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Interface helps put students on track at St John's Halls

Flooring manufacturer enlisted to help bring to life industrial inspired design of new city-based student accommodation

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | April 29, 2015 | Facilities

Global modular flooring manufacturer, Interface, was enlisted to help bring to life the industrial inspired design of a new city-based student accommodation block for the University of Northampton

Built on the site of a former railway turntable, the interior design of the student accommodation block draws inspiration from its railway heritage. The high-end halls of residence house around 470 students in flats of varying sizes, featuring en suite bedrooms and communal kitchen and living spaces. Marketed as deluxe accommodation, it was important for the interior décor and furnishings to have a high quality and long lasting finish, which was why main contractor Kier selected Interface for the project.

To create an impact in the reception and seating areas, products from Interface’s nature-inspired Urban Retreat range were installed in skinny plank format – rectangular shaped flooring tiles – to echo the earthy notes of the paint colour scheme and provide an eye-catching and hardwearing surface at the building’s entrance.

Mark Linieres, Account Manager at Interface, said: “As the development was set to be part of the university’s higher-end accommodation, the design needed to have a more luxurious feel. Our Urban Retreat range was the perfect choice and helped to create an entrance that was more reminiscent of a hotel than halls of residence, and the bright and bold colours of the Sabi II collection complemented the fun design scheme.”

Interface’s innovative skinny plank allows for greater design freedom and offers minimal wastage during installation, helping to reduce maintenance costs during the lifetime of the building. If an area of the flooring becomes damaged or worn, individual tiles can be replaced, rather than needing a full new carpet.


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