agenda. They would also require a sports surface that could provide 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.

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    New Year, new style with Gerflor’s stunning Saga²

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    Not everything on the planet is both durable and comfortable. Producing products that look stunning, are made to last and deliver performance needs innovative thinking and a flair for design.

    International flooring specialist Gerflor have produced a dream of a product that ticks a cornucopia of boxes when it comes to design and substance.

    Brand new for 2018 the Saga² collection from Gerflor is a fast track loose lay luxury vinyl tile that provides the durability of a compact tile with the comfort of an acoustic tile. With a wide range of stylish designs available it is suitable for heavy traffic areas including offices, boutiques, public areas as well as other administrative areas. The new Textile, Concrete, Graphic, and Wood groups are now composed of 11 Gerflor exclusive designs.

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    WOW! Brand new 2018 Taralay Initial Collection

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    International flooring specialist Gerflor have produced a range of products aimed directly at the entry level market. Their newest collection is in a sense an ‘enabler’, allowing designers to be brave and unfettered with designs without having to delve deeply into their wallets.

    The new Taralay Initial Comfort and Taralay Initial Compact ranges from Gerflor are perfectly placed to provide a broad brush for a host of differing decorative applications.

    The new Taralay Initial Comfort and Compact suite of products deliver a stunning choice of 32 colour references, which includes 16 colourways which have been ‘migrated’ across from their hugely successful Taralay Impression range. However, the new Taralay Initial collection also has 7 brand-new stunningly beautiful colours added into the ‘Diversion’, Woods’ and ‘Tweedy’ groups. It’s a designer dream of textural notes and hues.

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    Being able to change someone’s life or circumstances for the better is a mission that TV’s Nick Knowles and his DIY SOS crew have been on since 1999.

    The presenter and his crew of builders, decorators and designers travel the length and breadth of the country to make someone's living situation that little bit easier.


    In a special Children in Need episode which aired on BBC1 last year, the DIY SOS went to Swansea for a ‘Million Pound Build Special’ to help a local charity rebuild their support centre. The project would need a raft of high quality flooring as part of the rebuild. To achieve this international flooring specialist Gerflor came to the rescue by donating 119m2 of stunning products that included their Taralay Impression Comfort and Taralay Uni Comfort vinyl flooring ranges.

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    Orchard Grove Care Home is a care centre for the elderly, located in Prospecthill Circus in the Toryglen area of Glasgow. This 120-bed residential unit was named by the residents and has eight units.

    When the centre needed flooring solutions that could meet their exacting standards of safety, together with providing easy cleaning and maintenance they turned to international flooring specialist Gerflor.

    The facility required some 2000m2 of flooring that could deliver the perfect solution for their halls, en-suites, in-house hairdressers, staff changing facilities, cleaner’s cupboards and kitchen areas. Providing a long-lasting result would be paramount for Gerflor in supplying the correct balance of flooring products which included; Taralay Impression Comfort, Tarasafe™ Standard and their outstanding Mipolam Cosmo.

    Nearly four years on and in ‘situ’, the overall specification has been delivering fantastic results all round.

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    Seymour Distribution is part of the Frontline Group (a joint venture between Bauer, Immediate Media Company and Haymarket Publications) and is the largest distributor of UK magazines internationally. Their new offices above Smithfield Market in London mirrors their distinct approach to business ethos and diversity.

    Their new office refurbishment would need to be sympathetic to the existing building’s heritage. They would turn to Windsor-based Blue Jelly to design and complete the transformation of their new workplace.

    In specifying the all-important flooring aspect of the project Blue Jelly would select some 113m2 of Creation 70 LVT flooring from international flooring specialists Gerflor. This amazing range won the 2017 CFJ/CFA Product of the year and their Creation 70 product scooped the coveted Red Dot Design award last year, which is akin to receiving a ‘Design Oscar’.

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    New cleanroom sees benefits from Gerflor

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    Gene therapy may be on the cusp of revolutionising medicine as we know it.

    MeiraGTx is a company that is committed to the development of novel gene therapies to transform the lives of patients suffering from acquired and inherited disorders. MeiraGTx tasked Rochester-based Clean Room Construction Ltd (CRC) to deliver suitable flooring for their inaugural clean room facility in London which could meet the companies’ rigorous standards in cleanliness and bio control.

    CRC would specify two products for the new MeiraGTx cleanroom from international flooring specialist Gerflor which would easily meet the project’s stringent requirements. Their final specification settled on some 1200m2 of Gerflor’s high-performing Mipolam Biocontrol, together with their innovative Clean Corner System, which has been developed in partnership with cleaning professionals.

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    Kent County Cricket Club ‘bowled over’ with Gerflor

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    Whether it’s sipping tea and witnessing the gentle sound of leather on willow, or some ferocious fast bowling and run-outs, cricket is a spectacle not to be missed. It’s also a sport that can bring out the very best in our younger generation.

    There are currently 18 English Cricket Board (ECB) funded county academies. The county academy system is there to develop players capable of performing at 1st class and International level. To further these ambitions Kent County Cricket Club wanted to develop the facility they had at The County Ground in Beckenham, Kent.

    To ensure that a fabulous training surface would be available at the ground, Kent County Cricket Club turned to Architects PDP London who in turn specified Taraflex® vinyl sports flooring from international flooring specialist Gerflor.

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    Being able to change someone’s life or circumstances for the better is a mission that TV’S Nick Knowles and his DIY SOS crew' have been looking at since 1999.

    The presenter and his crew of builders, decorators and designers travel the length and breadth of the country in order to make someone's living situation that little bit easier.

    In a special Children in Need episode which aired on BBC One this week, the DIY SOS team went to Swansea for a ‘Million Pound Build Special’ to help The Roots Foundation Wales, a local charity rebuild their support centre. The project would need a raft of high quality flooring as part of the rebuild. To achieve this daunting task the show’s interior designer Sophie Robinson turned to international flooring specialist Gerflor to come to the rescue with advice and the supply of over 100m2 of stunning products in various areas of the facility including the multi-use room, main corridor, therapy room and shop, to make this ambitious transformation possible.

    Gerflor’s Marketing Manager, Nav Dhillon said: “The Roots Foundation does an outstanding job looking after young people leaving the care system, so we were delighted to help in any way we could.”

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    NEWS - 4000 sq m of Gerflor flooring for Scottish school

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    A school in Scotland that supports and accommodates 190 pupils with additional needs has been built to deliver an education environment worthy of its staff and students. ‘Carrongrange’ which is an Additional Support Needs (ASN) school in Grangemouth is now open, providing a raft of support to further enhance the learning and future of its pupils.

    When Falkirk Council required flooring for this education project they would turn to international flooring specialist Gerflor to supply 4000m2 of flooring products that could deliver stunning looks, durability and performance.

    The vast cornucopia of products supplied would consist of Gerflor’s award-winning Taralay Impression Control safety flooring, together with their Tarasafe Ultra and Tarasafe Ultra H2O. The Carrongrange development would also specify Gerflor’s GTI MAX and Mipolam SD products to further complete the huge overall flooring requirement.

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    ‘Creating’ fitness for all with Gerflor

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    More Energy Hayes is a fitness facility situated within the Uxbridge College Campus in Middlesex and previously only allowed access to the staff and students. Recently however, More Energy Hayes has extended its membership to public members based within the local area. It’s a move that international flooring specialist Gerflor were keen to support with a collection of top quality flooring products aimed at delivering stunning looks coupled to top performance and durability.

    In developing their commitment to providing a sports facility that could benefit the wider community they needed to improve the existing main gym area with some 130m2 of new flooring to meet the expected increase in demand. Gerflor’s stunning Creation 55 LVT in Eramoza Gold would turn out to be the perfect choice for the refurbishment.

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    Gerflor’s new look for housing has arrived

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    Developed for residential housing new build and refurbishment, Gerflor’s Texline luxury, R10 slip resistant, loose-lay sheet vinyl flooring has been totally refreshed by brand new designs with fashion-led colours and superior, realistic finishes.

    As the 2018 Texline collection is manufactured using cutting-edge technology to a very high specification, it can be relied upon to deliver outstanding performance beyond that of standard vinyl, especially where looks, safety, durability, ease-of-maintenance, low-cost fast-track fitting and tenant appeal are required.

    It is, however, Texline’s patented, Gerflor Fibre Technology (GFT) backing that provides warmth, comfort, acoustic insulation and resistance to indentation. Texline is also 90% RH resistant with a compact, waterproof interlayer that resists stretching and warping and has a unique composition that helps lower new-build, post-installation remedial work and streamline refurbishment.

    Plus, Texline has 15 year product warranty, two, three and four metre width options and exemplary eco-credentials.

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    A breath of fresh air with Gerflor

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    Are you mindful of airborne contamination when specifying vinyl flooring for high risk clinical areas?

    As people spend time in a healthcare environment to get better, the importance of good air quality inside healthcare buildings is being increasingly recognised. In fact, this extends to well-being in general, as all materials emit Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) into the atmosphere, which can easily become vapours and gases, making the air we breathe potentially harmful.

    It is therefore not enough that floorings in the clinical environment only address cleanability and the harbouring of nosocomial infection as the need for superior air quality is also vital. Specifying vinyl flooring that eliminates the worry of ‘nasties’ being released by products under everyday use will undoubtedly bring peace of mind to healthcare establishments but it could also help you, as specifiers, to breathe more easily.

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    Perfect Floor & Wall innovations for your Labs and Cleanrooms

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    The Lab Innovations Show at the NEC has now established itself on the industry calendar as the UK’s only event dedicated to laboratory professionals.

    It’s a market where international flooring specialists Gerflor are well-established and have been managing life sciences contamination for over 80 years, delivering new, innovative solutions to meet the stringent demands of the market which embraces; pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, medical devices, together with research labs and the biotechnologies sector.

    This year will see Gerflor showcase several high-quality life sciences manufacturing solutions aimed at providing cutting-edge technology for a host of applications which will include their ESD Solutions and Mipolam Biocontrol Performance, together with their Clean Corner System and fast-installation cleanroom floor GTI MAX Cleantech range.

    Meet the Gerflor Team and see all these products at this year’s Lab Innovations Show 2017, NEC, Birmingham 1-2 November 2017, Stand D13.

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    ‘Creating’ the wellness factor with Gerflor

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    Multiple hotel chains have started to accommodate fitness-oriented travellers by upscaling their health and well-being facilities.

    It’s an area where international flooring specialist Gerflor have been able to make a huge contribution in terms of product and specialist technical advice. When the Coppid Beech Hotel in Bracknell wanted to upgrade their wellness centre they turned to Gerflor to supply the decorative and hardwearing flooring solution that would lift the centre to the next level.

    It’s a facility that has approximately 200-330 hotel guests using the centre on a weekly basis, therefore any new flooring would have to look stunning and offer outstanding durability. As part of a new refurbishment they would specify Gerflor’s Creation 55 LVT in three different colours for three clearly defined areas.

     

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    Gerflor and Judy Murray rise to community challenge

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    Inchgarth community centre in the ‘Granite City’ of Aberdeen is the city’s biggest, busiest and most successful centre of its kind. Inchgarth has been a non-stop hub for the local community and has been recognised by her Majesty the Queen via the Queens Award for Voluntary Service with an MBE.

    Mother of tennis superstar Sir Andy Murray, Judy Murray wanted to do something tangible to assist the centre. Eighteen months ago, she delivered a large coaching session for fifty adults and forty children to introduce them to tennis.

    Working with ‘Tennis on The Road’, Judy Murray remembered Inchgarth and offered the centre an amount of PowerGame™ outdoor modular sports flooring from Sport Court® which had been originally donated by international flooring specialists Gerflor to Judy Murray to further her tennis initiatives.

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    Gerflor ‘King’ of the West End

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    King is a leading interactive entertainment company for the mobile world, with people all around the world playing one or more of their games.

    When the new King building in the heart of London’s West End was being conceived, it was always going to have a gym and fitness facility for the staff. No forward-thing thinking company like King would be complete without an on-site fitness suite and gym. It’s their commitment that everybody in the company should be healthy and happy. No bad thing.

    King, as in their previous building, would specify Gerflor products once again, this time choosing some 210m2 Gerflor’s Taraflex® Sport M Performance vinyl sports flooring in three pulsating colours; Pink, Silver Grey and London Light Blue.

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    Floorings must strike the right balance in nursing homes

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    The ultimate type of flooring for nursing homes is one that strikes the perfect balance between a familiar design for residents with durable, hygienic, easy-to-clean characteristics - essential to nursing and care environments.

    Vinyl flooring manufacturers specialising in healthcare are responsible for contributing to these environments through the provision of well-designed and appropriate products that can help make permanent or temporary accommodation more congenial and as close to an ‘at home’ living space as possible. Reliable, safety floorings with slip resistance to R10 / R11 and ≥36 HSE standards in decorative designs that residents might choose for their own homes have therefore been developed.

    The aim is to provide design-orientated, dependable floorings that eliminate the institutional element while improving performance and function to help create places where vulnerable people can enjoy the best possible surroundings.

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    Refurbish and improve with Gerflor

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    Construction product sales, both light and heavy were healthy in the last quarter of 2016. A factor that has been key in the refurbishment sector.

    The correct choice of flooring can add value to any refurbishment project and provide longer-term solutions. Innovative floorings that couple aesthetics with technical performance are therefore key in a competitive market.

    Leading flooring manufacturers like Gerflor are continually investing in innovative new technology to bring about better flooring solutions for contract and housing sector refurbishment projects.

    With expertise in many market sectors including healthcare, education, offices, sport, leisure, retail, hospitality and housing, Gerflor with products like their Taralay Impression, Creation LVT and Tarasafe ranges provide invaluable advice and advanced product solutions designed to meet both the demands of today and tomorrow.

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    Safety can be spectacular with Gerflor

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    Built on the site of the old Myerscough Hall, some six miles north of Preston, Myerscough College is a Higher and Further Education college dating back to the 19th century.

    The college itself sets extremely high standards when it comes to their curriculum and the results they expect from both staff and students alike. Therefore, it’s no surprise that when new flooring had to be installed they would turn to international flooring specialists Gerflor to supply the quality, design and durability they were seeking. It would be a task perfectly suited to Gerflor’s high-performing Taralay Impression Control and Tarasafe Ultra H20 safety flooring range.

    With over-70 years’ experience, Gerflor’s expertise in safety flooring that delivers the highest standards of safety and durability is second to none.

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    Flooring giant Gerflor backs British Basketball

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    One of the world’s biggest flooring companies, Gerflor is set to support British Basketball’s high-profile friendly with Greece on Saturday. Both parties are to explore a long-term partnership, to address the flooring needs of the British game.

    Being the biggest doesn’t always make you the best, but in the case of basketball court production and supply it doesn’t get much better than Connor Sports®, Sport Court® and Taraflex® from Gerflor.

    David Carter, Sport Marketing Communications Manager, Gerflor said, “At Gerflor we’re very keen to open-up communication with organisations and facilities at the lower levels to encourage participation in the sport with organisations such as WhosThatGirl all-female basketball camps who are real enthusiasts with a love of the game.”


    He went on to add, “it’s for this very reason that Gerflor have made this financial commitment to British Basketball to further help the sport in general.”

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    Gerflor’s new award-winning Taralay Impression range

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    The International Design Awards (IDA) fundamentally exists to recognise and promote legendary design visionaries. It’s a set of ‘Design Oscars’ that truly celebrates the original and the best work in any given creative field Therefore, it’s no surprise that Gerflor’s new Taralay Impression vinyl floorcovering collection has scooped a bronze award in the prestigious IDA product category.

    International flooring specialist Gerflor have now unleashed their tantalising brand-new Taralay Impression ranges for 2017.

    The Taralay Impression range is a multi-purpose vinyl floorcovering available in 2m sheet format with a Group T wear rating. It’s ideal for a host of heavy traffic environments where R10 slip resistance is a requirement. The 2017 collection displays a wide palette of 21 designs and 83 colours.

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    Terracotta is never boring with Gerflor!

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    The Sybil Andrews Academy on the outskirts of Bury St Edmonds is a glowing example of how a stunning bespoke design can deliver a functional and inspiring learning and sports facility.

    The project includes sports facilities which has a six-court sports hall, gym and an activity studio. As with all new builds the flooring element for the sports areas would have to be of the highest quality possible. It would provide international flooring specialist Gerflor with an opportunity to show case their world-class Taraflex® vinyl sports flooring.

    Gerflor have more than 70 years of experience with Taraflex® sports flooring.  It offers a wide range of colours and is suitable for a variety of applications. It is ideal for renovation works and is available with the Dry-Tex™ System perfect for new construction or refurbishment projects with damp subfloors.

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    Gerflor’s Mipolam ‘the original’ homogeneous flooring set to stun the market

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    The Mipolam range from Gerflor has a legacy of testing going over many decades providing a stunning array of products and delivers the broadest, most comprehensive collection of homogeneous flooring available in the marketplace.

    Since 1937, Mipolam has grown from a single product line to 25 different lines with more than 300 colours available worldwide. The original star in the homogeneous stable is Gerflor’s Mipolam Symbioz flooring which was the first Mipolam 100% bio-based plasticizer made of corn and wheat.

    By combining the Mipolam collections with its patented revolutionary Evercare® surface treatment, Gerflor has delivered product lines that offers unparalleled stain resistance to blood and chemicals (including iodine), the best slip resistance in its field, astonishingly low maintenance and unique environmental credentials.

    Brand new for 2017 is Mipolam Affinity and Mipolam Classic.

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    A real ‘page turner’ for Gerflor

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    Denny library lies on the cusp of the ancient Scottish town of Falkirk. It’s a haven for all things literary. In 2016 the Scottish Government allocated £450,000 to support Scottish libraries. The Denny Library is a vital spoke in the daily wheel of the town’s activities and would see a benefit from a recent regeneration project which would be a perfect fit for international flooring and interiors specialist Gerflor to show case some of their latest vinyl flooring ranges. When the architect was looking for robustness, continuity and visual appearance in the flooring he specified Gerflor products.

    The project would use a mixture of Gerflor’s Tarasafe Standard, Taralay Impression Comfort and their award-winning Creation range for their library, the back of house WC area and stores.

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    Gerflor scoop CFJ/CFA Product of The Year!

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    International flooring and interiors specialists Gerflor have won the coveted 2017 CFJ/CFA Product of The Year category with their Creation LVT range.

    In a hard fought selection process Gerflor have come out on top with their stunning Creation LVT range of products.

    The three award-winning ranges include; Creation 70, 55 and the new Creation 30.

    Creation 70 will inspire and enhance any interior space. It’s extremely tough and durable. Designed for medium traffic areas for light commercial use is their Creation 55 range. The Creation 55 range is a perfect match for moderate traffic areas in commercial environments. The final product in this ‘LVT award-winning trio’ is Gerflor’s Creation 30 which is a brand-new design-orientated, luxury vinyl tile flooring perfect for a myriad of residential and housing applications. All products are available in three installation types including Dry Back, X’Press and Clic formats.

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    Gerflor meets the need for improved sports flooring

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    The urgent need for building, extending and improving educational establishments is creating new opportunities for top class education flooring solutions.

    Today’s flooring must be flexible with properties suited to multi-functional spaces and sport. Point elastic resilient flooring offer comfort, safety and different levels of shock absorbency: P1, P2 & P3. It is therefore possible to match the specification to the requirement.

    P2 and P3 flooring like Taraflex® from Gerflor offer a multi-use sport product. By opting for a P3 flooring, the higher level of protection, it equates to the requirements of an elite indoor sports flooring by absorbing impact with the floor. The addition of surface treatments lowers the friction temperature which also reduces the risk of friction burns caused by sliding.

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    Gerflor ‘barking’ up right tree with BRAVEHOUND

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    BRAVEHOUND is the canine wing of the charity GLEN ART who support former servicemen and women and their families. Based in Scotland, Glen Art has developed a new programme where they link suitable veterans with companion dogs.

    When the charity was seeking to re-modernise their training facility in Erskine Hospital with new safety flooring, they appeared on the radar of international flooring and interiors specialist Gerflor who happily agreed to donate some flooring.

    The BRAVEHOUND project at Erskine Hospital would need 200m2 of Gerflor’s Tarasafe Standard vinyl safety flooring in Royal Blue. The Tarasafe vinyl safety flooring range is available in over 80 finishes and is reinforced with a glass fibre grid, suitable for use in all areas of heavy traffic where slip-resistance, durability and hygienic conditions are required.

     

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    Gerflor are again principle sponsor of RIAI Awards 2017

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    International flooring and interiors specialist Gerflor are proud to be the headline sponsor supporting the Royal Institute of Architects Ireland (RIAI) awards programme 2017.

    The RIAI seeks to provide architects with the professional training, education and research support required to consolidate the role of the RIAI. Now in their 28th year, the RIAI Irish Architecture Awards are the premier architectural awards in Ireland. The purpose of the RIAI Irish Architecture Awards is to promote and celebrate the quality of current work by RIAI Members at home and abroad and to create awareness of the contribution that architects make to society for everyone’s benefit. The RIAI Awards are considered by both the public and the profession as the most valued architecture awards in Ireland, resulting in strong promotion of the value of good architecture.

    The annual awards are there to promote the best of the best and the categories include everything from; Commercial/Retail projects through to Education, Health, Leisure, Housing, Public Buildings and Sustainability. The annual awards are therefore very prestigious and the competition for shortlisting is extremely fierce. 

    Sponsoring these awards again, is for Gerflor, synonymous with their commitment to quality and innovation and engagement with the architectural community

    The programme which started in February of this year called for all entries to be made, this was then followed with the RIAI assessment panel sitting in April/May to create a shortlist. A Public Choice vote campaign started at the end of May with the final awards to be announced on the 23rd June. The Irish public can vote for their favourite building, with voting open until Friday 16th June 2017.

    The RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2017 sponsored by Gerflor will be announced on Friday 23rd June at the prestigious Mansion House in Dublin, followed by the RIAI Annual Awards Summer Party.

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    Gerflor pick up Government gauntlet with their Total Living Solutions

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    In January, the Government unlocked £7 billion in a dramatic expansion of the government’s affordable housing programme to meet the diverse housing needs of the UK.

    It’s a burgeoning sector where international flooring and interiors specialist Gerflor have devised a stunning range of social housing refurbishment and new build luxury vinyl flooring solutions to meet the exacting standards that will be required to fulfil the forthcoming demand.

    In 2016 Gerflor won the CFJ/CFA product of the year category with their Taralay Impression Control range. This safety flooring collection is perfect for both refurbishments and new builds. Add to this Gerflor’s Texline and Creation 30 LVT ranges and the delivery of high-quality vinyl Total Living Solutions for a raft of social housing applications from Gerflor looks set.

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    Gerflor joins the debate on the future of healthcare at European Healthcare Design 2017

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    The third year of The European Healthcare Design Congress and Exhibition (EHD) will see global policy advisors, researchers and practitioners join in four days of discussion on the future of healthcare provision (11-14th June 2017 at the Royal College of Physicians, London).

    International flooring and interiors specialists Gerflor will again be exhibiting and attending the congress discussions. With over 70 years’ experience in the healthcare sector, Gerflor is committed to producing innovative, decorative and sustainable flooring, wall and corner solutions and providing expert advice on how to meet and exceed expectations in this most demanding of environments.

    This year’s overarching theme is ‘The European Health Economy in 2030’, encouraging forward thinking on topics such as the sustainable transformation of healthcare systems, services and settings; the role of the patient and public in driving healthcare system change and designing a flexible healthcare infrastructure that responds to the changes in care provision, technology and location.

    Amanda Hickman, Business Development, Gerflor, was keen to stress the importance of attending such an event.‘As a creator of products for the healthcare environment it’s valid Gerflor remain in touch with the issues affecting the sector, our specifiers and, most importantly, the patients and staff who interact with our flooring. Our long legacy in international healthcare has been built on our ability to innovate and adapt our product and service offering; we have a responsibility to continue to contribute to this sector and we take our role of influencing the design, user experience, cost-efficiency and safety of the healthcare interior seriously.’

    She continues, ‘That’s why EHD is not about exhibiting product for us: it’s about offering our global experience and participating in the wider discussions of the congress so that we may spot, and act upon, any opportunities for flooring to make a difference to future healthcare provision.’

    The Gerflor healthcare team welcome delegates to talk with them at Stand 2 of European Healthcare Design on 12-13th June 2017.

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    Logos and bespoke designs are at forefront of R&D with Gerflor

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    Floor surfaces are a major visual element in most facilities and have a significant impact on the internal environment. The use of bespoke logos and water cutting on flooring design also creates brand awareness and re-enforces the sales or corporate message.

    International flooring and interiors specialist Gerflor are at the very forefront to R&D when it comes to supplying the manufacturing support and products to enable this bespoke look and feel.

    With Gerflor’s unique My Taralay service customers can choose from 150 colours which provides more than an incredible 400,000 combinations. This unique system allows a customer to select a design from 4 stunning Taralay designs, then selecting a colour from a palette of 150 colours, which in turn provides this huge range of combinations. It’s the ideal way to visualise a project.

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    Come fly with Gerflor at British Irish Airport Expo

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    The British-Irish Airports EXPO, hosted by Birmingham Airport, returns to The NEC in June 2017 to present airports, airlines, vendors, service providers and the wider air transport eco-system with the opportunity to share experience and make valuable business connections.

    With more than 70 years’ experience of innovation driven by substantial investment in research and development, international flooring and interiors specialists Gerflor are set to wow the visiting aviation professionals with a host of on- message solutions. Gerflor’s commitment to research and design means that they can save airports time and money, supplying numerous fast track installations with no need to close the facility. Their GTI Max product is a perfect solution for front of house, walkways and corridors.

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    Cardiff community sports hub helped by Gerflor

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    The all-new community STAR Hub in Cardiff opened its doors in September 2016 and now proudly sits at the heart of the Splott, Tremorfa, Adamsdown and Roath communities. This state of the art facility has a spacious Health & Fitness Suite which houses all-new TechnoGym equipment, including a Functional Fitness frame to allow for fun and challenging adaptation of traditional workouts. It’s now a haven for fitness that’s inspiring the local community to become fitter and more active.

    In constructing the new STAR Hub facility, the specification of the flooring choice would be at the very top of the agenda to enable only the very best products to be used. The ultimate decision would fall onto specifying some 320m2 of Taraflex® vinyl sports flooring from international flooring and interiors specialist Gerflor.

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    Gerflor’s award winning collections to be showcased at Clerkenwell

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    The Clerkenwell Design Week in London at the end of May is on the horizon. International flooring and interiors specialists Gerflor are set to thrill the visiting throngs.

    On show this year will be Gerflor’s new trends for 2018 as they showcase their LVT Creation ranges. Their LVT Creation 55 range will sit alongside their Creation 70 range which was awarded the coveted Red Dot Award for Product Design 2016.

    Visitors will also be able to see a selection of Gerflor’s other high-performing products including their Taralay Premium Compact and Taralay Premium Comfort ranges. The event will also afford Gerflor the opportunity to feature their Taralay Impression Control range which won the 2016 CFJ/CFA product of the year category.

    The Gerflor team will be on hand to meet visitors on stand number PB11, 23-25th May.

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    Fitness comes first with Gerflor

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    Britain seems more aware of the need to keep fit and healthy as we see an upsurge in leisure facilities like specialist gyms, health and fitness centres, aerobic studios and new concept exercise parks in open spaces.

    A significant option for hospitality and leisure specifiers wanting exercise flooring are portable, loose-lay, weight room floors that are ideal for both permanent and temporary indoor facilities. These exercise-friendly systems provide continuous shock and sound absorbency and are highly suited to free weight areas and power decks.

    Point elastic flooring like the Taraflex® sports flooring range from Gerflor offers comfort, safety and performance and different levels - P1, P2 & P3 - of shock absorbency with P1 being suitable for general activities and P3 being an ideal sports floor.

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    Gerflor provides fitness focus at Elevate 2017 (Stand 2)

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    Making physical exercise easier and more readily available in environments that are both suitable and safe is a mantra very close to the heart of international flooring and interiors specialist Gerflor.

    This year’s Elevate event on 10-11 May 2017 at Excel, London has over 150 exhibitors & 200 speakers. Elevate 2017 is an unrivalled opportunity to learn more about how physical activity, health and performance connect. The event provides a perfect platform for Gerflor to showcase several of their high-performing vinyl flooring products.

    Visit Gerflor on Stand 2 to learn more about their Taraflex® vinyl sports flooring, together with their Tarasafe Ultra H20, GTI MAX®, LVT Creation ranges and their solid maple flooring offer with Gerflor’s PowerGame® SportCourt® collection.

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    Perfect partnership with Gerflor

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    Gymflooring as a company was established in early 2011 as the Sports Flooring division of UK Flooring Contractors Ltd. These days Gymflooring are one of the UK’s leading supply and install specialists for all sports flooring projects.

    Gymflooring rely on manufacturers like Gerflor to constantly manufacture and supply good quality products for their customers. Within the health and fitness sector they need to be assured that the material that’s being specified will firstly arrive on time, and more importantly stand up to the day-to-day punishment that it’s put through within a gym environment.

    Gerflor has a product for every type of sport or exercise in the health and fitness sector, this makes the job of specifying very easy. Gymflooring always specify Taraflex® products from Gerflor for any of their sports hall floor installations.

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    Feel ‘the power’ with Connor Sport Court

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    Connor Sport Court, owned by international flooring and interiors specialist Gerflor is the market leader in sports surfacing.

    In a testament to improving kids’ lives Connor and Gerflor as companies are constantly looking for opportunities to create a better world. In the sports division, it manifests itself in creating safer places for children to unlock their potential and become champions of life. A strong partnership with the charity Beyond Sport looks set to enable this commitment to flourish.

    The safest outdoor court in the world PowerGame® from Connor Sport Court features the lowest skin abrasion of any outdoor court surface and is made of the highest quality materials and UV stabilisers to protect the specifiers investment and is a perfect fit for a host of performance sports including; badminton, tennis, basketball, netball and hockey.

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    Gloucester care home sparkles with new Gerflor flooring

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    Run by Gloucestershire County Council, Great Western Court Care Home in the centre of historic Gloucester provides personal care to thirty people.

    In a recent refurbishment, the care home would need 300m2 of flooring for seventeen of their resident’s bedrooms. Achieving stunning looks coupled to high levels of safety performance would be the challenge. A challenge well-met by the appointed installer who specified Gerflor’s Taralay Impression Control safety flooring.

    In 2016, Gerflor won the coveted CFJ/CFA product of the year category with their Taralay Impression Control range. This safety flooring collection is perfect for refurbishments and new builds. A multi-purpose floorcovering available in 2m sheet format with a Group T wear rating, it’s ideal for a host of heavy traffic environments where slip resistance is a must.

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    Fighting fit with Gerflor

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    The Prince William of Gloucester barracks in Grantham were established on the site of the former RAF Spitalgate airbase in October 1976 as the new Central Volunteer Headquarters for the Royal Corps of Transport. It is now a large TA training centre.

    When the MOD supply chain company Carillion Amey wanted to upgrade the existing gym at the Prince William of Gloucester barracks they turned to a sports flooring specialist based in Chertsey, Surrey. Reflex Sports would specify some 1800m2 of Gerflor’s Connor Maple sports flooring to meet the military requirements.

    Gerflor has introduced four systems from the Connor Sports family, providing high quality sports flooring solutions for a myriad of markets. Available now: NeoShok, Rezill Sleeper and Alliance and the QuickLock portable system with all stock levels held in France.

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    Maple is back! Connor sports flooring systems available now!

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    In 2015 International flooring specialist Gerflor announced their acquisition of Connor Sport Court International in a move that expanded the company’s global market reach and sports product range.

    Founded in 1872, Connor Sports is the leader in hardwood sports flooring and in 1974 Sport Court was formed providing the market with the original modular sport surface used for outdoor athletics. Connor Sport Court International is the US market leader in sports surfacing and has built systems for many elite associations including the NBA and USA Volleyball.

    The UK will be introducing four systems from Connor Sports. Available now are the following: NeoShok, Rezill Sleeper and Alliance, with stock levels held in France. The fourth available product is the QuickLock portable system, also held in France is ideal for temporary use in a multitude of sporting events. 

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    ‘Eastern promise’ with Gerflor

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    Staying fit and healthy whilst having some fun can be a recipe for a long, healthy life. Happily, many local councils UK nationwide have embraced this doctrine. The council-run Eastern Leisure Centre in Cardiff had more than 250,000 users last year, but was in urgent need of modernisation. New features would include an open reception area, improved changing rooms, gym and soft play facilities; a new dance studio and spin room.

    The project would be a perfect ‘fit’ for international flooring and interiors specialist Gerflor.  They would provide their high-end Taralay Impression Control safety flooring together with their uber-performing Taraflex® sports flooring.

    With Taralay Impression Control and Taraflex® Sport M Performance from Gerflor being included in the original tender document the project was clearly aiming for high quality products throughout the 1600m2 element of the re-fit.

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    Eighty years-old, looking great and still performing

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    Some may think that being eighty isn’t that cool. They’d be dead wrong.

    In 1936 the BBC began broadcasting, the Spitfire roared onto the aviation scene and the homogeneous flooring Mipolam from international flooring and interiors specialist Gerflor was launched. It’s been a legacy of providing a product that’s always been truly fit for purpose, delivering incredible levels of hygiene protection and durability to a host of market segments.

    By combining the Mipolam range with its patented Evercare™ surface treatment, Gerflor has delivered a product that offers unparalleled stain resistance to blood and chemicals (including iodine), the best slip resistance in its field, astonishingly low maintenance and unique environmental credentials. It is also 100% recyclable.

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    French revolution…

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    As LVT goes through a major renaissance, French flooring manufacturer Gerflor has a jewel in the LVT crown at their Grillon factory in the stunning sun-bleached vista of Provence.

    The Gerflor factory that produces their exquisite LVT Creation products is just a small disturbance on the landscape. It does in its own way, add a certain degree of charm to its immediate locale.  After all, they’re not producing nuts and bolts, but luxury vinyl flooring that’s both innovative and leading the charge in terms of design.

    For more than 70 years and in more than 100 countries, Gerflor is recognised as an expert and a world leader in its field thanks to technical, decorative and eco-responsible added-value solutions specific to each market application. It’s been a path of development and unsurpassed growth and a maxim that’s all-too abundant at the Grillon site. In short, the Creation range provides the cutting-edge, design-led, sustainable solution for most contract and residential uses.

    With the LVT world full of new flair and an abounding renaissance in the air, French flooring and interiors specialists Gerflor look like they’re on the cusp of their own revolution in terms of bringing new and exciting LVT designs to the market…and all manufactured in the Provencal sunshine.

     

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    Tarasafe Ultra H²0 perfect for social housing!

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    Gerflor can offer certified social housing flooring solutions guaranteeing comfort and well-being, while meeting strict requirements in private or common living areas.

    Gerflor’s vinyl flooring products include different sets of benefits to meet the wide-ranging needs of diverse social housing projects and their Tarasafe Ultra H²O is a
    perfect solution for a myriad of social housing applications where heavy duty slip resistance is essential in the shower, changing or bathroom environment.

    Gerflor’s social housing applications are well-liked by tenants as they combine tenant-appeal with construction and installation features to address the needs of housing specifiers. Gerflor’s Tarasafe Ultra H²O vinyl safety flooring is the ultimate choice for wet and dry environments, barefoot and shod applications. 

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    Gerflor to ‘wow’ with 2017/18 collections at Surface Design Show (stand 274)

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    This February London’s Business Design Centre will see international flooring and interiors specialist Gerflor showcasing their 2017 and 2018 collections of high quality contract and residential flooring solutions.

    With more than 70 years’ experience at the forefront of design-led development, Gerflor’s expertise in Luxury Vinyl Tile design and safety-led flooring development is second to none. Showcasing this this year will be their award-winning Creation ranges of luxury vinyl tile and plank flooring, together with their Taralay Impression Control and Taralay Premium safety flooring products.

    See, touch and discover all the latest products from Gerflor on stand 274, Surface Design Show, Business Design Centre, Islington, London. 7-9th February 2017.

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    Royal Automobile Club London choose Gerflor

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    The Royal Automobile Club in London’s prestigious Pall Mall exemplifies the very essence of our delight with all things established, solid and quality. The Club strives to remain one of the foremost private members’ clubs in the world and aims to provide their 17,000-strong membership with a first-class service offering high-quality accommodation, dining, recreation and sports facilities.

    In consultation with the Gym Manager at the Royal Automobile Club, some 70m2 of Taraflex® Multi-Use 6.2 from international flooring and interior specialists Gerflor would be specified for a host of areas including their ‘stretch’, ‘rower’ and ‘functional’ zones.

    Gerflor offers several installation solutions for Taraflex® including the Eco-Fit System which is a fast, free floating installation and it’s versatile enough to be used in various multi-specialist applications.

     

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    Gerflor still huge hit at Huddersfield University

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    The University of Huddersfield has over 24,000 students and like most universities the sports and leisure facilities feature very heavily in student life.

    The Gerflor brief back in 2014 was to offer a suitable solution for an ‘under rig’ flooring area which was positioned directly underneath the sports centres ‘Technogym Omnia’ system. Taraflex® Sport M Evolution was the specified product.

    Taraflex® vinyl sports flooring from international flooring and interiors specialist Gerflor has been used in many international and local sporting events and is available in 17 colours and two wood-effect designs.


    As the passage of time moved on the durability and performance of the Gerflor sports flooring has been a crucial element in the ongoing delivery to the users.

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    Gerflor and Mike Burris in the spotlight!

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    Based in Coleford, which sits on the cusp of the stunning Wye Valley, Mike Burris Flooring is a gem of a success story. It’s a flooring company that has one man at the helm, determined that quality will be the shining star that illuminates everything he does.

    This dedication to quality is a mantra that requires the support of top-end manufacturers like international flooring and interiors specialist Gerflor.

    Mike Burris Flooring have been specifying Gerflor products for 25 years and have found them to be well- priced, quick to install, easy to maintain and consistently great quality. Over the school summer holidays, Mike Burris Flooring have used many different Gerflor products, which has included Tarasafe™ Ultra and a large amount of their Taralay Impression Control to name a few.

     

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    Lyon, France, November 16, 2016 – The International Volleyball Federation and world-renowned flooring company Gerflor signed a contract extension on Wednesday, renewing their flourishing partnership for the period 2017-2020.

    Gerflor first became the official flooring supplier for the FIVB’s volleyball competitions from 1997 to 2000 before becoming a regular partner since 2005.

    As the most widely used sports flooring surface in the world, Taraflex® has been selected for successive Olympic Games from Montreal in 1976 to Rio de Janeiro in 2016 for indoor sports including; volleyball, handball, badminton and table tennis.

    "Gerflor's innovative and state-of-the-art flooring provides the FIVB's competitions with the best surfaces for the world's top athletes to compete on at the highest level,” FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° said. “The FIVB is proud to renew its partnership with Gerflor, which will play a key role as the federation looks ahead to important milestones including the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship Japan 2018, FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship Italy/Bulgaria 2018 and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games."

    “Gerflor is proud to pursue the journey with the FIVB for another Olympic cycle and to provide all volleyball players, from beginners to seasoned professionals, with the highest standards in safety and performance,” Gerflor CEO Bertrand Chammas said. “Our teams are fully committed to assist the FIVB in its endeavour to promote the values of volleyball and sport in general. We look forward to a fruitful partnership with a shared vision, and innovative products solutions.”

    Gerflor provides flooring for the world's top volleyball nations and its products are known by players and coaches for their global sport performance. Gerflor is also recognised for its emphasis on innovation and development, which guarantees athletes the most outstanding and safest surface to play on.

    Gerflor was present in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 for its 11th successive Olympics, providing the flooring for the volleyball tournament at the Maracanãzinho Arena, marking 40 years of Olympic tradition for Gerflor.

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    Social housing flooring solutions at your fingertips

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    Branded ‘Housing in Progress’, Gerflor’s new social housing refurbishment and new build luxury vinyl flooring solutions brochure is a must-have for those wanting the latest flooring product information for social housing projects.

    Having 35 pages crammed with fresh flooring solutions for internal areas of the house building process including communal, functional and living spaces, the handy guide covers dedicated, high performance products to cater for the aesthetic, technical, economic and environmental needs of housing professionals.

    As the global vinyl flooring manufacturer provides ideal products for every aspect of flooring in housing, Gerflor is a convenient single source supplier of both residential and commercial products, which include the most comprehensive collection of floorings meeting HSE guidelines. These advanced, vinyl floorings have unique specifications, embrace decorative trends, appeal to tenants and come in a great choice of designs with extra thermal, comfort, acoustic and performance benefits.

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    Gerflor to wow visitors at Architecture Expo, Ireland

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    The Royal Dublin Society’s (RDS) main hall in the leafy and elegant suburb of Dublin that is Ballsbridge is set once again to provide the backdrop for architects, designers and specifiers to get to grips with the latest trends in their industries. Architecture Expo, Ireland on Fri 25th/Sat 26th November is a two-day showcase of products, opinions and industry-led forecasts.

    It’s an event very high on the agenda for International flooring and interiors specialist Gerflor who will be showcasing their latest innovations for the contract markets this year on stand C8. Gerflor will be displaying a selection of their leading World-class products including their Red Dot Award-winning Creation 70 LVT and will also be ‘shining a light’ on their ‘uber-performing’ safety flooring solution Taralay Impression Control, together with their high traffic-bearing Taralay Premium.

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    With some of the UK’s largest housing associations recording increased annual spending on repairs and maintenance of which routine maintenance is the largest expenditure, there is a growing need for housing professionals to make cost savings whilst continuing to deliver excellent services to tenants.

    To address the common issues of day-to-day repairs, planned works and unscheduled refurbishments, housing flooring specialist Gerflor has developed dedicated flooring solutions that embody unique technology to dramatically reduce remedial work, fast-track installation and drive down ‘on-floor’ costs, even contributing to longer product life cycle times and lower replacement budgets.

    Gerflor invented Gerflor Fibre Technology (GFT) applying the innovation to its residential ≥36/R10 slip resistant floorings meeting HSE guidelines. GFT textile-backed floorings such as Griptex and Texline feature a unique stabilising, waterproof interlayer that in combination with GFT technology address many refurbishment and new build installation problems that housing professionals face.

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    Only the best from Gerflor at Highgate School London

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    Keeping up decent customs and delivering longevity in terms of standards in most of our educational establishments is still seen as a key factor in their overall success.

    When the Highgate School in North London wanted to carry out a major refurbishment they would turn to an Architect who would have their vested interests at heart, together with providing an eye for modern detail, whilst giving a nod towards the school’s venerable past.

    The project would be a perfect fit for international interiors and flooring specialists Gerflor. The design of their products support studying in the best environment possible. Architect Ed Toovey would settle on 540m2 of Gerflor’s award-winning Creation 70 LVT to deliver the look and feel he was after.

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    Gerflor under the microscope at Lab Innovations 2016

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    Lab Innovations has established itself on the industry calendar as the UK’s only event dedicated to laboratory professionals. The show enables visitors to keep up-to-date with the industry and to see the most innovative products and services to help meet the growing demands of their market place.

    The ranges being displayed this year by Gerflor encapsulate a Life Sciences offer that addresses the rigorous demands of the industry and include a raft of products from the Gerflor stable; Mipolam Biocontrol Performance, the Gerflor GTI range, Clean Corner System, Mipolam EL, together with a selection from their wall protection system which includes - SPM Decochoc protection panels, SPM Decoclean and their SPM Impact

    Meet the Gerflor Team and see all these products at this year’s Lab Innovations Show 2016, NEC, Birmingham 2-3 November 2016, Stand C9.

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    Titanic effort with Gerflor!

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    Titan Interior Solutions was acquired by the Horbury Group in 1999. Placing their flooring needs in the hands of quality suppliers is at the very helm of their ethos. It’s a mind-set that happily embraces international flooring and interiors specialist Gerflor.

    David Cartwright, Titan Interior Solutions commented, “Quality is as important as Health and Safety. Companies like Gerflor provide solutions that are design led, innovative, with the right price point and the quality they supply is never compromised”. He continued, “A prime example of the Gerflor product range is the main stand expansion at Anfield Stadium where we are involved in the hospitality area. This will see a large amount of Gerflor Creation luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring being laid”.

    This year sees Gerflor re-energise their Creation 55 LVT collection, producing some stunningly attractive new colours, designs, effects and formats.

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    Getting ‘active’ with Gerflor

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    Providing fitness and well-being services for any community must be at the beating heart of most councils these days. Sandwell's newest sport, swimming and fitness facility located in the heart of Wednesbury boasts a plethora of new facilities. Sandwell Leisure Trust (SLT) has worked in partnership with Sandwell Council to fast-track the building of this new centre providing the people of Wednesbury and the wider community with an exciting new swimming, sport and leisure centre.

    With quality top of the SLT agenda they would need the very best possible flooring for their sports hall which could deliver performance, safety and comfort. It would be an ideal opportunity for international interiors and flooring specialist Gerflor to supply their Olympic-standard Taraflex® Sport M flooring. The project would consume a healthy 340m2 of this high-performing product.

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    Gerflor produce Welsh Wonder!

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    The Abertillery Primary School north of Newport and just South of Abergavenny in Wales provides that all essential ‘great start’ for children. It’s a primary school centric to the community it serves.

    The new Abertillery Primary School has been built on the existing school site and serves pupils from the existing Abertillery and the Blaentillery school catchment areas. Cardiff-based Willmott Dixon Construction were awarded the contract to carry out pre-construction works. It would be a project where they would demand the highest standards of flooring throughout the school. This would provide a perfect opportunity for international flooring and interiors specialists Gerflor to showcase a number of their high quality products including; Taraflex® vinyl sports flooring, Tarasafe™ Ultra vinyl safety sheet flooring and their outstanding homogenous Mipolam Symbioz™ vinyl flooring.

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    Quality all the way with Gerflor

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    The MacGregor Flooring Company based in Hamilton, just outside Glasgow, are widely renowned as the one of the leading specialist commercial flooring companies in Scotland. This family-owned business has over 30 years’ experience within the contract flooring sector delivering a no-nonsense level of quality service with the products to match. It’s a supply situation that suits the high levels of quality manufacturing and service that international interiors and flooring specialists Gerflor excel at.

    Supplying the right choice of products to customers and specifiers is crucial to any flooring manufacturer in being able to satiate various market sectors.

    Gerflor are particularly strong in the education sector where they are able to offer flooring in all areas from toilets to classrooms to sports halls with a host of products including their Tarasafe™ Ultra H20, Taralay Impression Control and Taraflex® sports flooring.

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    French flair…

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    Tarare lies just 35 kms from Lyon in the south eastern corner of France. A land where the Beaujolais reds meet the Beaujolais whites in a pleasant green pastoral backdrop. It’s where Gerflor manufacture their Tarasafe range of vinyl safety flooring.

    The factory sits in 20 hectares which houses the production facility and the holding areas for stock. The 600 staff on site are split 80% in production with the other 20% in HR, Marketing, Administration and Communications.

    Tarasafe is a hugely popular choice for a host of environments; education, healthcare, leisure, hospitality, housing and in any applications that require slip resistance to be maintained.

    The manufacturing process for Tarasafe safety flooring in Tarare is born out of years of research and product adjustment to offer a product that delivers on all fronts.

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    Gentle care from Gerflor

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    Kilbryde Hospice in East Kilbride, just south of Glasgow in Scotland is a voluntary independent 10-bed hospice providing specialist palliative care to patients with life-limiting progressive illnesses.

    In 2012 an appeal to raise the money necessary was backed by Scots engineering entrepreneur and honorary president of the hospice Jim McColl, who donated £200,000 to the project. Rangers FC manager Ally McCoist, TV presenter Lorraine Kelly and comedian Andy Cameron were also patrons of the appeal.

    As a new build the project needed some 2000m2 of high quality flooring that would not only look stunning, but would also stand up to the rigours of daily use. A mixture of Gerflor’s Taralay Impression Comfort, Creation 70 Luxury Vinyl Tile and Planks and Tarasafe™ Ultra H²O, together with products from their SPM handrails was specified.

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    Good looks in safety floorings for housing

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    Gerflor unites leading technology with first class design in its two ≥36/R10 slip resistant, residential vinyl floorings, Agrippa and Griptex. Developed specifically for housing, these advanced, domestic floorings meet HSE guidelines and are treated with Gerflor’s exclusive PureClean GripX finish for superior slip resistance in both wet and dry conditions, without trapping dirt or becoming ineffective over time.

    In addition, Agrippa and Griptex include different sets of benefits to meet the wide ranging needs of diverse housing projects. For example, Agrippa is a beautifully practical, acoustic safety flooring, which at 19db, delivers an impact sound reduction that exceeds the requirements of the UK’s current Building Regulations, contributing to quieter home environments. It is therefore ideal for new build, multi-occupancy homes or wherever impact sound is a potential issue.

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    ‘Bowled over’ with Gerflor!

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    The Manchester Grammar School (MGS) was founded in 1515. 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 school 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 would be pivotal in furnishing a high-quality sports solution that could provide comfort, safety and a high degree of performance. After a visit by Gerflor’s UK Technical Manager, Nicholas Egan the die was cast. Taraflex® Sport M Comfort would be the preferred flooring choice.

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    Texline unites design with technology for housing

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    Gerflor’s Texline flooring is a Gerflor Fibre Technology (GFT) loose-lay, luxury, domestic sheet vinyl which unites decorative trends with leading technology to bring fresh solutions to house building projects where looks, performance and fast-track fitting are priorities.

    Part of Gerflor’s residential housing collection, Texline embodies the latest decorative trends in wood, mineral and linear designs, whilst augmenting them with realistic graining and sophisticated colours to evoke natural moods or contemporary chic in both modern and traditional settings.

    However, home buyers will not only be inspired by Texline’s first class designs but also by its comfort and practicality. At 3mm thick, it is luxuriously cushioned, thermally efficient and sound insulated to 16db.  Plus Texline is R9 slip resistant and will take considerable wear and tear without impact on its appearance due to its 0.3mm wearlayer and stain-resistant, hygienic, easy-to-clean, PureClean™ surface finish.

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    ‘Smashing’ success for Gerflor’s Taraflex® Combisport 85

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    The Scotstoun Sports Campus which includes Glasgow Club Scotstoun, Scotstoun Squash Centre and Scotstoun Stadium is located in the West of the city and is one of the largest venues of its kind. It also hosts The National Badminton Academy which is home to the Scottish Badminton Team, providing a centre of excellence and training for all levels of badminton right down to club level and juniors.

    A refurbishment of the badminton playing surfaces was high on the centre’s agenda and the supply of a new state-of-the-art sports surface would need to be specified if the players were to have continuity in their training facilities. This highly prestigious project for two halls would once again fall to international interiors and flooring specialist Gerflor.

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    Gerflor have developed a stunning new range of LVT products

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    There’s no doubt that 2016 has seen a Luxury Vinyl Tile and Plank (LVT) resurgence leading to a much higher demand for this most ubiquitous of flooring products. For Gerflor it’s been a journey of discovery, passion and innovation leading to a zealous encounter with the creativity of old and new materials.

    All vinyl seems to be trending this year and it now appears to be the ‘big dog on the block’. Original, well thought-out vinyl designs are on a march, becoming one of the most popular and sought-after floors on the market, and this is in large part due to the newest luxury vinyl designs. It’s a situation perfectly suited to Gerflor’s spectacular new Creation 55 range.

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    Nursery triumph for Gerflor

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    In 2014 Tavistock House Day Nursery Ltd were given the go-ahead to turn a former boxing club in Hetton, Sunderland into a new pre-school nursery.

    At Hetton House Day Nursery they believe that the early years in a child's life are very important. Ensuring that the children and staff would have a safe and comfortable environment that would be fit for purpose would be at the forefront of their planning, which would of course include the best quality flooring possible. The final choice of products would fall to international flooring and interiors specialist Gerflor, who supplied 513m2 of their hugely popular Taralay Impression Control and Tarasafe Ultra products.

    With more than 70 years’ experience of innovation driven by investment, Gerflor specialise in early year’s education, offering solutions combining technical and design characteristics for any room within the facility.

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    Big is beautiful with Gerflor!

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    Being consistent with supply and levels of service are at the very core of Gerflor’s activity.

    Designer Contracts, the UK’s largest flooring contractor has warranted the reputation as one of the most reliable and competitive suppliers in the UK today. From its 12 regional centres, they service a broad range of businesses and organisations covering everything from single rooms to entire developments. It’s a company that now has over 250 employees with a turnover in excess of £35M.

    Designer Contracts know that an element of their success is due to the stable of quality manufacturers and suppliers that provide the levels of service and products they require in order to fulfil their clients demands. It’s an area where international flooring and interiors specialists Gerflor excel at.

    Gerflor take great pride in supplying Designer Contracts on a national basis, with 80% of all orders delivered the next day.

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    Gerflor step up to Olympic challenge for 2016 Rio Games

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    Rio 2016 will see international flooring and interior specialists Gerflor take centre stage as they’ll be involved in the manufacture, delivery, installation, technical assistance and dismantling of flooring for 7 volleyball courts and 6 handball courts. It’s a colossal flooring project totalling over 15000 m2, featuring their hugely successful Taraflex® sports flooring product.

    Taraflex® sports floors have been used since 1947 at the largest international sports federations (volleyball, handball, badminton, table tennis). 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 40 years.

    So, as we watch the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio unfold over a dazzling two-week period of sporting excellence, Gerflor and their Taraflex® sports flooring will be at the beating heart of the biggest show on Earth.

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    Gerflor scoop another award

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    International flooring and interiors specialist Gerflor have won the 2016 CFJ/CFA product of the year category with their Taralay Impression Control range.

    The Taralay Impression Control safety flooring collection from Gerflor is perfect for both refurbishments and new build. A multi-purpose floorcovering available in 2m sheet format with a Group T wear rating, is ideal for a host of heavy traffic environments where slip resistance is a must.

    Available as a dual collection: - ‘Safety in Wood’ and ‘Safety in Design’, the range includes realistic woods in contemporary colours and modern all over designs.

    With over 70 years’ experience Gerflor offer a superb range of varied flooring solutions which combine technical and design characteristics for a host of contract applications.

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    Tennis on Tour with Judy Murray and Sport Court® PowerGame

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    The tennis world has sometimes been criticised for not making the sport available to children from all backgrounds. It’s a situation that Andy Murray’s mother, Judy Murray is keen to change.

    Judy Murray decided that she wanted to actively do something about tennis at the grass root level in Scotland. ‘Tennis on the Road’ was ‘born’ and about to bring tennis to a whole new generation of kids. The programme would need the very best playing surface for the coaches and children to play on. The choice would be PowerGame from Sport Court® which is a Gerflor owned company.

    At Saracen Primary School in Glasgow they would benefit from playing on 11.4m x 6m of Sport Court® PowerGame outdoor tiles in ‘Evergreen and ‘Purple’, which is of course a perfect match to the Wimbledon colours.

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    Gerflor's Expertise for the Rio Olympic Games

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    Through its partnerships with IHF and FIVB, Gerflor will supply the handball and volleyball courts during the upcoming 2016 Olympic Games in Rio


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    GERFLOR’S EXPERTISE FOR THE RIO OLYMPIC GAMES from 5th to 21th August 2016. The Group will be involved in the manufacture, delivery, installation, technical assistance and dismantling of flooring for 7 volleyball courts and 6 handball courts, an area of over 15,000 m2!

    FLOORS MADE IN FRANCE As the leading player in flexible floor covering, Gerflor caters to both individuals and professionals with its ranges for sports, homes, healthcare, retail and offices. Gerflor is based in France and has over 70 years experience in the research and creation of sports flooring. Its TARAFLEX® brand is a recognised reference in this segment. With the expertise it has gained from some of the world’s largest sporting events, Gerflor has stood out for several years as the world leader in indoor synthetic sports flooring.

    A WEALTH OF KNOW-HOW AND EXPERTS IN ACTION: A dozen Gerflor technicians will be mobilised in Brazil this April, June and July for the 2016 Olympic Games preparatory events and official competitions. This type of competition requires a specific organisation, involving Gerflor teams at various stages of the preparation:

    • Before: manufacturing, assembly and quality monitoring. TARAFLEX® floors are manufactured and assembled in France, at the Gerflor Technocentre with a 1,500 m² area fully dedicated to the creation and assembly of courts.

    • During: installation of floors and ongoing technical support.

    • After: dismantling

    GERFLOR: 40 YEARS OF OLYMPICS!

    Gerflor’s TARAFLEX® sports floors have been used since 1947 at the largest international sports federations (volleyball, handball, badminton, table tennis). Through partnerships with these federations, Gerflor has been present at the Summer Olympic Games since 1976, i.e. 40 years of Olympics!

    THE TARAFLEX® BRAND HAS BEEN A KEY BENCHMARK FOR INDOOR SPORTS FLOORING SINCE 1947 Safety, Comfort, Performance and Resistance, Gerflor’s TARAFLEX® sports floors offer the best immediate protection against falls and helps prevent long-term sports injuries. Floors designed to last: TARAFLEX® floors offer the same level of performance throughout the life of the product. TARAFLEX® THE CHAMPIONS’ FLOOR

    • Protecsol® surface treatment: reduces the risk of friction burns when diving

    • Shock-absorbing foam underlay (for enhanced safety)

    • Rolled wear layer reinforced with a fibreglass grid: stability and safety with support VOLLEYBALL COLOURS: Coral, Teal, Terracotta. HANDBALL COLOURS: Mint Green (play area), Terracotta (6 m areas), Oak Design (around the edge of the court).

    The TARAFLEX® range offers a wide choice of colours for sports surfaces including the colours of the most iconic events (18 colours available).

    OLYMPIC GAMES: THE MOST WATCHED SPORTING EVENT IN THE WORLD! The Rio Olympics (5th to 21th August 2016) and the Paralympics (7th to 16th September) will be the first edition of the Games to be held in South America. They will bring together 65 disciplines, 16,000 athletes from 206 countries, 4,500 officials, 70,000 volunteers and... 25,000 journalists!

    40 YEARS OF OLYMPICS… & A FEW ANECDOTES!

    IN 2008: CHINESE DISCIPLINE! With their experience gained from previous Olympics, Gerflor technical teams were able to tackle unforeseen circumstances successfully. A case in point is what happened at the Capital Stadium, the main volleyball site, just a few days before the opening of the Games. The parquet on which TARAFLEX® Plus was installed had shifted after the air conditioning had been switched off. The organising committee followed the Gerflor team’s recommendations even whilst taking a drastic measure: one hundred Chinese soldiers were requisitioned and positioned around the 756 m2 volleyball court. These soldiers then lifted the floor, welded and secured using double-sided adhesive tape, and maintained it so that the workers could rework on the parquet. After the work, the flooring was laid down again and readjusted. A first in the history of Gerflor sports flooring!

    IN 2012: TECHNICAL FEAT AT THE SERVICE OF HER MAJESTY! Handball competitions were held in a pavilion that could seat up to 6,000 spectators; after the Games, the pavilion was to be converted into a multipurpose community sports centre. The semi finals and finals were to be held in another pavilion, the Basketball Arena, which was a modular structure with a capacity of 12,000 seats. Gerflor rose to the challenge of uninstalling the handball court floor and reinstalling it in the Basketball Arena... overnight!

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    Gerflor sponsors Lillington Juniors FC U’13 Boys

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    Making a difference to someone’s life, or perhaps their ability to participate in drama, the arts or sport is where community involvement takes on a meaningful presence. International flooring and interiors specialists Gerflor make it a priority to engage with local charities and deserving causes…it’s at the very core of what they stand for.

    When a Leamington Spa-based junior football team approached Gerflor for some help with their U 13’ Boys Team the French flooring giant where only too pleased to become involved. It’s all about making a difference and adding value into the community where they can. This two-year sponsorship of Lillington Juniors FC U’ 13 Boys Team does exactly just that and will ensure that he sponsored team will have a new team kit and new equipment for the next two seasons.

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    Irish grind school sees benefit of Gerflor

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    The Institute of Education occupies seven large Georgian buildings on its Dublin City Centre campus and is one of the largest private second level schools and ‘grind’ schools in Ireland, sending more students to third-level colleges than any other school in Ireland.

    With a refurbishment due, the overall level of academic excellence would spill over onto the institute’s requirements for top quality throughout the project. The flooring aspect would take the full brunt of the new requirements with international flooring and interiors specialist Gerflor rising to the top of the class to deliver the requisite quality.

    They would specify some 1200m2 of Gerflor’s Taralay Impression Comfort flooring, spread over three levels and colour themed in red, blue and yellow.

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    Irish healthcare centre charmed by Elegance

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    The new Community Treatment and Care Centre (CTCC) in Banbridge, County Down, Ireland is situated within the Banbridge Health Village on the Old Hospital site and provides a raft of healthcare facilities to the town and surrounding district. Ensuring that this new state-of-the-art healthcare centre would have the very latest products in terms of flooring would be key to their future plans.

    The new flooring would have to be of the highest quality, look fabulous and be fit for purpose. This crucial element of the project would be supplied by international flooring and interiors specialist Gerflor.

    The flooring solution specified for this new high profile healthcare project would be Gerflor’s Mipolam Elegance and some 3000m2 of this ultra-performing product would be needed to fulfil the projects requirements.

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    In the swim of things with Gerflor

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    Lochee Swim and Sports Centre in Dundee has re-opened to the public with an upgrade of over £1million. In making numerous improvements to the centre the flooring would need to be upgraded to a standard matching the quality of the overall refurbishment. It was a challenge where international flooring and interiors specialists Gerflor would step in with a variety of solutions aimed at delivering both quality and performance.

    The new refurbishment would see Gerflor’s highly successful slip resistant Tarasafe™ Ultra H²O chosen for the changing rooms, with the main reception area benefiting from specifying Gerflor’s Taralay Premium Compact.

    No sports centre is complete without a state-of-the-art fitness suite and Lochee Sport and Swim saw this as a major element of their inclusive offer to the public. Taraflex® Sport M from Gerflor would be the ideal choice for this area.

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    Gerflor and The Queen of Theme

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    Sam Kopsch is an interior designer who has panache, imagination and the guts to be really bold when needed. It’s her South African up-bringing which instilled the courage that’s brought her to where she is today…in London, and quite frankly making a scene. When Sam needs top-end design coupled to high quality she inevitably turns to international flooring and interiors specialists Gerflor.

    Gerflor, as a company, take great pride in being able to supply designers with a raft of solutions to fit every project.

    A perfect example of this relationship is the refurbishment of 20 St Dunstans Hill in the City of London, where the talents of SKS and Gerflor would really shine. The project would entail some 2500m2 of Gerflor’s stunning LVT Creation and GTI flooring providing the perfect look and practical solution that SKS were seeking.

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    Gerflor sponsor the RIAI awards 2016

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    International flooring specialist Gerflor are proud to be the principle sponsor supporting the Royal Institute of Architects Ireland (RIAI) awards programme 2016.

    The RIAI Irish Architecture Awards celebrate the best architecture in Ireland and around the world. Winning projects reflect quality and advances in architecture, and show the value that architecture adds to society across a range of typologies. The RIAI Awards are considered by both the public and the profession as the most valued architecture awards in Ireland.

    The Awards night, the Public Choice winner announcement and dinner on the 24th June 2016 will be held at the stunning 17th Century Royal Hospital in Kilmainham on the outskirts of Dublin City, with RTE TV expected to cover the event.

    Sponsoring these awards for Gerflor is synonymous with their commitment to quality, innovation and engagement with the architectural community.

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    Gerflor get to grips with fitness and ProFIT28

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    ProFIT28 is a ‘new concept’ fitness and wellbeing centre based at Westbourne House in Leeds.

    Their high calibre approach to fitness and member service would be also be coupled to rigorous demands that their new flooring throughout the facility would have to be up to scratch. This approach in only accepting and providing the best performing products would be a perfect fit for international flooring and interiors specialist Gerflor.

    This large project would see a mixture of Gerflor’s Tarasafe™ Ultra H20 vinyl safety flooring, together with their high performance Taraflex® vinyl sports flooring and their highly innovative Creation CLIC LVT for the reception area. The impact areas of the centre would be fitted-out with Powerdek from Connor Sports.

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    Gerflor talking ‘clean’ at European Healthcare Design 2016

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    International flooring and interiors specialists Gerflor are set to create a ground- breaking approach at this year’s European Healthcare Design Congress and Exhibition by not actually showcasing product.

    On offer will be their specific understanding of the sector, together with the benefits and solutions they can provide. It’s all about engagement with the visiting healthcare professionals and discussing the bigger picture.

    Gerflor are a single supplier to a raft of healthcare facilities, providing a host of contemporary flooring and wall and door protection solutions. Gerflor, however, have much more to offer the industry than just product. Their experience enables them to provide great insight, advice and create worthwhile partnerships.

    Meet the Gerflor healthcare team on stand 2, The European Healthcare Design Congress and Exhibition, Royal College of Physicians, London 27-28 June 2016

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    Healthcare flooring partnership

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    Northern Ireland-based Amanda Hickman and Cillian O’Shea from Gerflor have been working together for over eight years.

    Their sales and marketing efforts are focused on making positive change and growth in the healthcare flooring sector. Gerflor are renowned for their innovation and product development: as much as 70% of sales comes from products less than three years old.  For the healthcare sector, this translates into a comprehensive portfolio of pioneering solutions for the clinical environment.

    The next chapter in the healthcare flooring story for Gerflor is a confident one, as both Amanda and Cillian are determined to a make an impact on the Ireland, UK and international market but also want to target further afield.

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    Primetex is Gerflor’s great value GFT range for housing

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    Gerflor has added its new Primetex range to its Gerflor Fibre Technology (GFT) residential flooring collection of decorative, loose-lay, luxury vinyl flooring for housing.

    Great value and extra tough yet cushioned for comfort, Primetex’s outstanding selection of wood, all-over and mineral designs in contemporary colours, have been created by the global vinyl flooring manufacturer’s in-house design and research teams to reflect the latest international trends and to cater for the aesthetic needs of all housing projects, whether traditional or modern in style.

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    Gerflor wins ‘designers Oscars’ with Creation 70

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    The Creation 70 range, designed by international flooring and interiors specialist Gerflor has been awarded the ‘Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016’ by a worldwide panel of 41 experts made up of architects, designers and journalists. With more than 17,000 entries each year The Red Dot Award is one of the best-respected design competitions in the world.

    The Red Dot Design Award was founded in Germany in 1955 and has become an internationally recognised distinction in the world of design…a kind of “Designers’ Oscars”

    Beating-off more than 5,000 entries from 57 countries, Gerflor’s Creation 70 flooring was recognised for its range of mineral, wood and textile designs with different embossed finishes, its different installation systems and in particular its solution-based usefulness for renovating existing floors, together with its high recycling properties.

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    Gerflor has two chances of scooping a housing industry award!

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    By impressing the judges of the Housebuilder Product Awards 2016 with two of its residential, luxury vinyl Gerflor Fibre Technology (GFT) floorings, Gerflor has been announced as a finalist in not just one, but two categories, of industry Awards that recognise and reward excellence and innovation in products which aid new home development in the UK.

    As a result, Gerflor has two chances of scooping a coveted award when the winners are revealed at a ceremony on June 29th at Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham.

    In the running for ‘Best Internal/Interior Product’ is Gerflor’s HQR range of high quality, loose-lay GFT flooring.  Of unique construction, it has a 0.40mm thick wear-layer making it suitable for high-end interior schemes and communal areas within housing, where previously only commercial floorings met necessary specification. As a design-led flooring, it gives housebuilders greater design scope for these areas.

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    A trip to the dentist for Gerflor!

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    Aura Dental in St Johns Wood, London is a team of dentists offering a range of quality treatments. Their patient-centred specialist dentists provide a modern approach to cosmetic dentistry with great customer service. It would be their extremely high standards that would also determine the quality of their recent refurbishment of the new practice.

    The flooring for this high profile dental practice refurbishment would be placed with international flooring and interiors specialists Gerflor.

    In fact, some 120m2 of Gerflor’s Creation 55 and 70 Luxury Vinyl CLIC System was specified for the vast majority of the practice. Colour-wise the project would see a mixture of both Portobello and Norvegian Slate used, which complimented the overall design beautifully.

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    London calling… Gerflor ready to shine at Clerkenwell Design Week

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    International flooring and interiors specialists Gerflor are set to wow the visiting throngs at the Clerkenwell Design Week this coming May with some stunning examples of just how their innovative flooring ranges are making their mark in not only a host of commercial applications, but in the home too.

    They are a company that do break the mould when it comes to staid, boring designs. Their range of Luxury Vinyl Tile and Plank (LVT) products and safety flooring products are produced to look stunning, which challenges ‘the ordinary’ on every level.

    It looks like Gerflor will be turning the tables at this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week. Forget Mr Normal of Normal Street…Gerflor are ready to showcase some exhilarating flooring designs that are set to sizzle in the Spring sunshine. It seems with Gerflor that trendy and fresh really is the new black!

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    Gerflor delivers caring solution in Northern Ireland

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    South-East of Belfast in County Down, Northern Ireland nestles the small village of Castlewellan. Corriewood Private Clinic in Castlewellan is a well-managed healthcare facility that takes pride in responding to the individual needs of their residents at all times.

    When it came to producing this new build they wanted to ensure that the flooring would meet the high values they had already set for the building. International flooring and interiors specialists Gerflor were chosen to deliver the high standard of flooring needed.

    A total of 2000m2 of Gerflor’s Taralay Impression Compact and Tarasafe Ultra H2O would be needed to fulfil this challenging project. The Corriewood Private Clinic wanted a flooring that would look warm and non-institutional, but at the same time deliver a non-slip safety solution.

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    Trafford Youth Centre flooring challenge met by Gerflor

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    The Trafford Youth Service in Manchester works with and on behalf of the local community. They offer advice, personal support as well as exciting opportunities to be involved in arts, music, outdoor activities and a variety of community based projects.

    When Trafford Borough Council wanted a warm, easy to maintain, comfortable floor for a multi-use area in the Old Trafford Youth Centre they turned to international flooring and interiors specialists Gerflor. This challenging remit would suit Gerflor’s Taraflex™ Multi-Use 6.2 perfectly. Trafford Borough Council already use Gerflor’s popular Taralay products in their Primary Schools and Community Centres throughout the Borough, so they were already extremely confident in specifying Gerflor products for this latest project.

    As highlighted by the Old Trafford Youth Centre project, Gerflor have flooring solutions for all types of installation, from nurseries to secondary schools, together with social and community centres.

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    Gerflor to the charity rescue with double Yorkshire ‘whammy’

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    Near York lies the village of Saxton. Like many small English villages, it has a village hall and primary school. The hall up to a year ago was very run down and underused.

    The local community stalwarts decided to tackle the hall and bring it into the 21st century. 

    Completed in April last year the hall was given a new lease of life. They now have a regular calendar of events happening for the community. However, what was really needed to finish the hall was new fit for purpose flooring. 

    They would need some help. It would be a plea for help that wouldn’t be falling on deaf ears at international flooring and finishing solutions specialists Gerflor. And in a happy coincidence the local primary school would also gain some much-needed flooring.

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    Gerflor inspires at The Building Centre London

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    The Building Centre in the heart of London’s West End is in a sense an alter to the levels of building and design excellence in the UK. It exists to solely promote innovation in the built environment.

    With a permanent display at The Building Centre, international flooring and interiors specialists Gerflor are able to provide samples of their high quality flooring and designs to the architectural and design community.

    Gerflor will have a specific launch event on 10-11th February 2016 at the Building Centre in conjunction with their attendance at the Surface Design Show (stand 306).

    Customers can visit the exhibition display and meet the London specification team to discuss specific needs with a glass of champagne thrown in. There will also be a series of monthly events being held at the Building Centre.

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    Gerflor holds out hand of help for food centre

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    Graiguecullen Parish Priest Father John Dunphy in County Carlow, Ireland had been so moved by the plight of people calling to his door looking for food that he spearheaded plans and established the first meal centre in the Carlow/Graiguecullen area.

    It was a level of suffering that easily came to the attention of local flooring and tiling contractor MW Kane Tiling Contractors, based in neighbouring County Kildare.

    One telephone call easily got the attention of international flooring and interiors specialists Gerflor who immediately wanted to help by donating product to this hugely worthwhile project.

    Providing the flooring free of charge for this much-needed facility would be where Gerflor could make a positive contribution to these charitable efforts and also help out the local community.

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    Gerflor ‘Create’ the London look

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    Office Space in Town are a serviced office company offering businesses and individuals workspace solutions. They choose buildings in central districts of London and the provinces. The buildings are refurbished to high standard creating a stimulating working environment for each building. And 20 St Dunstan’s Hill in the City of London is one of their gleaming jewels in an already shiny crown.

    The designers for this project, SKS would be at the top of their game to deliver an interior that could meet a raft of challenges.

    Stepping up to this challenging remit from SKS, International flooring and interiors specialist Gerflor would be supplying two of their most iconic and stunning flooring products. Gerflor’s LVT Creation and smart-looking GTI would be the designer’s choice to grace this newly re-furbished jewel of a building.

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    Charging away… with Gerflor

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    The smart Gerflor GTI range from International vinyl flooring and finishing solutions specialist Gerflor has just been stepped-up a notch with the addition of two new electro-conductive floorcovering products.

    Showcased recently at the Lab Innovations 2015 exhibition, NEC, the GTI EL5 Control and GTI EL5 Connect ranges were well received by key decision makers in the industry.

    GTI EL5 is a multi-layered looselay vinyl tile, 6mm thick, reinforced with two glass fibre grids and will be available in two new additional formats.

    Each format is available in five stunning colours. The five colours have been selected from the six colours currently available in the Mipolam Elegance EL5 range.

    GTI EL5 Connect tiles can be installed using an ingenious interlocking system with dove tails and GTI EL5 Control comes in a square format that has welded joints and straight edges for those applications that require clean environments and watertight systems.

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    Gerflor supports the local community and future sporting generations

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    In 2001 a group of Nuneaton parents decided to form their very own junior football team on behalf of their children. Attleborough Sports JFC was born.

    Attleborough JFC is run as a family orientated, community based club, encouraging talent and the raising of standards in an open, fair and sporting manner. They now run seven teams aged 5- 14 years.

    Creating something from nothing is always difficult and challenging, especially if you have a limited budget. When their under 12’s manager Mark Bolstridge approached international flooring and interiors specialist Gerflor for some help with kit his plea fell on some very understanding ears.

    They needed a set of sweatshirts and boot bags for their team of under 12 boys and this is where Gerflor happily stepped in.

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    Gerflor to ‘wow’ with new 2016 collections at Surface Design Show (stand 306)

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    In February London’s Business Design Centre will see international flooring and interiors specialist Gerflor showcasing their brand new 2016 collection of high quality contract and residential flooring solutions.

    The Surface Design Show provides the perfect backdrop for Gerflor to shine a light on their vast array of flooring innovations.

    Led by innovative Chief Designer Gino Venturelli, the Gerflor Design Centre has a dedicated team of talented designers who are constantly researching into, and exploring up-and-coming new trends. A glittering example for 2016… and hot on the heels of considerable market success is Gerflor’s brand new Taralay Impression Control

    See, touch and discover all the latest products from Gerflor on stand 306 at theSurface Design Show, Business Design Centre, Islington, London. 9-11th February 2016.

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    Gerflor to showcase at Lab Innovations show 2015

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    Lab Innovations, the UK’s only event dedicated to laboratory professionals, brings together professionals looking to source the very latest in the market.

    It’s a market where international flooring and wall protection specialists Gerflor are well-established. Show casing at this year’s event Gerflor will be shining a light on their latest dedicated cleanroom flooring solutions.

    Gerflor provides customised solutions to the specific needs of clean rooms with their products being developed to be fully compliant with the standards and requirements for controlled contamination and extreme chemical resistance. Gerflor floors are watertight, resist high traffic and are easy to install, with a myriad of corner and coving solutions available to suit a vast swathe of applications.

    See their products at this year’s Lab Innovations Show 2015, NEC, Birmingham 4-5 November 2015, visit Gerflor on Stand B8.

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    WOW! New Taralay Impression Control - Safety by Design

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    Gerflor has coupled its technical expertise with excellence in design in the creation of its latest safety flooring innovation, Taralay Impression Control.

    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.

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    Sensational Singapore success for Gerflor who supply over 107,000m2

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    Jurong Health is the public healthcare cluster that provides healthcare services and care processes for the community in the west of Singapore. It operates the new 700-bed Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and the 400-bed Jurong Community Hospital.

    The flooring contract was awarded to international French flooring giant Gerflor. The local Gerflor distributor partner NSK Baustoffe (S) Pte Ltd supplied the products and also managed the installation.

    The wards and general visitor areas would need 85,000 m2 of Gerflor’s hugely successful Tarasafe™ Ultra slip resistant safety flooring. The project would also see 12,500m2 of Gerflors’ Taralay Premium flooring specified for their corridors.

    The VIP rooms of this facility would also need flooring that could provide good levels of sound insulation and comfort underfoot. The choice for this 8,500m2 area would be Gerflor’s Taralay Impression Comfort Wood.

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    Protection at its best with Gerflor!

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    Gerflor SPM offers a comprehensive range of wall and door protection, corner protectors and handrails in an extensive range of finishes.

    SPM International has been integrated into the Gerflor brand, offering customers a suite of reliable and decorative systems providing safety, hygiene, easy maintenance and noise management.

    The breadth of the SPM range is both vast and specific and provides protection for all education applications, together with industrial facilities which also includes clean rooms/controlled environments and the pharmaceutical sector.

    The SPM product range from Gerflor also offers the highest levels of protection for high traffic areas in a host of health care facilities which includes hospitals, clinics and retirement homes.

    A host of ‘back of house’ operations can also benefit from the protective qualities of SPM, as can damp changing areas in all sports areas.

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    Get funky and functional with Gerflor!

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    When the Whitehaven Sports Centre in Cumbria wanted to re-utilise an existing area of the main sports hall they turned to international flooring specialists Gerflor to provide the solution they would need.

    The designated area that would need to be re-designed and converted was a former squash court.

    Gerflor would be required to deliver a loose-laid solution over the existing timber floor without the need to remove it.

    Rec 45 from Gerflor was the specified product; an ideal solution for multi-purpose uses which is also highly recommended for light recreation activities.

    Gerflor also supplied their Isolsport underlay to isolate the material from the old existing timber.

    The finished laid Rec 45 was then line marked with paint to achieve the final required look.

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    Sleeping with Gerflor! Showcasing new innovations at Sleep Event 2015

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    Running for two days, the Sleep Event in November represents the very best in hotel design excellence, with an exhibition of the finest international product suppliers showcasing their best products.

    This year will see International flooring and interiors specialist Gerflor showcasing their stunning new range of Luxury Vinyl Tiles and Plank (LVT) products.

    They’ll also be providing a snapshot of their brand new, leading-edge safety flooring Taralay Impression Control, together with their highly credible SPM door, wall and corner protection systems which includes Decotrend.

    See all the latest LVT, SPM and Safety Flooring products from Gerflor on Stand No. G42

    Sleep Event – Tuesday 24th November to Wednesday 25th November at the Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0QH.

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    Gerflor’s new Housing Collection has flooring needs covered

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    From affordable to high-end, with unique benefits and different price points, Gerflor’s new Housing Collection of innovative, vinyl flooring pushes the technical and aesthetical boundaries to provide fresh solutions for housing projects.

    Comprising all types of residential vinyl flooring, the Housing Collection includes design-led, traditionally-bonded luxury vinyl tile and plank ranges and revolutionary, loose-lay floorings that are suitable for every room and designed to turn houses into homes.

    A core part of this new collection is Gerflor’s high performance, textile-backed and advanced click system floorings that combine fast, cost-effective installation with the benefits of top quality vinyl.

    These loose-lay floorings are the straightforward and glue-less way of fitting residential flooring. In particular, Gerflor Fibre Technology (GFT) floorings, which include a patented, built-in, multi-benefit, textile backing system, not only save time and money by eliminating adhesive, accelerating installation times and lowering ‘on-floor’ costs by up to 30% compared with standard vinyl, but also reduce call-backs for remedial work by typically 75%.

    However, as design is a fundamental element of Gerflor flooring, the new Housing Collection showcases the global vinyl flooring manufacturer’s expertise in the study of international design influences and key trends related to the world of fashion, interior design, architecture and surface finishes. With designs that also draw inspiration from natural materials such as wood, stone, marble and concrete, there are floorings to suit all tastes and decorative styles.

    In addition, Gerflor’s Housing Collection includes floorings with advanced thermal and acoustic properties, integral waterproofing and slip resistant, easy maintenance surface finishes, plus up to 15 year product guarantees.

    This outstanding product offering is supported by a UK operation and dedicated housing team, three strategically located distribution centres stocking 96% of all ranges at all times, a fleet making daily deliveries throughout the UK, with 80% of orders delivered by the next day. Free trial areas are also available on request.

    Gerflor’s environmentally-sustainable products are 100% recyclable and widely specified within housing applications. They are manufactured at Gerflor’s ISO 14001 certified production sites.

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    Gerflor take Glasgow table tennis club to a new level!

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    When the Drumchapel Table Tennis Club in Glasgow needed a suitable flooring solution they turned to international flooring and finishing solutions specialists Gerflor to supply a sports flooring product that would not only deliver to the highest standards, but would also look great.

    The ideal choice would be Gerflor’s Taraflex™ Eco-Fit System.

    The Taraflex™ Eco-Fit system is suitable for sports, community projects and is ideal for use over existing sports floorings, where there is no risk of rising dampness such as resin, parquet and PVC

    Taraflex™ is also versatile enough to be used in various multi-specialist applications and affordable for many new projects and refurbishments. This sports flooring solution is used within the education, community, leisure, health & fitness sectors.

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    Deep in the Forest with Gerflor Creation

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    When Glasgow-based interior designers Houseology recently moved offices, taking over a space in a converted mill building and renovating it from top to bottom they would need flooring products that would adhere to their design-led ethos.

    The Creation range from international flooring and interiors specialist Gerflor was the perfect choice and has provided the Houseology office with beautiful flooring for its reception, social hub, circulation spaces and meeting rooms.

    The Creation range is immensely versatile, and as the client Houseology specified is very authentic looking.

    The different technical aspects of Creation offer looselay or stick down which really assisted the client with the actual fit that was required. Creation from Gerflor in a sense really provides an ‘application to suit all’.

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    One year on and Eastwood High School is delighted with Gerflor

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    Eastwood High School just outside Glasgow offers a wide range of facilities for community use after hours. They wanted a flooring that looked fantastic, would be safe but be very hard-wearing and really easy to clean.

    They specified Tarasafe™ Ultra from Gerflor; a range of specialist slip-resistant vinyl safety flooring. Now one year on the flooring looks fantastic and has met up to each and every challenge with the cleaning and maintenance being both easy and trouble free.

    A re-visit to Eastwood High School recently highlighted the on-going benefits of using Gerflor products.

    Installing Tarasafe™ Ultra proved to be the right choice as it offers the safety flooring solution the school needed, providing an easy maintenance solution and hitting the green buttons they specified.

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    Gerflor and Connect 2 Cleanrooms…the real deal!

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    In a clean room specification environment that’s technically challenging, only a small number of companies like Connect 2 Cleanrooms, a UK-based global company specialising in cleanroom design and manufacture, together with international flooring and wall protection specialists Gerflor who can really make the cut.

    Any supplier/client partnership worth its salt is based on trust and delivering quality at all times.

    Mipolam Bio-Control from Gerflor is specified for use by Connect 2 Cleanrooms as they know that the Bio-control levels and specifications have been tested to the industry norms and standards.

    Gerflor provides customized solutions to the specific needs of clean rooms with their products being developed to be fully compliant with the standards and requirements for controlled contamination and extreme chemical resistance.

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    Exams and push ups, University of St Andrews chooses Gerflor

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    The University of St Andrews turned to international flooring and finishing solutions specialists Gerflor when they were looking for a best all-round solution that would deliver durability, ease of installation and performance.

    Taraflex™ Sport M Comfort from Gerflor was specified and their sports hall would need a total of some 600m2 of this remarkable product.

    The existing old 2mm vinyl and lino floor that had been on the sports hall for some twenty years. Gerflor’s Taraflex ™ Sport M Comfort went down over the old floor bringing it up immediately to the new European standards for shock absorption

    Another huge benefit to the University would be the no polish for life qualities of Taraflex™ saving them time and maintenance costs.

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    Hewlett Packard ‘attracted’ by Gerflor solution

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    Hewlett Packard’s facility at Liffey Park in Leixlip, Co Kildare, Ireland is testament to this global company’s long-term strategic attitude.

    The factory has the very best infrastructure for the workforce which includes a new 1000m2 floor.

    The onsite facilities management company in conjunction with Dynes Flooring Contractors chose international flooring and interiors specialist Gerflor to supply the flooring solution.

    Hewlett Packard were concerned about the amount of downtime required to strip and remove the existing floor, then prepare and lay a new resilient PVC or linoleum sheet in a heavily trafficked area in constant use.

    Happily this ‘solution for industry’ was readily at hand with Gerflor Attraction®   

    Gerflor’s commitment to technological improvement means Attraction® can be laid quickly without closing premises and over sub-floors with minimal moisture problems.

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    Gerflor in running for ‘Supplier of the Year’ Award

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    Global vinyl flooring manufacturer and supplier of flooring solutions to the housing sector, Gerflor Limited, has been named as a finalist in the ‘Supplier of the Year’ category of the prestigious Housing Excellence Awards 2015.

    The Housing Excellence Awards highlights those that are leading the way in the social housing sector and is widely recognised as the industry’s event of the year. The judging panel looks to reward organisations, individuals and projects that are innovative and that provide the very best solutions and services.

    Gerflor has been a supplier of flooring to the social housing industry for more than a decade and has built a reputation for hitch-free, high quality, problem-solving floorings that satisfy both specifiers’ and tenants' needs. Expert in flooring solutions, it couples the specification requirements of the social housing industry with products that tenants desire for their home.

    Gerflor also prides itself on its unique, cutting edge technologies which give its floorings advanced technical properties and unique benefits. For example, it specialises in HSE compliant, ≥36/R10 slip resistant floorings and products with thermal, acoustic, water resistant and damp proof characteristics, which can be laid where other vinyl products are prohibited by sub floor limitations or damp conditions.

    Gerflor’s strategic UK base is critical to its high level of service delivery. To support its customers, Gerflor has a dedicated social housing team, training and technical services back-up, a nationwide distribution network, a large stock and warehouse facility, a next day delivery service and flexible, two-tier ordering programme, comprising a no fixed minimum quantities cut-to-length service and a bulk-buying, full roll service. Its products are backed by 10-15 year product guarantees.

    As both a manufacturer and a supplier, Gerflor does not compromise on quality and produces environmentally-sustainable products by adopting green policies, investing in sustainable production processes and achieving international environmental standards.  Its products are manufactured at its ISO 14001 certified production sites without pollutants or hazardous contents such as lead, formaldehyde and harmful plasticisers.  Gerflor flooring products are also amongst those with the lowest VOC emissions world-wide. 

    Contact Public Sector Housing: Kevin O’Donnell 07738 457225

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    Virgin Active add value with Gerflor

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    At the Virgin Active Health Club 97 Aldersgate Street in the City of London, they don’t do things by half measures. They believe in adding membership value all the way down the line. It’s a philosophy that’s made the brand what it is today.

    With the very latest exercise equipment on the most extensive gym floor in the City of London, Virgin Active 97 Aldersgate Street in the Barbican have some of the best cutting-edge equipment available. It’s a shrine to getting fit and staying healthy in a safe and comfortable environment that oozes quality.

    Ensuring that their highly valued members could enjoy every aspect of the clubs facilities including the exercise, the type of flooring was going to be key in their overall offer to new and existing members and their guests.

    Looking for the very best solution for this highly prestigious health club Virgin Active turned to international flooring and finishing solutions specialists Gerflor to supply a sports flooring product that would not only perform to the highest standards but would also look fantastic.  Taraflex ™ Sport M Evolution would be the chosen product and the gym would need a total of some 324m2 of this remarkable sports flooring.

    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 & fitness sectors.

    Taraflex™ Sport M Evolution sports flooring is ideal for a variety of applications including a myriad of sports and leisure activities. 

    Taraflex™ has been used in every summer Olympics since 1976 and is available in 17 colours and two wood-effect designs. The Sport M Evolution product offers a P1 category shock absorbency 25% to 35% and meets the EN 14904 Standard for indoor sports surfaces. Taraflex™ is also 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.  

    A key area that Virgin Active were interested in were the bespoke Taraflex™ designs which are available by either water cutting, HD printing or line marking.

    Virgin Active opted for Taraflex™ in red with painted line marks. This was specified because of the protection it offers, the vibrant red colour and the effectiveness of applying line paint making it a safer, more exciting and defined environment for the clubs’ members.

    Talya Nicolay, Brand Manager, Virgin Active commented, “Gerflor came to us with a solution for our functional concept. Our requirement was a shock absorbent floor that offered not only protection to our members, but also a durable base’’.

    Talya went on to add, “The result is fantastic and the feedback from our fitness professionals and members has been very positive. We are able to use this floor for group classes, personal training and individual use, thus creating a value-for-money area that our members really enjoy using’’.

    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 as another bonus, it’s environmentally friendly. Gerflor offers a number of installation solutions for Taraflex™ including the Eco-Fit System which allows fast, free floating installation.

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    Safety and comfort comes first for Brent Council

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    When Brent Council in Greater London sought to fit out an extra care home facility in the Wembley area with suitable flooring, they wanted to ensure that the safety and comfort of the care home residents would be top of the bill in the specification criteria.

    Making sure that the council got value for money and the right products would be a challenge which was entrusted to Chelmsford based flooring contractor, Chelmer Group Ltd.

    Established since 1999, Chelmer Group Ltd provides the ultimate professional contract wall and flooring service to clients throughout the whole of the United Kingdom and Europe, and is recognised for its highest levels of standards, performance and proactive approach to problem solving. This would stand them in good stead with Brent Council as the chosen contractor.

    The overall project would need would some 400m² of new flooring throughout en-suites, shower rooms & assisted bathrooms. So, safety would be paramount in deciding which product to specify as the requirement would be for both wet and dry area.

    Chelmer Group Ltd opted for Gerflor’s Tarasafe™ Ultra H²O vinyl safety flooring.

    The ultimate choice for wet and dry environments, barefoot andshod applications, Tarasafe™ Ultra H²O is an ideal solution for shower and changing rooms, together with any high level risk wet areas where heavy duty slip resistant flooring is needed. It provides exceptional barefoot comfort and is an ideal solution for shower and changing rooms and any high level risk wet areas where heavy duty safety flooring is required.

    Carl Harper, Senior Contracts Manager from Chelmer Group Ltd commented, “We value engineered the project for Brent Council and immediately specified Tarasafe™ Ultra H²O from Gerflor’’.

    This would be no surprise as Tarasafe™ Ultra H²O is a popular choice in the education, healthcare, leisure, hospitality, housing markets and any applications where slip resistance needs to be maintained.

    Carl Harper went on to further comment, “We have used Gerflor products for at least the last ten years and have always been delighted with their performance.’’. He also added, “Gerflor produce a great range of products that are really well designed, stunning to look at and very easy to work with. And as a contractor, that’s hugely important’’.

    Tarasafe™ Ultra H²O scores the best possible safety rating in the wet barefoot ramp test (DIN 51097) and wet shod test (DIN 51130). It’s designed with a raised emboss, and is available in eight stunning colours, which complements Tarasafe™ Ultra’s most popular colourways.

    By being 100 per cent recyclable it also meets all industry environmental standards. It’s easier to handle and is lighter weight meaning fitters have up to five times more blade life than before. Hot welding is also made simple for a water impervious finish. Naturally, Tarasafe™ Ultra H²O meets the highest safety standards. As well as registering a Grade C in the barefoot ramp test.

    Tarasafe™ slip resistant vinyl sheet flooring is deeply inlaid with mineral crystal particles, plus coloured chips, and reinforced with a glass fibre grid to make it durable and hard-wearing, as well as being R11 slip resistant. Designed for heavy use, Tarasafe™ Ultra H²O carries a 12 year warranty.

    Carl Harper finally commented, “Specifying Tarasafe™ Ultra H²O for this project was an obvious choice. The pricing was just right and the availability was swift. Value for money is always a concern on these projects and Gerflor as usual stepped up to the mark’’.

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    Gerflor named Housebuilder Product Awards 2015 finalist

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    Gerflor has been named a finalist in the ‘Best Brand New Product’ category of the prestigious Housebuilder Product Awards 2015 for its pioneering Insight X’Press loose-lay flooring solution for housing.  It will be in the running when the winners are announced at a gala ceremony at Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham on 25th June.

    The Housebuilder Product Awards celebrate the best products in housebuilding and are looking to reward excellence and innovation. Insight X’Press was picked as a contender by the Awards’ judging panel of housing industry experts who are looking for products and systems that aid new home development and bring benefits to housbuilders and homeowners.

    A sustainable flooring innovation, Insight X’Press has been developed by global vinyl flooring manufacturer, Gerflor, to revolutionise how luxury vinyl flooring (LVT) is laid within new homes. A new concept in LVT flooring, it is a ready-to-use, removable, loose-lay decorative flooring of the highest quality, with a unique, integrated tackifier that enables fast, low-cost installation at speeds of 15 sqm per hour.

    If successful, Insight X’Press also has a chance of being crowned ‘Product of the Year’ as winners will be automatically entered into the ‘Best Product’ category of the Housebuilder Awards 2015 in November.

    Insight X’Press is part of Gerflor’s extensive housing collection of innovative, 100% recyclable residential flooring solutions, which are manufactured at its ISO 14001 certified production sites.

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    Gerflor sponsor the RIAI awards 2015

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    http://www.riai.ie/

    Call for Entries are now open

    Entry Guidelines www.irisharchitectureawards.ie/2015/entry-guidelines

    International flooring specialist Gerflor are proud to be sponsoring and supporting the Royal Institute of Architects Ireland (RIAI) awards programme 2015.

    The RIAI seeks to provide architects with the professional training, education and research support required to consolidate the role of the RIAI.

    The annual awards are there to promote the best of the best and the categories include everything from; Commercial/Retail projects through to Education, Health, Leisure, Housing, Public Buildings and Sustainability.

    The annual awards are therefore very prestigious and the competition for shortlisting is extremely fierce. 

    Sponsoring these awards for Gerflor is synonymous with their commitment to quality and innovation.

    The programme which starts in March will see a call for entries, with the RIAI assessment panel sitting in May of this year in order to create a shortlist. This is followed by a public choice vote campaign launched on the RIAI and Gerflorwebsites, with the final awards announced in June.

    The Public Choice winner will be announced on RTE Morning Ireland and all the award winners will be announced and presented with an award at a ceremony in the Wood Quay Venue, which is an exciting development in the heart of Dublin city centre.

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    Taralay makes right impression

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    International vinyl flooring specialist Gerflor has refreshed its popular Taralay Impression range with better performance and a host of new colours, including for the first time, wood effect designs.

    As a leader in design and technology, Gerflor has taken the best-selling designs from Taralay Impression, Taralay Uni and Nera Contract wood to combine them into one high-performance, hard-wearing range for specification in education, office, healthcare, retail and leisure sectors, including hotels and restaurants.

    The new Taralay Impression range is a specifier’s and designer’s delight.

    For specifiers searching for the right product for high traffic areas, new Taralay Impression Comfort has R10 slip performance and acoustic insulation of up to 19dB and Taralay Uni Comfort acoustic insulation of up to 17dB. With Group T wear rating, low-maintenance, low-overall lifetime costs and is 100 per cent recyclable, with an A+ BRE rating, it is robust and reliable.

    For designers, the range offers 160 references, of which 110 are new. They include 21 wood effect references, covering the spectrum of wood colours, in 10 designs, including ‘Loft’ for mixed width planks and ‘Infinity’, which provides a non-plank appearance. As well as retaining the most popular colours and patterns from the Taralay Impression and Taralay Uni ranges, Gerflor has also added new textile, bright, contemporary neutral, mineral and stylish patterned references to allow designers free rein to create moods, signature colours and complement other design aspects.

    Gerflor UK Marketing Manager Nav Dhillon commented, ‘design trends are moving away from coloured chips and wanting more sophisticated options. Our sophisticated wood effect references have all the advantages of looking realistic, but none of the disadvantages of expensive cleaning and re-varnishing, the range also includes popular colourful high-end designs ideal for inspiring and hard-working places’.

    The range multi layered heterogeneous flooring consists of:

    Taralay Impression Compact comprises a compacted backing reinforced with glass fibre and has a printed design protected by a transparent wear layer 0.7mm thick. It offers 8dB sound insulation and indentation resistance of 0.03mm.

    Taralay Impression Comfort is an acoustic solution with Very High Density (VHD) foam backing reinforced with glass fibre and has a printed design protected by a transparent wear layer 0.65mm thick. It offers 19dB sound insulation and indentation resistance of 0.08mm.

    Taralay Uni Comfort is an acoustic solution with Very High Density (VHD) foam backing reinforced with glass fibre and a calendered wear layer of 0.65mm thickness. It offers 17dB sound insulation and indentation resistance of 0.11mm. Its plain colour references make it ideal for cut design work.

    All three options are available in 2 metre wide sheets and are treated with Protecsol®, which renders acrylic polishes obsolete, and are fungistatic and anti-bacterial protected to  MRSA (3) ISO 22196  which inhibits growth for maximum hygiene. Backed by a 10 year warranty, the products do not contain any heavy metals, are 100 per cent compliant with REACH and emission levels are < 70 μg/m³.

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    When swimwear label Speedo moved its headquarters to the ng² business park in Nottingham, they wanted to create a state-of-the-art interior.

    They opted for 3,000m² of Saga² acoustic vinyl tiles from Gerflor.

    One feature that impressed Speedo was the palette of 23 colours and patterns available in the Saga² range.

    A major challenge involved in the project was ensuring that raised access flooring was installed throughout the building. The use of Saga² offered easy access for the end user, as the 50 x 50 cm tiles were simply laid onto a‘tackifier’ adhesive and could be peeled up individually or in groups.

    Saga²  meets the European slip resistance standard (DIN 51130) and is rated R10.

    Deborah Sinclair, Speedo’s Creative Director, commented, “From a design point of view Saga² is fantastic. It’s very light, easy to install and was definitely the right choice’’.

    All products used in the project needed to meet high environmental standards. Gerflor is one of less than 50% of manufacturers in Europe achieving ISO 14001 certification for its industrial sites.

    Saga² tiles have a significant percentage of recycled content and are 100% recyclable at the end of their material life.

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    Gerflor stretches the possibilities with Bikram Yoga

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    The Bikram Yoga studio on Bristol’s High Street is a teaching and learning centre for all things Bikram Yoga and sits nicely as a business against its sister studio in Highbury and Islington, London.

    Both studio complexes provide a serene place where the mind can be rested, the body stretched and challenged in an environment of learning and new beginnings.

    As all yoga exercises are conducted on the floor, the floor covering needs to deliver both comfort and durability. The choice of product for these projects would be exacting.

    Paul Smith of Floor Renovations Ltd said, ‘as the contractor for Bikram Yoga in Bristol we had to be sure that we were using the correct product. Our appointment on this job was on the back of a very successful installation at their Highbury and Islington studio in London’’. Paul Smith goes on to further comment on the complexity of the project. ‘We had just installed Taraflex™ Multi Use 6.2 in three other projects and were confident that Taraflex™ would be perfect for the Bikram Yoga studios. Being able to lay Taraflex™ Multi Use 6.2 straight onto the existing old vinyl flooring was a real bonus. It’s easy to work with and problem free’.

    Taraflex™ has been used in every summer Olympics since 1976 and is available in 17 colours and two wood-effect designs. While wooden floors are ‘area elastic’, deemed safe for certain types of impact and loading, other impacts, particular for lighter weight users such as exercise classes are uncomfortable due to the hard surface. Taraflex’s™ ‘point elastic’ flooring has a higher comfort factor than ‘area elastic’ floors and reduces the risk and severity of injuries. This is particularly relevant in yoga classes where the students are constantly stretching and moving.

    Carl Gray, the Founder and a Studio Director at Bikram Yoga commented,

    "when we heard about Taraflex we ordered a sheet to test’’. Carl went on to add, "we placed a sheet of both products in a bathroom and tested them after stepping from the bath. Based on our observations we went with Taraflex™ Multi-Use 6.2 as it offered the best slip resistance with wet feet’’

    Taraflex™ Multi-Use 6.2 also has P1 category shock absorption with indentation resistance two times greater than required by EN Standard 14904, an abrasion resistance three times the Standard’s requirement and excellent resistance to static and rolling heavy loads providing 25% to 35% of shock absorption. Also the double fibreglass grid helps to give better dimensional stability which means it’s less likely to expand or contract too much despite any potential temperature fluctuations.

    It also has much better dimensional stability allowing the material to be loose-laid as many adhesives are unable to cope with temperature differences.

    Paul Smith from Floor Renovations Ltd went on to also comment, ’the old vinyl floor had been there for thirty years and was reasonably stable which meant that using  Gerflor’s Taraflex™ Multi Use 6.2 we could go straight down over the old vinyl without the need for adhesives saving time in the project’.

    Taraflex™ Multi Use 6.2 is extremely easy to keep clean, maintain and is also very hygienic, meeting 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. Taraflex™ has a double density foam backing and as another bonus, it’s environmentally friendly.

    Carl Gray also added, ‘’we really liked the way Taraflex went down in both Bristol and London, the feel and the cushioning effect was superb.’’ He continued to comment, ‘’it’s such a good quality product. Right from the look, the feel and the comfort for our particular use, it’s the only product we will specify now’’.

    Carl finally commented, ‘’I know of several other Bikram studios that have changed their flooring due to it being too slippery. This was a major concern that was alleviated by us choosing Gerflor’s Taraflex™ Multi Use 6.2’’.

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    High-end flooring and interiors designer Gino Venturelli gazes into the future. It’s all about philosophy and strategy planning.

    The trend toward the latter segment of last year indicated that we we're at the top end of what's been a movement towards rustic, hand-distressed floors.

    Designers this year are now just starting to look at the cleaner grades and more subtle colourways that will probably be the focus of consumers moving into spring and summer this year.

    All the indications are that these new colourways will have much more subtle undertones of colour, such as natural oak with whitewash and greyer undertones. The impression that seems to be surfacing is one of natural purity. Some products on the market already have an almost luminous appearance which adds fuel to this argument. 

    The design and research team at his company aim to study the aesthetics of new products and have over the past 20 years corralled this activity under their own dedicated studio brand.

    Gino Venturelli commented, ‘’the art direction or creative direction if you prefer, has the function of coordinating all our activities at the company, whether it is a new collection in LVT, 2 or 4 metre rolls decorated with heliography, or premium technical products, decorated in the mass’’

    He went on to add, “My role is a bridge between the technical activity which aims to industrialise products and the international trends related to the world of fashion, interior design, architecture and surface design”. 

    Gino comments, ‘Our product research begins by analysing the market and customer needs and establishing what currently exists today as an offer in the flooring world , then starts a search request aimed at a specific material, such as a trendy or contemporary colour which could easily result in more or less of a deep emboss.

    The task of art direction is to identify trends within the various sources of inspiration. These influences can come from a number of areas; the external influence (trade shows, professionals, fashion designers, publications, and art consultants) and the internal area (pure R&D technique, custom design, study of natural materials).

    All of these areas of influence can affect the guidelines for a new launch collection.

    Gino went on to further comment, “I feel extremely stimulated by the study of natural products, when they can make a statement about a floor made ​​of wood, stone, marble or concrete.  It’s not so much about thinking about the artwork that expresses it, but the overview, the room effect and values which it’s able to transmit”.

    Gino Venturelli added, “I very often draw from the design research in the ceramic field, which is where I first started out. There is always an aesthetic maturity especially important in the interpretation of natural materials, colours and attention to detail. I believe that we should not think of ourselves as artists who don’t embrace the modern world. We need to get away from this romantic vision.

    At our company we are a team who are perfectly contextualised and who aim to always focus on anticipating market and customer requirements with ideas and projects that improve the quality of life for our end users”.

    Gino Venturelli is the Chief Designer for international flooring company Gerflor

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    Gerflor proves to be a HIT with Kirklees Active

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    The John Smith's Stadium in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire is a state-of-the-art sports, leisure and commercial complex.

    Back in 1991 a partnership was formed between Kirklees Metropolitan Council, Huddersfield Town FC and Huddersfield Rugby League Club to create a complex which would be a versatile sports, entertainment and hospitality facility.
    At a cost of almost £40 million the stadium is rapidly becoming known as one of the major leisure destinations in the north of England.

    When the stadium needed to refurbish two key sports areas and a functional visitor’s space they turned to the leading indoor sports synthetic flooring manufacturer Gerflor for the solution. A high-end stadium would need a world class manufacturer with products to match.

    The requirements that would be needed for the group class space, a functional area and a weights training area would be a perfect fit for Gerflors Taraflex Sport M Evolution GTI Uni sports flooring products. The gym and recreational space at John Smiths Stadium would need a total of some 320sqm2 in total.

    The client Kirklees Active, would as part of the project, specify Taraflex Sport M Evolution in anthracite and GTI Uni in grey to compliment the surrounding areas.

    Taraflex™ has been used in every summer Olympics since 1976 and is available in 17 colours and two wood-effect designs. The Sport M Evolution product offers a P1 category shock absorbency 25% to 35% and meets the EN 14904 Standard for indoor sports surfaces. Taraflex™ is also 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.

    The flooring contractor for the project, Jed Hill from Recreational Coatings commented, ‘’I’ve worked with Gerflor flooring products many times and always find them very easy to use’’.

    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. Taraflex™ has a double density foam backing and as another bonus, it’s environmentally friendly.

    The communal and recreational area which splits the two gyms would need a solution which could cope with both constant footfall and look great. Gerflor’s GTI Uni was chosen by the client to make this area both appealing on the eye and functional underfoot.

    The smart Gerflor GTI range has a 2mm wearlayer and 6mm thickness overall and easily copes with constant footfall, bearing the heaviest static loads around the clock. It’s one of the toughest vinyl flooring tile ranges on the market and is designed for both industrial and retail areas. GTI can also be installed in other areas where toughness is a necessity. The Gerflor GTI range is available in 16 colours offering design flexibility. There is no adhesive to apply and dry, therefore the installation can be done quickly without closing the facilities and losing business. It is reported to be at least twice as fast as glued solutions and suitable for most subfloor types – ceramics, concrete, resin and irregular surfaces.

    GTI Uni is offered in seven clearly defined vibrant colours, enhancing Max Decor and Pure Decor, to create clearly defined pathways and corners, retail areas and safety zones as required. The backing is 4mm black homogenous sheet, while the surface is a 2mm coloured homogenous sheet.  GTI Uni has a Wear Group standard T rating, meeting HSE anti-slip guidelines (R10) and is treated with Gerflor’s unique scratch-resistant PUR+  surface treatment, which provides easy cleaning and improved resistance to scratching, significantly delaying the need for waxing. PUR+ surface treatment also provides excellent resistance to chemicals .allowing for easy maintenance. GTI Uni is also 100% recyclable.

    Flooring contractor, Jed Hill went on to finally comment, ‘Gerflor have a great range of products and colours which provide really good solutions for all modern gym and recreational activities’’.

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    By combining the renowned hard-wearing Mipolam range with its revolutionary, patented Evercare surface treatment, international vinyl and linoleum flooring specialist Gerflor has redefined the standards for smooth homogeneous calendered flooring.

    The use of Evercare throughout the Mipolam range sets new standards for the healthcare industry providing unrivalled levels of stain and chemical resistance together with extremely low levels of maintenance.

    Blood and common chemical stains, including iodine are easily and hygienically removed with a mop and water with just a dash of mild detergent.

    Evercare also provides excellent scratch and scuff resistance and no waxing or polishing is needed during the product's lifetime, ensuring cost savings on maintenance time and materials.When Circle Partnership wanted its new Reading hospital to look like a hotel it needed stylish flooring with the highest hygienic standards. Specifiers chose Gerflor’s Mipolam Symbioz™, which offers unparalleled stain resistance to blood and chemicals, including iodine; the best slip resistance in its field; astonishingly low maintenance; unique environmental credentials; and is available in 101 colour references.

    The slip resistance performance with use of Evercare surface treatment across the Mipolam range is remarkable. Independent testing at SATRA established that the flooring performed to in excess of ≥36 (wet) on the pendulum test, giving low potential for slips.

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    Nature just got tougher

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    In a tough world we sometimes need tough solutions. And we all know that no aspect of safety should be overlooked when it comes to providing a slip resistant flooring solution that not only looks naturally stunning, but also gets the job done.

    International vinyl flooring and interiors specialist Gerflor has refreshed its popular Taralay Impression range with two brand new ranges that provides a tough, slip resistant sheet flooring solution for a host of applications.

    Taralay Impression Control and Wood are both multi-purpose floorcoverings available in 2m sheet format with a Group T wear rating which makes them ideal for tough, heavy traffic environments.

    The Group T wear rating EN 649 - EN 651, provides low-maintenance, low-overall lifetime costs and as a bonus is 100 per cent recyclable. The A+ BRE rating also means they are robust and reliable. They are available as a stunning collection of modern and contemporary wood designs suitable for applications in both the contract and housing markets.

    These high-end performance floorcoverings are also ideally suited for heavy traffic areas in healthcare, education, retail and other markets that have significant footfall. Very often it’s all about providing the answer to the problem and both Taralay Impression Control and Wood deliver a tough, no-nonsense solution that addresses the safety requirements, is durable and looks fantastic.

    The design of both products is a perfect option for designers who are seeking to create a natural look whilst retaining the all so important safety and durability factors that may need to be provided for the client.

    Nav Dhillon, Marketing Manager, Gerflor, said, ‘this new tough, slip resistant sheet flooring range is absolutely ideal for heavy traffic areas that have to endure constant, significant footfall. When it comes to designers needing a more natural wood look then this is the perfect match to their requirements. The range also comes with our new Protecsol® Control surface treatment’’.

    Protecsol® Control is a major step forward in surface treatment as it improves the slip resistance flooring performance. It’s the ideal solution for those environments where slip resistance is a must. Taralay Impression Control has demonstrated a low potential for slip under wet test conditions, when tested to BS 7976-2:2002. The slip resistance- pendulum test (wet) BS 7976-2 PTV > 36 and slip resistance (1) DIN 51 130 meeting the R10 level which is deemed as also low potential for slip risk.

    Taralay Impression Control has been tested with the following stringent criteria all indicating a low potential for slip risk:

    • Under wet test conditions to BS 7976-2:2002 Slip resistance- pendulum test (wet) BS 7976-2 PTV > 36
    • Slip resistance (1) DIN 51 130 meeting the R10 level 

    Protecsol® also makes acrylic polishes completely redundant, enabling this flooring to be cleaned extremely easily. Both Taralay Impression Control and Wood inhibit growth of bacteria (MRSA ISO 22196) for maximum hygiene and they are also both backed by a 10 year warranty. Taralay Impression Control and Wood do not contain any heavy metals, are 100 per cent compliant with REACH with emission levels at only < 70 μg/m³.

    Available in eight stunning colours, Taralay Impression Control and Taralay Impression Wood are the natural choice for specifiers and a designer’s delight.

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    Gerflor is double finalist in Housing Innovation Awards 2015

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    The 2014 holder of the Housing Innovation Awards’ ‘Most Innovative New Product’ award, Gerflor, was a double finalist in the 2015 ceremony after not only being  shortlisted for a product award for its Gerflor Fibre Technology (GFT) Griptex flooring but also for ‘Most Innovative Supplier’ having smoothly supplied over 2.7 million sqm of its innovative, residential vinyl flooring solutions for social housing in the UK.

    Gerflor develops, manufactures and supplies sustainable vinyl flooring solutions with exclusive benefits for housing. Its innovative technologies have revolutionised how domestic flooring is specified, laid and used within social housing homes. Product finalist Griptex combines two Gerflor patented technologies: GFT and GripX slip resistant technology. It is the only decorative, slip-resistant residential vinyl that meets HSE guidelines to have a textile backing system and a built-in waterproof membrane, providing unique installation and performance benefits.

    “The Housing Innovation Awards provide a platform for recognising excellence in the social housing industry and we were delighted to be shortlisted for two awards. As both manufacturer and supplier, we are constantly championing new technology and are therefore able to meet the wide-ranging needs of specifiers and tenants,” says John Hardaker, Sales & Marketing Manager, Gerflor Limited.

    Gerflor has been a flooring supplier to the social housing industry for more than  a decade in which time it has built a reputation for ‘hitch-free,’ high quality, problem-solving floorings. Its portfolio of all types of residential vinyl flooring for housing, is supported by a dedicated team of housing experts plus training and back-up services. Gerflor floorings are 100% recyclable and manufactured according to an environmentally-friendly policy at its ISO 14001 certified production sites without pollutants or hazardous contents. Gerflor products also contain a significant proportion of recycled material. Gerflor’s GFT backing system, for example,  includes 97% recycled fibres.

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    Gerflor launches brand new 2015 LVT collections at Surface Design Show (Stand 132)

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    In February London’s Business Design Centre will see International flooring and interiors specialist Gerflor showcasing their brand new 2015 collection of high quality Luxury Vinyl Tiles and Plank (LVT) products.

    The Surface Design Show will provide the perfect platform to preview the latest Gerflor innovations that will impress any visiting professional.

    London’s Business Design Centre will be bursting at the seams with new products, innovations and inspirations which will thrill and inspire over 4000 visitors.

    This year’s event offers a unique opportunity to meet architects, designers, specifiers and contractors who are actively sourcing new, cutting edge and inspiring materials for their live projects. It’s a show that provides a perfect shop window for Gerflor’s hugely innovative LVT range of products.

    With more than 70 years’ experience of being at the forefront of design-led development, Gerflor’s expertise in Luxury Vinyl Tile design and development is second to none. Visual appeal is paramount for specifiers and householders. Inspirational design coupled with exceptional quality are trademarks of Gerflor’s flooring. These are qualities which will be showcased this year highlighting the 170 strong design collection of Creation ranges of luxury vinyl tile and plank flooring. 

    In addition to this, previewed at the show will include the latest Clic solutions that are quick and easy to install and cost effective for new build and refurbishment projects. Visit Gerflor on Stand 132 to touch, see and discover the latest surface flooring solutions for any buildings interior.

    The LVT 2015 collections being launched at the show offer a warm, comfortable, practical and easy-maintenance choice for most contract and residential applications. They also cater for differing tastes, budgets and specification requirements and are all manufactured at ISO 14001 certified production sites.

    The Gerflor Design Centre is constantly researching into and exploring up and coming new trends by working closely with Designers. These trends are then translated into the design and offer the newest developments in flooring solutions and the latest edge flooring that has been developed with the designer and end-user in mind.

    Shona Beattie, Retail Specialist, Gerflor commented, ‘’The Surface Design Show is a perfect fit for us. It enables Gerflor to showcase its range of LVT products to an attentive audience who want to see the newest trends in an environment that’s both targeted and relevant’’.

    The high range LVT products on show this year from Gerflor also offer the appearance of effortless style, yet are low-maintenance and tough enough to withstand heavy traffic.

    The collections are specifically designed for hardworking spaces and boasts some exceptional characteristics:

    • In the contract LVT collection more than 90 extremely realistic wood and mineral finishes with a wide array of formats, grains and colours to choose from ideal for any commercial environment
    • A range of flooring distinguished by its aesthetic appeal, with bevelled edges on many of the planks and tiles for a realistic finish
    • Improved hygiene with low maintenance, thanks to a polyurethane surface treatment (PUR+)
    • Wear layers of 0.7mm, with an overall thickness of 2.5mm for added durability
    • Environmentally friendly 100 % recyclable solutions

    This Surface Design Show is a ‘must attend’ event for architects, interior designers, lighting designers and specifiers looking for innovative surface solutions for the built environment.

    See all the latest LVT products from Gerflor on stand 132, Surface Design Show, Business Design Centre, Islington, London. 10th-12th February 2015.

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    Hat trick for Gerflor with Pacific Care, Glasgow

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    Pacific Care is an established care provider with five care facilities throughout Glasgow and Renfrewshire. It’s a family run business where compromise isn’t an option. So it was no surprise that Gerflor products were chosen for this new £4.2 M project which opened in February 2014.

    Pacific Care were unstinting in their selection process when specifying the flooring for corridors, day rooms and toilets for their new 60 bed Mosswood Care Home which is in Paisley Road, Glasgow. International flooring and finishing solutions specialist Gerflor has been chosen for a third time as its key supplier.

    Gerflor's Taralay Impression Comfort flooring was used for the residents' day rooms and corridors.  Julie Paterson, Interior Designer, OCCA Design commented, ’we had worked on similar projects for Pacific Care before using Gerflor products and knew that they liked them’.  With ten new extra designs Taralay Impression Comfort is an acoustic multi layered vinyl floor covering available in 2m wide sheet, with a group T wear rating. Julie Paterson also added,’ the warm, soft tones that are available within this range are way ahead of some of the other manufacturers who are prone to producing rather sterile colours’.

    Taralay Impression Comfort comprises a Very High Density (VHD) foam backing reinforced with glass fibre and a printed design that’s protected by a transparent wear layer (0.65 mm thick) which offers 19 dB sound insulation and an indentation resistance of 0.08 mm. The product is protected by a UV cured surface treatment Protecsol® which is easy to maintain and permanently eliminates the need of an acrylic emulsion (metallisation). It does not contain any heavy metals or CMR 1&2 and it is 100% compliant with REACH. The product emission rate of volatile organic compounds is < 70 µg/m3 (TVOC after 28 days – ISO 16000 -6). It is also 100% recyclable.

    John Brawley, Director, Pacific Care commented,’ we have used Gerflor flooring products before and were absolutely delighted with them’.  John Brawley went on to further add, ’our staff are on their feet all day and with the Taralay Impression Comfort they tend not to get sore feet. It’s also excellent for our residents, as it’s very comfortable and easy to walk on’.

    The pre-requisite for the Mosswood Care Home toilets was that they needed to be safe and easy to clean and Gerflor’s slip resistant heavy duty Tarasafe™ Geo vinyl safety flooring with Sparclean® was the obvious choice. This brand new composition with deeply inlaid mineral crystal particles (contains no carborundum) offers much brighter colours and appearance and a cleaner look throughout the life of the product. It’s also simple to Install, much lighter to handle and more flexible in navigating corners and difficult angles. Tarasafe™ Geo is also easy to cut providing up to 5 times more blade life. Maintenance is simple as no sealer or polish would be required for the entire product life and it has a much higher resistance to staining. It has a maximum hygiene rating meeting the EN Standard of 22196 for anti- bacterial activity (E. coli - S. aureus - MRSA) (3) returning >99% levels of growth inhibition and anti-slip performance R10.  Tarasafe™ Geo also has high resistance to traffic falling within Abrasion Group T and like Taralay Impression Comfort, it is also 100% recyclable.

    John Brawley finally added, ‘both the Gerflor products we used are absolutely excellent and I would have no qualms in specifying them again for another project’.

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    Only the best for David Lloyd Leisure, they choose Gerflor!

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    Over the years, the David Lloyd Leisure brand has become synonymous with health, sports and leisure.  It has played a significant role in increasing the nation’s awareness of how important fitness is to our overall health and wellbeing. Today, David Lloyd Leisure (DLL) exist to provide exceptional service and unrivalled facilities that enable their members of all ages to enjoy active, healthy, satisfying lives.

    A number of key areas within the business would need different flooring solutions and DLL turned to international flooring specialists Gerflor to supply a UK-wide solution for four very specific member areas within the business.

    Choosing a flooring solution for these four very distinct areas would normally be a huge challenge for most companies, but by specifying Gerflor products the challenge was easily met. A David Lloyd Leisure spokesperson commented: “The range and quality of material which Gerflor provided enabled us to effectively deliver our design concept whilst guaranteeing performance. We are overjoyed with the final results”

    One of the specific member areas included the kid’s area at the clubs; these would need to sustain some tough treatment from the children as they enjoyed a vast array of sporting activities as well as arts and craft sessions.

    Gerflor’s Taralay range would be the perfect choice for this busy area. Gerflor has taken the best-selling designs from Taralay Impression, Taralay Uni and Nera Contract wood to combine them into one high-performance, hard-wearing range. Taralay Impression was chosen for its R10 slip performance and acoustic insulation of up to 19dB. With a Group T wear rating, low-maintenance, low-overall lifetime costs and is 100 per cent recyclability. It was an ideal robust and reliable flooring solution for DLL.

    Taralay is treated with Protecsol® rendering acrylic polishes obsolete and is fungistatic and anti-bacterial protected to MRSA (3) ISO 22196, inhibiting growth for maximum hygiene. Backed by a 10 year warranty Taralay does not contain any heavy metals, is 100 per cent compliant with REACH and emission levels are < 70 μg/m³.

    A new flooring product for their group exercise areas within the clubs was also required and again Gerflor were able to supply the perfect product - Taraflex™.

    Taraflex™ has been used in every summer Olympics since 1976 and is available in 17 colours and two wood-effect designs. The Sport M Evolution product offers a very high P1 category shock absorbency which exceeds 25% and meets the EN 14904 Standard for indoor sports surfaces. 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.  Bespoke designs are also available by either water cutting, HD printing or line marking. 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 also treated with Protecsol®, which renders polish redundant.

    The new café areas would see Insight LVT from Gerflor as the preferred choice because of its technical performance as it’s highly resistant to medium/high footfall and commercial traffic (European class 33/42). It comes in a large palette of mineral designs to suit all interior styles, has a R9 slip resistance with a group T wear rating and a 10 year warranty.

    The fourth and final areas that would need Gerflor to supply the flooring solution were to be the Gym facilities and Gerflor Recreation 45 was the specified product. Recreation 45 is an ideal solution for multi-purpose use it is highly recommended for light recreation activities and multipurpose use areas and gyms. It provides cushioning for children together with easily handling everyday sports and recreational activities. This is also product that reduces the danger of skin/rug burns and 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. The noise reduction qualities are at 17db, it is floor score certified and has comfort / shock absorption of ≥ 22% meeting ASTM F2772 for safe sports and play and is 100% recyclable.

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    Gerflor completes acquisition of Connor Sport Court International, strengthening its position as a world leader in sports surfaces

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    International flooring specialist Gerflor today announced its acquisition of Connor Sport Court International in a move that will expand the company’s global market reach and sports product range portfolio.

    The acquisition brings together three world-class sports brands; Connor, Sport Court and Taraflex all under one flagship. The two companies’ combined resources will enhance their ability to offer more innovative solutions and improved services to their customers, notably to the sport associations on a worldwide scale.

    Bertrand Chammas, CEO of the Gerflor Group comments, “The acquisition of Connor Sport Court International is an extremely exciting development for Gerflor, as it brings a world-class organisation into the Gerflor family, strengthening our position as a world leader in sports surfaces. It’s also a major step forward to also strengthen our Group sales footprint in North America’’.

    Ron Cerny, CEO of Connor Sport Court International added, “We look forward to being part of the Gerflor Group, it enables a unique opportunity to further expand our sales throughout the world and provide truly complementary solutions for our customers. This really is a great fit for both companies.”

    Both CEO’s have acknowledged that this move capitalizes on each company's strengths for the benefit of both businesses and for their customers.

    Gerflor creates, manufactures and markets innovative design-led sustainable solutions for flooring, wall and interior finishes. The Gerflor Group offers the most comprehensive range of resilient flooring to meet every market need; healthcare, pharmaceutical, education, sports, transportation, retail, multi-living and corporate markets. The Gerflor Group encompasses a number of well-recognised product brand names including; Taraflex®, Mipolam®, and Tarabus®. With 60 years of experience in the manufacture of Taraflex Sports Flooring, Gerflor has a unique position as a world leader in indoor sports flooring.

    Gerflor has 2,500 employees and 8 production sites with sales in more than 100 countries across the globe.

    Connor Sport Court International is the US market leader in sports surfacing and has built systems for many elite associations including the NBA, NCAA, FIBA, USTA, FIVB, US Youth Futsal, and USA Volleyball.

    The group specialises in wood, synthetic, rubber and modular sports surfaces and has the appropriate solution for every type of athletic, park, school, arena or multi-use facility. The company is the only sports surfacing firm in North America whose manufacturing facilities are independently audited and verified as “Zero Waste” and fully ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified. They are also the only sports flooring company in the US to have Environmental Product Declarations on all of its products.

    Sport Court International. Founded in 1872, Connor Sports is the leader in hardwood sports flooring. Founded in 1974, Sport Court is the original modular sport surface used for outdoor and indoor athletics.

    With 250 employees Connor Sports Flooring® and Sport Court® are registered trademarks of Connor and 2 manufacturing sites in the USA, the company has sales in more than 75 countries and installations on all 7 continents.

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    Gerflor named in House Beautiful Awards 2014 ‘Best Flooring’ shortlist

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    Gerflor’s top brand and ultimate Gerflor Fibre technology (GFT) flooring, HQR, was a finalist in the ‘Best Flooring’ category of the homes industry’s prestigious 2014 HouseBeautiful Awards.

    HQR’s Textile and Graphic collection of highly contemporary designs, which take inspiration from raw materials such as metal, cloth and rough cement, caught the eye of the judging panel of industry experts and was therefore shortlisted for the coveted title.  

    Gerflor has been a previous House Beautiful Awards’ Silver Award winner on two occasions with its Caractère brand. This time a GFT flooring was a contender, Gerflor having already scooped ‘Most Innovative New Product’ in the Housing Innovation Awards 2014 for its pioneering Easitex GFT flooring and shortlisted for GFT flooring brands in both the Housing Excellence Awards and Housebuilder Product Awards.

    “The House Beautiful Awards champion the best in the homes and interiors market and provide a benchmark for consumers,” said John Hardaker, Sales & Marketing Manager, Gerflor Residential Floorings. “To be in the running for an award is highly valued in the industry and to be a candidate with HQR Textile and Graphic is an honour. HQR showcases Gerflor’s design capabilities in a technologically-driven, top performance Gerflor Fibre Technology patented flooring that provides multiple performance and installation benefits.”

    A top quality, loose-lay sheet vinyl, HQR  is 3mm thick, warm and cushioned for comfort with a hardworking 0.4mm wear layer and stain, scratch and indent resistant, easy-to-clean, hygienic surface. It is also sound insulating to 16db, R10 slip resistant and waterproof, whilst its 15 year product guarantee endorses its longevity.

    HQR comes conveniently ready-to-install: simply unroll, cut it to size with a knife and loose-lay it without adhesive if laying up to 35sqm. As it ingeniously remains flat and automatically compensates for minor irregularities in uneven surfaces beneath, HQR, like all Gerflor GFT floorings, can be laid directly over concrete and most existing smooth floorings, proving fast, easy and low cost fitting.

    One of Gerflor’s high-performance, 100% recyclable, environmentally-sustainable floorings for the home, HQR contains 97% recycled fibres in its GFT backing system and is manufactured at Gerflor’s ISO 14001 certified sites without pollutants or hazardous contents such as lead, formaldehyde and harmful plasticisers.  Gerflor flooring products are also amongst those with the lowest VOC emissions world-wide.

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    A fistful of medals as Gerflor supports Irish Special Olympics effort

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    In September 2014, 46 athletes from Special Olympics Ireland competed in the European Summer Games in Belgium, across seven sports representing all five regions of the Emerald Isle.

    The Irish squad competed in Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Bocce, Football, Gymnastics and Table-Tennis. And on the 21st of September the Irish Team returned home to a hero’s welcome as they had scooped 57 medals (the Aquatics Team alone winning one gold, five silver and three bronze) and 30 placement ribbons, as well as many personal bests.

    These incredible athletes experienced amazing success in their sporting endeavours, representing their clubs and counties to the highest level and international flooring and interiors specialist Gerflor had a presence in this success too.

    Odran Cafferkey a Sales and Specification Executive with Gerflor has had involvement with a local Special Olympic team from the early days. His daughter Niamh was born with Down’s syndrome, so a move towards the Special Olympics Team was a natural choice. Odran comments, ‘’I started coaching with the Cork Special Olympic Swimming Club after attending the 2013 World Games in Dublin as part of my role with Gerflor who supplied sports flooring for many of the sports halls they had used. My daughter represented Munster at the 2010 Ireland Games and I attended these games as a Coach/Chaperone with the Munster swim team’’.

    Odran is clearly passionate about the sport and the opportunities it gives the competitors. He went on to say, ‘’I got involved because I’ve always enjoyed swimming and have coached a mainstream swimming group since 1999, so Special Olympics seemed like a natural progression after Niamh was born’’. He also went on to comment, ‘’ I had immense pride in all the Aquatics Team who swam personal bests over the course of the Summer Games swimming gala. It was extremely emotional to see people on the podium with their medals or ribbons. They had all worked so hard at the games and in the months leading up to the competition’’.

    Balancing time between work and sport or hobbies is never easy for any of us and Odran goes on to further comment, ‘’Gerflor were absolutely fantastic when it came to me, giving me the time to support this community event.  They generously allocated me five days special leave alongside my own holidays in order for me to attend the games. They were flexible in allowing me to attend some of the training sessions which started on Friday afternoons. Gerflor were extremely supportive in my role and saw it as an important personal development project’.

    On arriving back on Irish soil the team got a wonderful reception from friends and family at Dublin Airport. They had formed many new friendships for life. Odran finally adds, ‘’ we’ve all got wonderful memories of our time in Belgium and the welcome we received there. A big reunion is planned for mid-November for all the coaches and team. It’s now time to work on the legacy of the 2014 Summer Games, increase the awareness of the achievements of this Special Olympics Team and improve the awareness of Special Olympics in general in order that more people get involved as athletes, coaches or volunteers’’.

    On a final note, Aquatics Head Coach, Aideen Dowling commented, “I would like to thank all of the team for their dedication, hard work and help that everyone contributed to the Aquatics Team. Each athlete is a testament to all the support provided from both coaches and family members in the run up to the games over the last number of years. I was honoured to be able to partake in such a special journey with athletes and fellow coaches".

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    Gerflor showcases its LVT solutions at Sleep Event 2014 - Stand G42

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    Sleep Event - Stand G42, Wednesday 26 November to Thursday 27 November at the Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0QH.

    This year’s Sleep Event in London’s Business Design Centre will see International flooring and interiors specialist Gerflor showcasing their high range of Luxury Vinyl Tiles and Plank (LVT) products, together with a snapshot of their exceptional safety flooring range.

    Europe’s leading exhibition and conference for the hotel design, development and architectural community provides a stage for the global design community, where designers, architects, hotel owners, developers, operators and investors join to source and knowledge share, enabling the creation of stunning hotel environments. And it’s a stage where the Gerflor products on show will shine very brightly.

    With more than 70 years’ experience of being at the forefront of design-led development, Gerflor’s expertise in Luxury Vinyl Tile design and development is unrivalled. The high range LVT products on show this year from Gerflor offer the appearance of effortless style, yet are low-maintenance and tough enough to withstand heavy traffic.

    The Creation range includes 7 unique design effects within 3 strikingly modern trend concepts; enabling customers to create stylish interiors, enhancing the look and feel of their new or existing commercial building.   The collection is specifically designed for hardworking spaces and boasts the following exceptional characteristics:

    •      More than 90 extremely realistic wood and mineral finishes with a wide array of formats, grains and colours to choose from
    •      A range of flooring distinguished by its aesthetic appeal, with bevelled edges on many of the planks and tiles for a realistic finish
    •      Improved hygiene with low maintenance, thanks to a polyurethane surface treatment (PUR+)
    •      A wear layer of 0.7mm, with an overall thickness of 2.5mm for added durability
    •      An environmentally friendly 100 % recyclable solution

    Safety in flooring is paramount within the hotel environment and again Gerflor are excellently placed to offer the right product for specifiers requiring this important element, alongside both high-end design and colourways. The slip resistant environment is a key issue when specifying hotel flooring and Gerflor with their range of Tarasafe™ Safety Flooring on show this year will also be highlighting their very best products .

    Running for two days, the Sleep Event this year represents the finest in hotel design excellence, with an exhibition of the finest international product suppliers showcasing their best products.

    See all the latest LVT and Safety Flooring products from Gerflor on Stand No. G42

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    Finding the perfect solution is easier with Gerflor’s new website

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    Vinyl and linoleum flooring specialist Gerflor’s new website will make it easier for architects, specifiers, interior designers, contractors and customers to find exactly what they’re looking for.

    Users can search www.gerflor.co.uk in several ways, including for a named range, such as Mipolam or TarasafeTM; by type, such as for homogeneous, or safety; by end use, such as healthcare or retail; or by using the multi-criteria tool which automatically narrows the search as questions are answered.

    And once a short-list has been created, the ‘Interior Designer’ function shows the selected flooring in a variety of locations for a realistic portrayal of what it would look like in situ. The CAD service also offers the opportunity for architects and designers to download a specific texture and integrate into their own CAD software.

    Users can also upload photographs of specific rooms to their personal account and the simulator will create images of that space with the specified flooring. Those images can then be saved, downloaded and emailed to the client.

    Martine Gillet-Araïc, internet project co-ordinator for Gerflor, said: “Gerflor’s website is as innovative as its products. This will be the focal point for communicating about our many ranges and the technical, environmental and design support we can provide.”

    She added: “As well as providing all the technical and environmental information in a virtual library, there will be sections of design ideas and inspirations so users will be kept up to date with the very latest trends.”

    As well as detailing colour choices and technical performance, pages will also suggest alternative flooring solutions, as well as complementary products.

    Martine Gillet-Araïc added: “Sometimes different products can appear quite similar, so we are putting the relevant information about each product in one quick block.”

    Having browsed www.gerflor.co.uk if you’d like to ask for a free sample email contractuk@gerflor.com, or speak to a specialist today by calling 01926 622 600.

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    NEWS - Gerflor supports mammoth charity cycling challenges

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    Raising money for a worthwhile cause is never easy. A charity cycle ride by The Architects Benevolent Society (ABS) from Edinburgh to London took place this month to raise some much needed cash. However, it needed support and financial assistance to make it happen.

    International flooring specialist Gerflor stepped in to assist the ABS with the travel and accommodation costs to help this mammoth charity cycling challenge to go ahead.

    ABS helps people of all ages who have experienced illness, accident, redundancy, unemployment, bereavement or other personal misfortune. ABS's qualified welfare team advise about state benefits, housing concerns, needs related to care and mobility, respite holidays for carers and much more.

    On 19th September a team of 10 architect cyclists, led by the President left the offices of the Royal Incorporation of Architects Scotland in Edinburgh to cycle to the offices of the Royal Institute of British Architects in London. They covered a huge distance of over 400 miles, climbing over 18,000ft in just four days as they traversed the UK.  The team also managed to find time to squeeze a short visit in at the Olympic Velodrome on their way into central London. They were also joined by some local architects who accompanied them for the final stretch to Portland place, including the president of Architects Benevolent Society. Happily the team all arrived in one piece at 6pm on Monday 22nd September.

    The money raised through the cycle ride is being donated to the Architects Benevolent Society (ABS). The Glasgow Institute of Architects (GIA) has been a regular benefactor to ABS and is the only registered charity in the UK dedicated to helping past and present architects, assistants, AT Professionals, landscape architects and their families in times of need.

    And in the very same month another cycling charity challenge saw Gerflor make another worthwhile donation. A Mid-Counties Co-operative Team embarked on a task that would see them crossing the Alps from Paris to Geneva.

    Earlier this month a four-strong team embarked on a 500 Kilometre challenge, cycling across the Alps to help raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

    Following their successful London2Paris challenge last year they felt they had to up the stakes deciding this year to take on some of the toughest terrain in Europe. They rode on routes previously used in the Tour De France, struggling up category 1 climbs and completing over 6500ft of vertical ascents each day.  A spokesman said at the time, ‘this is a pain which will only be bearable if we can rest happy in the knowledge that we have raised all that we can for the Teenage Cancer Trust’

    Nav Dhillon, Marketing Manager at Gerflor said, ‘we always like to help any relevant and worthwhile causes we can. These particular charity challenges really caught our eye as they seemed very noble and indeed difficult to do. We felt we had to step in to help’.

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    NEWS - Five hours is all it takes with Gerflor

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    In 1992 Huddersfield Polytechnic changed its name to The University of Huddersfield. The writing was on the wall that this centre of learning would indeed surpass all academic expectations on both delivery and student environment.

    In January 2014, the University opened Student Central, a £22.5m development which brought together the University’s support services, access to the library, computing facilities, sport and leisure, together with a range of eating and social spaces all under one roof. The University was recently named the Times Higher Education University of the Year. This follows on from a highly successful 2013 in which the University was awarded two Queen's Awards for Enterprise and in 2012 was awarded prestigious Entrepreneurial University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards.

    Today, student numbers have reached over 24,000 and students from over 130 countries are represented on campus. And like most red brick universities the sports and leisure facilities feature very heavily in student life. These sports areas take a hammering and needed to be both resilient and functional. The Gerflor brief had to offer a suitable solution for an ‘under rig’ flooring area which was positioned directly underneath the sports centres ‘Technogym Omnia’ system. Chosen for its comfort and safety performance properties Taraflex™ Sport M Evolution (7mm) in Anthracite, Gold and Beige would be the specified product.

    Laurie Nettleton, Sport and Leisure Centre Manager commented, ‘Gerflor recently installed a bespoke flooring solution at our Sports Centre in order to provide protection underneath the functional rig. The floor was fitted in less than 5 hours and the team were efficient, friendly and professional’.

    Taraflex™ has been used in every summer Olympics since 1976 and is available in 17 colours and two wood-effect designs. The Sport M Evolution product offers a P1 category shock absorbency 25% to 35% and meets the EN 14904 Standard for indoor sports surfaces. Taraflex™ is also 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.  

    Laurie Nettleton further commented, ‘members of the gym have been very impressed with the Taraflex floor and have welcomed the flexibility that it provides’.  At this recent project Gerflor were also able to utilise their bespoke water cutting, HD printing and line marking service. Laurie Nettleton finally added, ‘Team Hud sports staff are also impressed and find the markings helpful when delivering functional training classes. I personally love the solution, so much so that we are planning to expand the flooring into other areas within our new Fitness Suite.’

    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. Taraflex™ has a double density foam backing and as another bonus, it’s environmentally friendly.

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    NEWS - No shock as Metro Fitness, Stockport chooses Gerflor

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    Metro Fitness in Stockport owned by European boxing champion Matthew Hatton and his father, Ray Hatton, has installed Gerflor Taraflex™ flooring for their Stockport gym complex. The business was launched as a premium-offer budget gym in August 2012 and has since then gone from strength to strength, growing their membership year on year.

    George Stylianou, Director, Metro Fitness said, ‘’the growing popularity in functional exercise amongst our members had prompted research into further developing our existing space. I wanted to go with flooring that was highly durable and that would cope with the volume of use, whilst being relatively forgiving to higher impact exercise’’. It was therefore no shock that Metro Fitness chose Taraflex™ from Gerflor- the no. 1 preferred indoor sports solution for over 60 years as their preferred floor covering throughout the gym.

    George Stylianou was quoted as saying,  "this gym has attracted a whole new market, namely those who may have previously considered joining a gym but have been put off by the inflated prices, hidden extra costs and long term commitments. "We are also attracting gym members who have become disillusioned with the lack of customer service, cleanliness and general upkeep of both equipment and facilities."  George Stylianou went onto further comment, ‘’having noticed the Gerflor advert in Leisure Management, I felt that their new Taraflex™ product might be a good fit.  He went on to also add, ‘’I read the testimonials and having viewed the product for myself; I commissioned the installation, which I have to say, was extremely efficient and professional throughout’’.

    Taraflex™ has been used in every summer Olympics since 1976 and is available in 17 colours and two wood-effect designs. The Sport M Evolution product offers a very high P1 category shock absorbency which exceeds 25% and meets the EN 14904 Standard for indoor sports surfaces. 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.  Bespoke designs are also available by either water cutting, HD printing or line marking. 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 also treated with Protecsol®, which renders polish redundant. Taraflex™ has a double density foam backing and is environmentally friendly.

    George Stylianou finally commented,  ‘’the biggest compliment I can make is that the feedback is extremely positive, both from our resident professional boxers and coaches, including Matthew Hatton and from our ever-increasing membership, who thoroughly enjoy using the space; either when exercising alone with Battle Ropes, Kettlebells, Tractor tyres or as part of a group exercise class’’.

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    Gerflor refreshes its housing collection

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    Two of Gerflor’s leading ≥36/R10 slip resistant, residential vinyl flooring brands, Griptex and Agrippa, have been updated with new designs and colours that combine the latest decorative trends with popular core designs in a dual flooring collection with differing specification criteria for social housing.

    As a global vinyl flooring manufacturer, Gerflor is able to forecast trends and involve customers to ensure that the products produced are the ones that are wanted. Made to the highest international standards, the new Griptex and Agrippa ranges therefore couple the best in design with unique, technological innovations that provide outstanding performance and installation benefits.

    In common, both floorings are durable, 3mm thick, stain-resistant, cushioned for comfort vinyls, which feature patented, HSE compliant, GripX technology. This superior slip resistant treatment remains effective in both wet and dry conditions, and, unlike standard slip resistant surfaces, it is easy-to-clean and does not trap dirt.

    Both floorings are also proven in social housing applications and well-liked by tenants. Beyond that they offer individual, solution-driven, specification features. For example, Agrippa is an acoustic flooring with a 10 year product guarantee, which at 19db, delivers an impact sound reduction that exceeds the requirements of the UK’s current Building Regulations. It is therefore ideal for where a slip resistant, sound insulating flooring is required.

    For where installation times and costs are important factors, loose-lay Griptex, which features a Gerflor Fibre Technology (GFT) backing system, facilitates minimal subfloor preparation and fast, easy fitting. With a 15 year product guarantee, Griptex is also ideal for refurbishment as adhesive and the need to lift existing smooth floorings is generally eliminated. Faster completion times and up to 30% reduction in ‘on-floor’ costs are therefore possible. Griptex is also waterproof, 90% RH resistant and contains 97% recycled fibres in its GFT backing.

    Griptex and Agrippa come in two, three and four metre widths and are available from UK stock. 100% recyclable, they are part of Gerflor’s environmentally-sustainable portfolio of products for housing and are manufactured at Gerflor’s ISO 14001 certified production sites.

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    NEWS - Gerflor is a double finalist in Housing Excellence Awards

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    Leading vinyl flooring manufacturer, Gerflor Limited, has been shortlisted in two categories with a chance of scooping both ‘Supplier of the Year’ and ‘Product of the Year’ in the social housing sector’s prestigious Housing Excellence Awards to be held at The Point, Lancashire County Cricket Club, Manchester, on 14 May 2014. 

    “We are delighted to be in the running for two titles in awards that acknowledge those who are leading the way in social housing,” said John Hardaker, Sales & Marketing Manager Distribution, Gerflor Limited.

    Gerflor impressed the independent judging panel to be shortlisted for ‘Supplier of the Year,’ having successfully supplied over 2.7 million sq. m. of domestic vinyl for social housing installations. Renowned for ‘hitch-free’ products and services, Gerflor’s strategic UK-base is critical to its high level of service delivery, whilst its technically and aesthetically advanced, environmentally-friendly flooring solutions provide unique benefits.

    One of Gerflor’s unique flooring solutions, Griptex, is also up for an award in the ‘Product of the Year’ category. A Gerflor innovation, it was the first residential vinyl to ≥36/R10 slip resistant standards. By bridging the gap between domestic and contract vinyl, it enabled decorative, cushioned vinyl with tenant-appeal to be installed in homes. Its unique surface treatment, Gerflor Fibre Technology (GFT) backing system and multilayer construction provide many benefits, including low-cost, loose-lay fitting. 

    Griptex also has strong ‘green’ credentials as it is 100% recyclable and contains 97% recycled fibres in its GFT backing. It is manufactured according to Gerflor’s eco-friendly policy at its ISO 14001 certified production sites without pollutants or hazardous contents such as lead, formaldehyde and harmful plasticisers.  Gerflor flooring products are also amongst those with the lowest VOC emissions world-wide.

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    NEWS - Gerflor is named a Housebuilder Product Award 2014 finalist

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    Gerflor has been shortlisted in the prestigious Housebuilder Product Awards 2014 for its Gerflor Fibre Technology (GFT) floorings in the ‘Best Internal/Interior Product’ category.

    Following a fantastic response, GFT floorings were picked by the independent judging panel of eleven housing industry experts, who spent a lot of time deliberating over the entries to determine the finalists. Gerflor will go up against the two other contenders for the category title when the winners are announced at a gala event at Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham, on July 2nd.

    “We are delighted to be in the running,” said John Hardaker, Sales & Marketing Manager Distribution, Gerflor Limited. “Our decorative, residential GFT floorings not only look good but also provide unique performance and installation benefits due to their patented backing system, which is a Gerflor innovation.”

    Just some of the benefits of Gerflor’s GFT floorings are inspirational designs, adhesive-free, low-cost and straightforward installation, advanced thermal and acoustic properties, integral waterproofing and ≥36/R10 slip resistant, easy-maintenance surfaces.  100% recyclable and with 97% recycled fibres in the GFT backing system, they are manufactured at Gerflor’s ISO 14001 certified production sites.

    The Housebuilder Product Awards celebrate the best products in the housing industry and reward excellence and innovation in products which aid new home development in the UK. In each of the nine categories the judges are looking for those that are the best in their field.

    In addition, winners in each category will automatically be entered into the ‘Best Product’ category in the Housebuilder Awards 2014 in November, with the overall winner to be crowned ‘Product of the Year’.

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    NEWS - Gerflor solutions ‘Clic’ into place at an extra-care housing development

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    Hard-wearing, waterproof Creation Clic System was specified to bring the feel of a “boutique hotel” to the public areas of a new extra care housing development.

    The sophisticated range, developed by international vinyl and linoleum flooring specialist Gerflor, offers a wide palette of realistic wood effect planks with bevelled edges.

    And for architect Kirsty Henderson it was the ideal flooring solution for the cafe, dining room, hairdressers and multi-purpose rooms, as well as the first floor sun room, at the 32-flat complex in Penicuik, Midlothian.

    She commented: “We looked at a timber floor, but the client was keen for a softer finish and it had to be fully waterproof for the cafe area and, of course, have durability.

    “Also, we didn’t want it to feel like a care home as we were aiming for the quality and appearance of a boutique hotel, so it had to be convincing.”

    After consulting with Gerflor, Kirsty, of Edinburgh practice Hackland + Dore, was introduced to the unique Creation Clic System. With a wear group T rating, and an overall thickness of 6mm, Creation Clic System is a series of looselay interlocking ‘planks’, available in 12 wood effect designs. With its vertical clipping method and ease of cutting and handling, flooring can be laid swiftly into corners and against edges, while planks can be replaced individually if necessary.

    The Creation Clic System can be easily laid and requires no adhesive, grouting or welding and, while it wasn’t necessary for this new-build project, it can also be installed over existing subfloors, thus there is minimal disruption and no need for businesses to close for refurbishment. It is also a popular choice for office, hotel and retail environments.

    As well as proving incredibly robust in independent testing*, the polyurethane treatment PUR+ provides excellent resistance to scratching and chemicals and it can be cleaned easily and hygienically.

    Kirsty Henderson added: “The fact it could be laid quickly without needing sub-floor preparation was also a positive consideration.”

    For Tommy Gaunt, director of Scotland’s biggest flooring contractor Veitchi, using Creation Clic System is always simple. He commented: “It’s easy to cut and manoeuvre and because it’s a looselay ‘click-together’ system there are no adhesives, no harmful substances and so no need for a risk assessment.”

    He added: “We also used it recently on another contract: it wasn’t specified originally but there were moisture problems and the end-date was crucial so we switched to Creation Clic to get the job done.”

    Kirsty Henderson also specified Escort Decowood timber effect handrails from Gerflor’s SPM range of wall, door and corner protection solutions for the corridors. She said: “It’s a great idea to have handrails which match the flooring, it makes it look a lot less institutional.”

    SPM has a complete range of ergonomic handrails providing visual guidance and wall protection, including the Performer, Starline and Escort styles. Available in anodised silver aluminium or six wood effect colours, the Escort is a round, 40mm diameter handrail, with an overall 80mm from the wall, and is screwed to the wall at 1.2m intervals, or at 80cms for heavy use. It is also specified for schools, hotels, apartment buildings and offices and is supplied with bactericidal joints optimising hygiene for end users.

    * Creation Clic System was analysed at Ceram, the independent materials testing and development specialists in Staffordshire. Laboratory performance evaluation information available from Gerflor representatives.

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    NEWS - Unique sports solution overcomes problem subfloor with ease

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    Gerflor’s technological innovation provided the perfect solution for a challenging sports hall refurbishment.

    The new sports floor had to be installed on a concrete base with high moisture content in an unheated hall, which had once been a tractor shed. Not only did it have to be robust enough to cope with the both the damp and the extremes of temperature, but provide a first class sports surface for students at the Oatridge Campus of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).

    Project manager Andrew Isherwood, of international construction consultancy Thomas and Adamson, said: “The building had no heating, so we needed a product that would be able to cope with being subjected to extremes of heat and cold.

    “The old surface was contract carpet laid down on to the concrete floor and was not conducive to good sports. The college also wanted a surface that would reduce the risk of injury, as it was worried about students’ wellbeing on such a hard floor.”

    The solution was Taraflex™ Sport M Evolution flooring, installed with Gerflor’s unique Dry-Tex™ System, developed specifically for damp subfloors.

    Having rejected wood alternatives as unworkable, Andrew Isherwood added: “Our quantity surveying department had heard Gerflor’s products had a proven track record and we did our own research to see how similar projects had worked elsewhere. We were going to visit some sites, but the website had so many previous projects to research that we were reassured this was the right decision.”

    The 7mm thick Taraflex™ Sport M Evolution vinyl sports flooring has P1 category protection, offering 25 to 35 per cent of shock absorption and is suitable for all types of sports and leisure activities. Available in 17 colours and two wood effects, it is supplied with two surface treatments: Protecsol for easy maintenance, friction protection and ‘intelligent’ sliding coefficient; and Sanosol bacteriostatic and fungistatic protection.

    Key to the project was the Dry-Tex™ System. The international vinyl and linoleum specialist’s revolutionary process integrates a textile material with CXP™HD foam backing, allowing a stronger bonding of the adhesive to the sports floor. The system uses GERPUR adhesive, which reacts positively to humidity, so the higher the moisture level, the quicker the bonding.

    Virginia Harris, Gerflor’s Sales and Specification Executive for Scotland commented: “The Dry-Tex™ System is fantastic for projects like this. It saves time and money, because there is no need for other moisture barriers and it offers unbeatable bonding strength to the subfloor.”

    Taraflex™ vinyl sports floor solutions have graced every Olympics since 1976 and its unique composition offers safety against long term impact injuries, protection against immediate bumps and abrasions and the security of a 10 year warranty.

    John Dunn, director at Veitchi Flooring Ltd, Scotland’s largest flooring contractor, oversaw the installation at the campus in West Lothian. He said: “High moisture was a problem and the flooring had to be specified to accommodate that. Lots of decisions had to be made before we started, but the project went well and everyone was delighted with the end result.”

    Mr Dunn added: “The Dry-Tex™ thrives on high moisture. It’s the first time we’ve worked with this system, but it was simply a case of following the guidelines and it was fine on application.”

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    NEWS - Easitex wins in Housing Innovation Awards 2014

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    Easitex, Gerflor’s pioneering, 20db and tog-rated (0.7 tog), R10 slip resistant, loose-lay residential flooring, has won ‘Most Innovative New Product’ in the social housing industry’s prestigious Housing Innovation Awards 2014.

    Gerflor was also the only company to be honoured with two shortlisted products in the category, having impressed the judges with both its Easitex and Griptex ranges of Gerflor Fibre technology (GFT) floorings, which have achieved excellent feed-back from tenants, housing associations and contractors alike.

    Across 16 categories, the independent judges were looking for innovations that stood out from the crowd. Judge, Andrew Eagles, said: “When someone wins an award it illustrates to the rest of the sector that they are ahead of the game and that means we can all learn and move forward.”

    The Housing Innovation Awards reward organisations that come up with new and original concepts like Gerflor GFT floorings. The results of the 2014 Awards were announced at an event at the Great Connaught Rooms, London WC2, which was hosted by architect and TV presenter George Clarke, who said: “Easitex is an innovative, ultra-thick, loose-lay flooring for domestic housing, which spearheads a new standard in residential vinyl. Its unique composition sets it apart from other vinyl floorings and means that it is both thermally and acoustically advanced.”

    On receiving the Award, John Hardaker, Sales and Marketing Manager, Gerflor Residential Floorings, said: “We are delighted that Easitex has won the Most Innovative New Product in Awards that recognise the best in design and innovation in the social housing industry. Gerflor is committed to the continual development of new technology, which is showcased by our latest GFT, decorative, cushioned vinyl, Easitex. Popular with tenants, our GFT floorings offer multiple benefits including reduced installation times and costs that allow specifiers to upgrade flooring packages within budget.”

    Also a GFT loose-lay flooring with unique qualities, shortlisted Griptex was the first residential vinyl to ≥36/R10 slip resistant standards. Its patented, GripX slip resistant surface remains effective in both wet and dry conditions and does not trap dirt.

    Gerflor’s GFT backing system includes 97% recycled fibres. Gerflor floorings are 100% recyclable and manufactured according to Gerflor’s eco-friendly policy at its ISO 14001 certified production sites without pollutants or hazardous contents such as lead, formaldehyde and harmful plasticisers.

    MipolamCosmo Web

    NEWS - Brand new Mipolam Cosmo offers low potential for slip and can be delivered to your door in 48 hours

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    Ideal for heavy traffic areas in healthcare, education and other busy environments, Mipolam Cosmo offers low potential for slip (≥36 wet) when tested to BS 79762:2002. It’s also easy to maintain and provides outstanding stain resistance.

    By combining the renowned hard-wearing Mipolam Cosmo with its revolutionary, patented Evercare™ surface treatment, international vinyl and linoleum flooring specialist Gerflor has redefined the standards for smooth homogeneous calendered flooring.

    The use of Evercare™ sets new standards in low maintenance and provides an unrivalled level of stain and chemical resistance. For example, blood and common chemical stains, including iodine, can be easily and hygienically removed with a mop and water with a dash of mild detergent. Evercare™ also provides excellent scratch and scuff resistance and no waxing or polishing is needed during the product’s lifetime, ensuring cost savings on maintenance time and materials.

    Truly remarkable is the impact of Evercare™ surface treatment on Mipolam Cosmo’s slip resistance performance. Independent testing at SATRA established this smooth vinyl flooring performed to in excess of ≥36 (wet) on the pendulum test, giving low potential for slips.

    Gerflor Technical Services Manager Andy Sedman commented: “It’s worth emphasising that if it’s maintained properly Evercare™ doesn’t deteriorate so the slip performance remains constant during the product’s lifespan.”

    Competitively priced and presented in 18 colours, Mipolam Cosmo is lighter in weight than before for easier handling and installation. It comes in 2 metre width rolls, or 608mm² tiles (minimum order of 500m²), with 11 of the 18 colours in roll format available for delivery in 48 hours.

    Now more environmentally friendly, Mipolam Cosmo is 100 per cent recyclable and comes with an A+ BRE generic rating, very low VOC emissions and meets HSE guidelines for fire safety standards.

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    NEWS - Two Gerflor floorings shortlisted in Housing Innovation Awards

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    Griptex and Easitex, two of Gerflor’s ground-breaking Gerflor Fibre Technology (GFT) loose-lay, residential vinyl floorings, have been shortlisted in the ‘Most Innovative New Product’ category of the 2014 Housing Innovation Awards, with results to be announced at an awards event on the 6th February.

    The Housing Innovation Awards celebrate the pioneering spirit of highly innovative and original schemes, services and products and reward organisations that are constantly coming up with new and original concepts. The expert judging panel is therefore looking for innovations that stand out from the crowd across the 16 categories of the social housing industry awards.

    Gerflor is the only company to be honoured with two shortlisted product entries. Both floorings by the International flooring manufacturer are proven in the social housing sector and have achieved excellent feed-back from tenants, housing associations and contractors alike.

    They include flooring innovation, Griptex, which was the first residential vinyl to be ≥36/R10 slip resistant. By bridging the gap between domestic and contract vinyl it enabled decorative, cushioned vinyl with tenant-appeal to be installed in homes where previously only contract quality vinyl had met standards. Griptex’s unique surface treatment, GFT backing system and multilayer construction provide additional benefits including low-cost, quick and uncomplicated, loose-lay fitting. 

    Also shortlisted is Easitex, a pioneering flooring of unique composition. Thermally and acoustically advanced and 4.2mm ultra-thick, it represents a new standard as the first tog-rated (0.7 tog) vinyl with a 20db sound rating. A GFT-backed, decorative, loose-lay flooring, it combines carpet-like comfort with the functionality of a high-performance, R10 slip resistant vinyl.

    Both Griptex and Easitex are 100% recyclable and are manufactured according to Gerflor’s eco-friendly policy at its ISO 14001 certified production sites without pollutants or hazardous contents such as lead, formaldehyde and harmful plasticisers.

    Both floorings also feature Gerflor’s GFT backing system, which includes 97% recycled fibres. This unique backing, combined with a dimensionally-stable interlayer, facilitates loose-lay fitting, allowing installation in hours as opposed to days compared with traditional vinyl.  As adhesive, and the need to lift existing smooth floorings, is generally eliminated, faster completion times and cost savings are possible.

    BournemouthShow2014 Web

    NEWS - Gerflor shows it cares! Gerflor, stand W199, Care Show, BIC Bournemouth, 26-27 March, 2014

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    After more than 70 years of product development driven by customer demand, Gerflor offers an array of vinyl and linoleum flooring and surface protection solutions for new build and refurbishment projects in care environments. Visit our stand to learn more about the products’ durability, low-maintenance and hygienic properties, as well as the sophisticated designs and colour palettes. Also on display will be SPM wall protection, corner protection, door protection and handrail products. 

    Gerflor’s Southern Region Manager Andy Davies commented: “We have tough products that still look great after a lot of use and we find that many people in the care industry are also drawn to us for aesthetic reasons, because the style and quality of our designs are what people would expect to find in their own homes.”

    Widely-known for its constant innovation, Gerflor’s flooring ranges are hard-wearing and easily maintained. Special surface treatments reduce maintenance costs, whilst anti-bacterial and fungicidal applications provide additional confidence that Gerflor solutions can meet stringent hygiene requirements. Quick and easy to fit, Gerflor’s non-adhesive floorings can be laid with minimum disruption.

    There will be a host of Gerflor flooring innovations on display in Bournemouth including:

    • The renowned hard-wearing Mipolam homogeneous range has been combined with Gerflor’s new, patented Evercare™ surface treatment to create a sheet vinyl floor which has unparalleled stain resistance to blood and chemicals, including iodine; the best slip resistance in its field (wet pendulum test); and astonishingly low maintenance.
    • The Nera collection is a multi-layered flooring available in 42 designs, with a T abrasion rating for durability.  Treated with PUR, for easier maintenance, and Sanosol®, an antibacterial and fungicidal treatment.
    • The Creation Luxury Vinyl Tile & Plank flooring range. A low-maintenance collection of bevel-edged PVC tiles and planks in wood, mineral and stone effect designs, it is ideal for high traffic areas.
    • Creation Clic System consists of stylish, extremely hard-wearing, interlocking planks, which can be overlaid on existing floors without adhesive for faster fitting and reduced disruption.
    • Taralay Premium is one of the most durable and easy-to-maintain vinyl flooring solutions on the market. Taralay Premium Acoustic has strong acoustic and shock absorption properties, while Taralay Premium Compact provides excellent resistance to static and moving loads. Taralay Premium offers both practicality and an impressive high-end range of designs at affordable prices.
    • The high-performance safety vinyl flooring solution, Tarasafe™, which uses inlaid mineral crystal particles to provide a unique lighter appearance and outstanding durability, allowing the company to offer a 12-year guarantee.
    • Brazilia SD and Elegance SD are studded slip resistant flooring ranges specifically designed for barefoot wet areas and complement the Mural Calypso waterproof wall covering. All three ranges meet the highest standards of hygiene.

    Also to be exhibited at the show, will include the SPM wall protection, corner protection, door protection and handrail products including:

    • Protective panels
    • Decorative panels
    • Wall protection
    • Ergonomic handrails
    • Door protection systems
    • Corner protection systems

    These solutions are perfectly adapted to meet the requirements of staff and patients in a care facility and for designers and builders involved in key projects. 

    The Gerflor Group’s expertise is based on more than 70 years of innovation, testing, development, fabrication and distribution, but, above all, listening to its customers’ needs. The Gerflor & SPM brands offer attractive and reliable solutions that met the modern demands for safety, hygiene, noise management and low maintenance.

    Gerflor provides customers with an unrivalled, comprehensive and targeted offer portfolio and services support in the form of dedicated specialists, technical and applications experts and an alliance of approved installers.  These delivery teams work across the UK with designers, contractors and end users, from the initial project brief and specification right through to final installation.

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    NEWS - Gerflor’s Tarasafe™ vinyl safety flooring is exclusively specified for multi-million pound school project

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    When designing one of the first, flagship, projects of Scotland’s £1.25 billion Schools for the Future programme, you can expect every architectural and specification decision will come under the closest scrutiny. At a cost of £37.1 million, The Lasswade Centre in Bonnyrigg was not only intended to serve 1,500 pupils, but also to provide a new home for the town’s sports and community facilities and become a focal point for citizens.

    Having had his work inspected by the First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, among others, Stephen Home, senior architectural technician, at Glasgow architects Cooper Cromar, explained: “As one of the exemplar schools in the Schools for the Future programme, it had to be outstanding in every aspect. When it came to the flooring, as well as high quality, we also wanted it to be long-lasting and easy to clean.”

    Mr Home consulted international vinyl and linoleum flooring specialist Gerflor about the specification. He added: “We have used Gerflor on previous jobs. They’re a trusted company and very helpful, so we brought them in on this and got good advice. We specified sheet vinyl, non-slip, and used acoustic in some of the teaching areas, where classrooms were above each other, to minimise noise disruption.”

    As a result more than 8,000m² of Gerflor’s Tarasafe™ range of specialist slip-resistant vinyl safety flooring was laid. Inlaid with mineral crystals for a light, bright appearance, and with a tough PVC wearlayer, it is also impregnated with Sanosol®  fungistatic and bacteriostatic treatment for optimum hygiene and easy maintenance. As the crystals are made of mineral, rather than using the Carborundum particle (which can make floors more dull in appearance), Tarasafe™ is 100 per cent recyclable, which was a positive factor in the project acquiring BREEAM certification.

    Also specified was Gerflor’s unique SparClean® treatment. Designed to form a completely smooth surface between the mineral chips, it doesn’t impair the anti-slip performance, but eliminates dirt traps. Stephen Home added: “SparClean® was very good; there’s 1,500 pupils at the school, plus the out-of-hours use, so the cleaners need to be able to work quickly and effectively.”

    He added: “We specified vinyl because it’s hard-wearing and resistant to staining. The Tarasafe™ looks very good, we’re really pleased. It gave us what we were looking for; functionality and aesthetic appeal.”

    Another benefit of the new Tarasafe™ vinyl safety flooring is that its mineral crystals weigh less than before, making it easier and faster to fit, while knife blades stay sharper for longer.

    The MacGregor Flooring Company Ltd., Hamilton, laid The Lasswade Centre flooring and contracts manager Crawford MacGregor said his men had noticed the Tarasafe™ improvement. He commented: “When you see these things on press releases you look at it and think ‘Ok’, but the guys definitely noticed the difference. They always need a sharp blade to do a good job and they’re not changing them as often.”

    Mr MacGregor added: “We’ve worked with Gerflor on a lot of big projects similar to Lasswade; student accommodation, offices, college projects and we use a lot of their sports flooring Taraflex, which is a market leader.

    “Our main point of contact is with Virginia Harris [Scotland Sales & Specification Executive]. She’s fantastic, she can’t do enough and she’s backed up by the guys in the office; they do everything they can for us.”

    LimerickUni Web

    NEWS - Gerflor’s interlocking tiles specified on RIBA Stirling prize nominee

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    Short-listed for the 2013 Royal Institute of British Architects Stirling Prize, the Medical School at the University of Limerick has attracted high praise for its striking limestone exterior and internal use of light and space. And when it came to specifying the flooring for this landmark building, the architects had pragmatic and aesthetic demands that international vinyl flooring specialist Gerflor was able to specifically meet.

    Ger Carty, Associate Director at Dublin-based Grafton Architects, explained: “On the upper levels our environmental strategy included the use of exposed concrete to moderate the internal temperature. As a consequence a significant number of the services are provided in a raised access floor, which drove our interest in choosing tiles, as opposed to sheet flooring.

    “There was also a question of durability. We were interested in Gerflor’s Attraction®, as the edges of the tile interlock in such a way that you don’t readily notice the connection. This sense of a single treatment throughout, was important for us, as in certain areas there was a demand to provide spaces that are adaptable, and can be used as individual rooms, or opened up to provide a single larger space.”

    He added: “The colour range was compatible with the building’s internal tonal values. Internal finishes comprise exposed concrete, pre cast concrete block and timber screens and furniture which we wanted to complement.”

    Having considered all of the above factors, Grafton Architects specified the use of more than 1,000m² of Gerflor’s fast-fitting Attraction® interlocking looselay tiles in Amaryllis.

    The Attraction® range is suitable for heavy footfall and can be also specified for retail, commercial and industrial use. The interlocking edges ensure they can be laid quickly with little or no preparation of damp and poor quality sub-floors, or straight over existing surfaces. With no adhesive to apply and dry, installation is quick and shops or facilities can stay open for business during refurbishment projects with minimal disruption.

    Available in 11 colourways and two designs for flexibility, Attraction® can also be specified for creating zones. The PUR+ surface treatment reduces maintenance to a minimum and with a 1mm wearlayer and 5mm thickness overall, the surface also meets Wear Group standard T and has strong resistance to static and dynamic loads.

    Leading flooring contractors Crean Moisaics, of Charlestown, laid the Attraction® quickly without a hitch. Sales Director David Cunningham said: “We use Attraction® in a lot of projects and it’s a top class product to work with because of the way it interlocks so tightly that the join is barely visible.”

    He added: “It was ideal for this contract because it allows quick access beneath, a lot faster than conventional floor coverings, and it’s very simple: removing the tiles is as quick as fitting them and no special tools are needed.”

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    NEWS - Flooring company helps 'DIY SOS: The Big Build with Children in Need’

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    International vinyl and linoleum flooring specialist Gerflor was able to help an outstanding charity project in aid of BBC charity ‘Children in Need’.

    The company donated Tarasafe™ safety flooring in Poppy Red and Sky Blue colours to ‘The Little Miracles’ Project’ as part of BBC’s charity ‘Children in Need’ featured in the BBC One special programme 'DIY SOS: The Big Build with Children in Need’.

    The flooring was laid in the toilets as part of a life changing transformation to the centre for disabled children in Peterborough.

    Gerflor Marketing Manager Nav Dhillon said: “Little Miracles does an outstanding job and we were just happy to help in any way we could.”

    Sports Web

    NEWS - Gerflor’s winning solutions are ideal for all areas of the sports and leisure industry

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    The UK leisure industry is a multi-million pound market, attracting millions of users every year. Not only is there fierce competition in the health and fitness, leisure and sports centre sectors to recruit new members and customers, but standards of equipment, service, hygiene and surroundings must meet or exceed consumers’ expectations. In such a demanding environment, specifiers want fixtures and fittings that not only look stylish and reflect the image of the organisation, but they must be good value, durable and easily maintained, with a technical performance perfect for their intended purpose.

    Whether it is sports halls, gyms, weight rooms, offices, meeting rooms, treatment rooms, reception areas, changing rooms, staircases, shower blocks, or kitchens and cafeterias, international vinyl flooring specialist Gerflor has long experience of matching the right product with the specific needs of leaders in sport, fitness, leisure and academia, including Wigan Warriors RLFC, David Lloyd Leisure and Loughborough University.

    For instance, speaking after the installation of Taraflex™ sports flooring in the badminton hall, Gavin Bailey, of David Lloyd Leisure in Derby, commented: “David Lloyd Leisure aims to deliver products and services in line with high consumer expectations and feedback from our members about the surface has been superb.”

    With more than 80 per cent of sales made from products brought to market within the last years, Gerflor is committed to designing and delivering future-proof floors with cutting edge performance, an up-to-date, wide choice of colours that allow design to be an enduring part of a building’s identity and ever-improving environmental sustainability. The speed and ease of installation, with some products able to overlay existing surfaces, means Gerflor can be specified for new-build or refurbishment projects where time is absolutely critical.

    Best-selling solutions include:

    Taraflex™ offers international standard sports flooring that’s tough enough for sustained use. Used in every summer Olympic Games since 1976, Taraflex surfaces offer performance, comfort and safety for difference uses. It’s the first floor in the P3 shock absorption category, meaning fewer bumps, bruises and friction burns for users.

    Tarasafe safety flooring is ideal for heavy traffic applications where enhanced slip resistance, durability, hygiene and easy maintenance are required. Entirely recyclable at the end of its long life, Tarasafe is lighter in weight for easier handling and can be used in kitchens, toilets, reception areas and dry cloakrooms.

    Creation Clic System, an award-winning solution, is described by Malcolm McPhail, chief executive of Life Leisure, as “the most universal floor in this industry”. He added: “It can be used in any number of applications, it looks great and is durable enough if weights are dropped on it.”

    With its looselay interlocking planks in a variety of wood plank effect designs, it is a sophisticated, low-maintenance product.

    Artline and Creation Luxury Vinyl Tiles offer highly realistic designs with embossed/grained finishes in wood and mineral effect planks and tiles. Durable and attractive, both are suitable for cafeterias, while Creation is also ideal for offices.

    Taralay multi-layered flooring is suitable for public high traffic areas, while Taralay Premium Comfort offers excellent shock absorption and acoustic performance (16dB).

    Finally, GTI looks smart and its 2mm wear layer and 6mm thickness overall means that the ranges can withstand constant footfall, bear the heaviest static loads, or cope with heavy deliveries and even forklift trucks, making it perfect for storage and delivery spaces.

    Gerflor Sports manager Darren Wood commented: “Our flooring solutions are underpinned by the latest technology so whichever part of a building they’re focusing on, specifiers know the product will deliver a consistent high performance for its entire lifespan, while designers have so many colours and styles to choose from in creating strong identities for their clients.”

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    NEWS - Gerflor flooring is honoured in House Beautiful Awards 2013 shortlist

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    A record number of entries into the prestigious HouseBeautiful Awards 2013 did not deter Gerflor from being honoured in the coveted shortlist for its bright and colourful Pop range of decorative, self-adhesive vinyl tiles.

    Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the annual HouseBeautiful Awards are firmly established as the homes industry’s showcase for excellence, plus for being a high point in the industry’s calendar.

    Entered into the Best Flooring category, economically-priced and design-orientated Pop caught the eye of the Award’s notable team of home industry expert and celebrity judges:

    “We had a great response to this year’s Awards and although it made the shortlist judging challenging, we’re thrilled to have had such a high number of outstanding entries,” said House Beautiful’s Editor, Julia Goodwin. “This year’s 10th Anniversary shortlist shows that good design, products and services across every area of homes is still key.”

    In rewarding excellence, the annual House Beautiful Awards has become a champion of the best in the homes and interiors market. John Hardaker, Sales & Marketing Manager, Gerflor Residential Floorings, who attended this year’s star-studded, glittering event at the Science Museum, London SW7, said: “We are grateful to House Beautiful for holding the Awards, which are not only highly valued in the industry but are also a benchmark for consumers. We are delighted that our Pop flooring was shortlisted as we appreciate the prestige that recognition in these Awards brings.”

    Gerflor’s Pop range of eco-friendly, 30.5 cm x 30.5 cm vinyl floor tiles, with a retro, circle emboss, will enliven any room without putting a strain on the budget. Priced at just £7.99 m², POP tiles come with a pre-applied adhesive backing ready for DIY installation and only require a sharp knife to cut them to size.  Available in six striking colours, these well-priced, yet high quality, floor tiles can be used in any colour combination to create a bold, individual and stunning floor; plus they can be used throughout the home including kitchens and bathrooms.

    100% recyclable, POP floor tiles are just one of Gerflor’s innovative, vinyl floorings for the home, which are manufactured without pollutants or hazardous contents at its ISO 14001 certified production sites.

    DLWLino Web

    NEWS - Imagine a world with linoleum...the great architects and designers did!

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    Many inventions fall by the wayside quicker than you can say ‘flash in the pan’, but when a product is still a best-seller 150 years later, it has undoubtedly passed every test set by generations of architects, designers, specifiers and contractors. In 1863, inventor Frederick Walton patented Linoleum, a tough, low-maintenance flooring made of natural materials, which looked fantastic. Now, in 2013, the DLW Linoleum range still boasts those virtues, but has added a range of eye-catching colours and choice of surface treatments to reduce cleaning and virtually eliminate polishing.

    The flooring may have been invented in the 1800s, but DLW Linoleum could have been created to meets the demands of the 21st century:

    • it’s available in many vibrant colours for designers to create strong identities;
    • it has impeccable environmental credentials, because it’s made of natural, mostly renewable, raw materials such as cork, jute and linseed oil;
    • it is hygienic, easy to clean and has anti-bacterial properties;
    • it has a long lifespan;
    • acoustic versions are available.

    Christophe Bruyere, Gerfor’s Operational Marketing Director, commented: “Linoleum is a real design classic. It was an important material for Bauhaus architects such as Walter Gropius and, later, leading designers and architects such as Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier loved to work with linoleum and it’s still specified by leading architects today.”

    He added: “The main production and ingredient features are the same as always, but DLW Linoleum is the only manufacturer to use cork, which makes it warmer underfoot, more flexible and easier to fit and it offers a really wide and fantastic colour range: these brilliant colours wouldn’t have been possible in the past.”

    Distributed in the UK and Ireland by international flooring specialists Gerflor, DLW Linoleum is available in several ranges, including best-sellers Marmorette and Colorette, and is specified in health and education sectors, as well as for retail and office environments.

    Available in several thicknesses for different solutions, the surface of DLW Linoleum is coated in a protective layer to protect against damage by moisture, stains, or abrasive dirt. The tried and test PUR Eco System forms a strong bond with the Linoleum to create a permanently durable, abrasion-resistant surface with enhanced resistance to chemicals and staining and is often used in areas such as hospitals, nursing homes and laboratories where cleaning is frequent and aggressive, while the LPX Finish has been developed to offer full protection at a competitive price for nurseries, schools and universities.

    DLW Linoleum’s Marmorette and Colorette are best-sellers for a reason. Marmorette is available in three thicknesses, 2mm, 2.5mm, and 3.2mm, and has 51 choices in its palette, including new powerful colours. Colorette is bright, vibrant and slightly textured in 23 colours and three depths between 2mm and 3.2mm. As well as being slip, flame and heat resistant, both ranges have acoustic options. Two completely new ranges have also been created. Lino Art Star offers a fruity fresh appearance. As well as nine deep new shades ranging from lime green to Olympic blue, the range includes three shades of grey and a deep black. Linorette is reminiscent of minerals and geological formations, offering nine highly marbled shades in contrasting colours.

    Christophe Bruyere commented: “There are bright, vibrant colours and subtle greys and natural shades which can be harmoniously combined, making them ideal for the requirements of architects, designers and users.”

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    NEWS - Hospital tests leave stylish flooring without a stain on its reputation

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    Circle Partnership is breaking the mould with its purpose-built hospitals catering for private and NHS patients alike. Sleek and stylish inside and out, the reception area has the feel of an up-market hotel. But finding the right combination of form and function for Circle Partnership’s second hospital, in Reading, wasn’t easy.

    Robert Botwright, Head of Procurement for Circle Partnership, commented: “One of the big things for Circle Partnership is trying to build a hospital that looks more like a hotel. So what we wanted was that it did not look like a hospital, but had the functionality of one. It’s very difficult to find products for that.

    “For Reading we went through all the flooring catalogues and spoke to companies looking for something with functionality and which maintained its look on the floor.”

    International vinyl flooring specialists Gerflor provided the solution from its hard-wearing Mipolam range with its new, patented Evercare™ surface treatment for all treatment rooms, clinical areas and corridors.

    The homogeneous vinyl offers:

    • unparalleled stain resistance to blood and chemicals, including iodine;
    • the best slip resistance in its field;
    • astonishingly low maintenance;
    • unique environmental credentials.

    Mipolam Symbioz™ was tested against other solutions by Circle and its performance – particularly with stains – convinced specifiers there was only one choice.

    Robert Botwright commented: “Mipolam Symbioz™ is a good looking product and we carried out some tests with chemicals commonly found in hospitals to make sure it worked, as stain removal can be an issue in hospitals – particularly in operating theatres. The price was right for us and it was important we could have one product right the way through the building.”

    He added: “The hospital’s been open since August 2012 and we have no issues with it. Hopefully when we open another hospital we will be looking at the same product.”

    The Mipolam range of compacted future-proof flooring is divided into five products: Mipolam Symbioz™; Mipolam Esprit; Mipolam Elegance; Mipolam Cosmo; and Mipolam Troplan. Collectively, there are 101 new colour references from the bright and bold to sober and sophisticated, incorporating directional and non-directional patterns for maximum design flexibility. All suitable for heavy, or normal to heavy use, the flagship Mipolam Symbioz™ has a life-expectancy of more than 20 years.

    The use of Evercare™ with anti-bacterial and fungicidal treatments allows blood and chemical stains, including iodine, to be easily and hygienically removed with a mop and water with a dash of mild detergent such as washing up liquid. Evercare™ also provides excellent scratch and scuff resistance and no waxing or polishing is needed during the product’s lifetime, ensuring cost savings on maintenance time and materials. The impact of Evercare™ surface treatment on Mipolam’s slip resistance performance is remarkable: subjected to the industry-standard pendulum test the flooring set new standards in the laboratory, attaining the level of ≥36 in the wet pendulum test.

    Having been presented by architects Bryden Wood, of London, with a remarkable brick and glass building acknowledging a residential area on one side and a commercial zone on the other, Ingrid Soelken, Director and Founder of DesignING Ltd, was responsible for Circle Reading’s front of house design and assisting on finishes for back of house. She commented: “The concept was to create an internal garden and relaxed spa atmosphere, so we used wood colours, olive green, warm greys and ivory. Mipolam Symbioz’s™ ‘Grey Stone’ was the best colour for that.”

    The Notting Hill-based designer also appreciates the possibilities created by Mipolam’s colour range. Ingrid Soelken added: “It is a good palette and I am sure we can work with Gerflor going forward, as the colours cover a very nice tonal spectrum.”

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    NEWS - Gerflor’s Artline LVT flooring has features of higher cost flooring

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    Flooring specifiers wanting a luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and plank flooring without the heavy price tag of the typical LVT branded products, will welcome new Artline by Gerflor. With 40 first-class designs in fashionable colour choices and a variety of tile and plank formats, Artline caters for multiple tastes and complements differing décor within housing. It also has the qualities and performance of a higher-priced flooring.

    For example, bevelled edges, more commonly an element of superior specification flooring, are a specific feature. They provide greater realism by forming a visible bevel between the tiles and planks when laid. The stylish designs in the range are also further enhanced by superior embossing and graining surface effects, which add authenticity across two distinctive themes: Artline Wood and Artline Mineral.

    As Artline is a durable yet warm, quiet and comfortable alternative to wood and stone floorings, it will present a desirable alternative to homeowners. Suitable for throughout the home, it is 2mm thick and has a hardworking 0.3mm wear layer, which includes Gerflor’s PUR+ surface treatment for enhanced scratch resistance and easy maintenance

    100% recyclable Artline comes in plank sizes: 10.1 cm x 91.4 cm and 15.2 cm x 91.4 cm and tile size options: 30.5 cm x 30.5 cm, 30.5 cm x 61 cm and 45.7 cm x 45.7 cm. Artline is manufactured according to Gerflor’s eco-friendly policy, without pollutants or hazardous contents, at Gerflor’s ISO 14001 certified production sites.

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    NEWS - Gerflor has flooring needs for housing covered

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    Vinyl flooring specialist, Gerflor Limited, is presenting its latest product innovations for the housing industry at Homes 2013: flooring collections which represent a complete offering of all residential vinyl flooring types for refurbishment and new build housing. With a spectrum of unique benefits and differing price points, these products meet wide-ranging needs in a ‘one-stop shop’ of flooring solutions for residential housing.

    Gerflor is the World’s 3rd largest vinyl flooring manufacturer, with a UK base in Warwick and dedicated R&D laboratories, where its internationally-renowned brands and pioneering product technologies are developed. It is committed to the manufacture of sustainable floorings: its production sites are ISO 14001 certified, only harmless raw materials are used in production processes, recycled waste from other manufacturers is regularly used, most products are fully recyclable and nearly all post production waste is recycled.

    Gerflor is also a housing expert with proven experience in the UK’s social and private housing sectors having successfully supplied 2.7 million sq. m. of domestic vinyl for social housing installations alone.

    “Where there is a smooth flooring need we have a flooring solution in a good, better and best offer to meet requirements and budgets,” says John Hardaker, Sales & Marketing Manager, Gerflor Ltd. “In addition, we specialise in the new loose-lay sheet vinyls and fast-fitting click and lock system floorings, which will interest refurbishment organisations with time constraints, as they can be laid in hours as opposed to days. As a result, they address many of the common installation and maintenance issues faced by refurbishment teams.”

    Gerflor’s decorative, residential vinyl floorings are both technically and aesthetically advanced with superior features providing optimum performance and added realism in design and finish. They include loose-lay, textile-backed and traditionally bonded sheet vinyls, a comprehensive collection of lock and click system floorings and design-orientated, luxury vinyl tile (LVT’s) and plank floorings. Gerflor also specialises in ≥36/R10 slip resistant floorings and products with thermal, acoustic, water resistant and damp proof characteristics.

    At Homes 2013, in Gerflor’s loose-lay, textile-backed, sheet flooring category, its flagship, ultra thick, 0.7 tog,  20db sound insulated, Easitex rangeis joined by the new Griptex range of colours for a mid to high offer, by Primetex at an economy level and HQR for semi-commercial applications.

    These attractive, loose-lay floorings feature Gerflor’s patented, GFT (Gerflor Fibre Technology) textile backing system, which includes 97% recycled fibres. GFT floorings fast-track installation and can shave up to 30% off ‘on-floor’ costs compared with standard vinyl. They can be laid directly over most surfaces without lifting existing floorings and screeding subfloors. They are also slip resistant (>36 HSE standard), durable, easy-to-clean and maintain, waterproof and 90% RH resistant. In addition, the availability of two, three and four metre widths generally enables the floor to be laid in one piece without joins.

    Ideal for new build and for renovation, Gerflor’s click and lock plank floorings are second to none and feature the latest, ingenious, interlocking technologies for fast and easy installation at speeds of up to 12 m² per hour. They do not require adhesive or specialist skills and install cleanly without creating dust or noise. They also provide an attractive and practical alternative to wood and wood laminate products in the home.

    Again the offer is varied in price and performance characteristics and includes: Senso Clic, which uses Gerflor’s patented built-in, vertical tongue & groove interlocking mechanism and Top Lock and Insight Clic, which utilise Unilin’s patented interlocking technology. Gerflor lock and click interlocking floorings can be laid over smooth, clean, hard and dry surfaces and generally eliminate the need to lift existing floorings before fitting. These floorings can also be easily lifted for subsequent re-decoration and renovation purposes and only individual planks need be taken up, rather than an entire floor, if replacement due to damage is necessary.

    With the same installation benefits, Top Silence, however, stands alone as an entirely original, flooring concept: a vinyl laminate product, its technologically-advanced, ‘4-tech’ system construction combines the softness of cushioned vinyl with an integrated, 16db sound-insulating, sub-layer to differentiate it from other types of flooring planks. It also incorporates a 23/32 wear layer, which is equivalent to AC4 in laminate, with a 0.35mm PureClean™ surface, and rapid-fitting HDF board with glue-less, 4-sided, Megaloc vertical click locking, allowing quick and easy installation.

    For the new build sector, where LVT’s are the flooring of choice, Gerflor’s offer is comprehensive: flooring specifiers wanting a luxury vinyl tile and plank flooring without a heavy price tag will welcome new Artline, which caters for multiple tastes and complements differing décor within housing. It also has the qualities and performance of higher-priced flooring. For example, bevelled edges are a specific feature.

    Inspirational design and exceptional quality are also trademarks of Gerflor's Insight LVT collection of decorative tiles and planks. Global design influences are evident in the 50-strong design choices, whilst the wide format of tile and plank sizes also echoes the diversity of the range. It too is sensibly priced for a high specification flooring of its class, plus it is robust enough for light commercial use.

    At the top end of Gerflor’s LVT offering is Creation, a luxury vinyl tile and plank flooring of the highest quality with over 80 designs and wide range of sizes. At 2.5mm thick with a 0.7mm pure PVC wear layer, it offers top performance and superior resistance to wear and damage in both residential and light commercial installations. The addition of Gerflor’s PUR+ surface treatment to all its LVT floorings ensures that they are durable, resistant to damage and easy to clean and maintain.

    Gerflor residential vinyl floorings are part of the company’s portfolio of environmentally sustainable products includes flooring innovations for domestic, communal and commercial areas of new build and refurbishment projects for housing.

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    NEWS - Gerflor’s Insight tiles and planks will impress homebuyers

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    Inspirational design and exceptional quality are trademarks of Gerflor’s new INSIGHT collection of 100% recyclable, decorative luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) and planks. With more than 50 design choices in Wood, Mineral and Urban effects, the design-led flooring collection is an easy-maintenance, warm, quiet and comfortable alternative to wood, stone and ceramic flooring within new homes. It is also sensibly priced for a flooring in its class.

    The global design influences of international vinyl flooring manufacturer, Gerflor, are apparent in the collection, which has immense variety and reflects current trends.  It presents a desirable addition to new home purchasers and enhances wide ranging interior specification.

    The extensive format of the tiles also echoes the diversity of the new Insight range: planks come in 15.2 cm x 91.4 cm and 121.9 cm x 18.4 cm sizes and tiles in 30.5 cm x 30.5 cm, 30.5 cm x 61 cm, 45.7 cm x 45.7 cm and 61 cm x 61 cm options. In addition, technologically-advanced surface embossing and graining embellishes the quality of the designs and gives greater realism to natural counterparts.

    When it comes to durability and upkeep, Insight tiles and planks score highly: they are 2.5mm thick and have a very hardwearing 0.55mm wear layer, which includes Gerflor’s PUR+ surface treatment for easy maintenance and enhanced scratch-resistance. As they are robust enough for light commercial use, they retain their good looks with ease throughout the busiest of homes and only require simple mopping clean.

    Insight tiles and planks have a 15 year product guarantee, which endorses their quality and longevity. They are also environmentally sustainable and manufactured at Gerflor’s ISO 14001 certified production sites.

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    NEWS - Gerflor presented with a Showhome Editor’s Choice Award

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    UK housing industry magazine, Showhome, has awarded worldwide flooring expert, Gerflor, with the Editor’s Choice Award for the company’s innovative and eco-friendly floor coverings.

    John Hardaker, Gerflor’s Sales and Marketing Manager, was presented with a certificate to commemorate the Award when he visited Showhome’s offices in Kent.  

    “Gerflor’s eco-friendly range of floor coverings are an innovative and stylish solution, and fully deserving of our Editor’s Choice Award” said Showhome’s Associate Editor, Chris Beck.

    An international vinyl flooring manufacturer with a UK base in Warwick, Gerflor is renowned for its pioneering brands and new product technologies. As specialists in flooring for housing, the company’s decorative, residential vinyl floorings are both technically and aesthetically advanced with superior features, providing optimum performance and added realism in design and finish. They include loose-lay, textile-backed and traditionally bonded sheet vinyls, a comprehensive collection of lock and click system floorings and design-orientated, luxury vinyl tile (LVT’s) and plank floorings. Gerflor also specialises in ≥36/R10 slip resistant floorings and products with thermal, acoustic, water resistant and damp proof characteristics.

    On receiving the award, John Hardaker said: “We are delighted to be a recipient of Showhome’s Editor’s Choice Award. Gerflor remains committed to bringing new flooring innovations to the marketplace and good looks as well as performance are essential elements of a Gerflor flooring. This Award reflects our commitment to the manufacture of new vinyl flooring types for residential housing along with the features and benefits they bring to house builders and homeowners alike. With greater choice available, it is now easier to select the right and most cost-effective flooring solution for every home.”

    Gerflor is at the forefront of the manufacture of 100% recyclable, sustainable floorings: it only uses harmless raw materials in its production processes, its production sites are ISO 14001 certified, almost 100% of Gerflor’s production waste is recycled and its products are amongst those with the lowest VOC emissions world-wide.

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    NEWS - Over 300,000m2 of Gerflor eco flooring installed without hitch

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    The successful installation of more than 300,000 sqm of Gerflor flooring without a single tenant complaint or referral has been reported by Wakefield and District Housing (WDH), as its Strategic Improvement Programme to modernise 31,000 homes to the ‘Wakefield Standard’, which is above the Government’s Decent Homes standard, draws to a close.

    Taking eight years to complete and representing one of the country’s largest home improvements programmes, WDH’s refurbishments have included kitchen and bathroom upgrades to bring facilities up to high quality, modern-day standards.

    Before the improvements, WDH used conventional, utilitarian type flooring within its kitchens and bathrooms. However, 3mm thick, cushioned for comfort and straightforward-to-install Griptex provided an attractive option for both tenants and specifiers when products were up for selection.

    100% recyclable, Griptex is a GFT textile-backed, ≥36/R10 slip resistant, residential flooring in designs and colours that are complementary to kitchen and bathroom schemes. “Our tenants have been very satisfied and were instrumental in the choices on offer to them,” says James Martin, Assets Manager for WDH.

    At the outset of the eight year initiative, Gerflor’s Griptex flooring was presented alongside other product choices to a group of representatives including tenants, which acted as a sounding board. In order to meet the kitchen and bathroom package’s stringent criteria, Griptex scored highly on ease of maintenance, installation, product guarantee, aesthetics, slip resistance, longevity, multiple width options and, importantly to WDH, recyclability.

    “Green issues are most important to us”, says James Martin. “We only want products that are responsibly sourced and, as we take recycling very seriously, we are pleased to know that during the lifespan of our Strategic Improvement Programme more than one million plastic bottles were used by Gerflor, a proportion of which have gone into the floorings we have installed.”

    Gerflor’s patented Gerflor Fibre Technology (GFT) backing system, which is a feature of Griptex, is just one good example of how recycled materials are incorporated by Gerflor into manufacture as it contains 97% recycled fibres, which in turn, include recycled bottles.

    Griptex is a loose-lay sheet vinyl with a host of benefits that can be attributed to its GFT backing system including ‘hitch-free’ installation that can shave up to 30% off the ‘on-floor’ cost of fitting traditional vinyl and other adhered floorings.

    In addition to the environmental benefits of eliminating adhesive and adhesive residue, dimensionally-stable Griptex also streamlines installation by permitting up to 35 sqm of glue-free fitting directly over concrete and most existing smooth floorings, with minimal subfloor preparation and without applying ply or latex to the floor. 

    WDH’s strategic partners have therefore been able to fast-track fitting by using Griptex as it automatically smoothes over minor irregularities in the subfloor and can be walked on without needing glue to ‘go-off’.

    However, Griptex’s two, three and four metre width options were also prime reasons for its selection: “We wanted a material that was wide enough to fit a room without a join, not only for cost reasons but also for aesthetic ones and to avoid the potential for tripping on joins.” says James Martin. “Before using Griptex we joined the flooring in kitchens and bathrooms but now it generally goes down in one piece with just tape at the edges to secure it where necessary.”

    “Griptex’s 15 year product guarantee was also attractive to us as we required a durable floor that wouldn’t wear out in areas within the home that take the most pedestrian traffic. We want to avoid replacing an entire floor because it has worn in just a few places,” he said.

    John Hardaker, Sales and Marketing Manager for Residential Floorings at Gerflor, said: “We are delighted to be associated with WDH’s Strategic Improvement Programme, which has brought significant home improvements to its tenants. Our GFT-backed residential floorings, such as Griptex, have been developed with housing associations such as WDH in mind. Designed for low-cost, easy installation, they are aesthetically designed to suit kitchen and bathroom packages, whilst providing the performance characteristics that housing installations require.”

    Griptex is 3mm thick, with an anti-mildew backing layer and a 0.3mm wear layer which incorporates a durable, hygienic and easy-to-clean, PU surface coating. It is also a warm, comfortable and quiet underfoot flooring with 16db sound insulation.

    Additionally, Griptex’s integral waterproof membrane tolerates up to 90% RH enabling installation over damp subfloors and use in older properties without damp proof courses.

    Manufactured at Gerflor’s ISO 14001 certified production sites, Griptex like all Gerflor floorings, is fully recyclable. In addition nearly all Gerflor’s post production waste is recycled back into product manufacture and recycled waste from other manufacturers is regularly used.

    Gerflor is one of the World’s leading vinyl floorings manufacturers with more than 10 years experience in the housing sector. Experts in flooring, its portfolio of environmentally sustainable products includes floorings for domestic, communal and commercial areas of new build and refurbishment projects.

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    NEWS - New homogeneous vinyl flooring transforms industry’s gold standard

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    International manufacturer Gerflor is redefining the industry’s performance benchmark for homogeneous vinyl flooring.

    By combining the renowned hard-wearing Mipolam range with its new, patented Evercare™ surface treatment, Gerflor is unveiling a sheet vinyl floor which has:

    • unparalleled stain resistance to blood and chemicals, including iodine;
    • the best slip resistance in its field;
    • astonishingly low maintenance;
    • unique environmental credentials.

    When a product is so much better than what has gone before, sometimes the best way  is for potential customers to see the evidence for themselves.

    Richard Hackett, Gerflor UK’s head of Retail, agreed an order with a national company after a startling demonstration to senior staff. He explained: “I was demonstrating the new range for the first time to a client. I poured some iodine on Mipolam Cosmo treated with Evercare™ and another, industry standard, homogeneous flooring, left it for five minutes and came back and it was astonishing: we simply wiped it off the Mipolam sample, but the other one was ruined. The customer made up his mind there and then. We say it’s resistant to iodine and other chemicals, but you really have to see for yourself the difference it makes.”

    Mipolam’s range can be specified in general public areas, schools, offices, indoor leisure centres, factory floors and storage areas, hospital wards and corridors, ‘clean rooms’ and computer suites requiring an aseptic environment. as a versatile solution for refurbishments and new build projects.

    The use of Evercare™ with anti-bacterial and fungicidal treatments allows blood and chemical stains, including iodine, to be easily and hygienically removed with a mop and water with a dash of mild detergent such as washing up liquid. Evercare™ also provides excellent scratch and scuff resistance and no waxing or polishing is needed during the product’s lifetime, ensuring cost savings on maintenance time and materials

    The impact of Evercare™ surface treatment on Mipolam’s slip resistance performance is remarkable: subjected to the industry-standard pendulum test the flooring set new standards in the laboratory.

    Gerflor Technical Services Manager Andy Sedman said: “It is difficult to offer slip resistance with smooth homogeneous vinyl, however Mipolam attained the level of ≥36 in the pendulum test, giving low potential for slips.

    “That’s of massive benefit because there’s now a legal requirement for all owners of commercial and public buildings to carry out a risk assessment for slippery floors.

    “The other point to make is that Evercare™ doesn’t deteriorate so the slip performance remains constant during the product’s lifespan.”

    The Mipolam range of compacted future-proof flooring is divided into five products: Mipolam Symbioz™; Mipolam Esprit; Mipolam Elegance; Mipolam Cosmo; and Mipolam Troplan. Collectively, there are 101 new colour references from the bright and bold to sober and sophisticated, incorporating directional and non-directional patterns for maximum design flexibility. All suitable for heavy, or normal to heavy use, the flagship Mipolam Symbioz™ has a product life-expectancy of more than 20 years, while the product’s directional stability means it resists indentation from static weights, or rucking from heavy moving loads.

    While Mipolam’s performance has been revolutionised by the addition of Evercare™, the flooring itself has also been changed to make it lighter in weight, and therefore easier to install, and more environmentally friendly.

    While the whole range is 100 per cent recyclable, the environmental improvements are most marked in Mipolam Symbioz™. Designed to be environmentally friendly at every step of the process, Mipolam Symbioz™ is now 100 per cent bio-degradable, because Gerflor’s research scientists have replaced the chemicals [Phthalates] used in the plasticizers which make the flooring flexible with a cereal-based solution.

    Andy Sedman explains: “Plasticizers have always had a bad name, but if you can achieve Phthalates-free plasticizers, that’s brilliant and we have succeeded in making it out of wheat which makes it completely bio-degradable. In my opinion Symbioz™ has the best environmental qualities on the market, because it’s the only one containing bio-plasticizer.”

    With very low VOC emissions and HSE requisite fire-safety standards, most of the range is available in tiles, as well as sheet format.

    Richard Hackett added: “This product is a gold standard in terms of its performance and easy maintenance, thanks to the revolutionary Evercare™ surface treatment.”

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    NEWS - New Gerflor product book identifies future-proof floors

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    International vinyl and linoleum flooring specialist Gerflor is launching a new guide to its best-selling ranges to help architects, specifiers, end users and contractors pinpoint the right product for their project building needs.

    Valid until the end of 2014, the 68-page product book is compact enough to be carried in bags and briefcases

    Gerflor UK Marketing Manager Nav Dhillon said: “The previous product book highlighted the international and European collection and with more than 400 pages it was overwhelming for some of our customers.

    “The new product book is full of practical information on our best-selling lines and can be used as a tool on site or with clients by main contractors, flooring contractors, architects and specifiers.”

    The product book is divided into categories showcasing prestigious brands, including: Tarasafe™ safety flooring; Mipolam homogeneous flooring; DLW Linoleum flooring; Taralay multi-layered flooring; Taraflex™ sports and community solutions; Luxury Vinyl tiles and planks and Speciality looselay tiles.

    As well as technical specifications, pages include the most popular colours and QR links to more information about the full range of designs and colour-ways, NBS specifications, maintenance and installation instructions.

    Phil Southall, Managing Director of Gerflor UK, said: “More than 80 per cent of our sales are with products brought to market within the last three years.

    “We are continually researching and improving what we do and we want people to know we’re designing and delivering future-proof floors.”

    He added: “By future-proof, we mean cutting edge performance that will stand the test of time; up-to-date colours that allow design to be an enduring part of a building’s identity; and ever-improving sustainability.”

    New product books are already being distributed to clients, and are also available by contacting Gerflor in any of the following ways:

    Tel: 01926 622 600 (UK) / +353 (0) 42 966 1431 (ROI)

    Email: contractuk@gerflor.com

    Visit: www.gerflor.co.uk

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    NEWS - Gerflor’s quick-fitting loose lay tiles offer style and toughness

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    One of the toughest vinyl flooring tile ranges on the market has been updated recently by Gerflor, the international flooring specialist. New colours have been introduced to the benchmark GTI range, designed for the heaviest traffic in both industrial and retail areas and which can also be installed in other areas where robustness is a necessity.

    GTI looks smart and its 2mm wear layer and 6mm thickness overall means that the ranges can withstand constant footfall, bear the heaviest static loads, or cope with forklift trucks around the clock. With more than 70 years’ experience of providing technology-led solutions to customers’ demands, Gerflor’s GTI range is designed to keep businesses moving quickly and effectively. It is a multilayered interlocking loose lay vinyl tile, offering outstanding performance, highly resilient and an ideal solution for refurbishments and new build construction where fast installation is required. The tiles are 635mm x 635mm and available in a wide palette of designs with the flexibility for logos to be incorporated. Interlocking edges ensure that the loose lay tiles can be laid quickly, with minimal sub floor preparation over poor quality, damp sub-floors, or even straight over existing surfaces. Either way, because there is no adhesive to apply and dry, the installation can be done quickly without closing the facilities and losing business. It is reported to be at least twice as fast as glued solutions and suitable for most subfloor types – ceramics, concrete, resin and irregular surfaces. The ranges are ideal for renovations, as tiles are easy to remove and replace. 

    The GTI range is organised into three families; Max Decor, Pure Decor and Uni.

    • GTI Max Decor offers the highest resistance for intense traffic. Available in five colours, the multilayered construction comprises of two fibre glass grids either side of an homogenous sheet and is specifically reinforced to withstand static and dynamic loads. The backing is 4mm black homogenous sheet, while the surface is a 2mm coloured homogenous sheet.
    • GTI Pure Decor blends four new trendy designs suitable for high traffic retail applications. Available in Dark Stone, Sienna, Natural Beige and Grey Storm, this range has three glass fibre grids for rigidity. The backing is 4mm black homogenous sheet, with a 1mm fibre glass layer and 1mm colour sheet.
    • GTI Uni is offered in seven clearly defined colours, complementing Max Decor and Pure Decor, to create clearly defined pathways and corners, retail areas and safety zones as required. The backing is 4mm black homogenous sheet, while the surface is a 2mm coloured homogenous sheet.

    Unsurprisingly, GTI Max Decor, GTI Pure Decor and GTI Uni come with a group T wear rating, meet HSE anti-slip guidelines (R10) , have excellent resistance to chemical products and low electrical and thermal conductivity. The range is 100 recyclable at the end of its long life and, because tiles are loose lay, individual ones can be removed and replaced seamlessly minimising disruption on site .

    All the range is treated with PUR+, Gerflor’s unique system which allows for easy cleaning and improved resistance to scratching. It significantly delays the need for wax and provides excellent resistance to chemicals.

    Roger Shenton, Senior Development Manager at Bargain Booze, has worked with Gerflor for many years. He comments: “GTI... has been outstanding in terms of appearance, the quality of product, durability and, most importantly for us, the speed with which the product can be installed and is ready to be built upon. Gerflor has delivered on all aspects of the brief given to them from expert advice on products, delivering on time and within budget, through to excellent aftersales service. We look forward to continued success when working with Gerflor in the future.”

    GTI’s outstanding range is complemented by the Attraction range of fast-fitting loose lay interlocking tiles, suitable for moderate traffic. Available in 13 fresh colours, Attraction can be specified for zoning, or creating eye-catching retail areas. Like GTI, Gerflor’s commitment to technological improvement means Attraction can be laid quickly without closing premises and over sub-floors with moisture problems. With a 1mm wearlayer and 5mm thickness overall, AttractionⓇ also meets a group T wear rating, and has a strong resistance to static and dynamic loads.

    The GTI and Attraction products are available with a range of accessories including corner systems and connecting profiles for a complete solution for the facility.

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    NEWS - Gerflor provides a “£1 million sports hall” for only £25,000

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    Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School, Liverpool, is a specialist sports college, which excels nationally in several sports, and produces a conveyor belt of professional sportsmen in athletics, boxing and football. Steven Gerrard is probably its most famous old boy.

    At the centre of this sporting excellence is the school sports hall. Used all day by 1,500 students and then after hours by community clubs for a wide range of sport, the existing wooden floor was tired, becoming slippery and needed sanding, polishing and remarking every few years.

    “We wanted to provide the pupils, staff and local community with a new and modern sports facility,” said Jake Collin, Director of Community Sport, who worked on the scheme’s project management.

    “Our options were to re-sand the existing floor, relay it, or choose new materials. We got Gerflor out to see us and Taraflex™ was a product we could afford that would meet our bespoke requirements.

    “In fact, we painted the walls and installed new lighting at the same time and it looks like a £1 million sports hall, but we only spent £25,000 on the floor and £45,000 in total.”

    International flooring specialist Gerflor has developed a range of sports flooring that can overlay existing surfaces, saving time and money, as well as being more environmentally friendly.

    Jake Collin said: “It was laid straight on to the wood in a weekend. There was no disruption.”

    Used for football, cricket, basketball, handball, circuit training, badminton and volleyball in school – as well as doubling as the school’s exam hall – it was also important that the community customers were happy too.

    Jake Collin added: “Liverpool Basketball Club train at the school and we asked their opinion before we went ahead and now we’ve laid it, Liverpool Handball Club are coming here as well.”

    “The footballers were a bit wary of change at first, but they think it’s fantastic; it offers much better grip and, anecdotally, since it was laid I think we’ve had fewer accidents; fewer bumps, bruises and friction burns because it’s less slippery than the old floor.”

    He continued: “What clinched it for me was Taraflex’s suitability for different sports and the acoustics; there was a lot of noise with the wooden floor, which wasn’t conducive to teaching.”

    Taraflex™ has been used in every summer Olympics since 1976. Available in 17 colours and two wood-effect designs, the Sport M Evolution offers P1 category shock absorption and meets EN 14904 Standard for indoor sports surfaces. It is recognised for providing safety and comfort without impairing performance.

    Treated with SanosolⓇ, for antibacterial and fungicidal protection, and ProtecsolⓇ, which renders polish redundant, it also has double density foam backing.

    Jake Collin concluded: “It’s easy maintenance. We brush it every day and give it a gentle buff once every three days.”

    He added: “This school is a specialist sports college and we demand the very best facilities.

    “We’ve got them now.”

    TaralayPremium Web

    NEWS - Gerflor’s Taralay Premium is “a class above its rivals”

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    The reasons why newly improved Taralay Premium flooring range satisfies so many demanding clients are almost as numerous as the range of customers who rely on it.

    Produced by international vinyl flooring specialists Gerflor, Taralay Premium offers a high performance hard-wearing solution for specifiers in education, office, healthcare, retirement home, cinema, hotel and restaurant sectors.

    With a high-quality multilayer flooring suitable for high traffic areas, Taralay Premium Comfort offers excellent acoustic and shock absorption properties, while Taralay Premium Compact is ideal for bearing static and moving loads.

    Now a 20 per cent increase in the number colours means designers can choose from 120 options, while technical innovation has improved overall performance.

    Gerflor’s Product Manager Nathalie Pastor said: “Taralay Premium is called Premium for a reason: it’s a class above the competition and we can prove it.

    “It’s more efficient than homogeneous flooring and more durable than printed flooring, while the thickness of the surface layer can provide up to 25 years of excellence in terms of minimal, easy maintenance.”

    She added: “We have the widest colour palette in the market which resists fading and it’s an environmentally friendly solution.”

    Taralay Premium’s colour palette was extended after consultation with designers to stay ahead of new trends and has been arranged in four ranges; Indiana, Brazilia, Fusion and Forum.

    • Fusion is a combination of natural, peaceful tones for elegant rooms such as halls or waiting areas, or intensive care units and surgery wards.
    • Brazilia offers cheerful colours that complement neutral tones like greys and beiges and can be used for cosy rooms in retirement homes, while primary colours can be combined for schools and universities, or mixed with dark grey for contemporary offices.
    • Indiana has a choice of feminine colours creating a calm atmosphere which can be ideal for creating a specific retail theme, or restful communal and meeting spaces in offices, retirement homes, schools and hotels; while the range’s bright and spicy colours are best for education, nurseries and modern stores.
    • Forum boasts some bold innovations including pink, violet and two greens for a vintage feel, while its ‘hot’ combinations would be perfect for communal dining and living areas.

    For those who recognise excellence, but want to express their individuality with customised flooring unique to their business, Gerflor offers My Taralay: an unrivalled design service offering 400,000 colour combinations of Taralay Premium multilayered flooring.

    Always an innovator in design as well as technology, Taralay is made by compressing coloured chips on to a complex fibre glass grid, which is bonded to the underlayer. My Taralay allows imaginative designers to choose up to five colours of chips from Gerflor’s extensive palette. Having uploaded an image of the room to create an online simulation of the design, test samples can be delivered to see the product in situ.

    Both Taralay Premium Comfort and Taralay Premium Compact offer a 1mm wear layer, with an abrasion rating in the Group T category, while both are treated with Protecsol, which renders acrylic polishes obsolete. Finally the range includes Sanosol fungistatic and anti-bacterial protection for maximum hygiene.

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    NEWS - Gerflor provides world class playing surface and cash savings

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    Abbey Park is a thriving badminton club with 350 members, including some playing to county and national standard.

    But despite the club’s popularity, its management committee was facing a long term headache; the gradual decline of the traditional wooden playing surface, which had become slippery, hard and uncomfortable for players.

    At the same time as its deterioration, the surface was costing an increasing amount to maintain.

    Committee member Dave Wilkinson said: “The scheduled maintenance for our existing sprung maple floor was beginning to cost somewhere between £6,000 and £7,000 every time we had it done, which was every three or four years.

    “Therefore over the next 20 years, the maintenance of the existing floor would have cost the club somewhere in the region of £30,000 to £40,000, which is why we considered more than the ‘headline’ price when we came to a decision for a replacement.”

    After evaluating the options, the club chose Gerflor’s Taraflex™ Sport M Evolution as the solution. Available in 17 colours and two wooden designs, it offers P1 category shock absorption and meets EN 14904 Standard for indoor sports surfaces.

    The club also opted for Gerflor’s Eco-Fit™ System, an innovation ideal for renovation work on dry surfaces. The free-floating system can be laid over existing surfaces, reducing installation costs and the length of time the facility is closed for.

    Taraflex™ is the preferred surface of Badminton England and is on the approved list of the World Badminton Federation and Abbey Park’s club coach Alex Marritt can see why. He said: “Apart from the quality of the playing surface, the hall has excellent fit and finish, which gives the club a real ‘wow’ factor and I have received endless compliments on the club’s revamp as a whole.”

    Mr Wilkinson added: “The old floor was also affected by atmospheric conditions and at certain times was very slippery, making it a health hazard. The new floor is not slippery at all. Additionally, the Taraflex™ is much better to play on and it looks fantastic.”

    The eye-catching appearance, low maintenance and improved performance has another tangible benefit. Mr Wilkinson said: “It has attracted new club members and the additional income from membership was factored in to the equation when considering the affordability of the new floor.”

    As well as the endorsements from badminton’s ruling bodies, Taraflex Sports Flooring has received ‘approved’ and ‘preferred’ status from more national and international sports federations than any other supplier.

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    NEWS - Tougher high-performance flooring with wider colour choices unveiled by Gerflor

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    A tougher, high-performance vinyl flooring for busy public areas has been launched by global specialists Gerflor.

    The extensively-improved Mipolam Elegance replaces Mipolam Elegance 290 with immediate effect and architects, specifiers and contractors will appreciate the improved colour choices, durability and lighter weight.

    Suitable for use in education, healthcare and retail sectors, this multipurpose homogeneous flooring is available in 33 contemporary colours for a range of moods and effects. Incorporating non-directional design, the inclusion of transparent PVC chips creates a vivid 3D effect in a matt finish.

    Gerflor product manager Alexis Arnoux said: “Trends change over years and we wanted to make sure Mipolam Elegance reflects the latest thinking so we can offer the best products to our customers.

    “But this new range is not only introducing new colours; we have improved the design of the product itself to create the 3D effect and made it lighter in weight by 190 grammes per square metre.”

    Ms Arnoux added: “The two main advantages of the reduced weight are that the product is softer to handle so it is easier to fit, and that we have increased the abrasion resistance to Group T.”

    Treated with Gerflor’s exclusive and patented Evercare™ surface treatment, the latest pioneering technology on the market, the vinyl is scuff resistant and needs no waxing or acrylic polishes to maintain appearance and colour brightness.The combination of Evercare™ with fungistatic and bacteriostatic treatments also ensures that stains, including those from the most common products used in the healthcare industry such as iodine and alcohols, can be safely and hygienically removed with a minimum of water and detergent; thereby reducing maintenance costs and lowering the environmental impact.

    Available in 2m width rolls, Mipolam Elegance can also be ordered in tile for a minimum order of 500m². The product is also available in eight anti-slip Elegance SD styles suitable for use in showers and wet rooms. Recommended for making skirtings easier, as well as fitting angles and welding, the 2mm thick vinyl now weighs 2,850 grammes per square metre - thanks to a higher PVC content and the lowest rates of mineral fillers - and can be installed more quickly than before.

    In line with Gerflor’s environmental commitment, Mipolam Elegance is made entirely of recycled content and is REACH compliant. Anti-static and compliant with fire safety legislation, the product meets EN 14041 standards.

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    NEWS - Vibrant colours provide class solution for school flooring

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    As the £31 million flagship of Renfrewshire Council’s ‘Building Better Communities’ project to invest in education, leisure and community facilities, there was widespread public expectation that the new Park Mains High School would be outstanding in every aspect.

    Built in the grounds of the old school, the new structure serves 1,400 pupils and offers sports and cultural facilities to the wider community.

    Architects Holmes Miller envisioned a strong grid pattern of orange/red facing brick panels as a unifying elevational treatment, which contrasted with a curved wall of zinc that sweeps round to meet full height glazing at the school entrance. Informed by the Curriculum for Excellence issued by Education Scotland, a three storey atrium floods the school with natural light, a motif continued with light wells throughout the teaching wings, illuminating break-out areas next to classrooms.

    The client specified sheet flooring for all public spaces, including the street area, where pupils congregate at the coffee shop and canteen and is the social hub of the school. International flooring specialist Gerflor won the contract, supplying more than 6,000m² of Marmorette PUR from the DLW Linoleum range.

    Craig Heap, director at Holmes Miller, said: “The choice of flooring was important to create a cohesive appearance throughout, which highlighted key spaces and maintained continuity of the design concept.

    “The vibrant colour range [of Marmorette] played an important part in this process as once we’d picked the colours, walls and floors had to match.”

    The DLW Linoleum range offers an extensive colour palette for designers and its hard-wearing flexibility allows it to be specified in hotels, offices and retail spaces, as well as throughout education buildings. At Park Mains, Marmorette PUR was also used in the kitchens and technical classrooms, including the science labs and metalwork rooms.

    Made from natural renewable products and 100 per cent recyclable, the range is suitable for use with underfloor heating and is resistant to fading. Mr Heap said: “Sustainability was very important too, as we wanted an ‘excellent’ BREEAM rating for the project and the flooring was integral to that.”

    Timeless styling makes Marmorette DLW Linoleum’s most popular range. Calendered, with jute fabric backing, and available in sheets of two metre widths, its even, non-directional marbling pattern has 56 shades in 18 colour lines, offering light, medium and dark shades in every colour, as well as two coordinated lines of grey. Available in three thicknesses of 2.0mm, 2.5mm and 3.2mm, a multi-colour weld rod, called Camouflage, is available for the entire range.

    Mr Heap added: “It almost goes without saying that we wanted something durable, low-maintenance and easy to clean with low lifetime costs that was suitable for a reasonable budget.”

    Marmorette is offered with two finishes; PUR and LPX. The PUR chosen for Park Mains is antistatic and bacteriostatic, has a strong fire rating and is resistant to scuffs and stains. Cleaners at the school simply use hot water at the end of the day, saving money on detergents and polishes.

    Mr Heap said: “We were familiar with the Gerflor product and are happy that it’s standing the test of time. The client is delighted.”

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    NEWS - A brighter & longer lasting appearance thanks to Evercare™

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    Gerflor is launching a brand new collection in the Mipolam Esprit range, a high performance homogeneous flooring that is available with a modern look and matt finish. Tougher than ever before, the Mipolam Esprit vinyl floor covering is ideal for coping with heavy traffic in busy public areas

    The celebrated Mipolam range already has an outstanding reputation for its performance in health and education buildings and the new Mipolam Esprit is impressively durable and now even easier to maintain, with a new formulation that makes it lighter in weight without compromising on the technical performance of the floor covering.

    Treated with Gerflor’s exclusive and patented Evercare™ surface treatment, the latest pioneering technology on the market, the vinyl is scuff resistant and needs no waxing or polishing to maintain its appearance and colour brightness for years.

    The combination of Evercare™ and anti-bacterial and fungicidal treatments also ensures that stains such as blood and iodine can be safely and hygienically removed with a minimum of water and detergent; thereby reducing maintenance costs and lowering the environmental impact.

    With a Group T wear rating and available in rolls, Mipolam Esprit comes in a selection of 24 new colours in a balance of natural tones and stronger accents. Tiles are also available subject to orders of 500m²

    Made with a minimum of 25 per cent recycled products, Mipolam Esprit is 100 per cent recyclable.

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    NEWS - Vinyl flooring that lasts longer than steel

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    Independent testing has found Gerflor's vinyl retail flooring is harder-wearing than steel covered floors.

    The Creation Clic System, designed for supermarkets, convenience stores and high street retailers, was analysed at Ceram, the independent materials testing and development specialists in Staffordshire.

    In a laboratory evaluation designed for testing the raised access steel surface flooring used in shops and offices, a load equivalent to 141 stones was wheeled 20,000 times across the vinyl non-stop for four days.

    Richard Hackett, Gerflor UK’s Head of Retail, said: “We’re delighted with the results. Apparently the wheels running on the same route 20,000 times obliterate a line where the steel is: it destroys the steel layers completely.

    “But Creation Clic was extremely resilient. There was no structural damage and it will never suffer wear like this from people walking around a shop.”

    The antistatic product, available in 12 sophisticated designs, can be laid quickly without adhesive, over existing flooring and without requiring a store to close its doors.

    With a wear group T rating, and an overall thickness of 6mm, Creation Clic System is a series of interlocking ‘planks’ with bevelled edges. With its vertical clipping method and ease of cutting and handling, flooring can be laid swiftly into corners and against edges, while planks can be replaced individually if necessary.

    Mr Hackett added: “The Creation Clic system can be laid quickly without the premises closing its doors for refurbishment. Think how much money that saves; there’s no loss of turnover and minimal disruption.”

    As well as being incredibly robust, the polyurethane treatment PUR+ provides excellent resistance to scratching and chemicals and it can be cleaned quickly and hygienically.