Central Working has launched a co-working space for top university Imperial College London, at their new White City campus.
The modern design provides 300 desk spaces, in light and sophisticated surroundings.
We were referred to the main contractor Area by Imperial College, due to our existing relationship with their facilities team. The project included the supply and installation of 1700m2 of Havwoods Fontaine engineered oak flooring throughout the project, including a 150m2 breakout space in an alternate colour.
Installing timber – especially on such a large scale – required specialist care. From early delivery to allow the boards to acclimatise, to making sure that the moisture levels were kept constant throughout to avoid swelling or shrinking, we applied our knowledge to create a professional result.
The design for the co-working space was based around numerous meeting rooms, encased in minimalist glazing. As a result, the project required the light timber to be installed flawlessly in order to preserve the minimalist effect. Special movement join threshold trims and cork expansion gaps were custom made for doorways and perimeters, then finished with black mastic. These were required to ensure a clean finish, and to allow the newly installed wood to settle without creating gaps.
Fitting the timber was only the starting point on this project – all 1700m2 of flooring was sealed with hard wax oil to guarantee its long term durability. We also cut in a total of 192 circular floor grommets, and 43 accessible floor hatches which house the numerous connectivity points required for a modern co-working hub. In all, this was a truly technical installation, with a clean and simple finish.
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