The University of London required a full refurbishment of this historic, Grade II listed building. The project struck a balance between meeting the practical needs of the busy university library, and working with sensitivity towards the iconic 1930s architecture.
Original elements like the block parquet flooring were marked for preservation, but were in need of repair. Flooring solutions were also required for the back-of-house areas and commercial kitchens. We worked closely with the client throughout this project, providing material samples to help them narrow down a variety of different options to find the most suitable.
We provided the necessary repairs to the existing parquet, then sanded and sealed it to fully restore its beauty. Sigma Uni broadloom carpet was supplied and installed to other corridor areas, and J+J Propel plank carpet tiles were installed in a herringbone pattern to the open-plan study areas. Using the muted ‘Outpace’ colourway was a subtle design choice which didn’t distract from the students’ working environment.
While the original specification was to install normal vinyl on a latex screed in the back of house areas, following analysis of the sub-floor it became clear that this was not possible without incurring extra costs, and we recommended safety flooring with an in-built Damp Proof Membrane as an alternative. This gave the same design as vinyl and additional non-slip assurance, and could also be loose-laid over the existing sub-floor without the need for additional works.
Following our recommendation, the client also chose the same finish for the kitchen areas, coved to meet commercial standards. It was important to make sure that the temperature of the installation areas met the manufacturer’s requirements, taking account of the cold January weather to avoid delays to the project’s tight schedule.