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Big Foot Systems Shortlisted in H&V News Awards for Coca-Cola European Partners GB Project

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Sussex-based Big Foot Systems, which leads the way in non-penetrative rooftop support solutions for building services and safe access equipment, is delighted to announce that is has been shortlisted in the prestigious H&V News Awards for its project with Coca-Cola European Partners Great Britain (CCEP GB). Named as a finalist in the ‘Retrofit Project of the Year’ category, Big Foot supplied a custom Safe Access solution and HD Beams rooftop plant support to a project at CCEP GB’s Wakefield manufacturing plant.

The H&V News Awards’ judges reported that they received a high number and quality of entries this year and so making it onto the shortlist is a fantastic achievement. Big Foot Systems will now present their entry directly to the judges in March. The winners will then be announced at the esteemed H&V News Awards on Thursday 20th April 2017 at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, London.

We are thrilled to have been shortlisted in such prestigious awards on such a high profile project. It was a complex project at what is the largest soft drinks manufacturing plant, by volume, in Europe” explains Sam Birch, Big Foot Systems’ Product Manager. “We were able to provided the preferred solution whilst ensuring minimal disruption to the Wakefield manufacturing plant.”

CCEP GB wanted to increase the production hall cooling ventilation capacity by adding two new air handling units to the existing lightweight standing seam roof. The project needed to ensure minimal disruption to operations during the new installation and reduce the risk of a leaking roof above a facility capable of producing 6,000 cans of soft drink and up to 2,200 bottles every minute.

Having previously worked with Big Foot Systems, the CCEP GB consultant on the project suggested the possibility of using Big Foot to provide a plant and service support strategy which would eliminate the need to penetrate the roof.

The lightweight roof construction posed an additional challenge for the project, but one that Big Foot Solutions met. The Big Foot technical team worked collaboratively with HE Barnes, the contractor for the project, and their structural engineer across many months. Big Foot’s technical team was able to propose several options for consideration, leading to a fully-developed solution using their HD Beam product to span the main rafters and the purlins, while taking the load back to the main rafters. The solution also provided safe access for maintenance of the newly installed AHUs.

To assist the smooth installation, Big Foot’s Technical Team carried out several site surveys. The engineered design and technical support by Big Foot allowed HE Barnes to provide a detailed lifting plan and method statement to the CCEP GB Health and Safety team. Big Foot’s Technical Team was also on site for the frame erection and AHU crane lift to the roof, utilising a 250 tonne crane with a 60-metre reach. Thanks to meticulous planning and preparation, the full installation was carried out seamlessly within five hours of the crane being set up. Big Foot therefore provided the best solution with minimal disruption to CCEP GB’s Wakefield manufacturing plant.

An HD Beam is a non-penetrative support frame for chillers, AHUs, packaged plant, generators, pipes and steels. It is a robust but flexible solution where space may be limited, or there is a requirement to position directly over existing structural roof steels. Weight is then evenly distributed across the specified quantity of HD Beams. It is also height adjustable to maintain a level system on roof falls up to 5 degrees.

The Big Foot Safe Access range is designed to allow a secure route for service engineers and other trades to gain access to plant and for managing the flow of other personnel. Offering secure and easy access to roof-top services, Big Foot will survey and design custom Safe Access systems tailored specifically to meet individual design parameters.

Offering specifiers a comprehensive range of freestanding systems, Big Foot’s products are designed and manufactured by the company for a wide variety of applications, including HVAC, solar units and safe access equipment. The product portfolio provides complete, simple, safe and secure non-penetrative, prefabricated roof support systems negating a need for time consuming and costly penetrations through the roof.

Big Foot Systems’ products and systems are quick and easy to install ensuring project cost and time clarity, thus reducing the need for complex, time-consuming and expensive detailing. Offering improved roof aesthetics, Big Foot Systems provides engineered solutions that are innovative in design, robust and repeatable. Big Foot combines market leading products and services, which include system design and on-site support. Available to install in all weathers utilising familiar componentry, all systems are designed with safety, security and simplicity in mind. Finally Big Foot Systems offers short manufacture and delivery lead times to help a project meet its schedule and stay within budget.

For further information on all products and services offered by Big Foot Systems email: enquiry@bigfootsupport.com or telephone 01323 844355.

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Intamix Quickfit the industry’s speediest scalding solution

Anti-scald heating and plumbing product manufacturer, Inta, has launched the newest evolution of its multi-million selling Intamix thermostatic mixing valve (TMV).

The newest TMV in Inta’s acclaimed range features a new patent pending quick-fit system that has 40% fewer connections than a conventional mixing valve arrangement. Inta has reduced the number of wet connections to the valve from five to three, drastically reducing the time it takes installers to fit the valve while reducing the chance of leaks. By shrinking the valve’s overall size, it can also be installed in locations where space is at a premium.

The Intamix Quickfit comes with adjustable or fixed temperature options. The adjustable option gives installers flexibility to set the temperature for their specific application, while factory pre-set temperatures prevent the output temperature being modified by accident and the valve becoming a victim of misuse. The TMV also features a safety cut-out which immediately shuts off the outlet in the event of either hot or cold supply failure.

Stuart Gizzi, managing director at Inta, said: “The Intamix Quickfit is the result of a decade’s worth of TMV innovation and is a product that will lead the market in the future of TMV design. We are continually innovating and collaborating with installers to identify ways to improve and upgrade our products. With a reduced number of wet connections and a factory-set, non-adjustable temperature, the Intamix Quickfit will quickly become the go-to valve for specifiers and installers, while setting the standard for mixing valves of the future.”

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Flood Defence Systems Continue To Gain Ground

During 2016, IBS continued to deliver successful installations of high profile glass flood defence systems around the UK, taking their total of successfully delivered projects past the 1.5Km milestone since the first system was installed in Keswick in 2011. Included in 2016’s successes was the UK’s largest glass flood defence system at 520m long, installed to protect the village of Paull (near Hull) from future tidal surges and as a part of the wider Hull and Holderness Flood Alleviation Scheme, a project that is providing defences along the Humber estuary together with inland engineering works.

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These recent projects have allowed IBS to continue their unrivalled success in the delivery of these specialist glass flood defence systems. Having re-located to larger premises in South Yorkshire at the end of 2015, IBS continue to expand and support more clients in the UK, most recently by the addition of a new team member to help manage the ever increasing level of enquiries.

Managing Director Ray Moulds, says

”After such an exceptional year with multiple large contract successes, not only in the UK & Ireland but also globally, we’re very much looking forward to 2017 and seeing our business expand further. By this I don’t just mean by supporting more and more clients with our high quality innovative solutions, but also with exciting product developments that our teams are working on and which will enhance our client offerings for the future”.

You can see IBS at a number of events during 2017, including the Cumbria Flood Expo in Carlisle at the beginning of February and the Flood & Coast exhibition in Telford at the end of March, both of which they are providing sponsorship for.

IBS Engineered Products Ltd is a leading supplier of flow control and flood protection equipment.  The main product range includes penstocks, stoplogs, glass flood defences, demountable flood barriers/walls and floodgates.

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Altro Xpresslay brings fast turnaround and cost savings at 27 new build schools

The proven cost and time saving credentials of award-winning Altro LooselayTM technology has lead to Altro XpressLayTM safety flooring being selected for installation in 27 new schools being built in the North East of England.

Galliford Try is building the new schools as part of the Priority School Building Programme (PSBP). Galliford Try has a longstanding Supply Chain Agreement with Altro, so when it came to specifying flooring for the PSBP schools, both companies worked closely together to select a high quality, cost-effective flooring that was also quick to install.flooring

Roy Perry, Galliford Try Contracts Manager, said: “We chose to work with Altro on the PSBP scheme due to the strength of our supply chain relationship and their array of appropriate products for the schools.

“We selected Altro XpressLay because it’s a cost-competitive option that would also save us installation time on all the priority school schemes in this region. In many instances we require a quick turnaround, as Galliford Try is under pressure to deliver the schools within set timescales.

“We have been pleased with the service we have received from Altro and the flooring contractors, which has enabled us to complete the work to the customers’ satisfaction.”

Altro XpressLay is the world’s first ever adhesive-free safety flooring, and features Altro Looselay technology. Altro Looselay technology allows any subfloor moisture to escape. It has been designed to lie flat, without the need to be adhered. Altro Looselay doubled-sided, moisture-tolerant tape is used to secure the flooring in place while you weld. As there is no adhesive you get same-day welding and can walk on the floor straight away. Altro XpressLay can be easily removed post-installation, re-used elsewhere and then recycled at the end of its life.

The range boasts 42 colours, featuring bright and subtle, sparkle-free designs and decorative chipped options to choose from. The Altro XpressLay palette matches with Altro WalkwayTM 20 safety flooring, enabling both ranges to be combined to suit the application.

Altro XpressLay also features Altro Easyclean technology with superior chemical and stain resistance, to ensure it stays looking good for longer.

The flagship school for the PSBP scheme, and one of the first to be built, is the £18.6 million Hessle High School and Sixth Form College in East Yorkshire. Previously Hessle High was split over two sites, with 1,450 students, including 200 students in the sixth form.

The new build, designed by DLA Architecture Ltd in Leeds, has created a combined, fit-for-purpose school that operates from just one site, with new science labs, ICT and teaching areas and sports facilities for up to 1,550 pupils, including 230 students in the sixth form.

Phoenix Flooring Division installed 5,500m2 of Altro XpressLay throughout Hessle High School in four different shades; Waterfall on stairs and corridors; Blizzard in laboratories; Fog in wet areas; and Roof Garden in the stores.

The easy-to-fit capabilities of Altro XpressLay meant big savings in time and a trouble-free installation, as Phoenix Flooring MD Matt Brown explained.

“With Altro XpressLay there is no need to lay a dpm, and it can be fitted without adhesives,” said Matt. “This makes it very cost and time effective, and fitter friendly too. We know that every time we use this flooring we save a lot of time on a project, so for us it’s a great choice all round.

“Prior to fitting at the school, we prepared the substrate with a smoothing compound to create a true, flat surface. We then fitted Altro Looselay double-sided moisture tolerant adhesive tape to all perimeters and areas where the flooring would have joints. This helps the flooring to stay in place.

“Then it was simply a case of cutting the sheets of Altro XpressLay to fit, laying them into position, removing the backing from the adhesive tape, and rolling the flooring back into place. Joints were finally hot welded to finish off.

“We were on site for three months, with eight fitters working at the busiest period. We had excellent support from Altro throughout the entire project, but they always deliver a very high level of back-up.”

Mark Owen, Facilities Manager at Hessle High School is happy that Altro XpressLay is ticking all the right boxes. “We had a mixture of lino and tiles in the old school, which looked very old fashioned and was neither safe underfoot nor easy to maintain. This new flooring looks superb, colourful and modern, and it’s a proven safety flooring that can stand up to the rigours of busy school life.

“There has been no rucking or movement at all. It’s as firm and reliable as any flooring fitted with adhesive. So for a school it’s a great product, because we have the flexibility to repair or reuse the flooring in the future if required.

“Maintaining the flooring is proving easy as well, and it cleans up very nicely. We mop as and when required, and for areas which get the most traffic and dirt we use a walk-behind scrubber regularly. During school holidays we give everything a much more thorough going over with a circular scrubber, which brings the floors back to their very best.”

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Neaco colour options provide stylish adaptive bathing

Neaco’s Freedom range of support fittings for adaptive bathrooms includes an exciting choice of contemporary and classic colours providing superior style and performance.

The latest powder coated options are available for a wide variety of support products, including hinged support rails, back rests, grab rails, hinged shower seats, portable bath seats and matching accessories such as towel rails, coat hooks, toilet roll holders, shelves and tilt-adjustable mirrors. The contemporary selection offers some vibrant options which can add a burst of colour to bathroom schemes. Alternatively, the new classic selection complements the country-style look with some rich and rustic colours to furnish bathrooms with a more traditional aesthetic.

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Now available alongside some attractive metallic finishes, including chrome-effect, the new colours superbly complement Neaco’s Aluseal half-height shower enclosures and their Neatdek 3 shower grille, which is unique in the market as the only system which provides true-level-access onto a gradient-free showering area, making it the ideal option for wheelchair users in particular. Neatdek 3 is also available in bespoke colours on request.

Freedom support fittings are corrosion-free with smooth lines that are warm and comfortable to the touch. Rails are fully insulated with a sure and positive grip and all items provide heavy-duty performance with exceptional strength-to-weight ratio. All products are backed by a Lifetime Guarantee.

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The Vent-Axia Pure Air Sets the Benchmark for Indoor Air Quality

Vent-AxiaventilationWith a growing body of research pointing to the health implications of poor indoor air quality (IAQ) in our homes Vent-Axia has set the benchmark for high-level filtration with the launch of the Vent-Axia Pure Air.

Designed specifically to answer the needs of the new build residential market, this indoor air quality filtration system has been developed to work in conjunction with Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) units to offer the ideal indoor environment.

MVHR not only extracts harmful pollutants but also allows the air coming into the home to be filtered, taking out harmful airborne bacteria and dangerous contaminants. The Vent-Axia Pure Air filter then goes one step further to improve IAQ, working with the MVHR system, it is fitted to the intake airflow and incorporates two types of filtration—activated carbon and G4/F7 particulate filters to achieve even higher levels of filtration.

Offering housebuilders a choice of filtration to suit the application, the Vent-Axia Pure Air is available with G4 or F7 particle filters. G4 filters can remove up to 90% of the PM10 particles in the air, including some bacteria, most pollens and many types of industrial dust. Meanwhile, the finer F7 filters are ideal for inner city areas with heavy traffic since they remove up to 80% of the tiny PM2.5 particles, this includes fine diesel particulates.

Meanwhile, enhanced activated carbon filtration removes unpleasant odours and harmful gases such as Nitrogen Dioxide (NO²). In urban areas vehicles are responsible for approximately 99% of Nitrogen Dioxide pollution. High levels of NO² can cause respiratory problems and increased incidences of asthma. The Vent-Axia Pure Air therefore filters incoming air, helping to meet World Health Organisation guides for NO².

“Indoor Air Quality is rising up the agenda for housebuilders. This is due to a combination of changes to local construction legislation which puts the responsibility on developers to ensure air to dwellings is filtered to increasingly higher standards and recent IAQ research which has led to increased awareness among homebuyers of the health issues connected with poor indoor air quality in the home. The Vent-Axia Pure Air is designed to give both housebuilders and homebuyers peace of mind by helping provide a healthy indoor environment”, said Ian Mitchell, Product Marketing Manager, New Build Residential.

Designed to improve IAQ in a wide range of new build buildings the Vent-Axia Pure Air is available in different sizes for use in properties from small apartments to large offices. The size of the filtration system needed is determined by the required airflow of each application. Plus the Vent-Axia Pure Airalso has a range of rectangular and round spigot options, including combinations of both to offer unique versatility at the point of installation. The filter unit can be installed vertically or horizontally to optimise available space and fit a multitude of MHVR configurations, this makes the filtration system accessible to wider range of applications.

The Vent-Axia Pure Air provides high-level filtration levels with the particle filters conforming to EN 779 and combined with specially formulated gas filters help meet IAQ levels conforming to EU Directive 2008/50/EC. In addition, the Vent-Axia Pure Air is designed to improve indoor air quality and comfort for occupiers and so external noise is attenuated as it passes through the unit thus reducing induct noise and helping to achieve specified sound levels in dwellings.

A raft of research has recently reported the importance of good IAQ and how the nation’s health is dependent on it. Earlier this year the Royal College of Physicians published the report ‘Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution’ revealing how air quality affects health and it has been proven that poor IAQ is a particular health risk. Since this report, consumers have become increasingly conscious of the need for better IAQ.

Meanwhile, ‘The Future of Indoor Air Quality in UK Homes and its Impact on Health’, a report by Professor Hazim Awbi’s at the University of Reading, forecasts that asthma could double by 2050 due to increasingly air-tight homes. It also found that indoor pollutant levels could increase beyond World Health Organisation recommended limits. The research cites MVHR as the most cost-effective solution for achieving an energy efficient air exchange rate and a healthy environment for building occupants.

For further information on all products and services offered by Vent-Axia telephone 0844 856 0590.

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Guardrail Installation Horrors

Article by Terry Creed, Technical Sales Consultant, Safesite Ltd

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We’ve written in the past about the importance of competency, especially when it comes to fall protection equipment.  I spend a lot of time on roofs and unfortunately come across some shocking work which illustrates what happens when price is chosen over competency.

The following are the latest batch of horrors I’ve seen when out and about on site.

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This system is installed so poorly it’s quite unbelievable that someone could leave it that way!  The guardrail is too low, weights and feet are in the wrong position, extremely unstable, grub screws loose or missing, uneven…I could go on…..

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Poor guardrail installation – no mid rail, a fitting is missing completely and the hot vent flue has damaged the rail. And when you look at the installation from the other side, it gets worse.  The photograph below shows that single fixing has been used into the masonry.

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This is definitely not something we would recommend as the fixings can work loose over time.

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How NOT to install edge protection around roof access hatches.

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And finally, if your guardrail needs repairing, please make sure the person carrying out the repair knows what they’re doing. Otherwise this could happen!

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Redland’s BCP pitched roof training is just the ticket

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Roofers lacking formal qualifications can now enjoy CITB-funded training thanks to Redland’s accreditation as an approved provider of the Basic Competency Programme (BCP) for pitched roofing.

The BCP certificate – when combined with a Working at Heights CSCS Health & Safety Test pass – entitles both apprentices and ‘old hands’ to apply for the three-year Red ‘Experienced Worker’ CSCS ‘ticket’, allowing them to work on site while looking towards the next level of qualification.

The main objective of the BCP is to support roofers without either a full competency or an official roofing qualification in obtaining one; and help them to convert their green CSCS cards to the Blue Skilled Worker CSCS version. It will also help those in other trades, perhaps already holding higher level CSCS cards, to change sector or add to their skill sets. The BCP is endorsed by the CITB, the NFRC CompetentRoofer scheme and CSCS.

The two-day course covers areas such as pitch, scale, orientation, setting out, constants, estimating, understanding BS 5534; plus practical ‘how to’ sessions on the installation of roofing systems, both single lap interlocking and double lap plain tile and slate. The course is delivered from Redland’s National Training Centre based just outside Cirencester, Gloucestershire.

Heavily subsidised by Redland and the CITB, the course costs only £150 for both the training and certification. A CITB training grant may also be available to qualifying companies, bringing the total cost of the BCP certificate down to just £50.

Mat Woodyatt, technical training manager at Redland, said: “Obviously it’s an honour for Redland to be recognised as the only one currently capable of meeting BCP certification training demands for pitched roofing. But beyond that, it’s fantastic for us to be involved with bringing through the next generation of roofers, as well as setting older hands off on the qualification pathway. It’s great for us, great for them and great for the industry”.

www.redland.co.uk/bcp

Performance Testing for Rooflight Covers

By Jason Godfrey, General Manager, Safesite Ltd

When speaking to a customer recently about our new rooflight and skylight protection, Kee Cover®, we were asked how we can be sure that the cover will stop someone from falling through the rooflight?

The simple answer is that the range has undergone extensive testing in accordance with industry standards and guidance such as the ACR Red Book Test for Non-Fragility of Large Element Assemblies.

What is the issue?

It’s estimated that on average 7 people a year are killed falling through a fragile roof or fragile rooflight and as a result there has been an increasing demand for roofing products to be non-fragile.  Concerns raised by the HSE and the roofing industry over the lack of a clear accurate standard or guidance for roofing manufacturers to work to, led to the publication of an ACR standard.  We are now on the 5th edition of this standard, the ACR [M]001:2014 – sometimes referred to as The Red Book.

The Red Book defines the test for non-fragility which should be applied to any roof assembly and any accessories such as rooflights which may be fitted.  The aim is to determine whether the structure can both support the sudden load imposed on it by someone stumbling or falling onto it and then retain that load for a specified time.

The Test

The test defines 3 Classes of non-fragility A, B & C.   Very few roof constructions achieve Class A.  When it comes to rooflight covers, you want to be sure that the cover can withstand the initial impact of someone falling on it, but also remain intact while the person is on the cover.

The ACR standard requires drop-tests where a 45kg sand bag is released from a test rig and allowed to free fall a minimum of 1.2m under gravity onto the surface of the test sample.

For a rooflight cover to be classified as non-fragile is must arrest the fall and retain the full load for at least 5 minutes after impact.

The following flow chart outlines the fragility test requirements and classification.

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In addition to the ACR test, Kee Cover® has also undergone extensive testing in accordance with the European Standard BS EN 1873 2014: Prefabricated accessories for roofing. Individual rooflights of plastics. Product specification and test methods.

Both tests have proven that if someone does fall onto the Kee Cover®, it will prevent them falling through the fragile rooflight and retain their weight following the fall.

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Gentle care from Gerflor

Kilbryde Hospice in East Kilbride, just south of Glasgow in Scotland is a voluntary independent 10-bed hospice which exists to provide specialist palliative care to patients with life-limiting progressive illnesses, together with delivering high levels of support and understanding for their relatives and carers.vinyl floor covering 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.

With funding in place the new facility is now open and operated in partnership with NHS Lanarkshire. Chairman of NHS Lanarkshire Ken Corsar said at the time, “We are delighted to be working with Kilbryde Hospice to develop services that can make a real difference to the quality of life for people facing life-threatening and life-limiting illness”.

As a new build the project needed some 2000m2 of high quality flooring that would not only look stunning, but would also be able to stand up to the rigours of daily use in a busy healthcare environment.

The appointed Architect, Eddie Kerr chose a selection of Gerflor products to fulfil this challenging task. 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.

As a true healthcare multi-specialist and with over sixty years’ healthcare experience, Gerflor has grown and developed to become an expert in this field by creating, manufacturing and marketing innovative, decorative, durable, hygienic and environmentally-responsible flooring for a host of healthcare-related solutions.vinyl floor coveringWith 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.

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.vinyl floor coveringThroughout the Kilbryde Hospice the need to raise the ‘look’ of the communal areas was high on the agenda. It would be a remit perfectly suited to Gerflor’s new Creation LVT range.

The sophisticated Red Dot Award winning Creation 70 LVT range offers a brand new palette of realistic wood and mineral finishes in tile and plank formats with beveled edges.

In addition to this, the looselay Clic System’s unique vertical interlocking format allows this product to be laid quickly over most existing surfaces, with no need to close premises during refurbishments saving customers time, money and inconvenience.

The Creation 70 LVT range is also 100% recyclable, REACH compliant and is treated with PUR+ surface treatment, providing excellent cleaning characteristics and improved resistance to scratching.vinyl floor covering
The hospice would also have to cater for the myriad of applications where patients and staff could shower and bathe in both comfort and safety. The ultimate choice for wet and dry, barefoot and shod applications,

Tarasafe™ Ultra H²O high performance safety flooring from Gerflor 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. Tarasafe™ Ultra H²O is competitively priced and scores the best possible safety rating in the wet barefoot ramp test (DIN 51097) and wet shod test (DIN 51130).vinyl floor coveringTarasafe™ Ultra H²O is also rated Grade C in the barefoot ramp test – the best possible – and >36 in the wet pendulum test. It also scores R11 in the slip resistance wet shod test.

Designed with a raised emboss, Tarasafe™ Ultra H²O is available in eight stunning colours, which complements Tarasafe™ Ultra’s most popular colourways. It is available for delivery in two metre width rolls within 48 hours of ordering to most parts of the United Kingdom and its lighter weight and improved flexibility allow for quicker and easier installation.

Like many healthcare environments the daily grind of trolleys and wheelchairs is a constant wear factor for most of the premises. It’s a problem area where Gerflor can provide the ideal solution.

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.

Gerflor SPM offers a comprehensive range of wall and door protection, corner protectors and handrails in an extensive range of finishes. vinyl floor coveringThe Gerflor SPM Starline range of handrails specified at the hospice has an innovative bactericidal joint and includes an elegant anodised aluminium or antibacterial PVC-sheathed handrail with a lightly textured PVC band.

The collection includes three finishes for the aluminium profile and thirty-two colours for the PVC band. These handrails coordinate with a specially developed range of corner protectors that resist impact and the effects of cleaning, together with the constant use of disinfectant products and have demonstrated strong resistance to tear-off and impact damage.vinyl floor coveringLearn 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 visiting gerflor.co.uk for the latest innovations.