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Gerflor gets top marks for its flooring in new £10M Welsh Primary School
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Work on the brand-new £10.8m flagship school Pencoed Primary School has now been completed with the school bell ringing for the first time at start of the Autumn term earlier this year. When pupils walked through the doors it was the first time that the whole primary school has been on one single site since the old school was built in the early 1900s. For more than a century, there were separate infant and junior sections.
When the school needed flooring for this massive new build project they turned to international flooring specialists Gerflor to deliver a fantastic selection of fit for purpose, future- proof solutions. The installation would fall into the capable hands of Floor Furnishings based in Cardiff.
Nick Jefferies, Managing Director, Floor Furnishings commented, “we initially had an enquiry through BAM Construction which was then specified through the Architect to us.” The range of specified Gerflor products would be extremely varied and include their award-winning Taralay Impression Control and Taralay Impression Comfort, their Tarasafe Ultra and Ultra H20 complemented by an amount of Mural Calypso shower wall, together with some 300m2 of Taraflex® Multi Use sports flooring.
With over-70 years’ experience Gerflor has honed their expertise in safety flooring to produce the highest standards of safety and durability, coupled to delivering stunning, beautiful designs that are both inspirational and eye-catching. In 2016 Gerflor won the CFJ/CFA Product of the Year category with their Taralay Impression Control safety flooring range.
Jason Burton MCIAT, Principal Architectural Assistant, Bridgend County Borough Council commented, “We have a long-standing working relationship with Gerflor formed over years of specifying and dealing with their products. They have many design options within each range, affording us the opportunity to be as creative as possible. Their pre-sales and specification support are exemplary and after care equally so”.
Gerflor’s Tarasafe Ultra H20 was the ideal solution for the school in the changing room and showering areas. Intended for traditional barefoot spaces where there are continuous wet areas, Tarasafe Ultra H20 also offers a shod solution, providing a perfect blend of flooring applications for those areas where wet flooring conditions can be an issue.
On specification criteria Nick Jefferies said, “We have used Gerflor products on numerous occasions and try to specify them wherever we can and are always very pleased with the final result.”
Commenting further on the project Jason Burton added, “we have used Gerflor many times and were delighted with the outcome. We had numerous discussions with the Head Teacher and the colour and finish selections were co-ordinated with a lot of the loose furniture options that the School selected. Overall the result has been very well received.”
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