Integrated design from Forbo

Garry Bateman, Head of Technical Sales and Support at Forbo Flooring Systems answers a key question in integrated flooring design

Q. Although our campus is large, we still want an integrated and cohesive design throughout our estate. How can the choice of flooring allow us to achieve this given the different uses of the various buildings?

All universities contain buildings where differing flooring functionalities are required and with universities often allowing their campuses to be used by the local community, flooring may have to be multi-functional.

From safety flooring in commercial kitchens, to acoustic flooring in lecture theatres and static control flooring in server rooms, appropriate functionality is important to ensure that campus buildings operate safely and effectively.

Fortunately, it’s possible to have similar designs across a range of products to ensure a cohesive design. Many of Forbo’s designs are available as sheet vinyl, safety vinyl, loose lay tiles and luxury vinyl tiles helping to ensure an integrated look despite various functionalities. Additionally, Forbo’s Step range of safety flooring offers the same colourway in different slip resistance ratings providing seamless transitions between areas where there is a slip risk. Carpet tiles also offer integrated solutions. The Tessera Create Space collection offers products at different price points but with intrinsic colour connections to allow holistic yet individual flooring design.

Forbo’s Allura Flex range of loose lay vinyl tiles can be installed with the same adhesive as carpet tiles, making it ideal for situations where both textile and resilient flooring are required in one area eg a student study area with a coffee point.

Finally, entrance flooring systems can integrate the flooring design either by the use of logos or colour co-ordinated schemes whilst also playing a vital role in preventing slips and protecting interior floor finishes.

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